Eligibility is limited to those who are pursuing a doctorate in a business discipline and whose dissertation research at the time of submission to this competition is less than 50% complete.
Proposals must be no longer than 20 pages in length and adhere to the following structure:
Identify the problem you are studying and its societal significance. In doing so, illuminate how the research addresses an important gap in current knowledge and the helpfulness of the findings. The introduction must describe how the research contributes to understanding and practicing business in a sustainable manner. Thus, in addition to considering the economic priorities of business, the research must have strong social and/or environmental business implications.
This section of the proposal must detail the methods that will be utilized. Clarity, accessibility, and detail are critical such that reviewers gain an understanding of how the research will be executed. This section should be well organized and presented in a sequence that is easy to follow; use headings and subheadings. Figures and tables (preferably embedded within the text) should be used to complement the text and provide important details. Use clear descriptions of concepts while including highly technical material in appendices. Given page limits, make sure to include the information that is most critical in gaining a complete understanding of the research approach. From your description, it should be evident how the research design follows the principles of responsible research to enhance both the credibility and usefulness of the research findings. (See the RRBM position paper on www.rrbm.network for a description of the seven principles of responsible research.) Applicable theory and references to papers providing strong precedence for methodological approaches should be included; however, space constraints will not permit a review of the literature.
Conclusion and Managerial Implications
Explain how your work helps advance understanding of your subject and creates new opportunities for practitioners and researchers. The conclusion should answer these questions: How might your findings and interpretations affect and alter strategies, behavior, and practices in companies? What are the limitations of your study, and what aspects of your topic need further study? What is the next step for practitioners and researchers?
All text citations should be fully listed as references at the end of the paper. Follow the reference style used by the academic journals in your discipline.
Dissertation proposal summaries should be submitted via separate pdf files:
- Title page
- Main proposal with references, tables, figures, and appendices – 12-point font, double-spaced, left-justified, 1-inch margins, numbered pages (limited to 20 pages total excluding the title page and abstract).
- An introductory letter from the student’s advisor confirming that the proposed dissertation research is no more than 50% complete.
Proposals must be submitted via B4BWDissertation@colostate.edu by June 3, 2022 (11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time).
The review process will be managed by an interdisciplinary team of business faculty at Colorado State University’s College of Business. Proposals will be reviewed via a double-blind process by experienced scholars.
Funding decisions will be announced by August 1, 2022. Winners will present their proposals during a virtual workshop on Friday, September 23, 2022.
Please contact competition co-chairs Chris Blocker and Samantha Conroy.