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The Inaugural Product Development and Management Association/University of Illinois at Chicago New Product Development-Innovation Doctoral Consortium, Chicago, 15-17 Jul 2011; Deadline 15 Feb

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Attention: Doctoral Students Engaged in Innovation-Related Research

REMINDER: Call for Applications to 2011 PDMA-UIC Doctoral Consortium (Deadline: February 15 2011)

Doctoral students conducting dissertation research on innovation-related topics are encouraged to apply for and attend the Inaugural PDMA-UIC Doctoral Consortium as a Doctoral Fellow. The Consortium will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago from Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17, 2011. We also ask faculty to encourage their students to apply.

The Consortium will bring together top doctoral students, faculty and practitioners in NPD-Innovation for learning, mentoring and networking, focusing on the developmental needs of doctoral students conducting NPD-Innovation research. It is co-sponsored by UIC and the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA), the world’s largest organization dedicated to the advancement of NPD-innovation with 3,000+ members in 50 countries and the sponsor of the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM, five-year impact factor 3.833)

Along with UIC faculty, top innovation scholars will be sharing their expertise through plenary, small group, and 1-on-1 sessions on research, teaching and academic life, including Gerry Tellis, Rebecca Slotegraaf, Tom Hustad, Abbie Griffin, Gina O’Connor, Mitzi Montoya, Stacy Wood, Gary Lilien, Tony Di Benedetto (JPIM Editor), Raji Srinivasan, Gloria Barczak and others.

Additionally, doctoral students will have the unique opportunity to interface with leading practitioners in NPD-Innovation, and participate in the JPIM-PDMA Thought Leadership Symposium (held in tandem with the Consortium), which will develop a research agenda for the field.

With the honor of selection, all expenses (meals, housing, and local transportation) except travel to and from Chicago will be covered free of charge. Social events will be held at Chicago’s fabulous lakefront, cultural hotspots, and a creativity lab. Importantly, all participating students will compete for $7,500 of dissertation research grants, the largest dissertation funding available for NPD-Innovation.


  1. To be eligible for participation, doctoral students must be working on an innovation-related dissertation and be in their dissertation phase.
  2. The submission must be received by February 15, 2011. Doctoral students will be notified by March 15, 2011 regarding the status of their submission.
  3. The submission will consist of the following materials (in pdf format):
    1. 2-page, single-spaced summary of the dissertation topic, covering elements such as research questions, motivation for research, method, and predicted or expected contributions. Please include current dissertation stage and expected stage at the time of the Consortium.
    2. A letter of recommendation from the student’s dissertation chair.
    3. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (including doctoral coursework).
  4. The submission should be sent as an email attachment to both Jelena Spanjol ( and Cheryl Nakata ( .

For additional information or questions, please contact Jelena Spanjol at .