Are Academy Awards Effective Signals of Quality Films?

87th Oscars®, Governors Ball Preview

The Academy Awards is a well-established celebration of talent and achievement in the film industry. Yesterday marked the Oscars’ 88th award ceremony, a testament to the popularity of the Academy Awards, but popularity alone does not mean that the Oscars are a reliable signal of quality. We revisit the article, “Why Some Awards Are More Effective Signals of Quality Than Others: A Study of Movie Awards” published in Journal of Management by authors Gedra Gemser, Mark A.A.M. Leenders, and Nachoem M. Wijnberg, to consider how different award shows define and award quality work. The authors discuss whether the Academy Awards, a peer-selected award, is less effective in boosting film performance than expert-selected awards. In addition, the authors compare the Academy Awards with less prestigious film awards to determine whether the Oscars are viewed as a more credible cue for consumers to select movies.

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In this article, the authors develop and empirically test a conceptual framework that predicts which types of awards
have the biggest impact on the competitive performance of the award winners. The empirical setting is an industry where awards proliferate, namely, the U.S. motion picture industry. Overall, their results suggest that awards granted by a jury composed primarily of end consumers, peers, or experts each have a different effect on consumer behavior, which can be explained in terms of differences in source credibility and award salience.

You can read “Why Some Awards Are More Effective Signals of Quality Than Others: A Study of Movie Awards” from Journal of Management free for the next two weeks by clicking here. Wan to know all about the latest research from Journal of ManagementClick here to sign up for e-alerts!

*Oscars image credited to Todd Wawrychuk (CC)

The Oscars, Creativity and Management Research

pseudo-oskar-1414835-mAnd the Oscar goes to…

You may have heard that the 2015 Oscars/Academy Awards are being telecast today to a worldwide audience. At this time each year we turn our attention to the world of entertainment and how it’s portrayed and studied in top research. This always yields an interesting array of articles.

And here they are… 15 articles spanning film, television and the arts on topics such as: unpaid work, race and gender issues, cultural entrepreneurship, arts-based management education, films you may have missed, and much more.

Read the articles free through March 31st.


Neil Percival and David Hesmondhalgh
Unpaid Work in the UK television and film industries: Resistance and changing attitudes  (European Journal of Communication: April 2014)

Iain Munro and Silvia Jordan
‘Living Space’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Spatial tactics and the politics of smooth space (Human Relations: November 2013)

Leslie Stager Jacques
Borrowing From Professional Theatre Training to Build Essential Skills in Organization Development Consultants (The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science: June 2013)

Jason Smith
Between Colorblind and Colorconscious: Contemporary Hollywood Films and Struggles Over Racial Representation (Journal of Black Studies: November 2013)

Jessica Birthisel and Jason A. Martin
“That’s What She Said”: Gender, Satire, and the American Workplace on the Sitcom The Office (Journal of Communication Inquiry: January 2013)

Tohyun Kim and Mooweon Rhee
Structural and Behavioral Antecedents of Change: Status, Distinctiveness, and Relative Performance (Journal of Management: July 2014)

Jen Katz-Buonincontro
Decorative Integration or Relevant Learning? A Literature Review of Studio Arts-Based Management Education With Recommendations for Teaching and Research (Journal of Management Education: February 2015)

Sonal Minocha, George Stonehouse and Martin Reynolds
Bollywood on Creativity: An Interview With the Internationally Acclaimed Film Director Shekhar Kapur (Journal of Management Inquiry: April 2014)

Alexia Panayiotou
Spacing gender, gendering space: A radical “strong plot” in film (Management Learning: July 2014)

Pablo Dominguez Andersen
The Hollywood Beach Party Genre and the Exotification of Youthful White Masculinity in Early 1960s America (Men and Masculinities: November 2014)

Matt Witt
Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed (New Labor Forum: January/February 2013)

Eric Yanfei Zhao, Masakazu Ishihara and Michael Lounsbury
Overcoming the Illegitimacy Discount: Cultural Entrepreneurship in the US Feature Film Industry (Organization Studies: December 2013)

