Principles of acknowledgement in the School of Business and Governance

Responsible department:
Approved with TalTech School of Business and Governance Dean’s order 11 December 2023 No 1-24/318

Research articles

1. The award for a research article is granted to recognize the outstanding research achievements of the members of the School. The statute of the award has been created with the following objectives in
1.1 to motivate the members of the School to publish in field-specific top tier journals and thus increase the visibility, availability and impact of research articles;
1.2 to recognize publishing in the core areas of the School and to contribute to improving its position in international rankings;
1.3 to foster local and international collaborative research between staff members and institutes of the School;
1.4 to support the research that involves the specificity of the institutes’ development plans, including interdisciplinary high-quality research.

2. The prize is awarded to the authors of articles classified as 1.1, published (Published in issue) and recorded in ETIS in the year of announcement of the competition for the title of the Research Article of the Year or in the year preceding it. Eligible authors are those who have not been among the recipients of a research article award from the School or university in the previous two years (except TOP20 article awards).

3. The following criteria will be considered when awarding the prize:
3.1 preference will be given to research articles with a higher impact factor (IF) in Web of Science (WoS) journals;
3.2 research articles with IF < 0.5 are not taken into consideration;
3.3 at least one author must be affiliated with Tallinn University of Technology, as indicated in the journal;
3.4 All authors of articles published in the top 20 journals (TOP20) based on the Web of Science (WoS) 5-year impact factor, within the School’s core areas (Business, Business Finance, Management, Economics, Law, Public Administration, Sustainability), will receive the School’s award;
3.5 at the time of awarding the prize the author has to hold at least 0.75 of workload in the School (in the case of an Early Stage Researcher workload can be lower);
3.6 as a general rule, the employee of the School has to be listed as the first author (in the case of high impact WoS journals a different position in the list may be acceptable);
3.7 the primary focus is on the WoS categories that reflect the core areas of the School;
3.8 in the case of articles with a very high impact factor, the prize may also be awarded for an article that is not in the core areas of the School;
3.9 a separate award is granted to the author of an article published in a high-impact journal in the field of ESG (sustainable and responsible approach to organisational management from an environmental, social and governance perspective);
3.10 in the case of similar results, the broadest possible representation of the institutes is ensured, and the authors who have not received the same prize in the past are favoured;
3.11 an author can receive only one research article award in a given year, either at the university or School level.

4. The award is granted for up to ten research articles. The calculation for the amount of one award is as follows:
One award amount = article award / total number of authors of the article.
The award is given to all authors who are employees of the School, and it is paid out from the budget of the Dean’s office.

5. The awards for each article are as follows (gross amounts):
5.1 One author:
5.1.1 Article award – 1500 euros;
5.1.2 An article published in a journal belonging to the TOP20 in the School’s core areas – 3000 euros;
5.2 Several authors from the same institute:
5.2.1 Article award – 1700 euros;
5.2.2 An article published in a journal belonging to the TOP20 in the School’s core areas – 3400 euros;
5.3 Authors from different institutes of the School or different faculties of the university and co-authors from other universities and institutions:
5.3.1 Article award – 1900 euros;
5.3.2 An article published in a journal belonging to the TOP20 in the School’s core areas – 3800 euros.

6. Awards are determined by the Dean in consultation with the School’s management. In justified cases, the management may make exceptions in the application of the criteria. The management decides, based on the proposals from the directors, which articles are submitted to the School council. The School council, in turn, submits these articles to the university’s competition for the title of the Research Article of the Year, taking into account the criteria mentioned in point 3.

7. Publications in journals and publishers that do not follow good academic practice will not be recognised (Such as:;;

School’s Lecturer, Programme Director, Support Staff Member, PhD Supervisor and Special Awards

8. The Lecturer (employee who has taught the School’s students), Programme Director, PhD Supervisor, Support Staff Member, and School’s Special Award are intended to recognize outstanding work by school employees. The school’s top performers are nominated for university-wide competitions.

