EGOS Annual Award in Honour of

Max Boisot

Following the two well-attended and successful sessions at the 28th EGOS Colloquium in Helsinki on the work of the late Max Boisot, the EGOS Board decided to establish an annual award relating to his field of scholarship.

The "EGOS Annual Award in Honour of Max Boisot" – and of his work – 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 award 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 (= less than 5 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 EUR 250/award.
The winners of the EGOS 2014 Award in Honour of Max Boisot – which was awarded at the 30th EGOS Colloqium in Athens, July 2015 – 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

The winners of the EGOS 2015 Award in Honour of Max Boisot – which was awarded at the 31st EGOS Colloqium in Naples, July 2016 – are

Goran Calic, Sebastien Hélie and Elaine Mosakowski (Pardue University West Lafayette, USA)
for their paper:

Managing Paradoxes for Creativity: A Psychologically Realistic Simulation of Embracing Organizational Tensions