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Assistant Professor of Strategic Management Seok-Woo Kwon, who joins the Fox School of Business this year from the University of California, Riverside, has received one of the most prestigious awards of his discipline: the Academy of Management Review’s (AMR) 2012 Decade Award, which recognizes the most influential AMR research paper of the past 10 years.
Kwon’s 2002 paper, titled “Social Capital: Prospects for a New Concept,” synthesized social capital research from disparate fields into an interdisciplinary conceptual framework that “identifies the sources, benefits, risks, and contingencies of social capital,” according the paper’s abstract.
AMR Editor Roy Suddaby said this research article was cited by other academics more frequently than any other AMR paper published in 2002.
“This award is a high honor from one of the most prestigious scholarly journals, and it recognizes the deep, impactful nature of Dr. Kwon’s work,” said Strategic Management Chair Arvind Parkhe. “We are delighted and proud of Dr. Kwon’s achievement, and wish him much continued success.”
Kwon said he and his co-author, Paul S. Adler of the University of Southern California, were inspired to write the paper when they noticed that the increasingly important research subject of social capital lacked a reliable definition that could be used across disciplines. By helping develop a common conceptual framework for social capital, Kwon’s research has enabled many other researchers to advance the area of study.
“We heard, especially from doctoral students, that the article has been very useful,” Kwon said. “Because I believe that they are the ones who will move the field forward, I am especially proud that our paper helped them.”