2020 Kanter Award Winner

The Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work & Family are delighted to announce the winner of the 2020 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.

Hannah Riley Bowles, of the Harvard Kennedy School, authored Reconceptualizing what and how women negotiate for career advancement. The award-winning article was published in the Academy of Management Journal and was co-authored by Bobbi Thomason and Julia B. Bear. Professor Riley Bowles was recognized at the Work & Family Researchers Network Conference, which took place virtually on February 5, 2021. She will share her research in a keynote presentation at the Boston College Workforce Roundtable Meeting on May 20, 2021.

Hannah Riley Bowles is the Roy E. Larsen Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and co-directs the HKS Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP). She is a leading expert on gender in negotiation, focusing on the role of negotiation in career advancement and the management of work-family conflict. She has a DBA from the Harvard Business School, an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA from Smith College.

Named in honor of Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who has been identified as the most influential contributor to modern literature on work and family, the Kanter Award is given for the best research paper published during the year. The finalist articles were selected through a vigorous process involving nomination and review by a committee of 85 international scholars. This year, four finalists were selected from over 2500 articles published in 2019 in over 80 leading English-language journals from around the world. The finalists were then reviewed by a team of members from the Boston College Center for Work & Family, who provided feedback from their viewpoint as corporate practitioners.

The other finalists for the 2020 award are:

Mary C. Brinton and Eunsil Oh. Babies, work, or both? Highly educated women’s employment and fertility in East Asia. American Journal of Sociology

Chien-Juh Gu. Bargaining with Confucian Patriarchy: Money, Culture, and Gender Division of Labor in Taiwanese Immigrant Families. Qualitative Sociology

Mengyun Lin and Qing Wang. Center-based childcare expansion and grandparents’ employment and well-being. Social Science & Medicine

We congratulate the winner and all of the nominees and finalists for their excellent contributions to the work-life literature!

The Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work & Family developed the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award to raise the awareness of high quality work-family research among the scholar, consultant and practitioner communities.

Through the generous sponsorship of the Corporate Partners of the Boston College Center for Work & Family, the standards of quality for work-family research will continue to rise, and actionable findings from the best studies will become more commonplace in business communities to inform policy and best people practices.

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