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AIB 2009 Annual Meeting
San Diego, California, USA
June 27-30, 2009


AIB Doctoral Student Consortium
June 27, 2009 - San Diego, California, USA

Sponsored by the Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth Foundation

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2009

The Academy of International Business is organizing a Doctoral Student Consortium which will be held from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, June 27, 2009. 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. Submissions whose topic relates to the main theme of the AIB 2009 meeting "Is the World Flat or Spiky? Implications for International Business" are especially encouraged.

The faculty panel of the 2009 Doctoral Student Consortium includes a number of accomplished international business scholars who have an extensive publication record, have served as editors and/or members of the editorial boards of leading academic journals, have won best dissertation and/or other research awards, and/or have substantial experience supervising doctoral students. The faculty who have already committed to participating in the Consortium include (please note: additions and changes are possible):

Tatiana Kostova, University of South Carolina, Chair
Björn Ambos, Vienna School of Economics
Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School
Andrew Delios, National University of Singapore
Jonathan Doh, Villanova University
Anil Gupta, University of Maryland
Martine Haas, University of Pennsylvania
John Mezias, University of Miami
Matthew Myers, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Jordan Siegel, Harvard University
Paul Vaaler, University of Minnesota
Mary Zellmer-Bruhn, University of Minnesota

Tentative Program (subject to change):


9:00 - 9:30 Breakfast and Introductions
9:30 - 10:15 Conducting High Impact IB Research
10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:30 Small Group Discussion of Doctoral Student Research
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch with Mentoring/Networking
13:30 - 14:15 Managing the Dissertation and the Job Search Stage
14:15 - 14:30 Coffee Break
14:30 - 15:45 Meet the Editors (jointly with Junior Faculty Consortium)

Submission requirements, which include a nomination by a faculty member and supporting materials submitted by the student, are detailed below. All materials have to be submitted by 5 p.m., January 31, 2009. 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 Tatiana Kostova. 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, 2009) his/her dissertation proposal. If the student is enrolled in a doctoral program which does not have a formal proposal defense, then the dissertation advisor's statement of approval of the proposal will suffice. The nomination letter should be sent via e-mail to .

Information to Be Submitted by Student:

E-mail your application in one file to Tatiana Kostova at Your application must include the following documents:

  1. An extended abstract of the dissertation proposal (3 single-space-page maximum). Please include title, author information, abstract, keywords, and dissertation research summary. Diagrams, tables, and references should be provided but do not count towards the 3-page limit. The extended abstract should succinctly cover the research question, theoretical background, proposed method, and intended contribution.
  2. A personal research statement (2-page maximum): This should provide an overview of the applicant's research agenda in the dissertation and beyond.
  3. A current Curriculum Vitae (2-page maximum)

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 of up to USD 500 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 2009 website at http://aib.msu.edu/events/2009/ for further instructions.


For further information about the Doctoral Consortium, please contact:

Tatiana Kostova
Professor of International Business
Sonoco International Business Department
Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina
Tel. (803) 777-3553
E-mail: