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19 Sep 2013

Dimitris Assimakopoulos elected as the fourth President of the EDAMBA

Dimitris Assimakopoulos shares below the multiple initiatives of EDAMBA (European Doctoral programs Association in Management and Business Administration).

For more than twenty years, EDAMBA has built a critical mass of more than sixty doctoral programs, including some of the best in Europe and worldwide. The double aims of the Association are to:

  • Enable cooperation among its members, ie, doctoral programs, including thousands of students and faculty, from all disciplines in management and business studies; and,
  • Enhance quality of its doctoral programs within a European perspective.

EDAMBA is an association managed by the EIASM (European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management ) the European “Network of Networks for Researchers and Doctoral Students in Management

EIASM might best be described as the central node of a set of networks bringing together Management scholars from throughout Europe - as well as enabling communication between Europe and other parts of the world (45,000 management scholars are already part of the EIASM network worldwide). 

EDAMBA, as part of the EIASM, respects diversity and promotes collaboration and networking through multiple activities and events. These can also benefit all faculty and students of GEM, including DBA and PhD scholarships, for each and every applicant coming from our school. GEM is a member of both the EDAMBA Executive Committee and the EIASM Academic Council and benefits from all activities, events, conferences, etc. (for a detailed list of events and seminars).

More specifically, in order to fulfill its mission the EIASM:

  • Develops and sustains collaborative networks of engaged management scholars throughout the globe
  • Organizes conferences (e.g., EAA, EFA, EMAC, EURAM), seminars and workshops on both state-of-the-art and path-breaking scientific research
  • Offers dozens of specialized doctoral seminars, ie, EDEN seminars, and other activities to strengthen the education of a new generation of European and global management scholars.

In addition, the EDAMBA offers the following events and activities:

  • The EDAMBA summer school that is focused on doctoral students, who aim building sustainable international networks and also gain 5 ECTS. This summer school provides excellent doctoral training and networking in two streams: initial and advanced, cutting across an array of disciplinary boundaries. Selected students from about twenty member institutions, including, Cranfield, Erasmus, Hanken, Lisbon, Stellenbosch, Warsaw, Warwick, among others, spent a whole week in late July 2013 in a stimulating environment, with faculty from Chicago, Esade, Aarhus, etc. to learn and discuss their individual doctoral research projects.
  • The EDAMBA Doctoral theses competition is annually awarding three top awards and it publishes the extended abstracts of the top-ten short-listed submissions in an EDAMBA Annual journal, based on the top-rated theses completed in member institutions, in the previous academic year.
  • The EDAMBA winter academy, currently a joint Consortium, between the EIASM and EDAMBA focusing on doctoral supervision and the emergence of a new global research landscape. The emergence of a global market for recruiting of Faculty members makes the quality of doctoral education and doctoral supervision in Management and Business Studies a major concern for the coming decades. The target audience for this Consortium includes younger faculty and post-docs who will have to supervise doctoral dissertations in the near future. They can find in this event an opportunity to learn and get advice from participants and faculty with a rich experience in both research and practice of supervision. And also, senior supervisors, who can find in this event an opportunity for exchanging with colleagues on the various challenges of supervision, and who are ready in the spirit of the EDAMBA-EIASM values, to share their experience and ideas with the incoming generation of new supervisors.  This Consortium has created a unique space of exchange, communication and training among actual and potential doctoral supervisors coming from many different countries, disciplines, etc.
  • Last but not least, a dedicated EIASM-EDAMBA task force has just published a ‘draft’ European Code of Practice for Doctoral Education in Management & Business Studies for degree program directors and Deans of PhD and/or DBA programs. The aim of such a European Code of Practice it is to be adopted and used in the future, as a reference and a blueprint in European institutions, e.g. ESSEC Business School, as well as in institutions in other parts of the world to enhance the quality of Doctoral programs in Management and Business Studies.