Dr Abrar Chaudhury received the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 2017 by the Organisation and Natural Environment Division (ONE) at the Academy of Management in Atlanta.
Abrar recieved the award at the Academy's Annual Meeting for his doctoral study into the emerging organisational and implementation design (or lack of) of climate change adaptation policy in developing countries. His dissertation was selected for the award based on its relevance, scholarly contribution, theoretical and methodological rigor of his work, as well as practical implications.
In his research, Abrar developed a novel organisation-centred perspective based on the three distinct and relatively independent literatures of climate change adaptation, organisation theory and network analysis to study the emerging adaptation initiatives in developing countries.
Commenting on his research, the committee stated: "The entire committee was extremely impressed with the novelty of the dissertation, the setting and detailed data and analyses, as well as the important practical implications of the work." Abrar is now working at the Said Business School in a research postdoctoral fellow role.
The Academy of Management - is a global community of scholars, practitioners, and students that are dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations. It has close to 20,000 members from 117 countries. Each year the Academy holds an Annual Meeting and the divisions awards to the scholars. The Annual Meeting is the premier conference for more than 10,000 students, academics, scholars, and professionals in the scholarly management and organization space.
Abrar's DPhil has already translated into several high level journal publications (below), working papers and blogs, including:
- Chaudhury, A, Thornton T F., Helfgott, A. Sova, C. (2017). Applying the robust adaptation planning (RAP) framework to Ghana’s agricultural climate change adaptation regime. Sustainability Science.
- Chaudhury, A.S., Ventresca, M.J., Thornton, T.F., Helfgott, A., Sova, C., Baral, P., Rasheed, T. and Ligthart, J. (2016) Emerging meta-organisations and adaptation to global climate change: Evidence from implementing adaptation in Nepal, Pakistan and Ghana. Global Environmental Change, 38: 243-257.
- Chaudhury, A, Thornton T F., Ventresca, M. Helfgott, A. Sova, C. (2017). Ties that bind: Local networks, communities and adaptive capacity in rural Ghana. Journal of Rural Studies, 53: 214-228
- Chaudhury, A., Ventresca, M.J., Hannigan, T. (2017) Organizing Policy: A Network Analysis of Agriculture Sector Climate Adaptation in Ghana. Working paper, Said Business School.
The ONE Doctoral Dissertation Award recognised recent doctoral work in the area of organizations and natural environment. Abrar received a plaque from the ONE Division, a cash prize from the ONE division award sponsor, recognition at the annual ONE Business Meeting at the Academy of Management conference, as well as a listing with other past winners on the ONE Home Page.