Best Early Career Scholar Paper on Environmental Sustainability and Entrepreneurship

01-13-2022 16:21

Best Early Career Scholar Paper on Environmental Sustainability and Entrepreneurship


Motivation for the award

Early career scholars are increasingly committed to addressing grand challenges related to the natural environmental. Support for research at the intersection of environmental sustainability and entrepreneurship can contribute to this agenda. Rigorous research can provide evidence-based insights to entrepreneurs for using business as a force for change.

The Best Early Career Scholar Paper in Entrepreneurship and Natural Environment, sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will support ONE early-career scholars in contributing to this research field. Specifically, it will(1) recognize promising early-career researcher in this area, and (2) encourage young scholars to forge a research agenda at the intersection of entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability.


Submission requirements and criteria

Minimum requirements for evaluation

  1. ONE membership

At least one author of the study needs to be ONE division member when they apply for the award

  1. Early-career

The first author of the paper must be an early career researcher, i.e., doctoral student, or postdoc/assistant professor graduated within 6 years at time of applying for the award

  1. Timeline

Papers assigned to a journal volume and issue published during calendar year 2020 and 2021 are eligible. Papers in-press or published online in advance, during calendar year 2020 and 2021, on a journal’s website are also eligible.


Criteria for evaluation

  1. Coherence with the topics

The phenomenon under scrutiny must be at the intersection of environmental sustainability and entrepreneurship. Coherence with the two domains will be evaluated by experts in the field.

  1. Rigor

The study must show rigorous development both in its theoretical reasoning and analysis (if applicable). Both empirical (quantitative or qualitative), and conceptual papers are eligible.

  1. Originality

Cutting-edge topics or new methodologies will be evaluated as a sign of originality, considering the latest developments in the literature.  

  1. Contribution

The paper must make a novel theoretical and/or methodological contribution to the entrepreneurship and/or sustainability literatures. 

  1. Implications for practice

The paper must show potential to impact practice.


Those who have applied for the Best Paper Award cannot submit the same paper for this award.


Two finalists and a winner will be selected by an award committee comprising ONE division leaders, senior scholars, and prior winners.

The member of the award committee are:


The winner will be announced at the ONE Business Meeting at the Academy of Management conference in August and will receive $500 in cash and a plaque, totaling an amount of $1000.


Submission process and deadline

To nominate an article, submit the original article, along with a letter of nomination, which should include:

  1. Full citation and author’s contact information
  2. Outline how the paper meets the evaluation criteria listed above (max 300 words)

The paper and the letter of nomination must be sent to Garima Sharma ( and Simone Carmine (

The deadline for submission is April 30, 2022

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