Collecting badges: Understanding the gold rush for business excellence awards


Business excellence awards (BEAs) have become all too commonplace. Entering and winning one has now become part of contemporary organising. However, scholarly work examining these awards remains scattered, with the dominant narrative focusing on what could even be described as the intense obsession with award ceremonies. In this paper, we articulate the mechanisms through which the dual demands for managing competitive pressures and achieving competitive advantage drive organisations to enter these awards. In doing this, we integrate and expand upon prior work to explicate an integrative framework for examining how the interactions between various contextual and environmental factors may induce organisations to enter BEAs and the potential outcomes, particularly for those who win or are shortlisted for these awards. We go on to present a set of propositions constituting a contribution, after which our study's implications for the theory and practice of BEAs are outlined.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Marketing & Strategy
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: awards,environmental antecedents,business excellence awards,third-party endorsement
Publication ISSN: 1740-4762
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2024 07:18
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2023 11:39
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Published Date: 2023-03-01
Published Online Date: 2022-03-02
Accepted Date: 2022-02-15
Authors: Asante, Shadrack
Sarpong, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1533-4332)
Bi, Jianxiang
Mordi, Chima



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