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APICS Supply Chain Council George and Marion Plossl Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

APICS Supply Chain Council seeks applications for the 2014 George and Marion Plossl Research Fellowship. Named in honor of the late George Plossl and Marion Plossl, leading volunteers and long-time supporters of the APICS Supply Chain Council, the George and Marion Plossl Research Fellowship supports doctoral dissertation research on any topic relevant to the operations management discipline and that has the potential to yield novel managerial and practical insights.

Fellowship amount

APICS Supply Chain Council awards one fellowship per year in the amount of $2,500.

Submission deadline

The deadline has been extended to August 25th, 2014. All submissions should be received by midnight, Central Standard Time.


To be eligible for consideration, a submission must meet the following criteria:
  1. An applicant must be a PhD candidate in operations management (or a closely-related discipline) from a fully-accredited academic institution.
  2. The doctoral dissertation proposal of the applicant must have been approved by the thesis committee.
  3. The doctoral dissertation research must not have been completed at the time of submission.

Submission requirements

The following are submission requirements that have to be strictly met. Submissions that do not comply with these requirements run the risk of being disqualified.

1. Letter of introduction

The submission must include a nominating letter on university letterhead from the dissertation advisor of the doctoral student whose doctoral dissertation proposal is being entered for competition consideration. This nominating letter:

  • Introduces the doctoral candidate, the dissertation advisor supervising the dissertation, and the degree-granting institution.
  • Argues for the worthiness of the proposed doctoral dissertation research.
  • Provides contact information for both the doctoral candidate and the dissertation advisor. 

2. Executive summary


The submission must include an executive summary with the following suggested sections:

  • Describes and justifies the importance of the pragmatic problem that the doctoral dissertation addresses.
  • Delineates the research questions that stem from this pragmatic problem.
  • Discusses critical insights from the literature that have a bearing on the research questions and/or pragmatic problem motivating the research questions.
  • Identifies and justifies the hypotheses to be examined.
  • Explains the methods to be used in data collection and data analyses to provide answers to the research questions.
  • Discusses the managerial implications of potential findings.


The Executive Summary must adhere to the following formatting guidelines:

  • Does not exceed a maximum of 10 double-spaced, 8.5" by 11", pages with 1-inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right).
  • Includes a footer showing the page number.
  • Uses font sizes 11 or 12.

Submission procedure

The letter of introduction and the executive summary should be submitted as a single PDF email attachment to the attention of:

Tamara Owoyemi

Please name the submission using the following convention: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME-2014 Plossl Dissertation Fellowship.

Once received, an email confirmation will be sent to the applicant.

Submission evaluation

A team of academics and practitioners will evaluate a submission according to:

  • Fit of proposed dissertation research with priorities of the APICS Supply Chain Council.
  • Importance and originality of the proposal dissertation research.
  • Potential contributions from the proposed dissertation research to science and practice.
  • Strength of hypotheses development.
  • Appropriateness and feasibility of methods for data collection and data analyses.