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Doctoral Colloquium

The colloquium provides an opportunity to doctoral students to discuss their research plans and their work in progress with leading scholars and colleagues in the field of International Entrepreneurship.

The students who are selected to participate in the colloquium will be requested to present a short paper about their thesis proposal. Participating students are required to also attend the McGill Conference, immediately following the tutorial. The colloquium will mostly proceed in parallel tracks based on the topical and/or methodological angle of participant's work as well as on the stage of the dissertation process. Doctoral students from any discipline whose research focuses on international entrepreneurship, and at any stage in their doctoral studies, are invited to attend.

Paper submission format and details

PhD proposals for the
Doctoral Colloquium

Submission deadline

April 15, 2018

Submission format

1,000 to 2,000 words

Submission instructions

The detailed synopses of PhD research proposals should be 1,000–2,000 words

Please email your proposals in Word format to Conference Chair:


Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 5, 2018


Keynote speakers

Olli Kuivalainen, Professor in International Marketing and Entrepreneurship. PHOTO: University of Manchester.

Olli Kuivalainen, D.Sc. (Econ.) is currently Full-time Visiting Professor in International Business and Management at the University of Manchester (Alliance Manchester Business School, UK) and Professor in International Marketing and Entrepreneurship at School of Business and Management of Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland). His expertise covers broad areas of international business, entrepreneurship, marketing and technology management and their interfaces. Olli's current research interests are e.g. internationalisation trajectories of SMEs, micromultinationals, decision-making in internationalisation, global value/supply chains, and role of technologies in marketing and international business. He has published in journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of International Marketing, International Business Review, Technovation, International Marketing Review, International Journal of Production Economics and Journal of International Entrepreneurship, among others.

Dr. Gary Knight, Professor of Global Management and Helen Simpson Jackson Chair in International Management. PHOTO: Willamette University.

Gary Knight is the Helen Jackson Chair in International Business at Willamette University in Salem and Portland, Oregon, USA. His research emphasizes international entrepreneurship, international strategy, and technology and international business.

Along with S. Tamer Cavusgil, he won the 2014 Decade Award at the Journal of International Business Studies for their article “Innovation, Organizational Capabilities, and the Born-Global Firm.” Gary first attended the McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference in 1998, which led to an article in the Journal of International Marketing, "Entrepreneurship and Marketing Strategy: The SME Under Globalization".

Gary has authored more than 40 refereed articles in academic journals, including International Business Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of World Business, among others. He is currently Chair of the Academy of International Business, Western United States Chapter. Gary obtained his PhD at Michigan State University, in marketing and international business.

Best Doctoral Paper Award 2017

For the first time a Best Doctoral Paper Award In Memory of Professor Jim Bell, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, was presented at the 21ST McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference at NUI Galway, Ireland. The first winner was: Teemu Tuomisalo Jyväskylä, University School of Business and Economics, Finland.

Picture from the Award ceremony at the Conference at NUI Galway. From the left the winner Teemu Tuomisalo Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, Finland; Brendan Hogan, Aerogan, sponsor of the Doctoral Paper Award, Natasha Evers, Chair of 2017 McGill IE Conference. PHOTO: National University of Ireland, Galway.

Jury for Best Doctoral Paper 2018

We are happy to acknowledge that the award will also be part of the conference at Halmstad and the Co-Chairs and jury for Best Doctoral Paper Evaluation Committee will be:

  • Dr. Margaret Fletcher, University of Glasgow
  • Assoc. Prof. Alex Rialp-Criado, Universidad Autónoma Barcelona

Dr. Margaret Fletcher, University of Glasgow. PHOTO: University of Glasgow.

Associate Professor Alex Rialp-Criado, Universidad Autónoma Barcelona. PHOTO: Universidad Autónoma Barcelona.

Updated 2018-07-04