Annual Award in Honour of

Max Boisot

Following two well-attended and successful sessions at the 28th EGOS Colloquium 2012 in Helsinki on the work of the late Max Boisot, the EGOS Board decided to establish an annual award relating to his field of scholarship.
This prize was awarded for the last time at the 36th EGOS Colloquium in 2020.

The “Annual Award in Honour of Max Boisot” – and of his work – was funded from the royalties accruing from the book by John Child and Martin Ihrig: Knowledge, Organization, & Management (Oxford University Press, 2013), which is both a memorial to Max Boisot’s work and a means of bringing it to a wider readership.
Max was a regular participant at EGOS Colloquia, and EGOS was therefore the ideal home for such an award.

The topic for this award was the knowledge-based study of complex organizations and systems. Contributions in any of the main areas in which Max Boisot forged new understanding through a knowledge perspective were eligible for the award, in particular, research on organizational complexity; the strategic management of knowledge; China’s business system; and Big Science.

The award recognized an outstanding paper – and early career scholars (= less than five years since their doctoral dissertation) has given preference. While the honour and publicity of gaining the prize was the most important consideration, the recipients also received a corresponding prize money.


Max Boisot Award 2019: WINNERS [awarded at the virtual 36th EGOS Colloquium 2020]

Stephanie Schrage (University of Hamburg, Germany) & Andreas Rasche (CBS, Denmark)
Inter-organizational Paradox Management: How National Business Systems (NBS) Influence the Spillover of Paradox Management Practices in Global Value Chains

Max Boisot Award 2018: WINNER [awarded at the 35th EGOS Colloquium 2019 in Edinburgh]

Pedro Monteiro
(University of Warwick, UK, & emlyon business school, France)
Back to the Future? Bureaucracy as an Infrastructure for Collaborative Knowledge Work
[Extended Abstract]

Max Boisot Award 2017: WINNERS [awarded at the 34th EGOS Colloquium 2018 in Tallinn]

Jochem T. Hummel, Hans Berends & Philipp Tuertscher (VU University Amsterdam, NL)
What Do We Have in Common? Collective Action among Heterogeneous Actors in a Meta-organization

Max Boisot Award 2016: WINNERS [awarded at the 33rd EGOS Colloquium 2017 in Copenhagen]

Tomas Farchi (IAE Business School, Buenos Aires, Argentina), Sue Dopson (University of Oxford, UK) & George Chondrakis (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)
The Role of Hybrid Governing in Science: Fostering Research across Boundaries

Max Boisot Award 2015: WINNERS [awarded at the 32nd EGOS Colloquium 2016 in Naples]

Goran Calic, Sebastien Hélie & Elaine Mosakowski (Pardue University, USA)

Managing Paradoxes for Creativity: A Psychologically Realistic Simulation of Embracing Organizational Tensions

Max Boisot Award 2014: WINNERS [awarded at the 31st EGOS Colloquium 2015 in Athens]

Liselore A. Havermans, Deanne N. Den Hartog & Anne Keegan (University of Amsterdam, NL)

Exploring the Role of Leadership in Enabling Contextual Ambidexterity