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Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award

For Excellence in Work-Family Research

The Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work & Family developed the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award to raise the awareness of high quality work-family research among the scholar, consultant and practitioner communities.  Named in honor of Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who has been identified as the most influential contributor to modern literature on work and family, the Kanter Award is given for the best research paper published during the year. Nominations are not accepted. The finalist articles are selected through a vigorous process involving review by a committee of over 60 leading scholars. Through the generous sponsorship of the Corporate Partners of the Boston College Center for Work & Family, the standards of quality for work-family research will continue to rise, and actionable findings from the best studies will become more commonplace in business communities to inform policy and best people practices.


Award Criteria

Studies are selected based on four basic criteria:

  • Strong Connections to Theory. By linking their ideas to theoretical schools of thought, the authors position their studies at the leading edge of existing knowledge. Their findings not only test their own hypotheses, but the propositions of entire theories. As the evidence for or against particular theories mounts, researchers can focus their energies on ideas with the greatest likelkihood of being correct 
  • Large Samples. In addition to being large, many of the samples are randomly selected and/or nationally representative. When not large, samples typically comprise hard-to-find or theoretically important groups. 
  • Detailed Data. Many of the studies use longitudinal data. The data sources are also diverse, such as policy analysis, time-use studies, in-depth interviews, or public records of organizational performance. 
  • Creativity. Throughout the studies there are many examples of researchers developing creative solutions to research problems. A couple examples from past nominees include working around the problem of trying to develop a representative sample with limited resources and a pool of volunteer respondents (who usually aren't representative) and using transition to retirement to reveal the dynamics of dividing household labor.



About the Center for Families at Purdue University 

With research, education, and outreach, the Center for Families at Purdue University strengthens services to families provided by employers, legislators, and others.


About the Boston College Center for Work & Family

Founded in 1990, the Boston College Center for Work & Family is a global leader in helping organizations create effective workplaces that support and develop healthy and productive employees. Find us on the web at and on Twitter @BCCWF