Waikato Management School’s Associate Professor Shiv Ganesh has taken out a coveted communications award at the International Communication Association (ICA) conference in the United States, literally receiving singing praise from his NZ colleagues at the conference.
Dr Ganesh won the Frederic Jablin Award for Outstanding Contribution to Organizational Communication at the ICA conference in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this week, beating a large international field of communications professionals and other academics.
His work includes being editor-in-chief of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communications, as well as contributing several articles each year. He is also on the editorial board of several major international journals, and in recent years, his work with various co-authors has won multiple awards from major international communication associations.
At the conference, the announcement prompted a spontaneous waiata from his colleagues in the Management Communications department. Within moments of receiving the award, the NZ contingent rose up and sang Te Aroha for Dr Ganesh, leaving the professor stunned and the international audience surprised by the cultural outburst.
This is the second time a Waikato Management School academic has won the award, with former professor, Dr Ted Zorn, a recipient in 2007. “It shows that the world is watching us, they certainly know who we are and the quality of research we are doing here at Waikato,” says Professor Juliet Roper, Chairperson of the Department of Management Communication.
Dr Roper says this is a prestigious award and a great honour for Dr Ganesh. “We are very proud of the hard work and commitment that Shiv continues to deliver in the Management Communications field. He is a credit to himself and an asset to our team and indeed to the University.”
The International Communications Association (ICA) is the leading academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of US researchers and is now truly international, with more than 3,500 members in 65 countries.