Excellence in Ethics


Fifth annual dissertation proposal competition, hosted by the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide at the University of Notre Dame

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Excellence in Ethics:
Dissertation Proposal Competition

The Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide at the University of Notre Dame is hosting its fifth annual dissertation proposal competition, the first and most established competition in this area. The objective of the competition is to recognize and award Ph.D. candidates whose research will further our understanding of the ethical issues facing the business community. Candidates in all business disciplines-including accounting, finance, management and marketing-as well as other disciplines that speak to business ethics issues, such as social psychology and sociology, are encouraged to submit their proposals. Proposals will be judged on the contribution that they make to the scholarly understanding of ethical issues in business as well as on their theoretical and methodological rigor. Finalists will be asked to present a short summary of their dissertation at the Ethical Dimensions in Business: Reflections from the Business Academic Community Conference at the University of Notre Dame held November 6th -7th, 2008. All finalists will receive a travel stipend of up to $500 and winners will also receive a $1000 honorarium. Conference scholarships for students at the pre-proposal stage who are interested in these issues are also being offered; information on these scholarships is available at http://www.ethicalbusiness.nd.edu.

Past winners of the Dissertation Proposal Competition were:

Scurrilous Competitors: Risk-takers, Bribers & Saboteurs in Promotion Tournaments, Niro Sivanathan, Northwestern University

Stewardship: Theoretical Development and Test of its Determinants, Morela Hernandez, Duke University, 2006

Financial Misrepresentations: Antecedents and Performance Effects, Jared Harris, University of Minnesota, 2005

Entrepreneurial Virtue: New Business Creation as a Teleological Pursuit, Carter Crockett, Robert Gordon University, Scotland, 2004

Submission Guidelines

  • All Ph.D. candidates who have defended their dissertation proposal by August 1, 2008 are invited to attend (defense of the dissertation itself must occur after this date).
  • Proposals must be received by August 1, 2008.
  • Proposal length is 12 pages of text and 5 pages of references and exhibits in normal font (12 point) and acceptable margins (1").
  • Proposals should be accompanied by an application form, available at http://www.ethicalbusiness.nd.edu.

Proposals and or questions should be sent to: Ann Tenbrunsel, Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide, Attn: Dissertation Competition, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-0399 or to atenbrun@nd.edu.