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Doctoral Symposium

In 2012, as initiated by President Roger Strange (University of Sussex) and in conjunction with the 38th EIBA Annual Conference held in Brighton, UK, the European International Business Academy (EIBA) together with its partner the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) launched the first EIBA / EIASM Doctoral Symposium in International Business (EIBA-DS). This doctoral event, designed for PhD students in the early stages of their thesis, continues to be offered annually, and provides an added incentive to attract and increase the number of student participants at the EIBA Annual Conference. The inaugural EIBA Doctoral Symposium was chaired by Jeremy Clegg (University of Leeds) along with Ödül Bozkurt (University of Sussex). As of 2013, Elizabeth (Yi) Wang (University of Leeds) co-chaired the event with Jeremy Clegg. In late 2016, Igor Kalinić (University of Leeds) joined the team – and Jeremy Clegg stepped down as lead chair at the end of the year. In 2017, EIBA Fellow Rebecca Piekkari (Aalto University) was nominated chair of the event – and the EIBA Doctoral Symposium was officially renamed "The Danny Van Den Bulcke Doctoral Symposium in International Business" in honour of the late Danny Van Den Bulcke (Past EIBA Chairman & EIBA Fellow) who devoted much of his professional life to promoting IB and mentoring PhD students around the world.


The main objective of the 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 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 people, all linked to the field of International Business.

Students whose papers are not selected or are not quite ready for the more forrmal and rigourous Doctoral Tutorial are encouraged to nonetheless submit their research (by the deadline date communicated for the annual EIBA doctoral events, and according to the relevant guidelines) to be considered for acceptance to the Doctoral Symposium – typically scheduled to take place 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 each asked to give a short presentation of their research work, after which they receive feedback from the faculty. (Note that there is no winner or money prize linked with the EIBA Doctoral Symposium.)

Participating students are expected to register for and attend the EIBA Annual Conference. (The DVDB-DS is a closed, complimentary pre-conference event for registered PhD student participants who have duly applied for and been accepted to present at the EIBA Doctoral Symposium.)

NOTE: Submissions not accepted for the Doctoral Tutorial may be considered for the Doctoral Symposium. However, there is no guarantee of acceptance (implied or otherwise) for any EIBA doctoral event – the final decisions rest solely with the respective event organisers.


News & information on the 6th Danny Van Den Bulcke Doctoral Symposium (DVDB-DS) being held at EIBA 2017 in Milan, Italy, on Thursday, December 14, 2017, is available:

The Doctoral Symposium is organised together with the administrative support of the EIASM via the EIBA Secretariat, and, for on-site logistics, in close collaboration with the EIBA Annual Conference team. Those responsible for the organisation of the 2017 DVDB-DS are:

  • Chairs of the 6th EIBA Doctoral Symposium
    Rebecca Piekkari (Aalto University), Chair | Elizabeth (Yi) Wang (University of Leeds), Vice Chair | Igor Kalinić (University of Leeds), Vice Chair

  • EIBA 2017 Conference Chair / EIBA President
    Lucia Piscitello (Politecnico di Milano)

  • EIBA Secretariat (EIASM)
    Marion Hebbelynck (Administrative Coordinator) & Ene Kannel (EIBA Executive Secretary)