The Sheth Foundation has moved to virtual activities due to COVID-19 challenges. Some activities have shifted to virtual formats and some events have been postponed. For example, the European Marketing Academy Conference-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Competition ordinarily culminates in presentations by three finalists at the EMAC Conference. When this year’s EMAC Conference in Budapest was canceled, the Selection Committee (Eitan Muller, Michael Haenlein and Ajay Kohli) conferred with EMAC President, Luk Warlop, and Sheth Foundation President, Ruth Bolton, about how best to move forward. The decision was made for the three finalists to make virtual presentations that would be open to EMAC members. The Competition finalists will receive their cash awards this year, and will be recognized at 2021 EMAC.
I received the award at an early stage in my career. When I received it I was already located at Bilkent University in Turkey, my hometown. The award had been a source of pride for me and for my institution. I am happy to receive it, however, I did not experience any specific contribution of the award to my career.Ozlem SandikciAssistant Professor of Bilkent University
With the early support it provided, The Sheth Foundation was instrumental in helping fund my dissertation, which took me to India to study how foreign companies adapt to the Indian market. Not only did I manage to finish an interesting dissertation which won 3 awards, I also met my wife in India so the Sheth Foundation had a real impact on my life!Julien CaylaSenior Lecturer in Marketing of University of New South Wales
Thanks to the Sheth Foundation I had the opportunity to meet other colleagues who have inspired me and taught me about the world of the academia. I thank the Board of Director for this great opportunity!Sindy ChapaAssistant Professor and Associate Director of The center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets at Texas State University
The travel stipends that Sheth Foundation provides to Ph.D. students to attend annual meeting of AIB are critical to their success. My students have benefited from this generous support over the years. Thank you.Tatiana KostovaUniversity of South Carolina