January 2, 2020

Rising Star Early Career Award

2021 Award Recipient

Dr. Jackson Lu
Mitsui Career Development Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies
Sloan School of Management, MIT

Jackson Lu is the Mitsui Career Development Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was named one of the 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40 by Poets and Quants, and one of “30 Thinkers to Watch” for his research on the “Bamboo Ceiling” faced by Asians. He has published first-authored papers in premier general science journals (Nature Human Behaviour, PNAS), management journals (Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science), and psychology journals (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science). His research has been featured in major media outlets (e.g., BBC, The Economist, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post). Lu received his PhD from Columbia Business School.


We invite nominations for the 2022 Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS) Rising Star Early Career Award, sponsored by the Exeter Centre for Leadership. Nominations are due March 30, 2022.

Now in its fourth year, NLS and the Exeter Centre for Leadership honor a junior academic who is already making a significant contribution to the field of leadership. The intention of the Rising Star Early Career Award is to help promote the work of this highly promising junior scholar. Such recognition should promote networking with senior academics within the field and raise the winner’s profile. The successful applicant will also be awarded £1500 to go towards supporting their research and will be invited to join the committee to judge applicants the following year.


  • The applicant/nominee must have completed his or her PhD within the past 5 years.
  • The PhD must be on the topic of leadership within the field of Organizational and Industrial Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Management or a related field.
  • The applicant/nominee must already have a proven record of publishing in top tier journals and be able to demonstrate a promising pipeline of work going forward.
  • Rising Star Early Career Award committee members and previous winners of this award are not eligible.

Application Process

  • Self and other nominations are welcome.
  • The applicant/nominee’s curriculum vita, including a full publication list
    (this can also include papers under review).
  • A 1 page summary providing a compelling argument for how the applicant/nominee’s research makes a significant contribution to the topic of leadership. This can detail both how work has evolved to date and plans going forward for advancing knowledge.
  • A co-author reference (this can either be attached to the application or sent directly).
  • Materials must be emailed to: Brett Neely – networkleadershipscholars@gmail.com

Committee Membership

The 2022 committee consists of 5 members: Berrin Erdogan (Chair), Ronit Kark, Janaki Gooty, Jackson Lu, and Niels van Quaquebeke.

The NLS board, in conjunction with the Chair invites committee members with the intent of ensuring a representative committee (in terms of seniority, interdisciplinarity, multiple nationalities, and sex). The role of the Chair is to guide the Committee through its decision and work with the incoming NLS Awards Coordinator (Brett Neely, networkleadershipscholars@gmail.com) in organizing the process.

Deadlines and Timeline

  • Materials due March 30th, 2022.
  • Award winner will be notified by June 1st, 2022.
  • Award will be conferred at the 2022 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Download the Call for Nominations here.

Previous Award Winners

2019Dorothy Carter
2020Fadel Matta

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