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Book on simulation technology and organizational change wins prize


School of Communication professor Paul Leonardi has received the Diamond Anniversary Book Award from the National Communication Association (NCA).

The NCA’s Diamond Anniversary Book Award, established in 1994, is given to the most outstanding scholarly book published by an NCA member during the previous two years. Leonardi’s book is Car Crashes Without Cars: Lessons About Simulation Technology and Organizational Change from Automotive Design (MIT Press, 2012), in which he looks at why innovation in the workplace is often stifled by inside-the-box thinking.

Leonardi teaches communication studies in the School of Communication and is the Pentair-D. Eugene and Bonnie L. Nugent Associate Professor in Manufacturing in the McCormick School of Engineering. He also teaches in the Kellogg School of Management. In 2011, Leonardi won the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. In 2012, he won both the Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management and the Young Scholar Award from the International Communication Association.

Past winners of the NCA Diamond Anniversary Book Award include School of Communication professors Angela Ray for The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Michigan State University Press, 2005) and Robert Hariman (with co-author John Louis Lucaites) for No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture and Liberal Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2007).

This is not Leonardi’s first award from the NCA. In 2008, the organization bestowed the Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award upon his work. Leonardi earned his PhD in management science and engineering from Stanford University.