Call for 2019 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition in Innovation Management and New Product/Service Development
The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) announces its call for the 2019
Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition. The aim of the competition is to foster rigorous academic
research on innovation and new product/service development and encourage close ties between the
academic and corporate worlds. Applicants may propose research on any aspect of the design and
development, commercialization (including business models), 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. PDMA encourages
applications for both this dissertation proposal competition as well as the 2019 Doctoral Consortium
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, part of the PDMA’s 2019 Annual Conference (to be
held in October 2019 in Orlando, FL) – 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.
- 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
Proposals will be evaluated in a double-blind review process by leading 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 early summer 2019.
Conditions for Submission
- Applicants must be Ph.D. students or candidates in a field related to innovation management or new
product/service development. Recent issues of JPIM may be helpful in identifying topically suitable
- 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.
- 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. Fully completed dissertations are not eligible.
- The proposal packet should be submitted electronically here. The proposal document should be uploaded as a Word document; all other files may be either Word or pdf documents. The proposal packet
- 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,
- A title page with all contact details,
- A blind proposal document, not exceeding 15 pages in length, consisting of the following
sections: introduction, conceptual background, hypotheses/conceptual model, method, theoretical
contribution, and 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 doublespaced and in 12-point font, with a 1” margin on all sides. The proposal document should follow
the guidelines for authors submitting to JPIM),
- A letter from the student’s committee chair or department head in support of the submission. If
a letter from the student’s committee has already been written for an application to the 2019
PDMA Doctoral Consortium, the letter may be reused here, and
- An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (including a list of all completed doctoral coursework).
Please name all files using last name followed by document title. For instance,
Submission must be received no later than Monday March 4, 2019
Submit proposal packages here
For questions, please email the competition chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.