STR Virtual Dissertation Consortium

STR Dissertation Consortium: The Job Market and Beyond

Friday and Saturday, August 7th and 8th, 2020 (8 am – 12 pm EST)

(Networking Happy Hour on Thursday, August 6)

Application Deadline: June 8, 2020

Co-chairs: Catherine Magelssen (London Business School) and Luis Ballesteros (George Washington University).

Faculty panel:

  • Theresa Cho (Seoul National University),
  • Ilya Cuypers (Singapore Management University),
  • Andrew Delios (National University of Singapore),
  • JP Eggers (NYU),
  • Javier Gimeno (INSEAD),
  • Ha Hoang (ESSEC),
  • Florence Honore (Wisconsin-Madison),
  • Suresh Kotha (University of Washington),
  • Elena Kulchina (NC State),
  • Toby Stuart (UC Berkeley),
  • Dennis Yao (Harvard Business School).

Priority for admission to the 2020 Dissertation Consortium will be given to candidates who: (1) have completed drafts of their job market papers, and (2) have not previously attended the STR Doctoral Consortium. However, any doctoral candidate who WAS considering to enter the job market and graduate during the 2020-2021 academic year (and who is not applying to the 2020 Doctoral Consortium) may apply.

Unique to this version of this event is the awareness of the disruption for PhD candidates. We understand that this year poses significant challenges for students on the job market. We therefore intend cover how to maneuver the challenges and considerations of this year’s market, crafting your elevator pitch, and also focus on providing developmental feedback for the publication process on student job market papers.

APPLICATION: The application period has passed.

All applicants will be notified of admission decisions by the end of June 2020.

The application entails the following information:

  1. Cover Letter: Provide a cover letter for your application to the STR Dissertation Consortium, which describes your interest in the Strategic Management division, and explains why the STR Dissertation Consortium is the best fit for you. Enter your letter in the space provided on the application website (no attachments). Note that when submitting the letter, you will also be required to (a) indicate expected academic year to be on the job market, (b) confirm that you are applying to the STR Dissertation Consortium only (and not to the STR Doctoral Consortium), and (c) confirm that you will attend the STR Dissertation Consortium if accepted.
  2. Nomination Letter: Upload your nomination letter. Have your dissertation chair write a nomination letter (on letterhead). The letter should verify that you are considering to enter the job market and graduate during the 2020-2021 academic year. Please upload as a PDF (only). Please name the file as follows: LastName-FirstName-Nomination.pdf.  If your chairperson would prefer to provide a nomination letter privately, he/she can email it to us at If you are choosing that option, please indicate so on the form. Space permitting, we will work to accommodate multiple students from a single institution; if space is limited, only one student per institution will be admitted. Please note that the nomination letter must reach us by June 8th for your application to be considered.
  3. Curriculum Vitae: Upload your current CV. Please upload as a PDF (only). Please name the file as follows: LastName-FirstName-CV.pdf.
  4. Job Market Paper: Upload the current version of your job market paper. You will have the opportunity to provide a revised version of the paper when we get closer to AOM. Please upload as a PDF (only). Please name the file as follows: LastName-FirstName-Paper.pdf.

Questions about the Dissertation Consortium? Please contact one of the co-chairs Catherine Magelssen ( or Luis Ballesteros (