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University of Bath Professor Ammon Salter wins Strategic Management Society award

School of Management academic recognised for research into openness and innovation in the manufacturing sector

Grant and Award Announcement

University of Bath

University of Bath School of Management Professor Ammon Salter has won the 2021 Dan and Mary Lou Schendel Best Paper Prize for his research into the role of openness in explaining innovation performance in the manufacturing sector.

The annual best paper award from the Strategic Management Society recognises Professor Salter and co-author Professor Keld Laursen of Copenhagen Business school for their paper published in 2006.

“We are delighted to award the 2021 Dan and Mary Lou Schendel Best Paper Prize to Keld Laursen and Ammon Salter for 'Open for Innovation: The Role of Openness in Explaining Innovation Performance among Manufacturing Firms.' Published in 2006, this outstanding paper was a pioneering study in the then-nascent area of open innovation,” the Strategic Management Society said in a statement.

The award is for a paper published five or more years prior to the recognition. This delay allows time for the impact of papers to be assessed in terms of citations and influence of the paper on teaching, research, and/or practice, SMS said.

“This paper has proven to be a key linchpin in the evolution of the open innovation literature. Not surprisingly, it is one of the most highly cited articles published in Strategic Management Journal over the last 15 years, and appears on numerous syllabi of graduate courses in technology strategy,” SMS said.

“I am absolutely delighted our research has been recognised in this way and would like to thank SMS for their support,” Salter said.

Authors of the winning paper receive a monetary award of US $5,000. The award is given and the authors are recognized at the SMS Annual Conference and are invited to participate in the SMS Awards & Honors Webinar Series.

Notes to editors

  • For further information please contact Tony Roddam at the University of Bath press office on +44 7971 500460 or
  • Click here to access a video of Professor Salter explaining the research

University of Bath

The University of Bath is one of the UK's leading universities both in terms of research and our reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and graduate prospects. The University is rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the Government’s assessment of teaching quality in universities, meaning its teaching is of the highest quality in the UK. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 research assessment 87 per cent of our research was defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. From developing fuel efficient cars of the future, to identifying infectious diseases more quickly, or working to improve the lives of female farmers in West Africa, research from Bath is making a difference around the world. Find out more: Well established as a nurturing environment for enterprising minds, Bath is ranked highly in all national league tables. We are ranked 6th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2021, and 9th in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and 10th in the Complete University Guide 2021. Our sports offering was rated as being in the world’s top 10 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2021.


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