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Winning dissertation


Cambridge Judge dissertation paper by Corinna Frey-Heger on displacement organisation wins the best dissertation award of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.

Profile photograph of Corinna Frey (grey background - landscape)
Corinna Frey, PhD candidate

A PhD dissertation on refugee camp organisation, written by Dr Corinna Frey-Heger at Cambridge Judge Business School, won the best dissertation award of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS).

The Grigor McClelland Doctoral Dissertation Award, supported by SAMS and the Journal of Management Studies (JMS), was announced at the SAMS meeting of the European Group for Organisational Studies in Edinburgh on 4 July following a presentation by the three finalists.

The award, which carries a £5,000 prize, aims to “recognise and award doctoral research that is expansive and imaginative in that it covers significantly new terrain or counters existing thinking within management and organisational research.”

Grigor McClelland was the founder of SAMS, the founding editor of JMS, and the founding Director of Manchester Business School.

Corinna, now Assistant Professor at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, was awarded her PhD in 2018 from Cambridge Judge.

The winning dissertation, entitled “Organising in times of global displacement and refugee crises”, is based on an ethnographic case study of an international aid organisation in Rwanda. The dissertation consists of three papers investigating “distinct aspects of responding to one of society’s most pressing global problems, gradually unpacking how current organisational responses form a key part of the problem.”

The Cambridge Judge dissertation committee included Michael Barrett, Professor of Information Systems & Innovation Studies; Matthew Jones, Reader in Information Systems; and Paul Tracey, Professor of Innovation & Organisation.