New Zealand Business Research Translation Competition 2022

Date:Tuesday 5 Jul, 5pm – 7pm
Location:AUT City Campus

New Zealand
Submissions closing date:Tuesday 31 May 2022 at 5pm.

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Auckland University of Technology is pleased to coordinate the New Zealand Business Research Translation Competition on behalf of the Associate Deans Research of New Zealand Business Schools. The Competition aims to promote the relevance and impact of business and economics research to external stakeholders. Its purpose is to enhance our skills and confidence in communicating our research to wider, non-specialist audiences.

In this context, “Translation” means re-writing a paper based on your journal article that has been published over the last three years. Researchers from eight New Zealand business schools are invited to submit a short paper (700 words) intended for a non-academic audience.


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


$1,500 for the winner

$750 for the runner-up

Awards celebration

On 5 July 2022, there will be a celebration and awards ceremony as part of the Research Translation Day at Auckland University of Technology.

Date: Tuesday, 5 July
Time: 5 – 7pm
Location: AUT City Campus

Submissions closing date

Tuesday 31 May 2022 at 5pm.

Competition information

Submission, assessment criteria, and preparation guide for the New Zealand Business Research Translation Competition 2022.

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). Infographics and figures are standard and will not add to your word count. 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 2021 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?

Find out more, register and submit your translated paper.