2018 EMAC/Sheth Foundation

Doctoral Dissertation Competition

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 2018 for the second time.

Three finalists will be honored with cash prizes and the opportunity to present their work at the EMAC 47th Annual Conference in Glasgow, UK.

Increase the reach of your dissertation – apply for the 2018 EMAC/Sheth Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Competition



  • Doctoral students who have completed or will complete their degrees in 2017 are welcome to apply. 
  • Either the advisor or the applicant is an EMAC member in 2017 or 2018 (Click here to join EMAC)
  • Doctoral students are eligible for the EMAC / Sheth Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Competition – whether their dissertations have been published or not. In other words, publication is not necessary, but also does not represent a disadvantage to any entrant.
  • No individual can apply for the award more than once or submit more than one topic for consideration.

Selection committee’s decision is final, and entrants have no legal recourse.



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, 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 a Senior Editor of IJRM.

The selection committee chair and the VP Corporate Relationships will select two external review­ers for each submission, unless they judge the summary to be inappropriate or of insufficient quality. Based on the out­side reviews and a subsequent evaluation by the entire selection committee, three finalists will be selected to present their summaries to the committee at the EMAC 47th Annual Conference in Glasgow, UK. The 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 47th Annual Conference in Glasgow, UK. 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).


Submission Guidelines

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 30 pages, including all figures, tables, and references).

    The summary should NOT be an overview of your entire dissertation but only on the main research project. In addition, please provide enough details so that external examiners can determine the technical merit and potential impact of your work.

  2. An abstract as a separate document (no more than 2 pages).
  3. An optional technical appendix, if desired, explaining your methodology (no more than 20 pages).
  4. 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 50 pages. Shorter submissions are welcome.

No author information should be mentioned on the summary or on the separated 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, 2018 15:00 CET Time.


Submission Link: http://doctoralcompetition2018.emac-online.org/r/submission


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

Anne-Laure Marteaux
EMAC / Sheth Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Competition Team
Phone: +32 (0) 2 226 66 67
E-mail: anne-laure.marteaux@eiasm.be


Finalists will be notified in April 2018


Thank you for your participation in the conference.