It is a great honor to have been chosen for the ACR/Sheth Foundation Dissertation Proposal 2009 Award. The award is a true testament of the Sheth Foundation commitment to excellence in marketing research. I am always inspired by Sheth’s work on relationship marketing and customer value. The award transforms that inspiration of mine into academic research that I’m proud to share with my colleagues in the field. Thank you.
Over the years, many individuals have been the recipient of funding assistance through our granting partners and have achieved great successes using this support.
I was a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh from 1999 to 2004. The Sheth Foundation helped me start a project on consumers’ Willingness-to-pay. They generously provided financial supports for the data collection and a conference presentation (Marketing Science 2003). The findings of this project resulted in a publication at JMR in 2007. The project was critical to my academic career by giving me the first A pub. I am truly grateful for the opportunity provided to me by the Sheth Foundation.My students have benefited from this generous support over the years. Thank you.
The SHETH Dissertation award in consumer psychology, for which I was a runner-up, is noteworthy to me in several respects. First, as part of the application process, the reviewers provided useful feedback on my proposal, which influenced my thinking and the subsequent experiments I ultimately carried out. Second, as a runner-up I was given funding to present at the Society for Consumer Psychology, which served as an excellent way to share and receive feedback on my dissertation as a graduate student. These were influential in my career as they culminated in successfully publishing my research in the society’s journal, the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Thus, to me, the award, and the activities attached to it, provided a remarkable means for cultivating and stimulating the thinking and ideas early in my career. I valued the experience so much that I urge Ph.D. students to apply for the award.
Most doctoral programs provide stipend for the doctoral students, but very little money for travel and conferences, this is true even for faculty at many places. We were lucky to have the Sheth travel money to cover our trips to some important conferences to know the most current research in our field and also start to socialize with the future colleague. And I have found that the trips I have been during my doctoral program very beneficial for my research program development. Over the years, I have developed three broad research topics such as self-construal, decision making and global-local identity, all these topics were partly initiated or developed from some conferences I attended back in my Pitt program.
I would like to express my sincere thanks for being able to attend this year’s AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium. The Sheth Foundation is doing an amazing job supporting young scholars in their research careers. This is of great help especially to foreign-born scholars, such as myself, who might not have been given sufficient opportunities in their respective home countries.
The Sheth Foundation ACR cross-cultural dissertation award has greatly benefited my research career. This award not only provided the funding that helped me to complete my dissertation on time, but also inspired me to continue with my research agenda on cross-cultural consumer behavior. This is particularly important given the multi-disciplinary nature of this field, which introduces additional challenges for researchers in the area.
It was a great honor for me to receive the JCR/Sheth Long-term Contribution Award. It was especially meaningful that it was sponsored by the Sheth Foundation inasmuch I spent the first two years of my career at a less research active university (at the time) and it was Jag Sheth who saw my potential and engineered my getting a job offer at the University of Illinois where he was then on the faculty. I stayed at the U of I for five years and it is fair to say that this position and Jag’s presence there helped launch my career. So as I approach retirement with nearly 500 publications including more than two dozen in JCR, it gives me a sense of having come full circle to receive this award.
The Sheth Foundation was instrumental in providing me with an opportunity during my PhD program to present my research and network with other researchers by funding travel to a major academic international conference. It allowed me to make contacts and learn about current research going on in the field of marketing, as well as receive valuable feedback to my own research.
I am very greatful to Sheth Foundation for giving generous support to PhD students like me. I am attending AIB 2015 conference in India and presenting my research. I am receiving very insightful feedback from the fraternity. All this has been possible only due to the travel grant that I received from the foundation. Thank you very much and I hope I will get an opportunity to contribute to the cause undertaken by the foundation.
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.