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About the AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium

The AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium is the premiere consortium in the marketing discipline. It brings together the very best doctoral students from business schools in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the rest of the world. The AMA-Sheth Foundation doctoral consortium is unique because it is the only consortium that exposes doctoral students to the rich diversity of topics, methodological perspectives, and theories that exist within the marketing discipline. This exposure is designed to spark creativity and insight by challenging students to think outside of their existing paradigms and to broaden their views on what constitutes good research.  The consortium is also designed to help students make a successful transition to their first faculty position by providing guidance on research, teaching, and service.  Faculty scholars are selected who have made important contributions to the field and who are dedicated to helping doctoral students establish professional linkages among themselves and with faculty. 

The first consortium was held in 1966. The program was launched under the leadership of Thomas A. Staudt and from the beginning the focus on research and relationship building was key. In 1997 the name was changed to the AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium in recognition of the Madhuri & Jagdish N. Sheth Foundation’s commitment to finance part of the consortium on an ongoing basis with the establishment of an AMA Foundation endowed fund.​​


University of Iowa: 2017 Host

At Summer AMA 2015, the AMA Academic Council Executive Committee announced the selection of the University of Iowa as host for the 52nd AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium to be held 2017. This is the first time that Iowa will host the consortium.


Policies and Procedures​

 

The AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium is coming up on its 50th year.  The Consortium has undergone incredible growth in size and scope during this time and, as the AMA prepares to host the event overseas for the first time, it has encountered some challenges. In particular, the current policy for determining which universities will receive invitations to the Consortium has two key challenges: 

1) The policy is unrestricted in total number of students who can participate, and attendance has risen to over 130 students; an ideal consortium size is between 100-120 students. The large student attendance presents challenges to: a) offering a venue for students and faculty to engage in small group and one-on-one discussion and debate, a key objective of the Consortium, and b) identifying universities that have the financial and physical resources to host the growing number of students.

2) The policy is currently restricted to U.S. universities, despite the fact that there are many excellent doctoral programs outside of the United States.

To address these issues, the Academic Council has voted to adopt a new invitation policy, effective with the 2017 consortium. The complete policy document is available online (with the rules through 2016 and the changes effective in 2017). 


Sheth Foundation Support

In 1997, the AMA received a gift from the Madhur & Jagdish N. Sheth Foundation​ in order to make the event more financially secure in subsequent years. The funds were used to establish an endowment within the American Marketing Association Foundation. In recognition of this endowment, the name was changed to the AMA–Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium


AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Fellow Cohorts 

| 1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969 | 1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 |
| 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979 | 1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984​ | 1985 | 
| 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 
1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 | 2004 2005 |
2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 ​​​| 2015 |
| 2016​ | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 


​AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Photo Archives

 

Doctoral Consortium fellows and faculty from the first consortium held in 1966 at the University of Indiana in conjunction with the American Marketing Association's Fall Conference (later renamed Summer Marketing Educators' Conference) 

In recent years, the AMA has made it a priority to gather photos and other documents of interest from past consortium events. Anyone with images or other archival materials is encourged to contact Matt Weingarden, Program Manager so that materials may be shared.​​​

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 Host Institutions

 

Upcoming Hosts:

2017 - University of Iowa 

Past Hosts:
2016 - University of Notre Dame
2015 - London Business School
2014 - Northwestern University
2013 - University of Michigan
2012 - University of Washington
2011 - Oklahoma State University
2010 - Texas Christian University
2009 - Georgia State University
2008 - University of Missouri
2007 - Arizona State University
2006 - University of Maryland
2005 - University of Connecticut
2004 - Texas A&M University
2003 - University of Minnesota
2002 - Emory University
2001 - University of Miami
2000 - University of Western Ontario
1999 - University of Southern California
1998 - University of Georgia
1997 - University of Cincinnati
1996 - University of Colorado
1995 - University of Pennsylvania
1994 - Santa Clara University
1993 - University of Illinois
1992 - Michigan State University
1991 - University of Southern California
1990 - University of Florida
1989 - Harvard University
1988 - University of California - Berkeley
1987 - New York University
1986 - University of Notre Dame
1985 - Duke University
1984 - Northwestern University
1983 - University of Michigan
1982 - University of Minnesota
1981 - University of Maryland
1980 - Pennsylvania State University
1979 - University of Wisconsin
1978 - University of Chicago
1977 - University of Pennsylvania
1976 - University of Houston
1975 - Cornell University
1974 - University of Oregon
1973 - Michigan State University
1972 - University of Texas
1971 - University of Illinois
1970 - University of Western Ontario
1969 - University of North Carolina
1968 - Pennsylvania State University
1967 - Pennsylvania State University
1966 - Indiana University