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Human Relations awards ‘Paper of the Year’ to Assistant Professor Penelope Muzanenhamo

Posted 26 October, 2023

An academic at the UCD College of Business has had their research recognised as ‘Paper of the Year’ by the journal, Human Relations.

Assistant Professor Penelope Muzanenhamo was awarded the 2023 best-in-class title for her work entitled ‘Epistemic injustice and hegemonic ordeal in management and organization studies: Advancing Black scholarship’

Co-authoring the award-winning research with Professor Rashedur Chowdhury, University of Essex, Dr Muzanenhamo dedicated its recognition to “black female scholars, who despite being traditionally the least valued academic actors and employees because of their race and gender, continue persevering with dignity and love their hearts”.

“I thank the Human Relations editors and reviewers for listening to our Black voices, and showing the World that Black Lives Matter… I have cited some of the Black female scholars’ work. Their work has given me voice, and I see every Black female scholar as a role model in one way or the other,” she added.

Dr Muzanenhamo and Professor Chowdhury were presented with their ‘Paper of the Year 2023’ award at the Academy of Management 83rd Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

An international peer reviewed publication ranked among the world’s top tier journals, Human Relations publishes original research that advances an understanding of social relationships at and around work.

Its ‘Paper of the Year’ award is given to those that its editorial team considers best encapsulates broad readership appeal, sound methods, and whose theory advances the understanding of human relations at work.

Dr Muzanenhamo said an early version of their research received a ‘Best Paper Award 2020’ from the Critical Management Studies (CMS) division of the Academy of Management.

“I am grateful to the CMS community for supporting my growth as a scholar and a human being. Through my interactions and observations within the AoM-CMS community, I have learnt that as Critical Management scholars, we are critical of inequalities, injustices and their sources.

“I believe as a CMS Community, we don't look at someone or an organisation and decide ‘Oh, we don't like this entity, and now let's be critical of it’. Instead, we look at the reasons why someone is treated as irrelevant, inadequate and dispensable. I believe we then ask what we can do collectively to change that dehumanisation.

“These are the central concerns addressed by our Human Relations Paper of the Year 2023, with a focus on epistemic injustice and advancing Black scholarship.”

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations (with materials from Beth Gormley, UCD College of Business)

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