Professors Margaret Peteraf and Jay Barney are the inaugural winners of the 2020 STR Distinguished Scholarship Award, awarded biannually for a discovery of major importance in strategic management. The award recognizes an individual or individuals that have either made a specific theoretical or empirical discovery or have developed a core set of ideas that fundamentally advanced research and understanding in the field of strategic management. Thus, priority is given to the discovery's importance to the field, with secondary priority weighted toward more recent discoveries, rather than the accumulation of disparate body of work. In choosing among the nominees, the Awards Committee assessed how the development of the field would have differed if it did not have the benefit of the contribution (i.e., was it a next logical step in the scientific progress or did the individual(s) do something that was really unexpected
The specific discovery recognized by the STR Award committee pertains to advancing the criterion for how and when resources contribute to competitive advantage. Members of the Division's Award committee elaborated on the discovery of Margie and Jay:
Professor Margaret Peteraf is the Leon E. Williams Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She received a Ph.D. in industrial organization economics from Yale University and has served on the faculties of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern as well as the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Professor Jay Barney is a Presidential Professor of Strategic Management and the Pierre Lassonde Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University, and served on the faculties of Max M. Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University, Texas A&M University, and University of California at Los Angeles.
The STR Division takes great pride inb congratulating Professors Margaret Peteraf and Jay Barney for their distinguished contribution! We will honor them with a reception at next year's Academy of Management Meeting in Philadelphia.