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AIB 2011 Annual Meeting
Nagoya, Japan
June 24-28, 2011

2011 Richard N. Farmer Dissertation Award

Dear New Faculty Members:

The Academy of International Business (AIB) is now accepting submissions for the Richard N. Farmer Award, sponsored by the Indiana University CIBER. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2011.

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 have successfully defended their theses/dissertations between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010. 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 the presentation of their research at the AIB annual meeting in Nagoya, Japan in 2011.

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 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 2011 selection committee consists of Simon Bell (Chair), University of Melbourne; Guenter Stahl, INSEAD; Anupama Phene, George Washington University; and Ishtiaq Mahmood, National University of Singapore. The committee will select the finalists, who will then be asked to submit their complete theses/dissertations for review and will be expected to make presentations at the AIB annual meeting in Nagoya from June 24-28, 2011.

Submission Instructions

Letters of nomination and the 15-page abstracts should be uploaded electronically by January 31, 2011. Go to and click on "Manuscript Submission Form". You may upload submissions starting Dec. 1, 2010. Please note that you must upload your submission as one document.

In the title page of your abstract, include your current affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, the name of the institution where the Ph.D. or D.B.A. was obtained, the name of your thesis advisor, and six keywords describing the topic of your dissertation.

Professor Simon Bell
Chair, Farmer Award Selection Committee
University of Melbourne