Doctoral Consortium Fast Facts

  • Application Deadline: 31 January 2024
  • Consortium Chairs:

Who is This Event For?

The Academy of International Business is organizing a Doctoral Consortium, which will be held in person in Seoul in the morning of July 3, 2024.

The Consortium will provide a unique setting for doctoral students to further develop their research ideas, to learn about the challenges of conducting international business research and building a successful academic career in this field, and to broaden their professional networks. The format of the Consortium will facilitate a constructive and supportive discussion among the doctoral students and the participating faculty on conducting high quality international business research, managing the dissertation stage and the job search process, and successful entry into the academic career. In addition, students will receive concrete feedback on their individual current research projects as well as ideas and guidance for their future research agenda.

The most suitable candidates for the Consortium are Ph.D. students in international business who have completed their course work, are in the dissertation stage of their programs, and have a relatively clear idea about their dissertation research. While all such candidates will be considered, preference will be given to those who have defended their dissertation proposals.

Selection criteria will also include research potential of the dissertation topic and contribution to the disciplinary and geographical diversity of representation. In order to make the consortium an effective exchange forum, we will be restricting the number of participants to 40 and will emphasize quality and diversity in the selection.

Who Will be in the Doctoral Consortium’s Faculty Panel?

The faculty panel of the 2024 Doctoral Consortium will include a number of accomplished international business scholars worldwide who have an extensive publication record, have served as editors or are members of the editorial boards of leading academic journals, have won numerous research awards, and have substantial experience supervising doctoral students.

Confirmed faculty panelists include the following senior scholars:

  • Rene Belderbos (KU Leuven)
  • Gabriel Benito (BI Norwegian)
  • Ilya Cuypers (Singapore Management University)
  • Minyoung Kim (University of Kansas)
  • Seunghyun Lee (UT Dallas)
  • Catherine Magelssen (London Business School)
  • Xavier Martin (Tilburg University)
  • Grazia D. Santangelo (Copenhagen Business School)
  • Paul Vaaler (University of Minnesota)
  • Danqing Wang (Hong Kong University of Science & Technology)
  • Changqi Wu (Peking University)
  • Srilata Zaheer (University of Minnesota)

How Can I Apply to Participate?

All materials have to be submitted by email to with the subject line “AIB doctoral consortium application” by January 31, 2024.

Please note that late submissions or submissions that do not follow the requirements will not be considered. Your application must include the following two documents:

  1. Letter of nomination from faculty advisor: The letter should discuss the progress of the student in the program and his/her academic performance and potential. It should state clearly whether the applicant has defended (or is expected to defend by January 31, 2024) his/her dissertation proposal. If the student is enrolled in a doctoral program that does not have a formal proposal defense, the dissertation advisor’s statement of approval of the proposal will suffice.
  2. Student resume and abstract of dissertation proposal (5-page maximum): The first page should be your resume, highlighting your academic and work experience, along with publications including manuscripts under Pages 2-5 should include title, author information, abstract, keywords, and dissertation research summary. Diagrams, tables, and references should be provided at the end of the document but do not count towards the 5-page limit. The extended abstract should succinctly cover the research question, theoretical background, proposed research design, and intended contribution.

AIB Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal

All participants in the Doctoral Student Consortium are eligible for the AIB Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal. There is no separate application process for this award. All completed applications to the Consortium are automatically entered into the competition. The winner will receive a plaque and a monetary award. The selection is done by the faculty panel of the Doctoral Student Consortium and is based on the submitted dissertation proposal abstracts.

The criteria used in evaluating the abstracts include:

  • originality and theoretical foundations of the work;
  • rigor and soundness of the proposed methodology; and
  • potential contribution and impact of the proposed work to advancing the field

Is There Financial Support Available for Attending the Consortium?

Due to the kind support of AIB members, a limited number of travel grants are available for students in need of financial support to attend the Consortium. If you would like to apply for one of these travel stipends after you have received notification of your acceptance to the 2024 Doctoral Consortium, please check the AIB 2024 Travel Stipends page for further instructions.