2016 PDMA Doctoral Dissertation Competition
Call for Doctoral Dissertation Proposals in Innovation Management
*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
Conditions for Submission
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).
For questions, please email the co-chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org