Published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Professor Andreas Rauch's paper was one of the most cited between 2009 to 2019, with more than 1,000 citations over the decade.
"Our publication was the first to show that the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and performance is comparatively high," explained Professor Rauch from the Business School's Discipline of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
"Entrepreneurial orientation refers to the policies and practices that are the basis for strategy-making. Before our paper was published, this was a large unknown for the entrepreneurial community."
The paper stimulated a huge amount of subsequent research on the entrepreneurial orientation concept, which was very exciting.
Entrepreneurial orientation captures an organisation's strategic decision-making practices, managerial vision and business behaviours that are innovative, proactive and involving risk-taking.
Dean of the Business School, Professor Greg Whitwell, said, "This recognition is testament to the outstanding research scholarship for which the Business School is known. We are very proud of Andreas' significant achievement."
Professor Susan Thorp, Associate Dean of Research at the Business School, added, "This award is proof of the lasting influence of Andreas' work on entrepreneurial orientation, and highlights its current relevance. Post-pandemic economic recovery depends entirely on effective strategy-making in business."
The paper, Entrepreneurial Orientation and Business Performance: An Assessment of past Research and Suggestions for the Future, was also authored by Professors Johan Wiklund, G T Lumpkin and Michael Frese.
The awards considered citation data for all articles published in 2009. That year, SAGE published more than 40,000 articles across a wide range of disciplines, with more than 75 percent from social and behavioural science.
Papers that received recognition are: