CIBER Header

Research

CIBER Ph.D. Student Research Grant

The Smith School CIBER seeks to fund Ph.D. research that advances our understanding of the international context in which business is conducted. We are particularly interested in research proposals that align with the congressionally mandated CIBER mission of contributing to: (a) the internationalization of business disciplines, and/or (b) the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses. We would welcome proposals on international themes from any of the business functional areas.

We solicit proposals from doctoral students at an advanced stage in the program. Proposals should include (1) a short description of the proposed research (maximum 2-3 pages), (2) a budget or description of how funds will be used, and (3) a letter of support from a faculty member in the student's department. Please specify whether the grant would support dissertation research. The funds may be used for any research-related purpose, including travel, data purchase, and summer salary support. Please note however that funds may not be used to support travel to international conferences.

Proposals will be evaluated by a faculty committee. The main criteria are analytical rigor, relevance, and potential for impact. Further publications should acknowledge support from CIBER and from the U.S. Department of Education.


In 2018, the CIBER grant-supported research for one Ph.D. Candidate:

  • Viktoriya Zotova of the Department of Accounting and Information Assurance will conduct research to determine whether participation in and the specific terms of international agreements play an important role in how U.S. businesses engage in foreign direct investment to compete in the global market. Her study will look at specific agreements, including bilateral investment treaties; and, whether different combinations of transparency clauses in investing countries leads to better information and more protection.

In 2017, CIBER supported research for one Ph.D. Candidate:

  • Chewei Liu from the Decision, Operations & Information Technologies department. His work focused on leveraging social connections to improve the effectiveness of providing financial incentives designed to change individuals’ behavior towards physical activity. Through investigation in Taiwan, he researched whether one’s social ties can increase the cost-effectiveness of a wellness incentive program.

In 2016, CIBER supported research for two Ph.D. candidates:

  • Yang Pan from the Decision, Operations & Information Technologies department. Her work focused on if information technology enables firms to expand globally and achieve higher foreign profits. Her research leveraged unique data sets from public Chinese companies to study the relationship between IT assets and companies’ overseas performance.
  • Lanfei Shi from the Decision, Operations & Information Technologies department. Her work focused on the impact of mobile technology in diabetes self-management. Her project is in collaboration with the Harbin Institute in China.

In 2015, CIBER supported research for two Ph.D. candidates:

  • Omar Sherif Elwakil from the Decision, Operations & Information Technologies department. His work focused on methods that capture the spillover effects from political transitions on foreign direct investment flows and multinational integration strategies and building a database that can be utilized in many future projects involving international business activity.
  • Aishwarya Shukla from the Decision, Operations & Information Technologies department. Her work focuses on the impact of online word of mouth of physician’s quality on demand and consumer decision making.

In 2014, CIBER supported research for two Ph.D. candidates:

  • Jorge Mejia from the Decision, Operations and Information Technologies department. His work focuses on the entrepreneur’s pre-entry and incubator experience on the outcome of their firms; and,
  • Bryan Stroube from the Management and Organization Department. His research looks at markets as cultural phenomena, especially in China.

In 2013, CIBER supported five faculty members and Ph.D. students with summer research awards:

  • Wilbur Chung, “Agglomeration, Congestion, and Firm Strategy: A Simulation Approach"
  • Vojislav Maksimovic, "Business Conditions in Developing countries and the Life-Cycle of Firms"
  • Bennet Zelner, “Identifying Archetypes: An Empirical Study of Business Group Structure in 16 Developed Economies”
  • Austin Starkweather, “Strategies that Firms Should Take When Investing Abroad”
  • Jiban Khuntia, “Service Augmentation and Customer Satisfaction: An Analysis of Cell Phone Services in Base-Of-The-Pyramid Markets”