Revisit: PDMA Proposal Competition


Product Development and Management Association Dissertation Proposal Competition; Deadline now 4 Jan 2017

2016 PDMA Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition
****Submission deadline has been extended to Wednesday, January 4, 2017*****

Competition Co-Chairs: Jelena Spanjol (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) & Gaia Rubera (Bocconi University, Italy)

The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) has extended its call for submissions to the 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition.

The aim of the competition is to foster rigorous academic research on innovation and new product/service development and encourage close ties between the academic and corporate worlds. Applicants may propose research on any aspect of the development, commercialization, adoption, management, or strategy of innovation or new products/services. Doctoral dissertations may take one or more perspectives on innovation or new products/services (market, organization, team, manager, consumer, etc.).

Dissertation proposals that involve multiple research disciplines, cross functional lines, and those that make substantial advancement to our knowledge in the field are particularly encouraged.

Benefits to Winner:

  • A cash award of $2,500.
  • Access to the PDMA membership to collect data, if appropriate.
  • Exposure to the academic community, when the winner makes a presentation of his or her results at the Academic Research Forum of the PDMA’s 2017 Annual Conference (to be held in November 2017 in Chicago, Illinois) – a condition of winning the competition. Note that an additional $1,000 towards travel costs to attend the PDMA conference will be provided. The conference provides an excellent networking opportunity with both academics and practitioners. For information on the 2016 Research Forum see
  • A 1-year membership to the PDMA, which includes subscriptions to the online versions of the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM) and Visions magazine (PDMA’s practitioner publication).

Please see the full submission details at