Sarah Franzen
Engaging a specific, not general, public: the use of ethnographic film in public scholarship (Qualitative Research: August 2013)

Daniel Ashton
Making Media Workers: Contesting Film and Television Industry Career Pathways (Television & New Media: March 2015)

Keith Randle, Cynthia Forson and Moira Calveley
Towards a Bourdieusian analysis of the social composition of the UK film and television workforce (Work, Employment & Society: October 2014)

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Behind the Scenes: Management Research on Film

Talk about films is in the air today as the Oscars/Academy Awards are telecast to a worldwide audience. This means it’s that time of the year again when those of us at Management INK not only pause to enjoy films as entertainment, but also to explore what top research has to say about the creative arts. It was a good year for films and a good year for research pertaining to films. Enjoy!

We offer the following recent articles for your consideration, free to access through March 31st.

Balázs Kovács  and Amanda J. Sharkey
The Paradox of Publicity: How Awards Can Negatively Affect the Evaluation of Quality(Administrative Science Quarterly: March 2014) More ASQ

Irene E. De Pater, Timothy A. Judge  and Brent A. Scott
Age, Gender, and Compensation: A Study of Hollywood Movie Stars (Journal of Management Inquiry: January 2014) More JMI

Eric Yanfei Zhao, Masakazu Ishihara and Michael Lounsbury
Overcoming the Illegitimacy Discount: Cultural Entrepreneurship in the US Feature Film Industry (Organization Studies: December 2013) More OS

Eun-Kyoung Othelia Lee and Mary Ann Priester
Who is The Help? Use of Film to Explore Diversity (Affilia: February 2014) More Affilia

Mary J. Waller, Golchehreh Sohrab and Bernard W. Ma
Beyond 12 Angry Men: Thin-Slicing Film to Illustrate Group Dynamics (Small Group Research: August 2013) More SGR

Steve Pan and Chris Ryan
Film-Induced Heritage Site Conservation: The Case of Echoes of the Rainbow (Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research: February 2013 More JHTR

Mark Tadajewski and Kathy Hamilton
Waste, Art, and Social Change: Transformative Consumer Research Outside of the Academy?  (Journal of Macromarketing: March 2014) More JMK

Patrice M. Buzzanell and Suzy D’Enbeau
Intimate, ambivalent and erotic mentoring: Popular culture and mentor-mentee relational processes in Mad Men (Human Relations: November 2013) More HR

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The Oscars: Shining a Light on the Best in Film

Today the Oscars, or Academy Awards, program for excellence in cinematic achievement will be telecast worldwide.

What does academic research have to say about global films and the industries surrounding them? Plenty, it appears. We’ve pulled together a collection of articles spanning film and television and covering such issues as: using films to teach organizational behavior; examining ethical leadership through images of Italian-American immigrant leaders; discovering the advantages and disadvantages of social capital in film and TV work; promoting destinations via film tourism, and much more. Read the articles free through March 10th.


leadershipNicholas O. Warner and Ronald E. Riggio
Italian-American leadership in Hollywood films: Images and realities
Leadership (August 2012)


organization_studiesIrena Grugulis and Dimitrinka Stoyanova
Social Capital and Networks in Film and TV: Jobs for the Boys?
Organization Studies (October 2012)


journal_of_management_educationGerald W. Smith
Using Feature Films as the Primary Instructional Medium to Teach Organizational Behavior
Journal of Management Education (August 2009)


human_relationsLorraine Rowlands and Jocelyn Handy
An addictive environment: New Zealand film production workers’ subjective experiences of project-based labour
Human Relations (May 2012)


icgDal Yong Jin
Transforming the global film industries: Horizontal integration and vertical concentration amid neoliberal globalization
International Communication Gazette (August 2012)


jtrSimon Hudson and J.R. Brent Ritchie
Promoting Destinations via Film Tourism: An Empirical Identification of Supporting Marketing Initiatives
Journal of Travel Research (January 2010)


rmeJean-Marc Lehu and Étienne Bressoud
Recall of Brand Placement in Movies: Interactions between Prominence and Plot Connection in Real Conditions of Exposure
Recherche et Applications en Marketing (English Edition) (March 2009)