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EGOS honours


Two papers authored at Cambridge Judge Business School win top awards from the European Group of Organisational Studies (EGOS).

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Two papers authored at Cambridge Judge Business School – a historical study on the tobacco industry and research on disabled workers – have won top prizes at the annual European Group for Organisational Studies (EGOS) 37th annual Colloquium.

  1. A study by Lilia Giugni, Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, and Paul Tracey, Professor of Innovation & Organisation and Co-Director of the Centre, won EGOS Best Paper Award 2020.

    The paper – entitled “Selling liberation – a study of tobacco firms’ gender washing practices towards market legitimation (1920s-2010s)” – examines how tobacco manufacturers appropriated over a century the cultural resources produced by feminist movements in order to legitimate an increasingly ‘tainted market’ – thus offering a process model “that encapsulates the conflicts surrounding gender-related meanings, labels and artefacts within the marketplace”.
  2. A paper by Patricia Helena Hein, who completed an MPhil in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation at Cambridge Judge (MPhil 2012), and Shahzad Ansari, Professor of Strategy & Innovation, won the EGOS Best Student Paper Award 2020. The paper – entitled “From shelter to emancipation: how disabled workers found their own voice through identity work” – focuses on the dynamic interplay between individual and organisational identity work.

    “Drawing on a six-year longitudinal study of disabled workers in a sheltered workshop in Germany, we show how the disabled found their own voice to be seen as active members of society and changed the organisational exclusionary identity of the workshop,” the paper says.