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The Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Supply Chain – Africa (CARISCA) Supply Chain Research Summit 2021 program committee is pleased to announce a call for papers for the best PhD dissertation proposal. CARISCA will recognize a winner and two runner-ups at the virtual summit July 21-22, 2021. The dissertation committee will also provide feedback on submissions upon request.

The PhD Dissertation Competition session at the CARISCA Supply Chain Research Summit is intended to showcase the best logistics and supply chain management PhD research projects being carried out in African higher education institutions.

We invite submissions from doctoral researchers whose primary affiliation is from universities or higher institutions of learning in Africa and whose research is in logistics and supply chain management. Applicants must be PhD researchers who have at least defended their proposals by the time of the conference. Proposals are also invited from candidates close to the final submission or defense of their thesis. Proposals are welcome from all African countries, including Francophone and Anglophone countries, but the proposals should be submitted in English.

Submission Criteria

  • The candidate must be the primary owner of the study.
  • The topic of the PhD research must be in logistics and supply chain management.
  • The candidate’s primary affiliation must be to a university or other higher institution of learning in Africa.
  • Abstracts-only submissions will not be accepted for the session.
  • The PhD candidate must register for the summit and be ready to give a presentation of their proposal in English at the summit if selected as one of the finalists. Registration for the virtual summit is free.

Submission Requirements

  1. Submissions must be made online as a single PDF file.
  2. Submissions should be between 5-10 pages long (12 point font, single-spaced).
  3. Candidates may also include related additional materials to accompany their submissions (i.e., conference papers, published papers, working papers, etc.). Submissions must also include the candidate’s curriculum vitae (maximum of 2 pages).
  4. In general, proposals should comprise the overall motivation of the study, literature area, the research questions, potential contributions, methodology, results (if available), potential managerial and policy implications for Africa.

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For further questions about the PhD dissertation award session, please contact the session chair, Prof. Erik Hofmann, or any member of the Dissertation Competition Committee listed below.

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