Our premier award for superior doctoral dissertations is named in honor of AIB Fellows Mark Casson and Peter J. Buckley for both their pioneering development of internalization theory and their ongoing influence on the work of emerging IB scholars. The AIB Dissertation Award pays special tribute to the rich, ever-evolving perspectives that have characterized these scholars’ works.

History of the Award

The AIB Dissertation Award follows the tradition of Past President, Richard Farmer, of Indiana University, who emphasized a holistic approach to understand the environment of International Business.

With new sponsorship starting in 2013 the AIB Dissertation Award now also recognizes the seminal contribution of Mark Casson and Peter J. Buckley for their 1976 pioneering development of internalization theory as an explanation of the Multinational Enterprise (MNE). In subsequent work, Buckley and Casson have applied internalization theory to explain other modes of international business such as international joint ventures, licensing, offshore assembly and the global factory. Thus starting in 2013, the AIB Dissertation Award recognizes the joint importance of the environment of international business and the nature of the MNE.

Richard N. Farmer was a member of the faculty of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University for 22 years. An internationally known scholar and prolific author, he was considered to be among the founding fathers of international business in the United States. He served as the President of AIB from 1977-78. After he died in 1987, the dissertation award was named after him. After the original endowment was depleted, the AIB continued to fund the award until 2012 in his name with financial support from the Indiana University Center for International Business Education and Research until 2011 and Michigan State University Center for International Business Education and Research in 2012.

Selection Process

The award is designed to reward superior doctoral dissertations in the field of international business. All finalists receive a travel stipend to allow them to present their research at the AIB annual conference. The winner receives a plaque and an additional scholarship award (specific amounts are announced in the call for submissions annually).

Past Winners

2019

Winner(s): Sungyong Chang
Affiliation: London Business School
Dissertation: Essays on Organization, Creativity, and Globalization

2018

Winner(s): Luis Ballesteros
Affiliation: George Washington University
Dissertation: Firms’ Economic Reliance to National Markets and the Corporate Provision of Public Goods: Evidence from Corporate Disaster Philanthropy

2017

Winner(s): Neli Kouneva Loewenthal
Affiliation: George Washington University
Dissertation: Three Essays on Corruption, Government Transparency, and Foreign Direct Investment

2016

Winner(s): Anne Jacqueminet
Affiliation: Bocconi University (Ph.D. Awarded by HEC Paris)
Dissertation: Heterogeneous Implementation of CSR in an MNE: the Role of Subsidiaries’ Institutional Contexts and Behaviors

2015

Winner(s): Michael A. Sartor
Affiliation: Queen’s School of Business (Ph.D. awarded by Western University)
Dissertation: Essays on the Relationship Between Host Market Corruption and Multinational Enterprise Strategy

2014

Winner(s): Marcus M. Larsen
Affiliation: Copenhagen Business School
Dissertation: The Organizational Design of Offshoring

2013

Winner(s): Lite Nartey
Affiliation: University of South Carolina
Dissertation: Networks Of Influence: Implementing Politically Sustainable Multinational Stakeholder Strategies

2012

Winner(s): Marc van Essen
Affiliation: Utrecht School of Economics and Business
Dissertation: An Institution-Based View of Ownership

2011

Winner(s): Prithwiraj Choudhury
Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation: Innovation in Emerging Markets

2010

Winner(s): Jesper Edman
Affiliation: Stockholm School of Economics
Dissertation: The Paradox of Foreignness: Norm-breaking MNEs in the Japanese Banking Sector

2009

Winner(s): Daniel Rottig
Affiliation: California State University, Long Beach

2008

Winner(s): Ajai Gaur
Affiliation: Old Dominion University

2007

Winner(s): Rekha Krishnan
Affiliation: Norwegian School of Management

2006

Winner(s): Jon Erland Lervik and Gurneeta Vasudeva
Affiliation: Norwegian School of Management and Indian School of Business

2005

Winner(s): Renata Kosova
Affiliation: George Washington University

2004

Winner(s): Cyril Bouquet
Affiliation: York University

2003

Winner(s): Camilla A. Noonan
Affiliation: University College Dublin

2002

Winner(s): Jeffrey E. Johnson
Affiliation: University of Strathclyde

2001

Winner(s): Heather Berry
Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania

2000

Winner(s): Joan P. Mileski
Affiliation: Houston Baptist University

1999

Winner(s): Witold Henisz
Affiliation: University of California, Berkeley

1998

Winner(s): Lena Zander

1997

Winner(s): Tatiana Kostova

1996

Winner(s): Xavier Martin

1995

Winner(s): Subramanian Rangan

1994

Winner(s): Patricia Robinson

1993

Winner(s): Scott Xianfang Liu

1992

Winner(s): Srilata Zaheer

1991

Winner(s): Eugene Salorio

1990

Winner(s): Arvind Parkhe

1989

Winner(s): Paz Estrella e Tolentino

1988

Winner(s): Ching-Sung Wu

1987

Winner(s): Fritz Rieger

1986

Winner(s): Kwang Chul Lee