Vlerick researcher Sara De Hauw wins Best Reviewer Award at The Academy of Management

Sarah De Hauw, Doctoral Research Associate at Vlerick Business School, has been awarded a Best Reviewer Award within the Careers Division of the Academy of Management (AOM) at the 2012 annual meeting in Boston (US). Each year the Division rewards individuals who provide especially high-quality reviews of submissions made to the annual meeting.

Sara, who specializes in HRM and Career Management, has been an Academy member for three years and has twice volunteered as a reviewer. Doing so she remains up-to-date with first-hand information on trends and theories in the field of her expertise, well before these articles are published. She went over 3 papers and in return the authors evaluated her review. As she did so well, Sara obtained the highest score and won this Best Reviewer Award.

Being quite new to the Academy, Sara was pleasantly surprised to receive this award:
“I had no clue that I was nominated, so the prize really came as a surprise to me. It is nice to hear that the work you put into reviewing papers is appreciated by the authors and that they feel your comments help them further in improving their research.”

As an academic researcher she knows best what to pay attention to. After all, she writes research papers on a regular basis. Giving advice, corrections and suggestions are just a few of her responsibilities as a reviewer. A critical view on the applied theories, hypotheses and methodology is key to a high-quality paper.

Sara emphasizes the importance of feedback while these papers are still work in progress. The authors are thus given the opportunity to make adaptations and ensure that their work reaches the academic standards of excellence before it gets published.

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