Competition information

Submission, assessment criteria, preparation guide and award information for the New Zealand Business Research Translation Competition 2020/2021.

Eligibility criteria

The Competition is open to research active academic staff currently employed in any of the eight business schools in New Zealand with a minimum appointment of 0.2 FTE. This includes Professional Teaching Fellows.

Submission and assessment criteria

Register and submit a translated paper (700 words) aimed at a non-academic audience (the Preparation Guide below may be of help). The indicative maximum of 700 words includes any text in tables, graphs, images, references, etc. The translated paper must be submitted in pdf format. Please remove any details of your translated paper that could reveal your identity.

Your selected journal article must have been published on or after 1 January 2017 and not yet have had extensive media exposure. If your journal article has more than one author, then please make sure that your co-author(s) is/are aware that you are entering the Competition.

A judging panel comprising business people and policymakers will review the submissions, focusing primarily on the entries’ appeal and usefulness to external stakeholders.

The translation papers submitted to the Competition will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. The likely interest and value of the findings to the business/policy community: 75%
    • Does it address a significant issue? (25%)
    • How easily can a non-specialist understand the research? (25%)
    • How easily can the research be applied to add value to a business or policymaker community? (25%)
  2. Quality of the writing: 25%

Preparation guide

The following questions that might assist you in writing your brief paper are taken from the Harvard Business Review Guidelines for Contributors.

  1. What is the central message of your article (the "aha")? What is important, useful, new, or counterintuitive about your idea? Why do practitioners need to know about it?
  2. How can your idea be applied in business today (the "so what")?
  3. For which kinds of companies/organisations would it work especially well? Why?
  4. What research have you conducted to support the argument in your article?
  5. On what previous work (either of your own or of others) does this idea build?

Award celebration

The winners of the competition will be announced at the Research Translation Day, which will take place on Friday 7 May 2021.

Award categories

  • Overall research
  • Māori and Pacific research
  • Early Career research


In each category the winner award is $1,500 and the runner-up award is $750.


Submissions are now closed.