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    2016 PDMA Doctoral Dissertation Competition 

    Call for Doctoral Dissertation Proposals in Innovation Management
    and New Product/Service Development

    *The submission deadline for the 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition has passed.

    Submissions are no longer being accepted at this time.*

    Submission Deadline: Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    Competition Co-Chairs: Jelena Spanjol (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) & Gaia Rubera (Bocconi University, Italy)

    The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) announces its call for the 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition. The aim of the competition is to foster rigorous academic research on innovation and new product development and encourage close ties between the academic and corporate worlds. Applicants may propose research on any aspect of the development, commercialization, adoption, management, or strategy of innovation or new products/services. Doctoral dissertations may take one or more perspectives on innovation or new products/services (market, organization, team, manager, consumer, etc.). Dissertation proposals that involve multiple research disciplines, cross functional lines, and those that make substantial advancement to our knowledge in the field are particularly encouraged.

    Benefits to Winner
    Winners of the competition will receive the following benefits: 

    • A cash award of $2,500.
    • Access to the PDMA membership to collect data, if appropriate.
    • Exposure to the academic community, when the winner makes a presentation of his or her results at the Academic Research Forum of the PDMA 2017 Annual Conference (to be held in Chicago, Illinois, November 11-15, 2017) – a condition of winning the competition. Note that an additional $1,000 towards travel costs to attend the PDMA conference will be provided. The conference provides an excellent networking opportunity with both academics and practitioners. For information on PDMA's recent 2016 Research Forum, please click here
    • A 1-year membership to the PDMA, which includes subscriptions to the online versions of the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM) and Visions magazine (PDMA’s practitioner publication).

    Evaluation Process
    Proposals will be evaluated in a double-blind review process by scholars in innovation and new product/service development. Reviewers will judge the proposals against traditional academic standards and the feasibility of completion. The winner will be announced in March 2017.

    Conditions for Submission

    1. Applicants must be Ph.D. students or candidates in a field related to innovation management or new product/service development.
       
    2. Proposals must be either in the process of approval or be already approved by the student’s dissertation chair or committee. Where Ph.D. programs do not require a formal proposal approval, the student’s academic supervisor (Professor) should confirm that the final outline of the dissertation research (theoretically and empirically) is well established.
       
    3. The grant from the competition is intended to support the recipient’s dissertation research. Thus only those dissertations that will be completed no sooner than within the next year are eligible to be submitted to the competition.
       
    4. The proposal packet should be submitted electronically at: https://uic.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56Jmu2A03xKCrQx.The proposal packet should include:

    a. A one-page, single-spaced executive summary of the proposed dissertation research, clearly stating the dissertation title, research questions, method, and expected contributions. This executive summary also needs to include a statement regarding how the monetary award would be spent to help complete the dissertation.

    b. A title page with all contact details. 

    c. A blind proposal document, not exceeding 15 pages in length, consisting of the following sections: introduction, conceptual background, hypotheses/conceptual model, method, theoretical contribution, implications for innovation practitioners. If the dissertation consists of multiple essays, please include a section on the overarching theoretical framework, research objective and contributions. The 15-page limit also includes references, figures, and tables. It should be double-spaced and in 12- point font, with a 1” margin on all sides. The proposal document should follow the guidelines for authors submitting to JPIM (e.g. reference style, please click here).

    d. A letter from the student’s committee chair or department head in support of the submission. 

    e. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (including a list of all completed doctoral coursework).

    Extended Deadline
    Submissions must be received no later than Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

    Submission Website
    The submission deadline for the 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition has passed. Submissions are no longer being accepted at this time.

    For questions, please email the co-chairs at dissertation@pdma.org

    2015 PDMA Doctoral Dissertation Competition

     

    Call for Doctoral Dissertations Proposals in Innovation Management and New Product/Service Development

    Deadline Submission: January 4, 2016


    Competition Co-Chairs: Jelena Spanjol (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) & Martin Hoegl (LMU Munich, Germany)

    The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) announces its call for the 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition. The aim of the competition is to foster rigorous academic research on innovation and new product development and encourage close ties between the academic and corporate worlds. Applicants may propose research on any aspect of the development, commercialization, adoption, management, or strategy of innovation or new products/services. Doctoral dissertations may take one or more perspectives on innovation or new products/services (market, organization, team, manager, consumer, etc.). Dissertation proposals that involve multiple research disciplines, cross functional lines, and those that make substantial advancement to our knowledge in the field are particularly encouraged.

    Benefits to Winner
    Winners of the competition will receive the following benefits:

    ·        A cash award of $2,500.

    ·        Access to the PDMA membership to collect data, if appropriate.

    ·        Exposure to the academic community, when the winner makes a presentation of his or her results at the Academic Research Forum of the 2016 Annual PDMA International Conference (to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, October 15-18, 2016) – a condition of winning the competition. Note that an additional $1,000 towards travel costs to attend the PDMA conference will be provided. The conference provides an excellent networking opportunity with both academics and practitioners. For information on the 2015 Research Forum, go to: http://www.pim.pdma.org/d/do/1570

    ·        A 1-year membership to the PDMA, which includes subscriptions to the online versions of the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM) and Visions magazine (PDMA’s practitioner publication).

     

    Evaluation Process

    Proposals will be evaluated in a double-blind review process by experts in innovation and new product development. Reviewers will judge the proposals against traditional academic standards and the feasibility of completion. The winner will be announced in April 2016.

    Conditions for Submission

    1.      Applicants must be Ph.D. students or candidates in a field related to innovation management or new product/service development.

    2.      Proposals must be either in the process of approval or be already approved by the student’s dissertation chair or committee. Where Ph.D. programs do not require a formal proposal approval, the student’s academic supervisor (Professor) should confirm that the final outline of the dissertation research (theoretically and empirically) is well established.

    3.      The grant from the competition is intended to support the recipient’s dissertation research. Thus only those dissertations that will be completed no sooner than within the next year are eligible to be submitted to the competition.

    4.      The proposal packet should be submitted electronically as one single PDF file. The proposal packet should include:

    a.      A one-page, single-spaced executive summary of the proposed dissertation research, clearly stating the dissertation title, research questions, method, and expected contributions. This executive summary also needs to include a statement regarding how the monetary award would be spent to help complete the dissertation.

    b.      A proposal document, not exceeding 15 pages in length, consisting of the following sections: introduction, conceptual background, hypotheses/conceptual model, method, theoretical contribution, implications for innovation practitioners. If the dissertation consists of multiple essays, please include a section on the overarching theoretical framework, research objectives and contributions. The 15-page limit also includes references, figures, and tables. It should be double-spaced and in 12-point font, with a 1” margin on all sides. The proposal document should follow the guidelines for authors submitting to JPIM (e.g., reference style).

    c.      A letter from the student’s committee chair or department head in support of the submission.

    d.      An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (including a list of all completed doctoral coursework).


    Deadline
    Submissions must be received no later than Monday, January 4, 2016.

    Submission Website
    Submit proposal packages to the following website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=2015pdmadpc


    For questions, please email Prof. Spanjol at
    spanjol@uic.edu


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