Work and Organizations Associate Professor Mary Zellmer-Bruhn won a best paper award at a recent Academy of Management (AOM) annual meeting. Her paper, “Evident and Hidden Language Barriers to Knowledge Processing in Multilingual Teams,” won the International Management (IM) Division Best Paper in OB/HRM/OT Award.

The award is given to the best scholarly paper of AOM’s IM Division focusing on organizational behavior, human resource management, or organization theory. All papers with a research focus in these areas accepted for presentation at the annual meeting are eligible for the award. The IM Division program chair selects a set of four or five finalists and the IM Division research committee selects the winning paper through a blind review.

AOM has 25 divisions, and the IM Division is one of its largest, with 2,450 members.

Zellmer-Bruhn’s paper was co-authored by Helene Tenzer and Markus Pudelko of Tübingen University in Germany and Mary Maloney of the University of St. Thomas. They examined 15 multinational teams in three German auto companies and interviewed 90 members of the teams to learn how language barriers affect knowledge processing. They found several distinct effects.