04 Nov 2019

GSOM SPbU and LUT University alumni Tatiana Beliaeva received Highly Commended Award winner of the 2018 Emerald / EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the category of Management and Governance

The dissertation research by Tatiana Beliaeva titled “Complementarity and contextualization of firm-level strategic orientations” has been chosen by the editorial team of Management Decision as a Highly Commended Award winner of the 2018 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards.

Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards (ODRA) are hosted annually to celebrate the high quality and contribution of dissertation research. ODRA is a joint doctoral research award co-run by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, publisher of the largest collection of international business and management journals, and EFMD, an international not-for-profit membership organization with over 900 members from academia, business, public sector and consultancy.

Since the launch of the awards in 2003, there has been an impressive response to the competition, with the number of submissions reaching nearly 300 in this edition from different countries. This year applicants submitted to one of the ten categories in the field of management. The dissertation research was judged based on the criteria of significance/implications for theory and practice, originality and innovation, appropriateness and application of the methodology, and quality of data/research.

Additional information about the award and winners is presented on the website of award and page with awards winners.


About the dissertation

Dissertation of T. Beliaeva is devoted to the analysis of firms’ strategic orientations and their individual and joint (complementary) effects on firm performance in different environmental contexts. The study utilized three quantitative datasets on SMEs from different countries. The main results are revealing of unique and shared contribution of strategic orientations to firm performance, and identifying peculiarities of strategic orientations’ effects in economic crisis, developed and emerging markets, institutional, and industry contexts. The results contribute to the literature on strategic orientations by applying an integrative approach to the analysis, and have implications for research on complementarities in organizations and contextual research in management.

Public examination of the dissertation was held at LUT University, Lappeenranta, Finland on February 8, 2019. The supervisors are Paavo Ritala, D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), Professor of strategy and innovation at School of Business and Management, LUT University, Finland, and Galina Shirokova, Doctor of Science (Economics), Professor, Strategic and International Management Department, GSOM SPbU.


About the author

Tatiana Beliaeva, D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), Candidate of Economic Sciences, is a alumnus of Doctoral Program at LUT University and Doctoral Program in Economics and Management at SPbU. She is an author of articles in international and Russian peer-reviewed academic journals, and participant of leading international conferences in the field of management and entrepreneurship.

We congratulate our graduate and the supervisors on this excellent result and wish further success!