There is an abundance of work-related external awards in the business and corporate sectors. This study examines the impact of awards given to individuals in the business sector. Using careers theory, the study initiates research in this domain by reporting the results of interviews with five winners of national work-related awards. The results indicate the majority were either nominated for the awards by others or encouraged to nominate by their managers, which may reflect an organizational, rather than individual, desire for distinction using the signaling mechanism of awards. Individual award winners were found to be winners of multiple awards over their lifetimes, suggesting either of the sayings “success breeds success” or “awards lead to more awards” may be true. All award winners benefited from promotion within a year after their award win but no significant career trajectory changes occurred.
|Title of host publication||BAM 2011 conference proceedings|
|Subtitle of host publication||building and sustaining high performance organisations in a challenging environment|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||British Academcy of Management (BAM)|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||British Academy of Management Conference - Birmingham, UK|
Duration: 13 Jan 2011 → 15 Jan 2011
|Conference||British Academy of Management Conference|
|Period||13/01/11 → 15/01/11|
- careers and career theory
Harrison, B., & Jepsen, D. M. (2011). The role of work-related awards on career progression. In BAM 2011 conference proceedings: building and sustaining high performance organisations in a challenging environment (pp. 1-16). London: British Academcy of Management (BAM).