Call for Applications 

2015 AIB US-NE Doctoral Consortium and Paper Development Workshop (October 22, 2015)


Submission Deadline: July 31 2015


About the Consortium

We are pleased to announce this year’s Doctoral Consortium and Paper Development Workshop as part of the Annual Conference of the US-Northeast (NE) Chapter of the Academy of International Business (AIB) – the leading association of scholars and practitioners in the field of international business. The workshop will be held on October 22, 2015, and hosted by the College of Management at University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) at the Campus Center of UMB in downtown Boston – a city with a rich cultural and historical heritage, and a global hub for education, science and technology. Conference details can be found here: 

We welcome Ph.D. students from across disciplines (e.g. business, management, political science, economics, sociology) sharing an interest in international business issues. Topics may include but are not limited to: theory of the MNE; managing geographic and institutional distance; international financing/financial systems; joint ventures and alliances; political risk, lobbying, and corruption; international expansion, sourcing and foreign entry modes; learning and knowledge management; and managing in cross-cultural contexts. In addition, we welcome participants who share a specific interest in political economy issues of international business, including the role of MNEs as political actors; MNEs and economic development; interactions with governments and NGOs; global governance and other topics (see also: general conference details).

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 Doctoral Consortium is open to students from all over the world. Although each participant will be required to register for the 2015 AIB-NE Annual Meeting, there are no additional fees for participating in this consortium. The early-bird conference fee (registration until August 31) for doctoral students is only $80. After August 31, the conference fee for students will be $120. Students may also apply for a waiver. Details can be found below and on the conference website:


The 2015 AIB US-NE Doctoral Consortium will be moderated and mentored by highly accomplished scholars of international business who are leading representatives of the field and senior/chief editors of major journals. They include: Jonathan Doh (Villanova U, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of World Business), Ram Mudambi (Temple U, Incoming President of AIB), Rajneesh Narula (John H Dunning Chair of International Business, U Reading) and Mona Makhija (Ohio State U, Senior Editor of Journal of International Business Studies). 


Submission Details

Doctoral students are invited to submit 3-page proposals to apply for the doctoral student consortium. Proposals should be submitted through the conference website: Applications should include:

1.   - Abstract of the dissertation proposal (not to exceed 3 pages, single spaced): 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 3-page limit. The extended abstract should succinctly cover the research question, theoretical background, proposed research design, and intended contribution.

- s- - Resume (not exceeding 1 page): Highlight your academic and work experience, along with publications including manuscripts under review. (Please combine the abstract and resume into one document)

      - Letter of nomination: The student's dissertation advisor should send a nomination letter to the Consortium Co-Chairs. The letter should discuss the progress of the student in the program and his/her academic performance and potential.  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.          

       Please e-mail proposals to co-host Chacko Kannothra (subject "AIB Doctoral Consortium"): [log in to unmask] .

Deadline for applications is July 31 2015.

The best proposal will receive a Doctoral Student Best Proposal Award.

Paper Development Workshop

In addition, we will have a paper development workshop (PDW) on October 22, following the Doctoral Consortium. The PDW is designed to facilitate general feedback and a one-on-one feedback session with a well-known scholar on a particular paper. Both PhD students and more senior scholars can participate. For this purpose, please submit a short paper of 3,000 words or a preliminary full paper of 10,000 to 12,000 words by July 31 2015. Final full papers shall be submitted, based on acceptance of the initial submission, by August 31 2015.

Applying for a Waiver 

Students may apply to get a waiver of the registration fee by serving as a conference assistant on one of the conference days. These roles are limited and preference will be given to those who have applied to the Doctoral Consortium or are presenting a paper at the conference. Assistance at the conference may include: helping at the registration desk, setting up catering and conference rooms, and other tasks. Please send an application by July 31 2015 to [log in to unmask].

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2015 AIB US-NE Doctoral Consortium at University  of Massachusetts Boston!


Stephan Manning 
Associate Professor of Management
University of Massachusetts Boston 
College of Management
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393, USA

Chair of Academy of International Business (AIB)​ US-Northeast Chapter


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