In memory of the late Professor Motofusa Murayama, a charter member and Fellow of the Pan-Pacific Business Association and distinguished emeritus professor of Chiba National University, Japan, we inaugurated the Motofusa Murayama Best Research Paper Award in 2016.

The Purpose

To encourage young and emerging scholars to engage in innovative research in his/her chose field of specialization. The preference will be given to research in the areas of cross-cultural studies, international management, global-local strategies and culture and organization behavior. These are the research area where Dr. Murayama dedicated his life time work.


Fully developed research papers submitted to the Pan-Pacific Conference and specifically applied for the Award each year. This award is limited to young scholars who received his/her final degree (usually Ph.D. but may be MA/MS) during the last ten years or less. Those who received this award are not eligible to apply again.

Paper Requirement

No more than 25 pages in length, inclusive of tables, figures, and references (about 7500 words). No more than two authors and no senior faculty as a co-author.


A panel of experts from members of PPBA Fellows and Program Committee will evaluate submitted papers and choose the winner each year.


The winner will be recognized during the President’s Luncheon program with a plaque and the total cash prize of $1,000 (jointly sponsored by the Murayama family and PPBA).