The Career Impact of Winning an External Work-Related Award
Harrison, B., & Jepsen, D. M. (2015). The career impact of winning an external work-related award. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 89, 21-31. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2015.04.004
41 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2015
Date Written: December 1, 2014
There is an abundance of work-related external awards in the business and corporate sectors. This study examines the impact of awards given to individuals in the business sector. Careers and signalling theory were used to initiate research in this domain with 32 interviews with winners of national work-related awards. The majority of winners were either nominated for the awards by others or encouraged to nominate by their managers, which may reflect an organisational, rather than individual, signal for distinction. All winners valued the recognition they received from their award but in an unexpected finding, no significant career trajectory changes occurred. Award winners used their award as a signal of their excellence to distinguish themselves from others. The award gave them confidence and credibility. There was no relationship between winning an award and career success measures such as promotions or salary increases. There were some surprising negative impacts identified by award winners.
Keywords: awards, careers, career impact, signalling theory
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