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AIB 2007 Annual Meeting | June 25-28

AIB Doctoral Consortium 2007
Indianapolis, USA

Sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2007

AIB will offer a consortium for doctoral students on June 25, 2007. Associate Professor Lena Zander, Stockholm School of Economics is chairing the consortium. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2007.

The Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) will be sponsoring the consortium, and will provide several travel grants of up to USD 750 for students in need of financial support attending the consortium. In addition, SAMS will also sponsor the SAMS/AIB Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal, where the winner will receive a USD 1,500 award. There will also be two USD 500 awards for the runner ups.

The AIB 2007 Doctoral Consortium provides an ideal opportunity for doctoral students in international business to explore their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop with focus on interactive discussions with a panel of distinguished research faculty. The consortium has the following specific objectives this year: to provide a supportive setting for 1) feedback on participants' current research and guidance on future research directions, and 2) creative discussions and networking. The consortium will start at 8.30 am and end at 4.00 pm on Monday June 25. The faculty members for this year are:

Yves Doz, INSEAD, France
Henry W. Lane, Northeastern University, USA
Jane W. Lu, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Klaus E. Meyer, University of Reading, UK
William E. Newburry, Florida International University, USA
Elizabeth L. Rose, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
and University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Alain Verbeke, University of Calgary, Canada
D. Eleanor Westney, MIT, USA

Preference will be given to doctoral candidates who have finished the equivalent of the thesis proposal defense. Selection criteria will be focused on quality as well as on achieving diversity in disciplinary and interdisciplinary orientations and geographical emphasis.

Students must be nominated by a faculty member by e-mail directly to the consortium chair. Students must e-mail supporting materials: a brief curriculum vitae/vita (2 pages maximum), an extended abstract of the thesis proposal (3 pages maximum), a personal research statement (1 page maximum), and letter requesting financial support (if applying for a travel stipend) by March 1, 2007 directly to the consortium chair Dr. Lena Zander (). More details on the submission requirements are provided below.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Lena Zander
Institute of International Business,
Department of Marketing and Strategy
Stockholm School of Economics,
Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: +46 (0)8 736 9519
Fax: +46 (0)8 31 99 27
E-mail:

Letter of Nomination (E-mail)

Nomination letters should be sent by e-mail. Please request your thesis advisor to send it directly to the consortium chair, Dr Lena Zander (). The letter should state clearly that you have defended (or expect to defend latest June 15, 2007) your thesis proposal. If the student is enrolled in a doctoral program, which does not have a formal proposal defence, then the thesis advisor’s statement of approval of the proposal will suffice. The e-mail can be sent anytime before the deadline, March 1, 2007.

Extended Abstract

Prepare a three-page extended abstract of your thesis, including title, author information, abstract, keywords, thesis research summary, and references. The extended abstract should succinctly cover the research question, theoretical background, proposed method and intended contribution. Your abstract will be made available to the faculty advisors and student participants, who will provide feedback during the consortium.

The abstract will also form a part of the basis for the selection for the SAMS/AIB Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal. The proposals will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Originality and theoretical foundations of the work
  • Rigor and soundness of proposed method
  • Potential contribution and impact of the proposed work to advancing the field

Personal Research Statement

This will be circulated to the faculty advisors. The statement should be short (maximum 1 page) and should identify how you perceive that national culture and/or institutions are relevant for your research. Alluding to this year’s AIB conference theme of ‘bringing the country back in’, we are interested in understanding the various workings of national culture and institutions. Your choice of research question may seem far from any cultural study, but your topic, or method, or theoretical framework, or any other issue related to your research process or context, such as interaction with your dissertation committee, or learning points from studying abroad, could one way or the other be influenced by national culture and institutions. Specifically, we are interested in what you perceive as ‘national culture and/or institutions’ and how this can influence you and your research.

Letter Requesting Financial Support (if applying for a travel stipend)

Due to the kind support of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) for this year’s doctoral consortium, several travel grants of up to USD 750 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 include a letter stating your request to be considered for a stipend. The letter should include the following information: an estimation of your travel costs, including your city and country of departure, the name of your university, whether any travel funds are available from your university, whether you are currently an AIB member, and whether you have previously received a travel stipend from AIB.

Doctoral Consortium Submission Checklist

E-mail your application in one file to Lena Zander at by the deadline of Thursday, March 1, 2007. Your application must include all of the following:

  • curriculum vitae/vita (2 pages maximum)
  • an extended abstract of the thesis proposal (3 pages maximum)
  • a personal research statement (1 page maximum)
  • letter requesting financial support (if applying for a travel stipend)