Douglas McCabe, professor of management, was the recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2017 Annual Conference of the American Society for Competitiveness in Washington, D.C. This was McCabe’s fourth Best Paper Award during his career at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

The American Society for Competitiveness is a national association of academics, business executives, and public policy makers who share a commitment to improving competitiveness at individual, firm, industry, country, region, and global levels. This year’s conference theme was Breaking Down Barriers to Competitiveness: A Path Forward.

McCabe’s paper, “Conflict Resolution and Organizational Justice in the Workplace — The Evidence Based Research,” discussed the most current evidence-based research on how employees can achieve justice, equity, and voice within organizations. “Conflict and its resolution play a critical role in organizations,” McCabe said. “A growing proportion of companies and corporations have turned to various dispute resolution procedures to resolve the complaints and grievances of their employees within the organizational behavior context.”

Within some progressive firms, McCabe’s research has seen real-world implementation. “Many of these quality and legitimate systems were put into place based upon the policy recommendations of my stream of research, as well as the research of other human resource management scholars,” he said.