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7TH WORKSHOP ON TOP MANAGEMENT TEAMS AND BUSINESS STRATEGY RESEARCH
TMTS AND BOARDS: AT THE CROSSROAD BETWEEN COGNITION AND CONTEXT

GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS, APRIL 7-8, 2016
CO-ORGANIZED WITH

CHAIRPERSONS

Kees van Veen (Department of Global Economics and Management, University of Groningen)
Niels Hermes (Department of Finance, University of Groningen)
Reggy Hooghiemstra (Department of Accounting, University of Groningen)
Dennis Veltrop (Department of Accounting, University of Groningen)

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Prof. Dr. Craig Crossland, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, USA 

Prof. Dr. Sucheta Nadkarni, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK

BACKGROUND

Top executives are among the most important decision-makers influencing the strategy and performance of their organizations. The series of EIASM Workshops on Top Management Teams and Business Strategy were initiated as a specialized and focused forum where researchers could engage in constructive discussions about the relationship among Top Management Teams and the ability of firms to strategically respond to the challenges they face, as well as finding new opportunities for research collaborations.

To date, six editions of the EIASM Workshop on Top Management Teams and Business Strategy have been organized, five regular and one ‘special edition’. The five regular editions took place in Antwerp, Belgium (March 2015, co-chaired by Tine Buyl and Chtisophe Boone), Valencia, Spain (March 2010, co-chaired by Alejandro Escribá-Esteve and Alessandro Minichilli), Istanbul, Turkey (March-April 2011, co-chaired by Sibel Yamak and Sabina Nielsen), Milan, Italy (June 2012, co-chaired by Alessandro Minichilli and Alejandro Escribá-Esteve), and Copenhagen, Denmark (October 2013, co-chaired by Sabina Nielsen, Sibel Yamak and Bo Nielsen). The fifth workshop was a ‘special edition’, especially focused on the creation of research collaborations, and was hosted in Valencia, Spain (June 2014, co-chaired by Tine Buyl and Alejandro Escribá-Esteve).

As a consequence of the great success of these workshops we are convinced that the Top Management Team and Business Strategy Research workshop is an excellent opportunity to develop and strengthen the research networks among scholars interested in these topics.

PROGRAMME

Final schedule. 
 

Detailed sessions.

 

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Research on top management teams (TMTs) and boards focuses on examining how they influence firm strategic decisions and outcomes. Traditionally, this research focuses on linking team and/or individual characteristics to measures of firm decision-making and performance. 

More recently, researchers have begun to focus on contextualizing the role of TMTs and boards in determining firm decisions and outcomes. Various contextual variables such as formal (law, regulations, quality of government) and informal institutions (culture, values, trust) have been considered as determinants of the way TMTs and boards are characterized and formed, how much managerial discretion they have, and how their members act and decide. Moreover, in the event that organizations are behaving in an international context, this research takes into account the differences in the institutional environment between home and host countries and how these differences influence decision making by TMTs and boards as well as firm strategic actions and outcomes.

At the same time, part of the research on TMTs and boards has been directed toward researching cognitive and behavioral aspects of teams’ and boards’ decision-making processes. Studies in this field aim at opening the so-called “black box” to find out how interactions between individual team and board members affect decision-making, team and board effectiveness and, ultimately, also organizational performance. Among other things, this research focuses on analyzing the importance of behavioral and cognitive aspects such as trust, conflict and conflict management, commitment, information sharing, reflexivity, etc. on team and organizational performance.

Both emerging pillars of research provide interesting contributions to our understanding of the role and functioning of TMTs and boards within corporate governance. Yet, they also seem to develop relatively isolated from each other.

The aim of this workshop is to open the discussion between proponents from both research pillars and determine to what extent their questions, methods, data, and outcomes are complementary or substitutes. Two keynote speakers will be invited to talk about their work in one of the two research pillars. Moreover, we will organize a forum discussion to moderate the debate between proponents of the two research streams to see to what extent their work is complementary.

We invite researchers to submit papers that address analyzing the role of TMTs and boards in determining organizational strategic decisions and outcomes by either using a contextual and/or behavioral approach. We particularly encourage submissions of papers that fall into one of the following domains:

  •     (1) Literature reviews and state-of-the-art papers that will encourage debate about the role of institutional and international context in TMT and board research and discuss theoretical and empirical challenges for future TMT research;
  •     (2) Conceptual papers that combine different and novel theoretical perspectives to explain TMT and board characteristics and behaviors, taking into account the specific nature of the (international) context.
  •     (3) Empirical papers contextualizing different TMT and board research topics such as: TMT and board dynamics and behavior; the role of institutions in shaping executives’ values and cognitions; interactions and power relations between TMTs and/or boards in the home and host countries; international perspectives on executive compensation, turnover and succession, etc.
     

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION CLOSED

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Abstracts
The submission should contain a cover page and an abstract/body of the proposal (in one single document).

The cover page must include:
- The title of the proposal
- Authors’ names, affiliations, address, telephone and e-mail
The body of the proposal should contain an abstract of max. 2 pages (cover page not included). Proposals must be single-spaced, font size 12. The abstract should clearly highlight the following issues: research gap, theories used, research method, and contribution of the research.
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Full papers: there are no specific guidelines for the full papers just make sure that you include the author's details.

Procedure to upload your final paper (PDF only): 

* go on the EIASM web site (http://www.eiasm.org
* click on "Workshops & conferences / Event administration" 
* enter your login (which is your e-mail) 
Please note that you need to enter your e-mail address exactly as it appears in your EIASM profile 
* add your password (in case you have forgotten one of these items, please follow the procedure indicated). 
* at that stage, you will see that the final version of your paper is needed. Clicking on "details" enables you to upload it 
- In case the title is different from the title of the abstract you submitted, please modify it. 
* once it’s done, don't forget to click on the "SAVE" button. 

DEADLINES

Deadline for research proposals:  December 7th, 2015
Notification: as of December 17th, 2015
Registration of authors: February 19, 2016
Deadline for full paper submission: 24 March 2016

 

PRACTICALITIES

VENUE
Het Kasteel
Melkweg 1
9718 EP Groningen

RECOMMENDED HOTELS

 - Asgard Hotel (www.asgardhotel.nl): to book email info@asgard.nl and mention in the email that it is for the EIASM conference. 

 - University Hotel (http://www.rug.nl/science-and-society/university-hotel/):  guests can request a reservation from the group or block booking via a reservation form from the University website http://www.rug.nl/science-and-society/university-hotel/reserveringen-prijzen/ ) - reference 'GF2155 EIASM workshop'. 

- Hampshire Hotel Groningen Centre (www.hampshire-groningen.nl): to book a room use this reservation form.
 

ONLINE REGISTRATION

FEES The fees include participation to the workshop, lunches, workshop dinner, welcome reception and morning and afternoon refreshments.

   
For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
220 € (Exclusive of VAT)
For participants coming from another academic institution 290 € (Exclusive of VAT)

Cancellations made before March 15, 2016 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.

Payments should be made by :

  • The following credit cards: Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard/Access

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ADMINISTRATION

Ms. Cristina Setyar - EIASM Conference Manager
EIASM - PLACE DE BROUCK√ąRE-PLEIN - 31 - 1000 BRUSSELS - BELGIUM
Tel: +32 2 226 66 69 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: cristina.setyar@eiasm.be