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Outstanding International Business Research: Nature of the Best International Business Dissertations

Raj Aggarwal (Dean and the Sullivan Professor of International Business and Finance at the University of Akron)
Victor Petrovic (Department of Marketing, Kent State University)
John K. Ryans (Emeritus Bridgestone chair and professor of marketing at Kent State University)
Sijing Zong (Assistant professor at California State University‐Stanislaus)

Multinational Business Review

ISSN: 1525-383X

Article publication date: 11 March 2008



Based on fifteen years of data on the annual Academy of International Business (AIB) best dissertation Farmer Award finalists, we find that these dissertations were done at a range of North American universities. Interestingly, dissertation topics differed from the topics covered in the three top IB journals with five‐sixths of the topics in management, organization, economics, or finance and two‐thirds set in a single country or region (U.S., Japan, North America, and Western Europe). Survey research is the most common methodology but analysis of secondary data is growing. As expected, the finalists are on average an extraordinarily prolific group.



Aggarwal, R., Petrovic, V., Ryans, J.K. and Zong, S. (2008), "Outstanding International Business Research: Nature of the Best International Business Dissertations", Multinational Business Review, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 1-20.



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