9. Each year, the School’s Lecturer Award is presented to two employees, the Programme Director’s Award to one employee, the Support Staff Member Award to one employee, the PhD Supervisor’s Award to one employee, and the School’s Special Award to six employees.

10. The amount of the School’s Lecturer, Programme Director, Support Staff Member, PhD Supervisor, and School’s Special Awards is 1300 euros (gross amount).

11. In order to be eligible for the School’s Award, the employee must have worked in the corresponding position in the School for at least two years and has to hold at least 0.5 of workload at the time of awarding the prize.

12. The award is granted to an employee who has not received the Employee of the Year Award in the respective category from the School or the university in the two preceding years.

13. The recipients of the School’s Lecturer Award are selected from among the faculty members who, based on student feedback in the Study Information System, were among the top 30% highest-rated lecturers in the previous academic year. Feedback must have been provided by at least five respondents.

14. When determining the School’s Lecturer Award, the following aspects are taken into consideration:
14.1 the number of students who declared the courses he/she had taught;
14.2 participation in teaching and learning development activities;
14.3 involvement in research related to teaching activities;
14.4 self-development related to learning and teaching, and participation in international mobility (including hosting foreign lecturers);
14.5 popularizing activities that promote and introduce one’s field of expertise and its learning;
14.6 educational innovation in teaching activities and sharing one’s experience with colleagues;
14.7 collaboration in teaching activities with companies and other organizations.

15. When determining the School’s Programme Director Award, the following evaluation criteria are considered:
15.1 The Program Director consistently and effectively develops the study programme, relying on the university’s overall quality system;
15.2 programme indicators (graduation efficiency, the percentage of dropouts and the proportion of students involved in international mobility);
15.3 The Programme Director collaborates closely with representatives of various stakeholder groups (employers, students, faculty, alumni, etc.) in the development of the study programme.

16. When determining the Schools’s PhD Supervisor Award, the following evaluation criteria are considered:
16.1 The doctoral thesis supervisor who has (co)supervised the highest number of defended doctoral theses in the School of Business and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology in the last three years.

17. When determining the School’s Support Staff Member Award, the following evaluation criteria are considered:
17.1 being an example to the colleagues with his/her inspiring and supportive attitude;
17.2 persistent dedication to one’s work;
17.3 significant contribution to the performance of his/her unit or other units;
17.4 contribution to the development of the university;
17.5 positive feedback from one’s own team and colleagues from other units;
17.6 embodying the values of the university;
17.7 significant contribution to the implementation of the School’s goals and activities.

18. The School’s Special Award may be granted by the School’s institutes and the dean’s office based on the conditions set by their respective structural unit. The structural unit has the discretion to decide on the award’s designation and the criteria for which the award is given.

19. The selection of the best employee takes place at the beginning of the calendar year, with specific deadlines linked to the respective deadlines of the university competitions. The exact dates will be communicated within a week after the university deadlines are determined.

20. The directors of the institutes shall nominate the candidates from their department for the School’s Lecturer and Support Staff Member Awards, the Dean or his/her authorised representative shall nominate the candidates for the School’s Programme Director Award, a Lecturer from the Centre for Language and Communication and Support Staff Member from the Dean’s Office, and the PhD programme director shall nominate the candidate for Schools’s PhD Supervisor Award. Each head of a
structural unit submits their unit’s candidate(s) to the management of the School and provides a brief reasoning for the selection and nomination of these staff members for the award.

21. The management of the School (the Dean, vice-deans, institute directors, and the head of the Dean’s office) selects the award recipients in each category and nominees for the university competition through joint discussions. In the determination of the Lecturer of the Year, the Dean involves students in the decision-making process.

22. If the candidate nominated by the School is selected as the university’s best in the respective category and receives the university award, the School’s award is then determined by the management through joint discussions for the next-ranked employee in the respective category.