Professor Genevieve LeBaron has been awarded two distinguished awards by the Academy of Management; the Best Paper Award and the Best Business Ethics Paper Award.

The awards were given for ‘Innovations in the Business Models of Modern Slavery: Exploring the Dark Side of Business Model Innovation’, a paper coauthored by Professor LeBaron, Professor Andrew Crane, Kam Phung, Laya Behnahani and Professor Jean Allain.

The Academy is an organisation that works globally to foster scholarly development in the study of management. Their Annual Meeting is a key mechanism through which the Academy facilitates the sharing of ideas and debate within the field, The All-Academy Awards ceremony are a central feature of the Annual Meeting which took place in August 2018. Awards are presented to individual contributions, journals, papers and books.

The award-winning paper considers emerging business models that facilitate the usage of modern slavery, with specific reference to organisations operating on the ‘dark side’ – i.e. the unregulated and explored parts – of the global economy.

The forthcoming paper is currently under review, but an abridged version published for the Academy of Management Proceedings can be found here.