Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Industry Studies

Awards for Scholarship

Over the years the Industry Studies program acknowledged outstanding research through various prizes for doctoral dissertations, journal articles, and books.  Past winners of the Industry Studies Dissertation AwardIndustry Studies Best Paper Prize, and the Industry Studies Best Book Award are recognized below.  The Industry Studies Dissertation Prize is now awarded through the Industry Studies Association.


Industry Studies Dissertation Award
The Industry Studies program is inviting submissions for the annual Dissertation Award competition. The goal of the prize is to reward outstanding doctoral research in the area of industry studies. Industry studies research demonstrates significant personal investment in developing an understanding of the markets, firms and institutions that characterize a particular industry. Generally, this involves the integration of direct observation with appropriate theory and analysis. The award is accompanied by a $1,500 honorarium for first prize and a $750 honorarium for second prize.

To be eligible for the competition, candidates must have completed a doctoral dissertation in economics, management, engineering, political science, or in a related or interdisciplinary field in the previous academic year.

2009 Industry Studies Dissertation Award

  • Institute for Work & Employment Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
  • "Information Technology and the Employment Relationship: Workers in IT in American Healthcare"
  • Nominated by Dr. Thomas A. Kochan of Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, May 2009
  • "Vertical Interaction in Open Software Engineering Communities"
  • Nominated by Dr. James D. Herbsleb of Carnegie Mellon University

2008 Industry Studies Dissertation Award

  • Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley, 2008
  • "Efficiency in Energy Production and Consumption"
  • Nominated by Dr. Severin Borenstein of the University of California at Berkeley


  • Industrial Engineering and Management, Helsinki School of Economics, January 2008
  • "Organizational Diversity and Industry Evolution: The Entry of Modern Biotechnology Firms in Finland, 1973-2006"
  • Nominated by Dr. Juha-Annti Lamberg of the Helsinki University of Technology


2007 Industry Studies Dissertation Award

  • Health Policy and Management, Harvard University, March 2007
  • "Organizational Learning in Health Care: A Multi-Method Study of Quality Improvement Collaboratives”
  • Nominated by Professor Amy C. Edmondson, Harvard Business School


  • City and Regional Planning, University of California at Berkeley, December 2006
  • “Internationalization of Research and Development: Evidence from the Semiconductor and Wireless Telecommunications Industries”
  • Nominated by Professor Stephen S. Cohen, University of California at Berkeley


2006 Industry Studies Dissertation Award

  • Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, September 2005
  • “Innovation in Automotive Emission Control Technologies: Government Actions, Sources of Innovation, and Innovation Strategies”
  • Nominated by Professor David Hounshell, Carnegie Mellon University


  • Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, January 2006
  • “Negotiating Flexibility: The Politics of Call Center Restructuring in the US and Germany”
  • Nominated by Professor Rosemary Batt, Cornell University


2005 Industry Studies Dissertation Award

  • Urban and Regional Studies, MIT June 2005
  • "A Spatial Structuring Approach to IT Use and Workplace Change: What’s space got to do with it?”
  • Nominated by Professor Frank Levy, MIT


  • Political Science, MIT, June 2005
  • “Innovation and the State: Development Strategies for High Technology Industries in a World of Fragmented Production: Israel, Ireland, and Taiwan”
  • Nominated by Professor Richard Lester, MIT


Industry Studies Best Book Award
This prize was awarded in 2006-2008 but has now been discontinued.  Past winners are:

2008:  Karen E. Polenske, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  The Technology-Energy-Environment-Health (TEEH) Chain in China

2007:  Jeffrey Liker, University of Michigan. The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer and

Matthias Holweg, Cambridge University, and Frits Pil, University of Pittsburgh. The Second Century

2006:  Jody Hoffer Gittell, Brandeis University. The Southwest Airlines Way: Using the Power of Relationships to Achieve High Performance

Industry Studies Best Paper Prize
This prize was awarded in 2006-2008 but has now been discontinued.  Past winners are:

2008: Juha-Antti Lamberg, Helsinki University of Technology, and Henrikki Tikkanen, Helsinki School of Economics, "Changing Sources of Competitive Advantage: Cognition and Path Dependence in the Finnish Retail Industry 1945-1995;" and

Frank T. Rothaermel, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Andrew Hess, University of Virginia, "Building Dynamic Capabilities: Innovation Driven by Individual-, Firm-, and Network-Level Effects"

Honorable mention was awarded to John E. Taylor, Columbia University, "The Antecedents of Successful Three-Dimensional Computer-Aided Design Implementation in Design and Construction Networks"

2006 - 2007:  Michael G. Jacobides, London Business School, "Industry change through Vertical Disintegration: How and Why Markets Emerged in Mortgage Banking" 

Carrie R. Leana and Frits K. Pil, University of Pittsburgh, "Social Capital and Organizational Performance: Evidence from Urban Public Schools"

Sonali K. Shah, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Motivation, Governance, and the Viability of Hybrid Forms in Open Source Software Development" 

Honorable mentions were awarded to: Sebastian K. Fixson, University of Michigan, Young Ro, University of Michigan - Dearborn, and Jeffrey K. Liker, University of Michigan, "Modularisation and Outsourcing: Who Drives Whom? A study of generational sequences in the US automotive cockpit industry" and

Stephen H. Lopez, The Ohio State University, "Emotional Labor and Organized Emotional Care"

Program Director:
Gail Pesyna Bio