PDMA Dissertation Proposal Competition


Product Development and Management Association calls for Dissertation Proposals in New Product Development and Innovation Management; Deadline 15 Apr 2009

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Call for 2009 Dissertation Proposal Competition
in New Product Development and Innovation Management

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2009

The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) announces its call for 2009 doctoral dissertation proposals. The aim of the competition is to foster academic research on innovation and new product development and encourage close ties between the academic and corporate worlds. Applicants may propose research on any aspect of the development, commercialization, or management of new products/services or innovation. Dissertation proposals that cross functional lines, involve multiple research disciplines, or make substantial advancement to our knowledge in the field are particularly encouraged.

Benefits to Winner

Winners of the competition will receive the following benefits:

  • A cash award of $2,500.
  • Access to the PDMA membership mailing list to collect data.
  • Exposure to the academic community, when the winner makes a presentation of his or her results at the Academic Research Forum of the 33rd Annual PDMA International Conference – a condition of winning the competition. (Travel costs to the conference are paid by the PDMA. The conference provides an excellent networking opportunity with both academics and practitioners). For information on the conference, go to: http://conference.pdma.org/AcademicResearchForum.cfm
  • A 2-year membership to the PDMA, which includes subscriptions to the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM) and Visions magazine, PDMA’s practitioner publication.

Evaluation Process

Proposals will be evaluated in a double-blind review process by experts in product development and innovation. Reviewers will judge the proposals against traditional academic standards and the feasibility of completion in a timely manner.

Conditions for Submission