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INFORMS Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section

2017 INFORMS TIMES Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition

The Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section (TIMES) invites submissions for its 2017
INFORMS TIMES Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition. Dissertations defended no more than two years prior
to February 1, 2017, and all research topics broadly related with the subject of technology management,
product/process innovation, business model innovation, new product development and entrepreneurship are eligible.
Each submitted dissertation will be judged by a panel of domain experts, based on its contribution towards the
advancement of theory and practice of technology innovation management and entrepreneurship. The finalists will
be invited to present her/his work in a special session at the INFORMS 2017 Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas,
October 22-25, 2017. The award winner will receive a monetary award and a plaque at TIMES business meeting
during the INFORMS annual meeting.

A complete submission must include three documents:

1) A cover page with author-identifying information including
a. the title of the dissertation,
b. the entrant’s name, current affiliation, address, e-mail address, telephone number
c. dissertation completion date,
d. degree-granting school, and
e. the names of dissertation chair and dissertation committee members

2) A dissertation summary of at most ten 8.5" x 11" pages (not including references and appendices) in standard
format (1’’ margins all around, double-spaced, 12 point font). The dissertation summary must focus on
explaining the main contributions of the research and the relevance and importance of the contributions.
Please make sure that there is no author-identifying information in the summary.

3) A full, completed dissertation. Please remove the name of author as well as the academic affiliation from the
dissertation.

Please use filenames reflecting the author's last name and short title of the dissertation. All documents should be sent
in Word or PDF format in a single email to Professor Zhijian Cui at zhijian.cui@ie.edu with a subject heading “2017
INFORMS TIMES Dissertation Award Competition”.

Submission Deadline: March 9, 2017

Any question(s) related to the competition should be sent by email to Professor Zhijian Cui at zhijian.cui@ie.edu
Zhijian Cui, PhD

Coordinator, 2017 INFORMS TIMES Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition Committee
TIMES @ INFORMS

IE Business School, Operations and Technology Management Area
Madrid, Spain
HKUST Business School, Information System, Business Statistics and Operations Management Department
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong, China

Innovation is widely regarded as one of the most important sources of sustainable competitive advantage in an increasingly changing environment, because it leads to product and process improvements, makes continuous advances that helps firms to survive, allows firms to grow more quickly, be more efficient, and ultimately be more profitable than non-innovators. The main purpose of this study is to examine the relationships between innovation and firm performance. The survey of this study is conducted on top level managers of 113 firms operating in the automotive supplier industry which is one of the most innovative industries in Turkey, as of the year 2011. The obtained data from the questionnaires are analyzed through the SPSS statistical package program. Analysis results demonstrated that technological innovation (product and process innovation) has significant and positive impact on firm performance, but no evidence was found for a significant and positive relationship between non- technological innovation (organizational and marketing innovation) and firm performance.

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