WDI's Ted London Selected as Finalist for Best Dissertation Award
Base of pyramid and capability building research is recognized by international management field.
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Ted London, William Davidson Institute (WDI) director of the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) research initiative and a faculty member at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, has been selected as a finalist for the Barry M. Richman Dissertation Award.
The award, co-sponsored by the International Management Division and the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, recognizes the best dissertation in international management. The award competition is open to all PhD and DBA students who successfully defended their dissertations during the 2005 calendar year.
London's dissertation, titled "How capabilities are created: A process study of new market entry," integrates the international management and strategy literatures to identify and explore an interesting gap in current thinking about capability building. The empirical portion of this study focuses on multinational company initiatives targeting BoP markets.
"I'm honored to be selected as a finalist for this prestigious award," London said. "I am also delighted that work related to the base of pyramid is recognized as having the potential to make an important contribution to the field of international management."
Finalists present their dissertations at the annual Academy of Management Conference in Atlanta in August. The Barry M. Richman Dissertation Award will be presented at the conference.
London joined WDI as a Senior Research Fellow in June 2005 to direct its new base of the pyramid initiative. The initiative is viewed as an emerging global leader in understanding organizational change required to enter BoP markets, exploring the impact of a BoP strategy on poverty alleviation, and surveying and evaluating the field as a whole.
In addition to his duties at WDI, London teaches in the MBA program. He received his PhD in strategic management from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was an assistant professor, teaching strategic and international management and sustainable enterprise.
In addition, at UNC he directed the BoP Learning Laboratory, a consortium of companies, nonprofit organizations, multilateral institutions and academics that explores the opportunities and challenges associated with serving the base of the pyramid.
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