"For me, this feels like winning an OSCAR," says a delighted Professor Dr. Lutz Kaufmann of WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar. "I can't even imagine surpassing this honor in my career." The spontaneous comparison of the highly respected "Distinguished Scholar Award" with the coveted film prize hits the nail pretty much on the head. After all, what the OSCAR is to actors in the film industry, the Distinguished Scholar Award - presented annually in August by the Academy of Management (AoM) in North America - is to scholars in the field of management. It recognizes the lifetime achievements of award recipients in various professional categories of management research. What is particularly special in Kaufmann's case is that he is the first ever researcher from a continental European institution to receive this world-renowned award. The 56-year-old is receiving the Distinguished Scholar Award for his research on business negotiations and procurement, as well as for his mentoring services for young and aspiring academics.
"WHU is of course very, very proud to have such outstanding scholars and lecturers as Lutz Kaufmann on its faculty," shares Prof. Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU. "They really are the best around from whom our students can learn." Lutz Kaufmann has been researching and teaching at the private business school’s campuses in Vallendar and Düsseldorf for 20 years. He has already received numerous awards for his teaching and hitherto research at WHU. His doctoral students, numbering some 40 to date, have won around 20 national and worldwide prizes for their respective dissertations. Many managers as well as sales and procurement professionals know him by his highly sought-after courses in WHU's executive education program.
The AoM was founded in 1936 and currently boasts around 20,000 scientists as members worldwide.
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