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LEEDS, U.K., DECEMBER, 13, 2019


• Rebecca PIEKKARI, Chair (Head of the International Business Group, Aalto University School of Business, Aalto University, Finland)
• Elizabeth (Yi) WANG, Vice Chair (Centre for International Business, Leeds University Business School (LUBS), University of Leeds, UK)
• Igor KALINIC, Vice Chair (Centre for International Business, Leeds University Business School (LUBS), University of Leeds, UK)


The main objective of the EIBA / EIASM Danny Van Den Bulcke Doctoral Symposium in International Business (DVDB-DS) is to provide an opportunity for young doctoral students in the field of International Business (IB) to discuss their research plans and works-in-progress with a distinguished international Faculty as well as with their fellow students. A secondary purpose is to acquaint them with an international network of professionals linked to the IB field and EIBA.

Students whose papers are not selected or are not quite ready for the more forrmal and rigourous John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial in International Business are encouraged to nonetheless submit their research proposals (by the deadline date communicated for the annual EIBA doctoral events, and according to the relevant posted guidelines) to be considered for acceptance to the EIBA / EIASM Danny Van Den Bulcke Doctoral Symposium in International Business – both events are typically scheduled to take place immediately prior to the start of the EIBA Annual Conference.

The Symposium consists of several parallel 1½-2 hour sessions, monitored by a panel of 2-3 Faculty. Up to three students are allocated to each session and are asked to give short presentations of their research work, after which they receive constructive feedback from the Faculty panellists. (Please note that there is no winner or money prize linked with the Danny Van Den Bulcke Doctoral Symposium.)

Students participating in the EIBA doctoral events (at no extra cost) are expected to also attend the main conference – and are thus required to register and pay for the respective EIBA Annual Conference. (Note that there are lower registration fees for PhD students with valid proof of status.) The DVDB Doctoral Symposium and JHD Doctoral Tutorial are closed and complimentary pre-conference sessions intended for fully-registered PhD student participants who have duly applied for and been accepted to one of the EIBA doctoral events.

ATTENTION: Submissions not accepted for the Doctoral Tutorial may be considered for the Doctoral Symposium; however, there is no implied guarantee of acceptance for any EIBA doctoral event – the respective organisers reserve the right of making final decisions.


The 8th Danny Van Den Bulcke Doctoral Symposium for doctoral students in International Business is being organized in conjunction with the 45th Annual Conference of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) in Leeds, U.K., December 13-15, 2019.

This doctoral symposium takes place at at the University of Leeds on Friday, December 13, 2019, – prior to the official opening session and welcome reception of the EIBA Annual Conference. It is organized by Rebecca Piekkari, Elizabeth (Yi) Wang, and Igor Kalinić.

Students selected to participate in the symposium are expected to present their thesis proposal – and are asked to submit any updated versions, if applicable, by November 14, 2019 – according to the guidelines listed below. (All accepted students participating in this event must also be fully registered for the EIBA 2019 conference. This is a mandatory requirement.

Doctoral candidates who are at an early stage of their thesis process and are currently defining their research theoretical framing, research methods, and data sources are encouraged to apply to this symposium. Those at a more advanced stages are welcome to apply to the EIBA 2019 John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial. Please note that if deemed appropriate applications to this tutorial may be considered for the symposium.

As the number of students accepted for this Symposium is limited, those interested in applying for this event are urged to submit:

by September 2, 2019

  • three-page abstract of your doctoral project (Times Roman 12 font, single line spacing, 3-page limit including any figures or tables, excluding references)
  • your CV in which you are requested to include:
    • the number of months (years) you have been working on your doctoral thesis
    • the name of your main thesis advisor
Applicants are adviced to structure their abstracts as follows: 
1. What is the central research question and why it is important to address? Include also a brief statement of the topic, which must be in the field of international business and motivate the research problem of your study [10%];
2. What do we (not) know about this topic in the light of previous research? Are you developing hypotheses from existing research or research questions/issues for your study? [20%];
3. What kind of data do you need to address the research questions? How do you intend to collect and analyse these data? What methodological decisions do you intend to make? [30%];
4. What is the expected contribution to scholarship in international business? What novel insights can be gained from your study? In which academic conversation do you intend to participate with your findings? [10%]
5. Are there any specific issues or concerns that you are currently struggling with and would like the panelists to address in the symposium? [10%].
NOTE: If your thesis is made up of several papers, we would encourage you to focus on introducing and discussing the overall theme rather than focusing on a specific paper. 

The submission deadline is September 2, 2019.

NOTE: The September 2nd deadline has passed – it is therefore no longer possible to make a submission or apply for this event.

For regularly updated information on EIBA 2019 in Leeds, please consult the conference website:



Ms. Marion HEBBELYNCK – EIASM Event Manager
Tel.: +32 2 226 66 60 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: marion.hebbelynck@eiasm.be