We invite you to submit your dissertation proposal to the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition. Now in its 29th year, this competition is one of the most prestigious available to doctoral students studying organizations. Eight finalists will be chosen, based on reviews by experienced referees. Finalists will present their dissertation proposals in a workshop on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at the fall INFORMS Conference held in Anaheim, CA. During the workshop, finalists will receive detailed feedback from a panel of respected organizational scholars who act as final judges for the competition. The all-day workshop also provides a wonderful opportunity to interact with a small group of future colleagues. At the workshop, the judges will select a winner and a runner up. If we are unable to hold the competition in person this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will hold it virtually.
In order for their dissertation proposals to be considered for this competition, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
We encourage all eligible doctoral students who are studying topics related to organization science to submit summaries of their dissertation proposals. Dissertation proposals addressing issues related to any aspect of organization theory, entrepreneurship, strategy, organizational behavior, or business ethics are welcome.
Submissions should meet the following formatting criteria:
Dissertation proposals will be judged based on soundness of theory, methodological rigor, and potential contribution to the field of organization science. It is permissible, but not necessary, to include preliminary results in your submission. In keeping with the mission of the INFORMS College on Organization Science, boldness and innovation of the dissertation will be important criteria in the judging process.
The competition is being coordinated this year by Basima Tewfik of MIT Sloan School of Management. We are fortunate to again be using Organization Science's ScholarOne Manuscripts submission system to manage dissertation proposal submissions and reviews. The web address for submissions is http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/orgsci. If you do not already have an account, you will have to create one. This is a quick and easy process.
Applications must be received by June 21, 2021 (23:59 PT). Dissertation proposal summaries that do not meet the formatting criteria will be returned to students without review. In addition to the proposal summary, each application must include a nomination letter from the applicant's adviser certifying that the student is likely to complete the dissertation by July 1, 2022 and the date when the student advanced to candidacy – there is no need for a detailed recommendation letter.
Please follow Organization Science's instructions for submitting your proposal. A couple of important things to note:
Please direct any inquiries by email with Subject "Dissertation Proposal Competition" to Basima Tewfik at email@example.com.