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AMA-EBSCO-RRBM Annual Award for Responsible Research in Marketing

Co-Sponsored by The Sheth Foundation
In cooperation with the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM)

Nominations for the 2024 Award Closed on January 5, 2024.


The purpose of this award is to recognize already-published responsible research in marketing where responsible research is defined as work that produces both useful and credible knowledge. 

Useful knowledge addresses important social challenges and provides meaningful implications that have the potential to inform policies and practices. Findings and insights from useful research will have implications beyond what is good for the financial performance of firms and will have wider societal implications beyond that of the particular consumer group, firm, or employee group studied. 

Credible knowledge refers to the reliability and validity or trustworthiness of the findings, in either inductive or deductive work, using either qualitative or quantitative data, or both. 

We call for nominations of published work that exemplifies the seven principles of responsible research as outlined on and described in detail in the position paper “Responsible Research for Business and Management: Striving for Credible and Useful Knowledge.”

Examples of topics might include: societal benefits of corporate social responsibility initiatives; responsible marketing of potentially harmful products/services; improving public health by addressing chronic disease, including obesity; responsible marketing to vulnerable consumer segments; promoting the financial well-being of at-risk consumers; improving consumer privacy protection; and increasing access to quality healthcare.

Works that received awards in previous years can be found here: AMA-EBSCO-RRBM Annual Award for Responsible Research in Marketing Recipients

Review Committee and Process

A team of academics, appointed by and coordinated through the AMA Academic Council, will assess the nominations. The committee’s size will be determined by the number of nominations and comprises accomplished scholars, including representatives of the award sponsors. The academic members assess the nominations for credibility and usefulness of the research findings to inform societally beneficial management or business practice.

Award Recognition

Award-winning papers and books will be recognized and be featured on the RRBM, AMA, and Sheth Foundation websites.

Awards, provided by EBSCO, will be awarded to a select number of winners.

The list will be publicized via listservs of marketing associations, and other forms of public or social media platforms.

Selected winners will be invited to present their work at an AMA academic conference.

Award winners will receive a certificate of recognition from the joint sponsors and a recognition letter will be sent to the relevant deans and department heads, upon request.

Submission Criteria

We accept nominations, including self-nominations, of empirical and conceptual research articles or research books published in the English language in the years 2019–2023 that meet the following criteria:

  1. Research that exemplifies the Seven Principles of Responsible Research and supports the general notion of individual, societal, and environmental wellbeing, emphasizing marketing’s power to foster a greater good, improve individual lives, strengthen communities, and in general make the world better.
  2. The research can be on any level of analysis (individual, team, organization, society), for any kind of organization (business, non-profit, social enterprises, government) and focus on any population (general or more specific) and on any region of the world.
  3. The article should be published in a refereed journal, or book by a university or academic press, such as Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Wiley, SAGE, Routledge, etc., during the aforementioned window. Non-refereed practitioner journals (e.g., HBR, Sloan) are not eligible for the award.
  4. If the manuscript has been submitted previously for consideration, the nomination letter should indicate how the dissemination of the work has substantially changed and what the impact of this has been.

Submission Procedure

Submissions open on September 29, 2023 and close on January 5, 2024. The submission form will ask for:

  1. A PDF copy of the article or book, or a pre-print or finalized manuscript for an in-press article or book.
  2. A nomination letter that describes why this work (research article or book) deserves to be considered for the Award, in two single-spaced pages or no more than 1,000 words. If possible, provide:
    • Evidence on the “usefulness” of the research, e.g., how it has made a positive impact on practice or society.
    • Information on how this work has been disseminated to stakeholders beyond the academic community.
    • Discussion of how the work aligns with the 7 RRBM principles.
  3. The author name(s) and email(s), as well as the nominator’s name and email.

Self-nominations are welcome.

The award winners will be celebrated at the 2024 AMA Summer Academic Conference.

Please contact T.J. Anderson at for any inquiry about the award or nomination procedure.