The 2012 EIBA Conference will be hosting two main events aimed specifically at doctoral students. The submission deadline for proposals for both events is Monday 3 September 2012.
- The 26th John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial in International Business
- The 3rd COST-EIBA Doctoral Think Tank, where the focus is on issues related to MNEs from emerging and transition economies
The numbers of participants at both events are strictly limited, but any non-successful applicants will be invited to participate in a third event, the EIBA Doctoral Symposium. Students participating in any of the three events are also expected to register for the EIBA conference.
The Doctoral Tutorial will take place on Friday 7 December, immediately before the start of the EIBA conference. It will be chaired by Jean-François Hennart (University of Pavia, Italy) and Rebecca Piekkari (University of Aalto, Finland).
The first objective of the Tutorial is to provide an opportunity to doctoral students in International Business to discuss their research plans and their work in progress both with a distinguished international faculty and their colleagues. The second purpose is to enable them to become acquainted with the international EIBA-network of experts and colleagues working in the field of International Business. The names of the 2012 faculty will be announced as soon as possible after the submission deadline.
If you are interested in this event, you are required to submit a 3-page abstract of the doctoral research currently being undertaken and a copy of your CV. The submission deadline for abstracts is September 3rd 2012. We recommend that applicants divide their 3-page abstracts into the following sections, and use the proportions shown as a guideline:
- central research question addressed (to include a brief statement of the topic, and of the issue or problem that motivates the research) [10%];
- theory and literature review [20%];
- research design, data and methodology (to include hypotheses in the case of quantitative methods, and the methods of measurement and the generative questions that will guide grounded theory building in the case of those using qualitative methods) [30%];
- expected results and summary of the evidence of the study thus far (to include if applicable an outline of any preliminary findings) [20%];
- expected contribution and its significance to scholarship in the IB field [10%]; and
- conclusions, and remaining concerns or problems to be overcome [10%].
Please include on your CV the name of your main thesis advisor, and the number of months (years) that you have been working on your thesis.
The number of participants in the Tutorial is strictly limited. We are particularly keen to encourage applications from doctoral students who, although not yet being close to having completed their theses, have already developed a clear idea of the data they will use (or are in the process of collection), and of their intended research design. That is, we especially welcome applications from doctoral candidates who are mid-way through the process of research for their thesis. However, despite the above preference, we strive for a mix of students at different stages of thesis preparation. We are also keen to encourage applicants from schools that do not as yet have established IB faculty research groups, but with the aim of ensuring a reasonable mix of participants from different backgrounds for the Tutorial.
The students who are selected to participate in the Tutorial will be requested to present a short paper about their thesis proposal. Participating students are required to register and attend the EIBA conference immediately following the Tutorial. An award of €1000 will be presented to the student with the most promising thesis abstract.
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The Doctoral Think Tank (DTT) is jointly organised by EIBA and by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) programme, as part of the COST Action ISO905 project on ‘The emergence of Southern multinationals: their impact on Europe.’ The DTT will take place on Thursday 6 December, immediately before the start of the EIBA conference, and will be chaired by Lucia Piscitello (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) and Danny van den Bulcke (University of Antwerp, Belgium).
The objectives of the DTT are similar to those of the Doctoral Tutorial, but the focus is on issues related to multinationals from emerging and transition economies. If you are interested in this event, you are urged to submit a 3-page abstract of the doctoral research currently being undertaken and a copy of your CV (using the guidelines set out above for the Doctoral Tutorial). The submission deadline for abstracts is September 3rd 2012.
The number of participants in the DTT is strictly limited. Furthermore, participation is limited to students from countries that are members of COST and whose country representatives participate in the COST Action research project. Students from the following countries are therefore eligible: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Financial support will be offered to those students selected to participate.
The students who are selected to participate in the DTT will be requested to present a short paper about their thesis proposal. Participating students are required to register and attend the EIBA conference immediately following the DTT.
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The numbers of participants at both the 2012 John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial and the 2012 COST-EIBA Doctoral Think Tank are strictly limited, as both events involve a considerable amount of faculty time, and the current one-day format does not allow for more students to participate.
Applicants who are not selected for either of the above events will be invited instead to participate in the 2012 EIBA Doctoral Symposium, which will take place during the afternoon of Friday 7 December – immediately before the start of the EIBA conference. The 2012 EIBA Doctoral Symposium will be chaired by Jeremy Clegg (University of Leeds) and Ödül Bozkurt (University of Sussex).
The Symposium will consist of several parallel 1½ hour sessions, attended by 2-3 faculty members. Three students will be allocated to each session and each will be asked to give a short presentation of their research work, after which they will receive feedback from the panellists. Participating students are expected to register for and attend the EIBA 2012 conference (i.e. this is a special conference event for registered PhD student delegates).
In addition, Virginia Thorp and Keri Dickens from Palgrave will conduct an additional session on how to publish a PhD thesis.
All applications that are not accepted for either the 2012 John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial or the 2012 COST-EIBA Doctoral Think Tank will automatically be considered for the 2012 EIBA Doctoral Symposium. The submission deadline for abstracts is September 3rd 2012.