Ralph Alexander Best Dissertation Award

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The Ralph Alexander Dissertation Award is given to the author of the best doctoral dissertation in the field of human resource management. In order to be eligible for this award, a dissertation must address a phenomenon that is of importance to the human resources field and have been completed with 24 months prior to the submission deadline. The award winner will be announced at the Academy meeting during the HR Division Awards Ceremony and receive a plaque and a $1000 honorarium.

In support of the HR Division's goal of increasing member involvement and its international reach, we strongly encourage nominations that reflect the rich diversity, backgrounds, and perspectives of our membership.


  1. The significance and importance of the problem to human resources.
  2. The extent to which the design, findings, or orientation advances research or theory.
  3. Given the length allotment, special attention will be paid to the conceptual development of the paper.

Nominations should adhere to the following procedures:

  1. An entrant should submit an electronic copy of their paper. Papers are limited to a maximum of 50 double-spaced pages (including title page, abstract, text, figures, tables, references, footnotes, appendices, etc.).
  2. The name of the submitter, his/her institutional affiliation, current mailing address, and phone number should appear only on the title page.
  3. A submitter must provide a letter from his/her dissertation chair specifying (a) that the paper submitted adequately represents the completed dissertation, and (b) the date the dissertation was accepted by the university.
  4. A paper may be submitted only once.
  5. Please combine all required materials (paper, nomination letter, etc.) into a single PDF document (less than 100 MB) and use the “nominate” button to complete an official nomination for this award. The nomination deadline is February 1, 2024.