AIB/Sheth Foundation Doctoral Student Consortium

July 3, 2013


Chair: Grazia Santangelo, University of Catania


Submission Deadline: February 10, 2013


The Academy of International Business is organizing a Doctoral Student
Consortium, which will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 from 9:00 am to
4:30 p.m. The Consortium will provide a unique opportunity for doctoral
students to further develop their research ideas, to learn about the
challenges of conducting international business research and building a
successful academic career in this field, and to broaden their professional
networks. The format of the Consortium will facilitate a constructive and
supportive discussion among the doctoral students and the participating
faculty on topics of broad interest such as new trends in conducting
high-impact international business research, managing the dissertation stage
and the job search process, and successful entry into the academic career.
In addition, students will receive concrete feedback on their individual
current research projects as well as ideas and guidance for their future
research agenda.


The most suitable candidates for the Consortium are Ph.D. students in
international business who have completed their course work, are in the
dissertation stage of their programs, and have a relatively clear idea about
their dissertation research. While all such candidates will be considered,
preference will be given to those who have defended their dissertation
proposals. Selection criteria will also include research potential of the
dissertation topic and contribution to the disciplinary and geographical
diversity of representation. In order to make the consortium an effective
exchange forum, we will be restricting the number of participants to 30 and
will emphasize quality and diversity in the selection.


The faculty panel of the 2013 Doctoral Student Consortium will include a
number of accomplished and upcoming international business scholars who have
an extensive publication record, have served as editors or are members of
the editorial boards of leading academic journals, have won best
dissertation or other research awards, and have substantial experience
supervising doctoral students. (Please note: additions and changes are


Grazia Santangelo, University of Catania, Chair

Gabriel Benito, BI Norwegian Business School

Peter J. Buckley, University of Leeds

Aya Chacar, Florida International University

Lorraine Eden, Texas A&M University

Sarianna Lundan, University of Bremen

Marjorie A. Lyles, Indiana University

Shige Makino, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Steve Tallman, University of Richmond

Lena Zander, University of Uppsala

Minyuan Zhao, University of Michigan


Tentative Program (subject to change):

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

09:00 - 09:30       Welcome and Introduction

09:30 - 10:30       Panel: Conducting High Impact IB Research

10:30 -10:45        Coffee Break

10:45 -12:45        Small Group Discussion of Doctoral Student Research

12:45 - 13:45       Lunch with Mentoring/Networking opportunities (with
junior faculty consortium)

13:45 - 14:45       Panel: Managing the Dissertation and the Job Search

14:45 - 15:00       Coffee Break

15:00 - 16:30       Panel: Meet the Editors (jointly with Junior Faculty


Submission Requirements:


All materials have to be submitted by February 10, 2013. Please note that
late submissions or submissions that do not follow the requirements will not
be considered.


Information to Be Submitted by Advisor:


1.       Letter of nomination: The student's dissertation advisor should
send a nomination letter to the Consortium Chair, Grazia Santangelo,
University of Catania. The letter should discuss the progress of the student
in the program and his/her academic performance and potential. It should
state clearly whether the applicant has defended (or is expected to defend
by June 15, 2013) his/her dissertation proposal. If the student is enrolled
in a doctoral program that does not have a formal proposal defense, the
dissertation advisor's statement of approval of the proposal will suffice.
The nomination letter should be sent via e-mail to [log in to unmask] .


Information to Be Submitted by Student:


E-mail your application in one file to Grazia Santangelo at [log in to unmask]
. Your application must include the following documents:


1.       A 5-page, single-space, abstract of the dissertation proposal.
Please include title, author information, abstract, keywords, and
dissertation research summary. Diagrams, tables, and references should be
provided at the end of the document but do not count towards the 5-page
limit. The extended abstract should succinctly cover the research question,
theoretical background, proposed research design, and intended contribution.

2.       A 1 page resume. Highlight your academic and work experience, along
with publications including manuscripts under review.



AIB Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal


All participants in the Doctoral Student Consortium are eligible for the AIB
Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal. There is no separate
application process for this award. All completed applications to the
Consortium are automatically entered into the competition. The winner(s)
will receive a plaque and a monetary award. The selection is done by the
faculty panel of the Doctoral Student Consortium and is based on the
submitted dissertation proposal abstracts. The criteria used in evaluating
the abstracts include: (a) originality and theoretical foundations of the
work; (b) rigor and soundness of the proposed methodology; and (c) potential
contribution and impact of the proposed work to advancing the field. This
award is generously sponsored by the AIB Foundation.


Application for Travel Stipend


Due to the kind support of the Sheth Foundation, several travel grants are
available for students in need of financial support to attend the
Consortium. If you would like to apply for one of these travel stipends,
please check the AIB 2013 Travel Stipends
<>  page for further



For further information about the Doctoral Consortium, please contact:



Grazia Santangelo

Professor of International Business

Department of Political and Social Science

University of Catania

Via Vittorio Emanuele 8

Catania, 95131

Tel: +39-095-70305258

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