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Doctoral Symposium

In 2012, as initiated by President Roger Strange and in conjunction with the 38th EIBA Annual Conference held at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK, the European International Business Academy (EIBA) together with the support of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) launched the first EIBA / EIASM Doctoral Symposium in International Business (EIBA-DS). This relatively recent EIBA doctoral event, designed for PhD students in the early stages of their thesis, is offered yearly, 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 Kalinic (University of Leeds) joined the DS team – and Jeremy Clegg stepped down as lead chair at the end of the year. In 2017, the EIBA Board nominated EIBA Fellow Rebecca Piekkari (Aalto University School of Business) to serve as chair of the DS, with vice-chairs Elizabeth (Yi) Wang & Igor Kalinić (who stepped down at the end of 2019). In 2020, Olga Lavrusheva (Aalto University School of Business) joined Rebecca Piekkari to co-chair the 9th Doctoral Symposium as part of the EIBA 2020 Online Conference.

In 2017, the EIBA Doctoral Symposium (EIBA-DS) was officially renamed the Danny Van Den Bulcke Doctoral Symposium in International Business (DVDB-DS) in honour of the late Danny Van Den Bulcke (Past EIBA Chairman & EIBA Fellow) who devoted much of his professional life to promoting EIBA, International Business, and mentoring PhD students around the world.


10th Danny Van Den Bulcke Doctoral Symposium (DVDB-DS) held at EIBA 2021 Madrid, Spain, on December 10, 2021:

9th Danny Van Den Bulcke Doctoral Symposium (DVDB-DS) held on Day 1 of the EIBA 2020 Online Conference, on December 10, 2020:

8th Danny Van Den Bulcke Doctoral Symposium (DVDB-DS) held at EIBA 2019 Leeds, UK, on December 13, 2019:

The DVDB-DS is organised by the chairs in close collaboration with the local EIBA Annual Conference team (for on-site logistics, etc.) together with the administrative support of the EIBA Secretariat (located at EIASM). Visit the respective DS websites for relevant background and details on each event.


The main objective of the EIBA / EIASM Danny Van Den Bulcke Doctoral Symposium in International Business (DVDB-DS) is to provide an opportunity for 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 PhD students; a secondary purpose is to acquaint them with an international network of professionals and experts linked to the field of International Business (IB).

Students whose papers are not selected or are not quite ready for the more forrmal and rigourous JHD 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 DVDB Doctoral Symposium – both events 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 participants. (NOTE: There is no winner or prize associated with the EIBA Doctoral Symposium.)

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

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.