June 20th 2023

  • We cordially invite students from Business Doctoral programs to submit their dissertation proposals/ research for the BALAS Doctoral colloquium to be held in Mexico City, Mexico, on June 20th, 2023. The BALAS 2023 conference is hosted by the EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey.

    The Doctoral colloquium is an opportunity to discuss your research goals, methods, and results at an early enough stage to receive useful guidance to improve the research effort. Students will also have the opportunity to obtain guidelines for publishing papers on prestigious journals and academic publications. Doctoral research at different levels of development (previous, ready for, and after doctoral proposal defense) can be sent. We expect students to have finished their second year or to be at a later stage by the time of submission of the proposal. Students should not have yet defended their dissertation/thesis before the colloquium.


    The Doctoral colloquium will also allow participants to interact with other doctoral students as well as researchers and members of an academic network like BALAS from the U.S., Hispanic America and other parts of the world. The program includes two types of activities: discussion of research proposals and plenary sessions with key speakers.


    Proposal presentation

  • Your research proposal should be sent through the BALAS general paper system selecting the “Doctoral colloquium” track. In order to login, you need to create an account according to the instructions in the page.
  • Proposals need to be written in English, 3,000 words in length + appendices (figures, tables), letter type Arial, size 12. In order to allow for blind review, the document must NOT include the author’s name.
  • Below the title of your proposal, include one of the following: (“before proposal”, “ready for proposal”, or “after doctoral proposal defense”). If you have completed your dissertation/thesis and have defended it, you are ready to submit a paper instead. We do not accept proposals after dissertation/thesis defense.
  • You will get a “desk reject” if you cannot summarize within 3,000 words or comply with these instructions.
  • When submitting a Doctoral Proposal for the Doctoral colloquium make sure:
    • Select Track: “Doctoral colloquium”
    • Author 1: must be the doctoral student. A doctoral proposal has a single author; the colloquium only accepts single-authored submissions for the doctoral colloquium. Make sure you add all information: email, country/region, organization (School where you are registered as a doctoral student. Do not use any another School. For example, if you work for another school, do not provide the information of that school that is your employer). Web page is optional.
    • Author 2: must be the name of the doctoral dissertation advisor (also known as “supervisor” or “thesis advisor” or “dissertation/thesis chair”). Make sure you add email (we will contact the advisor for additional information about the student and/or to request revisions of proposals as reviewers/panelists). Country and Organization MUST be the same as those for the student.
    • If there is more than one advisor, use Author 3, Author 4, etc. as needed.
  • Proposals should be submitted by January 23rd, 2023. Proposals will go through a selection process. If accepted, the students will present at the colloquium. Results will be announced by March 31st. 2023
  • Selection will be based upon the quality and originality of the proposal and the research topic.
  • Proposals need to be updated 3 weeks before the day of the doctoral colloquium. Deadline is May 29th, 2023 (this is for panelists to be able to make better and useful comments about the current work). Your updated proposal will be uploaded to the submission system and will be forwarded to assigned panelists who will provide feedback.
  • Your participation in the doctoral colloquium is a one-time only opportunity. If your proposal is not accepted, you are welcome to submit again in the following years. Once your submission is accepted and you register, your future participation in BALAS can only be in the regular process of authors submissions of papers, in the track of your preference.


Preliminary Program

9:00 – 9:15 Introduction to the colloquium

9:15 – 10:00 Doctoral Student presentations (parallel sessions)

10:00 – 10:45 Doctoral Student presentations (parallel sessions)

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:45 Doctoral Student presentations (parallel sessions)

11:45 – 12:45 Guest-speaker

14:00 – 15:00 Plenary session



Doctoral students are expected to cover travel costs to the colloquium site and registration in BALAS 2023 conference. There is a reduced student fee for the colloquium which includes access to all BALAS Conference activities. This reduced fee is available only once per person.

Early Doctoral colloquium Registration + BALAS registration (by April 30th., 2023): USD 150

Late Doctoral colloquium Registration + BALAS registration:  USD 200

Students attending only the Doctoral colloquium: USD 50


General Information

Please address your questions to balas@balas.org with the subject “Doctoral colloquium”

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