We would like to welcome PhD students to attend the doctoral workshop organized on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

The main objectives of the workshop are two-fold: to assist PhD students in building an international network of fellow PhD students and renowned faculty, and to assist PhD students in developing and improving their research projects.

Participating students will have the opportunity to present their research proposals, which will be discussed by their colleagues and senior faculty. The emphasis will be on content as well as methodological issues.

The doctoral workshop will be guided by Prof. Davide Luzzini.


Reduced IPSERA Conference Fee for PhD Students

Each year the local host of the IPSERA conference offers a reduced conference fee of €200 to 15 PhD students. In order to apply for a reduced fee of €200 to attend the 2016 IPSERA conference in Dortmund, please also use the bursary application form and submit it via email to Kai.Foerstl@ggs.de.


Doctoral candidates interested in attending and presenting their research proposals (not results of finished research) should submit a one-page statement of interest by November 10, 2015. This statement should contain your name, affiliation, name(s) of advisor(s), project title, project description, and an indication of where you currently are in the process of completing your doctorate.

Please send this statement of interest to Davide Luzzini, at dluzzini@audencia.com.

The statements of interest are for planning purposes only. We understand that your actual participation in the workshop may depend on funding and on the outcomes of conference paper reviews.

A full research proposal (max. 20 pages) has to be submitted before November 30, 2015. The full research proposal will be reviewed. The number of participants in the doctoral workshop is limited. Based on this review process, a maximum of 12 proposals will be accepted for presentation in the workshop. Apart from these 12, there is plenty of room for non-presenting PhD candidates to participate in the workshop as auditors and discussants.

Review criteria include:

  • Clarity of research purpose (relevance, objectives, and research questions)
  • Review of relevant literature
  • Thoughtful discussion of research methods
  • Stage of the research

The stage of the research is important. It should be a proposal with some level of maturity looking for comments. If it is just an initial idea without plans for execution, there is too little content for our faculty to comment upon. On the other hand, it should neither be a project that is nearly finished, because comments from our faculty would be useless at such a stage. If your doctoral dissertation is designed as a collection of papers, your submission could be a proposal for one of those papers.

We would like to emphasize that we expect all submissions to the doctoral workshop to be research proposals, not finalized manuscripts, conference papers or journal articles.

Doctoral Workshop Dates

Submission (*) of one-page statement of interest  10 November, 2015
 Full research proposal submission (*)  30 November, 2015
 Notification of the review process  20 December, 2015
 Final research proposal submission (*)  29 February, 2016

(*) These should be submitted directly to Davide Luzzini (dluzzini@audencia.com).