AAA-AACSB-RRBM Award for Research Impacting Societal Challenges

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Call for Nominations and Award Criteria

Nominations Deadline: January 31 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time

Previous Award Recipients

The AAA-AACSB-RRBM Award for Research Impacting Societal Challenges Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2023 AAA-AACSB-RRBM Award for Research Impacting Societal Challenges. 

The Committee calls for nominations of published work that exemplifies the seven principles of responsible research as outlined on and described in detail in the position paper “Responsible Research for Business and Management: Striving for Credible and Useful Knowledge.”

Examples of topics include but are not limited to – societal benefits of corporate social responsibility initiatives; promoting the physical and financial well-being of at-risk individuals including those who experience homelessness and those from underrepresented populations; promoting the financial health of federal, state, and local governments; improving public health; increasing access to quality healthcare and education. 


The purpose of this award is to recognize the impact to society of responsible research in accounting where responsible research is defined as research that produces both useful and credible knowledge addressing problems important to policy-setters, organizations, and society.    

  • Useful knowledge addresses important social challenges and provides meaningful implications that have the potential to inform policy and practice.  Findings and insights from useful research have implications beyond what is good for the financial performance of the individuals or organizations studied and will have wider societal implications. 
  • Credible knowledge refers to the validity, reliability, and trustworthiness of the findings, in either inductive or deductive work, using either qualitative or quantitative data, or both.

Award Selection Criteria

  • Research that exemplifies the Seven Principles of Responsible Research and supports the general notion of individual, societal, and environmental wellbeing, emphasizing accounting’s power to foster a greater good, improve individual lives, strengthen communities, and, in general, make the world better.
  • The research can be on any level of analysis (individual, team, organization, society), for any kind of organization (business, non-profit, social enterprises, government) and focus on any population (general or more specific) and on any region of the world.
  • Articles submitted for consideration should be published in a refereed journal.
  • If a manuscript has been submitted previously for consideration, the nomination letter should indicate how the dissemination of the work has substantially changed and what the impact of this has been.
  • Publishing criteria for 2023 Award:
    • Nominated work must have been published or posted as an online early publication during the three calendar years preceding the year of the award (between 2020 and 2022).
  • The AAA-AACSB-RRBM Award for Research Impacting Societal Challenges Committee will select one paper as the recipient of the award per year.

Award Presentation

  • The recipient(s) will receive an award and $5,000 at the AAA Annual Meeting. If multiple recipients, the amount is divided equally.
  • The recipient(s) will be recognized and featured on the AAA and RRBM websites.
  • The selected recipient(s) will be invited to present their work at the Annual Meeting, to be moderated by the Chair of the Committee.
  • The recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition from the joint sponsors.
  • A recognition letter will be sent to the relevant deans and department heads upon request. 
  • The recipient(s) will be announced on the AAA website and in multi-topic mass emails.

Nominations Deadline

  • Nominations are due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on January 31.

Instructions for Submitting Nominations

  • Any person or group may make nominations.
  • Self-nominations are accepted.
  • Members of the committee are encouraged to submit nominations.
  • Current committee members who are nominated for the award will be asked to either recuse themselves from the committee or remove their nomination from consideration.
  • Authors of submitted papers that are not selected for the award may re-submit their paper in subsequent years if all other criteria are met. 
  • Each nomination must include:
    • A nomination letter.  Nomination letters will be accepted for two days after the submission deadline. If a nomination letter is not received, then the nomination will not be evaluated.
    • The nomination letter should describe why the article deserves to be considered for the Award, in one single-spaced page and no more than 500 words.  Evidence on the “usefulness” of the research (i.e., how the work has made a positive impact on practice or society), and information on how this work has been disseminated to stakeholders beyond the academic community, must be included in the letter.
    • If a manuscript has been submitted previously for consideration, the nomination letter should indicate how the dissemination of the work has substantially changed and what the impact of this has been.
    • The name(s) and email(s) of the submitter as well as the work’s author(s) name(s) and email(s).
    • The DOI link and an electronic copy (Word or PDF) of the article, or a pre-print or finalized manuscript for an in-press article.
  • Please attach the nomination and materials to an email and send to Barbara Gutierrez, Professional Staff Liaison, at with "AAA-AACSB-RRBM Award for Research Impacting Societal Challenges" in the subject line of your email.
  • Upon receipt of your nomination you will receive an acknowledgment message from the Professional Staff Liaison.
  • All documents submitted in support of your nomination become the property of the American Accounting Association and will not be returned.  Do not submit by mail any irreplaceable documents.