WRDS-SSRN Innovation Prize Awarded to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Faculty of Business

PolyU is recognized for innovative research and the school’s commitment to advancing its business program.

Philadelphia, PA — Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) and SSRN are pleased to announce the Faculty of Business at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as winner of the 2021 WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award for the Asia Pacific region. As a part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS enables comprehensive thought leadership, historical analysis, and insight into the latest innovations in academic research.

Each year, awards are presented to rising business schools from North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions to highlight innovation and research excellence. The WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award series elevates the visibility of impact-focused research and the institutions that conduct it. Steve Sheehan, executive director of WRDS and Gregg Gordon, managing director of SSRN, presented the award to Dr. Edwin Cheng, Dean of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Business School, during the virtual AACSB Asia Pacific Annual Conference.

“A key source of knowledge, research underpins our innovation-driven education and expert consultancy,” said Dr. Edwin Cheng. “PolyU Business School is delighted to receive this year’s Innovation Award and grateful to WRDS and SSRN for their recognition. Through our various research and specialist centres for Belt and Road development, branding and marketing, FinTech, leadership and innovation, maritime studies, shipping and logistics, sustainability, and entrepreneurial finance, we are open to opportunities for collaboration that advance research and scholarship.”

“I am delighted to present the WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award to Hong Kong Polytechnic University,” said Bob Zarazowski, Managing Director of WRDS. “It is exciting to recognize the innovative research taking place and the school’s commitment to advancing its business program.”

“SSRN continues to be excited about the Innovation Award because of the important research happening at schools like Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The world needs more high-quality research and PolyU Business School is providing it in a variety of areas,” said Gregg Gordon.

Together, WRDS and SSRN, the world’s leading scholarly research network, are advancing impact-focused research, changing policy and practice at regulatory, national, and global levels. In addition to the Innovation Award, the organizations have developed the WRDS Research Paper Series, a searchable repository of all papers submitted to SSRN that cite WRDS in their work.

About WRDS
Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) provides the leading business intelligence, data analytics, and research platform to global institutions—enabling comprehensive thought leadership, historical analysis, and insight into the latest innovations in research. WRDS democratizes data access so that all disciplines can easily search for concepts across the data repository. An array of unique, WRDS-developed products include Classroom by WRDS teaching toolkit designed to introduce business concepts, Learning Pathways curated and guided resources, Analytics tools, Research Applications, Linking tools, and Sample Programs. Supporting over 75,000 commercial, academic, and government users at 500+ institutions in 35+ countries, WRDS is the global gold standard in data management, innovative tools, analytics, and research services — all backed by the credibility and leadership of the Wharton School. http://whartonwrds.com

About the Wharton School
Founded in 1881 as the world’s first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is shaping the future of business by incubating ideas, driving insights, and creating leaders who change the world. With a faculty of more than 235 renowned professors, Wharton has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA and doctoral students. Each year 13,000 professionals from around the world advance their careers through Wharton Executive Education’s individual, company-customized, and online programs. More than 100,000 Wharton alumni form a powerful global network of leaders who transform business every day. For more information, visit www.wharton.upenn.edu.

About SSRN
SSRN is a leading Open Access, multi-disciplinary, online repository focused on providing early-stage scholarly research - Tomorrow’s Research Today - to people in approximately 140 countries around the world. Founded in 1994, it joined Elsevier in May 2016 and has grown to 70 discipline-based Research Networks with close to 1,000,000 papers from more than 500,000 authors and users have downloaded over 150,000,000 papers to date. Each of SSRN’s Research Networks encourages the sharing of preprints and other early-stage research by reviewing and distributing content submitted from researchers and research organizations.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

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