Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award


The Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation on Business Communication is awarded annually to the outstanding dissertation or thesis in the area of business communication written as part of a doctoral program. The dissertation must be successfully defended within the two years preceding the annual conference at which the award is presented.

The winning researcher will receive $1,500 USD and a plaque at the ABC annual conference. The award winner will be encouraged to submit an article based on the dissertation to one of the Association’s journals – International Journal of Business Communication or Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. The winner will also receive a one-year membership in ABC.

The award is sponsored by a Special Friend of ABC.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Contributes significantly to scholarship, research, and/or pedagogy of business communication
  2. Demonstrates originality of thought and careful investigation
  3. Uses an accepted research technique for business communication research

Nomination Procedures

Entries may be submitted by the dissertation author or an ABC member. Submissions must include:

  1. A letter of support that shows how the dissertation meets the award criteria. The letter may
    be from the ABC nominating member, a faculty member on the doctoral dissertation
    committee, or other qualified representative from the degree granting institution.
  2. An electronic copy of a synopsis of the doctoral dissertation (no more than 20 pages in length).
  3. Dean and Department Chair name and email address, along with any other individual for press release contact.
  4. Finalists for the award will be asked to submit one complete copy of the dissertation.

Click here to submit the nomination by May 31.

Please direct questions to Stephen Carradini, Research Committee Chair. Thank you.


The award winner will be notified by approximately July 30.

Previous winners