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

2009 Richard N. Farmer Dissertation Award

Sponsored by the Indiana University CIBER
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2009

The Richard N. Farmer Award for the best thesis or dissertation in International Business is open to all Ph.D. and D.B.A. students who will successfully have defended their theses/dissertations between 1st January 2008 and 31st December 2008. Any topic that contributes to basic or applied knowledge in International Business, broadly defined, is eligible to compete for this award, even if the thesis or dissertation has been submitted to other competitions. The winner will receive a plaque and a US$1,000 cash award. All finalists will receive a US$500 travel stipend, to facilitate their presenting their research at the AIB annual meeting in San Diego, California.

Richard N. Farmer was President of the AIB from 1977 to 1978, and a professor at Indiana University from 1964 to 1987, where he died at the age of 58. During that period, he played a leading role in the development of the field of International Business. Over 50 doctoral students earned their degrees with him at Indiana University. Known as 'Farmer's Crop', many of his former students became influential in the AIB. The Indiana University CIBER is proud to sponsor the AIB Farmer Award, in his honor.

The deadline for nominations is 31st January 2009. The nomination packet should include: (1) a letter of nomination from the student's thesis/dissertation supervisor or chair and (2) an abstract, not exceeding 3,750 words (approximately 15 pages, at 250 words per page), of the successfully defended thesis or dissertation. The abstract should describe the objective of the doctoral research, along with its theoretical foundation, relation to previous research, methodology, findings, limitations, and contributions to the field of International Business. The criteria for the award are relevance and contribution to the field of International Business, quality of the theoretical framing and the methodology, and quality of the empirical work (where relevant).

The 2008 selection committee consists of Mary Zellmer-Bruhn (Chair), University of Minnesota; Shige Makino; the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Jennifer Spencer, George Washington University; and Simon Bell, University of Melbourne. The committee will select the finalists, who then will be asked to submit their complete theses/dissertations for review and will be expected to make presentations at the AIB annual meeting in San Diego, California, to be held on June 27 - 30, 2009.

Letters of nomination and the 15-page abstracts should be sent, by 31st January 2009, to the chair of the selection committee. In the title page of the abstract, the applicant should include his or her current affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and the name of the institution were the Ph.D. or DBA was obtained, as well as the name of the student's thesis advisor. The chair of the selection committee is:

Mary Zellmer-Bruhn
Chair, Farmer Award Selection Committee
Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
321 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Tel: +1 612 625 2342
Fax: +1 612 626 1316

Electronic submissions are strongly preferred and encouraged ( ). If submission is made in hard copy, please submit five copies of the 15-page abstract, and an e-mail to Mary Zellmer-Bruhn ( ), to confirm that the packet has been posted.