Abstract Submission Deadline: February 2, 2018

The Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division of the Academy of Management is pleased to invite submissions for the 2018 TIM Best Dissertation Award. We will accept submissions based on doctoral dissertations completed during calendar years 2016 and 2017. Dissertations can be submitted only once (i.e. if you submitted in the past, you are not allowed to submit again).

We take a broad perspective on technology and innovation including aspects of the emergence, diffusion, adoption, commercialization, evolution, and consequences of technologies and innovations. The TIM Division’s domain statement can be found at http://tim.aom.org/. As per the domain statement, we welcome dissertations from different disciplinary perspectives including management (strategy, organization theory, organizational behaviour, etc.) as well as economics, technology studies, sociology, etc. We are also happy to consider a broad range of methodologies.

The award process involves two stages. In the first stage, each applicant submits a 5-page dissertation abstract (see details below) along with supporting references and figures. A committee of experienced scholars then selects the finalists. In the second stage, finalists are invited to submit a 30-page manuscript based upon their dissertation. The committee reviews these manuscripts, provides feedback, and selects the best dissertation, which will be announced at the 2018 Annual Academy of Management Meeting in Chicago.

Finalists will be invited to present their work at a dedicated session during the conference when the winner will be announced. The session will afford high visibility to the finalists’ dissertations.

Submission Requirements:

  • Submit one copy of the first-stage award submission electronically to Daniella Laureiro (dlaureiro@ethz.ch) with the subject “TIM Dissertation Award Submission” by February 2, 2018.
  • Your submission should include two Word files: (1) a cover page and (2) your dissertation abstract (which includes text summary, references, and supporting materials). Please use your last name in naming the files as Lastname-file1.doc and Lastname-file2.doc. File names will be changed after receipt to provide anonymity.
  • In the first file, the cover page should include the following information:
  1. Dissertation title
  2. Author’s name
  3. Dissertation completion date
  4. Author’s degree-granting school
  5. Author’s dissertation committee with the principal advisor(s) and other roles and their affiliations clearly identified
  6. Author’s current affiliation information (affiliation(s), job title(s), corresponding address, telephone, fax, and email)
  7. Up to five keywords that describe the main theme(s) of the dissertation

This should be the only page to include identifying author, school, and committee information.

  • In the second file, the dissertation abstract must follow these requirements:
  1. Five page limit for the text summarizing the dissertation’s contents
  2. One inch margins
  3. Times New Roman or equivalent font – no smaller than 12 point
  4. Double-spaced text
  5. The text should have page numbers starting with “1”
  6. The dissertation title should be on page “1” and may be single spaced
  • You may include up to five pages of references that may be single-spaced. These do not count towards the page limit for the text of the dissertation abstract.
  • You may include up to five pages of supporting materials (tables, figures, appendices, etc.) beyond the text summary and the references.
  • Do not submit a complete dissertation. Finalists will be asked to submit a manuscript of up to 30 pages subsequently.
  • Be sure to remove any material in the abstract or references that may identify you as the author, for example, a series of working papers you have authored or reference to the dissertation itself.
  • Submissions should be made in .docx format.
  • The award is meant for Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral theses. If you have any question about eligibility, please contact the Dissertation Award Co-Chairs well in advance of the deadline for abstract submission.
  • Please note that late submissions or submissions that do not follow these requirements will not be considered, as the integrity of the reviewing process depends on consistency across submissions. If you have questions concerning these requirements, please contact one of the co-chairs.

Dissertation Award Co-Chairs: Marcel Bogers (University of Copenhagen) and Daniella Laureiro (ETH Zurich)

Contact: dlaureiro@ethz.ch