Developing a taxonomy of awards for individuals in business

Bronwen Harrison

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract


Awards are ubiquitous in modern business (Best, 2008). It is not unusual to see organisations or individuals signalling (Spence, 1973) their expertise by referring to an award win either in their marketing material or their resumes. However little is known about the quality or value of specific awards and how an individual came to win an award. While an award may be seen as a signal of performance excellence (English, 2002), in business there is no guidance available for a reader to interpret that signal. This study proposes a taxonomy of work-related awards. The purpose of the taxonomy is to facilitate the interpretation of the quality of a business award won by an individual.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40
Number of pages1
JournalExpo 2012 Higher Degree Research : book of abstracts
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventHigher Degree Research Expo (8th : 2012) - Sydney
Duration: 12 Nov 201213 Nov 2012


  • awards
  • taxonomy
  • signals
  • performance excellence


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