Services Dissertation Proposals


The Initiative for Managing Services at Ohio State and the AMA Services Marketing SIG announce a dissertation proposal competition; Submissions 1 Oct - 1 Nov 2006

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Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 13:56:28 -0400
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The Initiative for Managing Services (IMS) at the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, and the American Marketing Association’s Services Special Interest Group (SERVSIG) are pleased to announce the “2007 Fisher IMS and AMA SERVSIG Dissertation Proposal Competition” for the best doctoral dissertation proposals on services. This is the inaugural year of this annual award. Fisher IMS will grant one winner’s award of $2,000 and up to two runners-up awards of $1,000 each. The first place winner will be awarded additional prize money of up to $1,000 to attend the SERVSIG doctoral consortium preceding the 2007 Frontiers in Service Conference.

Special Session at the 2007 Winter Educators’ Conference. Winners will be asked to present their proposals in a special session at the 2007 AMA Winter Educators’ Conference in San Diego (February 16-19, 2007). A panel of distinguished services research experts will participate in this special session. Awards to the winners will be presented at the conference.

Eligibility. Entrants must be doctoral candidates in marketing or a related field (e.g., consumer behavior, marketing strategy, quantitative operations management, organizational behavior, human resources, strategy, finance, information systems, economics, etc.) in a fully accredited university. Applicants should be doctoral candidates (i.e., successfully completed their qualifying exam stage); should have completed two years but no more than four years in the doctoral program as of August 31, 2006; and should have completed no more than 50% of their dissertation research. Entrants will be required to sign a statement verifying their eligibility and agreeing with the eligibility criteria before applying.

Submission Guidelines. Submissions should have a title page with the dissertation title, names of the candidate and advisor(s), and affiliation. This should be followed by a page with the title and an abstract of up to 150 words (no identifying names or affiliation information). This should be followed by the proposal, with a starting page number marked ‘1’.The proposal itself (i.e., text) should have a maximum length of 20 double-spaced pages. Tables, figures, and references should follow, not exceeding 10 double-spaced pages. Submissions should follow the format of the Journal of Marketing. Proposals will be judged on (1) importance and potential contribution to services research, (2) quality of theoretical/conceptual development, and (3) appropriateness and rigor of proposed methodology.

Submissions must be accompanied by the candidate’s CV, a signed eligibility agreement, and a letter from the primary thesis advisor(s). The proposal and CV (both in Microsoft Word only) should be sent by the candidate in a single email to with the subject header, “Proposal Submission”. The eligibility agreement form (which can be downloaded from should be faxed to 614-292-0879. The advisors(s) should email their letter separately to with the subject header, “Letter for (candidate’s name).”

Deadline. To be eligible, submissions must be sent between October 1 and November 1, 2006.  Submissions will not be received prior to October 1, 2006 and submissions received after November 1, 2006 will not be considered. Winners will be announced in January 2007.

More Information: In an effort to make information about the competition easily accessible, SERVSIG has developed a page for the competition (  Please visit this site for complete information on the competition and to download and eligibility form. 

We apologize for cross-postings of this message, but we want to ensure that all eligible doctoral candidates are aware of this new opportunity.


Clay Voorhees