Call for Proposals
Fourth Annual Li Ning Dissertation Proposal Grants of IACMR
(Deadline: March 1, 2013)
Background and Proposal Topics
The IACMR Li Ning Dissertation Proposal Grants, sponsored by Li
Ning Company, encourages doctoral students to conduct dissertation
research that either uses existing theories with appropriate
contextualization to analyze Chinese management phenomena, or develops
context specific theories to explain unique Chinese management
phenomena. There will be five grants of 10,000 RMB each for the first
prize dissertation proposals, and five grants of 5,000 RMB each for the
second prize dissertation proposals. In addition, the winners will be
invited to attend the IACMR Research Method Workshop in Shanghai, China,
on July 21-23, 2013.
We invite dissertation proposals on the following topics (but not limited to):
relevance of Chinese traditional cultural values including regional
sub-culture within mainland China to contemporary issues of strategic
management, organizational behaviour, and human resource management
• Corporate governance of different types of Chinese firms such as state-owned firms, family firms and publicly-listed firms
• Entrepreneurship in China抯 emerging market
• Knowledge search, spillovers and innovation
• Internationalization of Chinese firms
• Competition and cooperation between domestic firms and foreign firms
• Ethics, corruption and corporate social responsibility
leadership in the transitional era in China, or indigenous models of
Chinese business leadership and their functioning mechanisms
• The balance of harmony and conflict in managing Chinese employees
• Social capital and guanxi in the evolving Chinese economic, social, and cultural contexts
Proposal Submission and Evaluation
Applicants must be active IACMR members (membership fee current).
Proposals submitted for this grant should have not been approved by the
applicant抯 dissertation committee (i.e., prior to the stage of PhD
thesis proposal defense).
When submitting your application, the packet should include the following:
one-page biography (in English) that includes the applicant抯 name, the
university抯 name, years in the doctoral program, the advisor抯 name, the
applicant抯 career interests and any papers that the applicant may have
published or presented (list no more than five).
• An abstract of the proposal (less than 150 words).
proposal should include a summary of the research problem(s) and
research question(s), relevant literature on the issue(s), key
hypotheses with major theoretical arguments, the research methods, and
the expected completion date. The entire proposal should be 7 pages with
your biography as the first page and citations/budget as the last page
(no more than ten citations). It must be single-spaced, in Times New
Roman 12-pitch font size.
• A signed
letter (PDF file with the advisor抯 signature) from a faculty advisor
commenting on your research potential and affirming that you are working
on the dissertation proposal and that you do not have an approved
dissertation proposal at this time.
The proposals will be evaluated by the members of IACMR Research
Committee and other experienced scholars in the management area. The
criteria for assessing the proposals include a) relevance to the theme
of 揅ontext-Sensitive Management Research in China�, b) interestingness
and novelty, c) clarity of exposition, d) adequacy of the research
methods, and e) potential theoretical, empirical and practical
Submit the proposal and the signed faculty letter (with file names:
your-name-proposal and yourname-letter) electronically to Dr. Haiyang Li
and Dr. Xu Huang, Co-Chairs of the IACMR Research Committee (on or
before March 1, 2013), at email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Award decisions
will be announced by April 15, 2013.