EMAC/Sheth Dissertation Competition


Deadline 15 Jan 2020

EMAC / Sheth Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Competition (2020)

New generations of marketing experts are crucial to develop the theories and tools that shape the future of our field. The EMAC/Sheth Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Competition recognizes and encourages this emerging talent. This distinguished award will be presented in 2020 for the fourth time.

Three finalists will be honored with cash prizes and the opportunity to present their work at the EMAC 2020 Annual Conference in Budapest, Hungary.


  • Doctoral students who have (or will have) completed and defended their degrees in 2019 are welcome to apply.
  • The applicant or his/her advisor should be an EMAC member in either 2019 or 2020 at the time of application (Click here to join EMAC)
  • Doctoral students are eligible to apply whether or not their dissertations have been published. In other words, publication is not necessary, but also does not represent a disadvantage to any applicant.
  • No individual can apply for the award more than once or submit more than one topic for consideration.


Submissions will be judged based on a defined set of criteria:

  • Is it interesting?
  • What is the contribution over and above existing literature?
  • What is the significance of the managerial contribution?
  • How valid are the research conclusions?

The selection committee will be comprised of the EMAC VP Publications (Chair), EMAC VP Global Relations, and EMAC VP Corporate Relationships. In case a committee member has a conflict of interest with a submission, s/he will not be involved in evaluating that submission or will be replaced by an Area Editor of IJRM. The selection committee’s decision is final, and applicants will have no legal recourse.

The selection committee chair and the VP Corporate Relationships will select two external review-ers for each submission, unless they judge the summary submitted by an applicant to be inappropriate or of insufficient quality. Based on out-side reviews and a subsequent evaluation by the entire selection committee, three finalists will be selected to present their summaries to the selection committee (and other attendees) at the EMAC 2020 Annual Conference in Budapest. The selection committee will then select the first, second and third place winners, and their names will be announced at the conference.


In order to be considered for the awards, the three finalists must present their research at the EMAC 2020 Annual Conference in Budapest, Hungary. They will be honored with a certificate a cash prize (1st place: EUR 5,000; 2nd place: EUR 3,000; 3rd place: EUR 1,000).

To Enter

Please submit the following (all materials must be in English):

  1. A single, coherent summary derived from your dissertation, following IJRM style (no more than 20 double-spaced pages, including all figures, tables, and references).
  2. The summary should NOT be an overview of your entire dissertation but rather only focus on the main research project. In addition, sufficient details should be provided so that external examiners can determine the technical merit and potential impact of the work.
  3. An abstract as a separate document (no more than 2 double-spaced pages).
  4. An optional technical appendix, if desired, explaining your methodology (no more than 10 double-spaced pages).
  5. If relevant, a table of the papers of your dissertation with the names of the coauthors and, if already published, names of the journal(s) in which published (no more than 1 page).

The total length of your submission (not including the abstract & table of papers) should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages. Shorter submissions are welcome.

No author information should be mentioned on the summary or on the separate abstract, as they will be DOUBLE-BLIND reviewed. If these documents contain any information identifying you or your co-author(s), your submission will be removed from further consideration.

To consider your submission, we must receive all application materials by January 15, 2020 15:00 CET Time.

Submission Link: https://www.xcdsystem.com/emac/abstract/index.cfm?ID=9oqHgKz

Finalists will be notified in April 2020.

If you have questions on submitting your entry, please contact:

Anne-Laure Marteaux
EMAC Executive Secretary
Phone: +32 2 226 66 67
E-mail: anne-laure.marteaux@eiasm.be