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AAB offers several major awards to those researchers and business leaders/companies who contribute to the association and the betterment of the human condition. The award recipients are recognized at the AAB annual meetings. Please follow the links below to get more information on these awards. The major awards are as follows.

- AAB Eminent Scholar Award

This award recognizes an outstanding thinker or researcher in any discipline whose scholarship has significantly influenced Asian business research through new conceptualizations, theorizations and/or empirical inqiries.

2017 Winner - Pill Hwa Yoo, SKKU GSB

Professor of marketing and a former Dean at SKK Graduate School of Business at Sungkyunkwan University GSB

Author of more than 25 books including ¡®Studies of the Victorious in 3000 years: How they develop competitive advantages by studying¡¯

2016 Winner - Wagner Kamakura, Rice University

The Jesse H. Jones Professor of Marketing at Rice University
Former Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Marketing Research

2015 Winner - Brian Ratchford, University of Texas, Dallas

The editor of Journal of Interactive Marketing
The past Editor-in-Chief of Marketing Science
Marketing Science Hall of Famer
The Charles and Nancy Davidson Chair Professor
of Marketing at University of Texas at Dallas

- Best Research Paper Award

As part of the mission of AAB to encourage business and consumer studies, the best AABR research award honors the best research paper among the articles published in the previous year of Academy of Asian Business Review (AABR).

2017 Winners - Stephen J. Gould (Baruch College of the City University of New York)
Myung-Soo Lee (Baruch College of the City University of New York)

2016 Winners - YongHee Kim(The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Chun Ting Benjamin Kot (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
MinChung Kim (The University of Hong Kong)

2015 Winner - Young-Won Ha, Sogang University


- Best Asian Business 3.0 ¡°Creative Capitalism¡° Award

This award recognizes an organization (private or public sector) that contributed to the betterment of the human spirits and conditions by serving not only its own organizational goal but also the well-being of people. This award is consistent with the AAB¡¯s mission to encourage a business model that helps businesses grow by treating consumers not as passive consuming beings to be used for profits, but as whole human beings to serve.

2015 Winner - LG Electronics, Vice Chairman Bon-Joon Koo


- AAB Best Educator of the Year Award

This award recognizes deans as well as other educational leaders who have contributed in creating and/or growing outstanding business programs through which Asiann businesses and leaders could get benefit in terms of new paradigms and innovative ways of doing business.

2017 Winner - Yong June Kim, Dean of Graduate School of China, SKKU


2016 Winner - Dae Ryun Chang, Yonsei University


2015 Winner - Sangman Han, Dean of SKKU Business School, Sungkyunkwan University


- AAB Best Asian Business Leader of the Year Award

This award recognizes business leaders who have significantly improved the reputation and performance of their respective organization especially in Asian. Recipients should have a reputation of impeccable integrity and a performance track record admired not only by industry people, but also by general consumers.

2015 Winner - Banyan Tree Holdings (Ho KwonPing, Executive Chairman)


- Best Advisor Award

This award is presented to recognize your outstanding advice with which students achieve excellent performance in World Asian Case Competition.

2017 Winners

Babak Somekh
University of Brtistol

Yifan Zhang
University of
Hong Kong

Li-Chen Lim
Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation

Maria Herrera
Asian Institute of Management

2016 Winners

Bryan Hong
Western University,
Ivey Business School

Sunil Venaik
University of Queensland

Emily M. Nason
Hong Kong
University of
Science and Technology

Joyce Linghua Wang
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2015 Winners

Md. Saimum Hossain
University of Dhaka

Kannika Leelapanyalert
Mahidol University

- Best Case Research Award

As part of the unique mission of AAB to encourage business case studies, this award honors the best case research on Asian business success or fail, among the case studies published in the previous year of Academy of Asian Business Review (AABR).

2017 Winners - Emily M. Nason (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Tiffany Man Chi Yu (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Bella Huiyin Chan (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Chevan Tsz Wang Tin (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

2016 Winners - Kannika Leelapanyalert (College of Management, Mahidol University)
Natt Tanpradit (AbbVie Ltd)
Chanthrapa Khiewvan (Pan Rajdhevee group Ltd.)
Pornthiwa Sakhonchaicharoen (Zuellig Pharma)

- AAB Best Conference Paper Awards

We give this award for the best paper presented at the AAB conferences. All papers accepted for the presentation at the AAB meeting are eligible for the award. The finalists are nominated by the program chair, track chairs and reviewers. The winning paper receives a plaque at the awards ceremony of the AAB annual meeting.

2016 Winners - Jong Min Kim (University of Science and Technology of China)

- AAB Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes those who provide outstanding service to the Association in a leadership position (e.g., president, vice-president, etc).

- Best Dissertation Award

This award recognizes those who show evidence of completion of a doctoral dissertation at a recognized university in the last two years of the application to that award. The dissertation topic has to be directly related to Asiann business and consumer research. Short versions of dissertations are submitted to the annual conference chairs. The top-ranked dissertation is selected for the award.

- AAB Best Rising Scholar Award

This award recognizes a young scholar who is dedicated to conducting research on the subjects focusing on Asian businesses and consumers, and also dedicated to actively presenting his or her papers in the annual conference and in the journal AABR (Academy of Asian Business Review).