Welcome to the Innovation Revolution

The GIES College of Business(GIES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) and the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) are co-sponsoring the Fourth triennial PDMA-UIUC Doctoral Consortium from Monday, Aug 5 to Wednesday, Aug 7  2019.

The goal of the Consortium is to enhance the development of doctoralstudents who are conducting dissertation research in the domain of innovation and new product development.

Students who are accepted into the Consortium will be honored as Doctoral Student Fellows and have a unique opportunity to network and meet and discuss ideas with leading innovation scholars and corporate executives in a collaborative, open, and sociable setting at the GIES College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Renowned scholars and editors of leading journals in the field of innovation and new product development will attend the Consortium as Faculty Fellows. 

All meals, housing, social activities, and local transportation will be provided free of charge to participating students. Students are only asked to cover their transportation costs to and from UIUC, which is conveniently located just two hours south of Chicago and easily accessible via plane, train, bus or car.

Students accepted to the Consortium will be honored as Doctoral Student Fellows and have a unique opportunity to network and share ideas with leading innovation scholars and corporate executives in a collaborative setting in the Heartland of America. Our two and a half-day event will offer a variety of engaging and interesting activities, including Faculty Presentations, Student Lightning Talks, One-on-one Mentoring, Roundtable Research Discussions,Tours of the University of Illinois Research Park and an Introduction to 3D Printing in the Illinois MakerLab. In addition, Doctoral Student Fellows will have the opportunity to compete for research support as well as the opportunity to present at the Annual PDMA Research Forum.

Additional Learning Opportunity: Fellows interested in learning more about 3D Printing will have the opportunity to attend a special post conference training event (from 1:00 to 5:00pm on Wednesday, August 7) at theIllinois MakerLab. Fellows who complete this training will receive a Digital Making Certificate from the University of Illinois. The cost of this additional training is $50. Space is limited, so this opportunity will only be available for 15 Fellows. Reserve your spot

The past Consortia were a great success as evidenced by the feedback from participants:

“… a fantastic conference bringing together most prominent scholars, practitioners, and students … sessions were most stimulating and thought-provoking.” – Student Fellow

“The Consortium was amazing … The best experience I have had until now.” – Student Fellow

Here are some pictures from the UNH-PDMA 2017 Doctoral Consortium

How to Apply

To be eligible for participation, doctoral students must be in their dissertation phase in a field related to innovation or new product/service development. Applicants submit only the following materials as ONE pdf or word document. 

  • A cover letter indicating the current dissertation stage (e.g., pre-proposal defense) and expected stage (e.g., completed data analysis) at the time of the Consortium.
  • A two-page single-spaced summary of your dissertation, covering elements such as research questions, motivation for research, method, expected contributions.
  • An up-to-date CV (including completed doctoral coursework).
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s dissertation or department chair.

The application is now closed. View the list of participants


Main Program – 8:00 am Monday, August 5  —- 1:00  pm Wednesday August 7

Supplementary Program at the Makerlab —- 1:00 to 5:00 pm Wednesday August 7

A detailed schedule is available

Here are some pictures from the #pdmaAtGies 2019 event

Sponsors and Organizers

Consortium Co-Chairs – Dr. Aric Rindfleisch, Dr. Ravi Mehta, and Dr. Vishal Sachdev

Sponsors – PDMA and Gies College of Business 

Questions/Comments- Please contact aric AT illinois DOT edu