25 August 2010
Business journal wins global awards
Professor George Cairns has been recognised for his work on a new journal.
A journal co-edited by a leading RMIT University academic has won two awards just five years after it was launched.
Critical Perspectives on International Business was established by co-editors Professor George Cairns, Head of RMIT’s School of Management, and Dr Joanne Roberts of Newcastle University, UK, in 2005.
It has already entered the UK, Australian and Brazilian journal ranking lists.
Now educational publisher Emerald has awarded the journal its Outstanding Special Issue Award and Best New Journal Award for 2010.
The first award was given for the issue, "Reflections on a Global Financial Crisis".
The judges said: “At the end of 2008, the world faced a situation considered by many as the first major crisis of the new century - global financial meltdown …
"UK academic Stefano Harney even went on record blaming business academics for contributing to the origins of this crisis, by ignoring social and political questions in their teaching.
"Since these are the very questions Critical Perspectives on International Business seeks to address in its pages, a collection of critically reflective papers - editor reviewed, to ensure speed of publication - was commissioned.
"The double special issue that resulted engages both with theoretical issues and empirical examples."
The second award is intended to highlight new journals that are publishing outstanding quality research in current, strong and evolving subjects.
Free online access to readers was given to the 16 eligible journals. More than 1,000 votes were cast.
One voter commented: "This journal gives an important space to a number of outstanding critical researchers.
"The journal provides information on evolving and relevant topics. I am glad that Emerald has taken the lead and has the courage to publish a journal of this nature."
Professor Cairns said he and Dr Roberts were honoured to have won the two awards.
"Our aim was to establish a credible, engaging and respected journal that would allow academics to address institutional theory, systems theory, and political and economic theory from a range of perspectives.
"We’re delighted that this project has received approval from publishers and readers alike in such a short time."