The European International Business Academy (EIBA) conference features two events specifically designed for PhD students who wish to discuss their research proposals with experienced faculty: the Doctoral Tutorial and the Doctoral Symposium.

ATTENTION: Given that the Doctoral Events will be held in parallel with the Paper Development Workshops (PDWs) on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, PhD students may register for only one of these EIBA 2015 pre-conference activities.

John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial

For the 29th consecutive year, a Doctoral Tutorial for International Business students will be organized in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the EIBA. The 2015 Doctoral Tutorial will take place at PUC-Rio on 01 December 2015, prior to the official opening reception of EIBA’s Annual Conference, and will be chaired by Jean-François Hennart and Gabriel R.G. Benito.

For the annual John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial (JHD-DT), we encourage applications from doctoral students who, although not yet being close to having completed their theses, are already at an advanced stage and have already developed a clear idea of the theories, data and methods they will use (or are in the process of collecting data). That is, we welcome especially applications from doctoral candidates who are mid-way through their thesis.

The number of student participants at the annual Doctoral Tutorial is strictly limited to 10 (as this EIBA doctoral event involves a considerable amount of faculty feedback and discussion; therefore, the current one-day format cannot accommodate more students).

The first objective of the Doctoral Tutorial is to provide an opportunity to doctoral students in International Business to discuss their research plans and their work in progress with distinguished international faculty. The second purpose is to get them acquainted with the international EIBA-network of experts and colleagues working in the field of International Business. The core faculty for the Tutorial is composed of leading scholars in the field of International Business.

The students who are selected to participate in the Doctoral Tutorial will be requested to present a short paper about their thesis proposal – and required to submit an updated 10-page version of their thesis proposal (according to the formatting guidelines as listed below) by no later than October 31. An award will be presented to the student with the most promising thesis proposal. Click here to see the list of previous winners.

For more details on the 29th John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial (JHD-DT), please see the event page at the link

Doctoral Symposium

The 4th EIBA Doctoral Symposium (DS) will be organized in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the EIBA and take place at PUC-Rio on 01 December 2015, prior to the official opening reception of EIBA’s Annual Conference. The Doctoral Symposium will be chaired by Jeremy Clegg and Elizabeth Yi Wang.

The EIBA Doctoral Symposium welcomes thesis proposals from students who are still in the early stages of defining their research design (including the selection of theories, methods and type/source of data). If deemed appropriate by the Chairs, applications not accepted for the Doctoral Tutorial may be considered for the Doctoral Symposium.

The DS will consist of several parallel sessions, attended by 2-3 faculty members. Three students will be allocated to each session and each will be asked to give a short presentation of their research work, after which they will receive feedback from the faculty members.

For more details on the 4th EIBA Doctoral Symposium (DS), please see the event page at the link

Submission Guidelines for the 2015 Doctoral Program

Since the number of participants accepted for the Doctoral Tutorial and the Doctoral Symposium is limited, if you are interested in applying for one of these events, you are urged to send by May 31:

  • a three-page abstract of your doctoral project (Times Roman 12 font, single line spacing, 3-page limit including any figures or tables, excluding references)
  • your CV in which you are kindly requested to mention:
    • the number of months (years) you have been working on your doctoral thesis
    • the name of your main thesis advisor

Applicants for both the Doctoral Tutorial and the Doctoral Symposium should divide their 3-page abstracts into the following sections in roughly the proportions shown below as a guideline:

  1. the central research question addressed (to include a brief statement of the topic – the topic must clearly relate to international business – and of the issue or problem that motivates the research)[10%];
  2. theory and literature review [20%];
  3. research design, data and methodology (to include hypotheses in the case of quantitative methods, and the methods of measurement and the generative questions that will guide grounded theory building in the case of those using qualitative methods) [30%];
  4. expected results and summary of the evidence of the study thus far (to include if applicable an outline of any preliminary findings) [20%];
  5. expected contribution and its significance to scholarship in the IB field [10%]; and
  6. conclusions and remaining concerns or problems to be overcome [10%].

If your thesis is made of up of papers, it may make sense to introduce the theme and then to focus on one of the papers so that you can provide sufficient details.

To submit your application to the 2015 Doctoral Program (Tutorial or Symposium), please CLICK HERE

Acceptance to the Doctoral Tutorial or the Doctoral Symposium will be communicated by June 30. Selected students should confirm their participation by July 31.

NOTE: In order to participate in the 2015 Doctoral Program, student participants must also fully register and pay for attending the EIBA 2015 Conference – this is a mandatory requirement. There is a lower conference fee for PhD students and no extra fee will be charged to participate in the Doctoral Program – however, only previously selected students will be allowed to participate in these closed events.

Timeline for the 2015 Doctoral Tutorial and Doctoral Symposium

  • Submission deadline                     May 31
  • Notification of acceptance             June 30
  • Confirmation of participation         July 31
  • Submission of updated version    October 31

ATTENTION: Please, note that the submission deadline for the main EIBA 2015 conference is: April 30, 2015.