Thesis Competition




Call for Papers EDAMBA Thesis Competition 2024  - closed. 

Thank you to everyone who submitted a paper.  We are now in the review phase and the decision of the jury will be made in June.  The winning papers will be presented at the Annual Meeting in Oxford September 1-3, 2024 and pubished in the online journal in January 2025.



The European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA) invites submissions for the EDAMBA Doctoral Thesis Award 2024


Prizes up to €2,500

Effective communication is a key skill for doctoral candidates in management and business administration. The EDAMBA Thesis Competition recognizes junior scholars who can demonstrate the importance and relevance of their research to a diverse audience with a 5,000 word summary of their doctoral thesis.


Who can apply?

Applications are invited from scholars who have successfully defended a doctoral thesis in the last academic year (1st September 2022– 31st August 2023) at an EDAMBA member institution.


Why was the EDAMBA Thesis Competition created?

The EDAMBA Thesis Competition was created because many doctoral students and graduates have to present their work to an audience who is not familiar with the theories or methods used. Yet the job market opportunities and career progression of doctoral students and graduates may depend on assessments or recommendations by academics from other fields.  In addition, funding and grant applications may also be assessed by experts from other disciplines - especially for inter-disciplinary research proposals – which is another reason why researchers need to be able to present their work to clearly and rigorously.


What are the criteria for success?

The EDAMBA Thesis Competition focuses on research in business and management. Candidates submit a 5,000 word summary of their doctoral thesis which is evaluated on its ability to present research clearly, rigorously and concisely to a diverse management research audience while answering the following questions:

·       What is the contribution of the work to its field?

·       How does the work contribute to understand and address important societal challenges?

·       How does the work contribute to understand and address important management challenges?

·       Is the methodology sound?


Key Dates


·       Submission opens: January 15, 2024

·       Submission closes: March 17, 2024

·       Decision: June 2024

·       Presentation and award ceremony: September 3, 2024

·       Publication: January 2025




·       First prize: €2,500

·       Second prize: €1,500

·       Third prize: €750

·       Prizes also include a certificate and support for publication in the EDAMBA Online Journal.


Invitation to review the EDAMBA Thesis Competition 2024


EDAMBA is again this year recruiting a team of qualified scholars to review and select submissions to the Thesis Competition which satisfy the highest academic and scientific standards. We conduct a blind review process with two reviewers assigned to each paper. As a first step in the process, Thesis Competition Chair Daniel Havran would like to invite faculty from EDAMBA Member Institutions to register as a reviewer. 

If you are interested in participating in the review process, please send an email to indicating your affiliation, area of expertise and your title (Professor, Associate Professor ...).

EDAMBA will attribute public acknowledgments to the reviewers involved in the process. A list of reviewers with affiliation will be published in the online EDAMBA Journal. 

Expected timeline for reviewing as follows:
- Registration deadline Tuesday 16, 2024
- Allocation of papers Friday April 19, 2024
- Deadline to submit reviews Friday May 17, 2024

We would strongly appreciate your contribution to the enhancement of knowledge.

EDAMBA Doctoral Programmes Association
Thesis Competition Committee
Daniel Havran
Francois Collet
Jose Antonio Robles Flores



Congratulations to winners - presented at EDAMBA Annual Meeting on September 4, 2023. 

1st Prize
Dr Martina Pocchiari (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Paper: “Managing Successful and Resilient Shared-interest Communities: The Role of Digitization Technologies and Disruptive Events”

2nd Prize
Dr Tatevik Harutyunyan (NNH Norwegian School of Economics)
Paper: “Alignment Between Firms and Board Directors: Implications For New Ventures” 
3rd Prize
Dr Ana Maria Gomez-Trujillo (EAFIT University)
Paper: “The Interrelationship Between Internationalization and Sustainability: Analysis of an Emerging Market Multinational”

Thank you
Our thanks to the Committee and Team of Reviewers for their time and expertise in the important review process. 
Selection process
There was a 2 stage Review Process:
First round of reviews with all submitted papers are checked to verify that all papers comply with the guidelines.
  • a blind review process.
  • 2 reviewers are assigned to each paper
Second round: the selection process
  • Compilation of all reviews with the scores
  • Selection Committee is composed of the EDAMBA general secretary & responsible for the Thesis Competition and two other members of the EDAMBA Executive Committee. They are responsible for the selection.
  • 10 best papers are shortlisted for the final selections process.
  • Jury team selects 3 winners among the 10 shortlisted papers.
3 Winners posted on the EDAMBA Website and published in the Online EDAMBA Thesis Competition Journal.
3 Winners presented their research at the EDAMBA Annual Meeting on Tuesday September 5, 2023




The EDAMBA  Thesis Competition is designed to test Doctoral Students' ability to provide an overview of their Management Thesis in 5000 words (MT5000) to a community that comprises scholars management coming from different disciplines who use a variety of methods.

EDAMBA focuses on research in business and management and the following criteria:
  • What is the contribution of the work to their field? Does the work contribute to understand and address important social challenges? Does the work contribute to understand and address important management challenges?
  • Is the methodology sound?
  • Are they able to present your work clearly, rigorously and concisely to a diverse management research audience?
The Thesis Competition was first launched in 2003. It aims at distinguishing high-quality doctoral dissertations which have significantly contributed to new knowledge in all areas of business studies and management. The top-3 peer reviewed abstracts are given prizes and the short-list of selected abstracts is published in this EDAMBA journal. With this publication, we hope to contribute to the dissemination of distinguished doctoral dissertations from throughout our network in Europe and worldwide.
Contact the EDAMBA Executive Secretary for information about future Thesis Competitions.

EDAMBA aims to achieve its mission through three pillars of activity:
1. The Annual Meeting
2. The Summer Research Academy
3. The EDAMBA-EIASM Consortium of Doctoral Supervision

EDAMBA engages in global collaboration across networks
1. European Code of Practice