ORLANDO, FLORIDA – March 22, 2021 – The Scientific Committee of the SAM International Business Conference is pleased to announce the winners of our Best Paper Awards for our 76th Annual Conference.

The conference, held from March 18 – 20, 20, saw over 70 proposals and presentations from around the world on leading management research aligned with this year’s theme Advancing Management: The Post-Pandemic Future of Work.

Congratulations to Nestor Guimaraes from Tennessee Technical University, Ketan Paranjape from Roche, and Mike Walton from Google for their selection as Overall Best Paper for their paper entitled, Radical versus Incremental Product Change as Moderator for NPD Success.

Additionally, the Scientific Committee is pleased to announce six additional Best Paper Award winners for excellence in track-specific achievements.

Organizational Studies

Mindful, Doubting, Mindless, Trusting: PLS-SEM and Clustering Analysis to Predict the Mindset of Wildland Firefighting Teams by Stephanie Gapud, of Spring Hill College


Northeast Florida’s Economic Gardening Experiment: JAX Bridges to Open Innovation in North Florida by Carlton Robins of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Don Capener of Utah Valley University

Innovation Management

Facilitating Incremental Innovation Among Middle Managers: An Empirical Investigation by Jonathan Spaans of Hood College

Functional Areas of Business

Mass Layoffs and Juvenile Delinquency by Iryna Hayduk of Clayton State University and Maude Toussaint of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Sector Specific Management

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Information Technology in Multiple Sectors of the Economy by Mayur Desai of Texas Southern University and Kamala Raghavan of Texas Southern University

We would like to congratulate the winners and thank them for participating in our 76th Annual International Business Conference.

About SAM (The Society for Advancement of Management)

The Society for Advancement of Management is the world’s oldest management society, formed in 1912 to provide a place for discussion and promotion of Frederick Winslow Taylor’s principles of scientific management.  A non-profit organization run and advanced by hundreds of volunteers; members come from a variety of disciplines — productions, finance, marketing, accounting, research and development, entrepreneurship, — but share a common bond of interest in building and becoming stronger managers. SAM builds bridges among academicians, practitioners, and students not only to better share management expertise but also to develop and promote new management ideas.