EGOS Annual Award in Honour of Max Boisot

and his Work

Max Boisot: an organization scholar and management visionary


Following the two well-attended and successful sessions at the EGOS Colloquium 2012 on the work
of the late Max Boisot, the EGOS Board decided to establish an annual award relating to his field of scholarship. This award is funded from the royalties accruing from the book by John Child and Martin Ihrig ("Knowledge, Organization, & Management", Oxford University Press, 2013), which will be both a memorial to Max's work and a means of bringing it to a wider readership. Max was a regular participant at EGOS Colloquia, and EGOS is the ideal home for such an award.


The topic for this prize is the knowledge-based study of complex organizations and systems. Contributions in any of the main areas in which Max Boisot forged new understanding through a knowledge perspective are eligible for the award, in particular, research on organizational complexity; the strategic management of knowledge; China's business system; and Big Science.


The award recognizes an outstanding paper, and early career scholars (defined as less than five years since their PhD/doctorate) is given preference. While the honour and publicity of gaining the prize is the most important consideration, the recipients also receive 250 Euros per award.

In 2015, this prize was awarded for the first time at the 30th EGOS Colloquium in Athens, Greece.


The winners of the Max Boisot Award 2014 are Liselore A. Havermans (VU University Amsterdam, NL), Deanne N. Den Hartog (University of Amsterdam, NL) and Anne Keegan (University of Amsterdam, NL) for their paper:


Exploring the Role of Leadership in Enabling Contextual Ambidexterity