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Georg Wernicke
(Strategy & Business Policy Department, HEC Paris, France)



Abhinav Gupta 
Foster School of Business, University of Washington, USA

Corinne Post
College of Business, Lehigh University, USA

Rodolphe Durand
 HEC Paris, France



Tine Buyl
 (Department of Organization Studies, Tilburg University, The Netherlands)

Alejandro Escribá
 (Department of Management, University of Valencia, Spain)
Marko Reimer 
(Institute of Management Accounting and Control, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany) 
Georg Wernicke 
(Strategy & Business Policy Department, HEC Paris, France)



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 was initiated as a specialized and focused forum where researchers can 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, ten editions of the EIASM workshop on Top Management Teams and Business Strategy have been organized, nine regular editions and one ‘special edition’. The regular editions of the workshop took place in Passau (June 2019, co-chaired by Lorenz Graf-Vlachy and Andreas Koenig), Geneva, Switzerland (March 2018, co-chaired by Markus Menz and Sven Kunisch), Seville, Spain (March 2017, co-chaired by Carmen Barroso, Tine Buyl, Alejandro Escribá and Marko Reimer), Groningen, the Netherlands (April, 2016, co-chaired by Kees van Veen, Niels Hermes, Reggy Hooghiemstra and Dennis Veltrop), Antwerp, Belgium (March 2015, co-chaired by Tine Buyl and Christophe Boone), Copenhagen, Denmark (October 2013, co-chaired by Sabina Nielsen, Sibel Yamak and Bo Nielsen), Milan, Italy (June 2012, co-chaired by Alessandro Minichilli and Alejandro Escribá-Esteve), Istanbul, Turkey (March-April 2011, co-chaired by Sibel Yamak and Sabina Nielsen) and Valencia, Spain (March 2010, co-chaired by Alejandro Escribá-Esteve and Alessandro Minichilli). The fifth workshop was a ‘special edition’, specifically focused on the creation of research collaborations, and was also hosted in Valencia, Spain (June 2014, co-chaired by Tine Buyl and Alejandro Escribá-Esteve).

The workshops have been great successes. In fact, over the last decades, this workshop has developed into perhaps the most important platform for strategic leadership research in Europe and an excellent opportunity to strengthen the international research networks among scholars interested in this topic.



Deadline for research proposals: December 1st, 2019
Notification: December 17, 2019 (All notifications have been sent. If yours is not in your inbox, check your spam folder too. If you need a copy contact me at setyar@eiasm.be ) 
Registration of authors: February 1st, 2020
Deadline for full paper submission: March 1st, 2020



On Friday March 20, 2019, in thousands of cities across the world, an estimated four million Fridays for Future protestors took to the streets to express their anxieties and anger about their future. The mostly young demonstrators protested against global heating and the failure of the world’s political and corporate leaders to arrest the climate crisis. These protests come at a time when corporations face mounting global discontent over income inequality, harmful products, and poor working conditions. The political and social upheaval has provoked frustration and outrage, and it has inspired business leaders around the world—for example, Tim Cook of Apple, Howard Schultz of Starbucks, Joe Kaeser of Siemens, James Dyson of Dyson, and Paul Polman of Unilever—to passionately and publicly advocate for a range of causes. Just a month before the global climate protests, the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs from some of the largest public US firms, issued a statement in which the CEOs committed to lead their companies for the benefit not only of shareholders but also of all stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers, and communities. The statement of the Business Roundtable was met with enthusiasm, but also with skepticism. And while some have applauded CEOs’ taking public stances on social, political, and environmental causes, others have condemned it. In fact, the 2019 UN Global Compact/Accenture sustainability survey, the largest of its kind among global business leaders, found that only one in five corporate leaders believes corporations are making a critical contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and that fewer than half of them integrate sustainability into their operations.
For the 11th edition of the EIASM Workshop on Top Management Teams and Business Strategy Research, we are calling for research that zooms in on the members of firms’ upper echelons and that helps us to better understand how those who run firms influence their organizations’ stances on society and our planet. A nonexclusive list of topics includes:
  • What is impact of specific CEO characteristics or attributes on corporate social performance, including corporate irresponsibility? How do TMT structure and dynamics; the boundaries of the TMT; and interactions and power relations within TMTs and/or between the TMT and other influential actors such as the board influence corporate social performance?
  • How do the values and the political ideology of CEOs, other TMT members, or board members affect an organization’s purpose? What is the impact of CEOs’ (directorial and organizational) values and ideology on corporate social performance and on, for example, how executives are remunerated, how boards or TMTs are composed, or how firms interact with (local) governments and nonprofit organizations or social movements?
  • Why do some CEOs decide to become “activists” and to speak out about social, environmental, or political causes while other executives stay silent? What are the effects of CEO activism on firms and their customers, employees, or suppliers, or on their relationships with governments? Are firms headed by CEO activists more or less scrutinized by the news media, social movements, or regulatory bodies?
In the open-minded tradition of our workshop, we also seek research on any questions related to TMTs and individual top executives, and we particularly encourage submissions of papers that fall into one of the following domains:
  • Literature reviews and state-of-the-art papers that encourage debate about the role of strategic leaders and discuss theoretical and empirical challenges for future TMT research;
  • Conceptual papers that combine different and novel theoretical perspectives to explain the antecedents, nature, and/or consequences of the composition of the TMT in various forms of organization;
  • Empirical papers focusing on an array of TMT-related research topics: e.g., TMT structure and dynamics; the boundaries of the TMT; interactions and power relations within TMTs and/or between the TMT and other influential actors, such as the board, middle managers, or (external) network ties; executive succession and turnover; and executive performance and compensation.



Submission of Proposals/Abstracts (until December 1st, 2019)
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 and references 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.
Submission of full papers (From end of December until March 1st, 2020)
Go on the EIASM website (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. Please note that only the person who submitted the abstract can submit the final paper.
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. 


The workshop features keynotes, panels, and paper discussion sessions. Specifically, Abhinav Gupta (University of Washington) will reflect in his keynote on the organizational implications of political ideologies on corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and social activism. Corine Post (Lehigh University) will speak on the impact of organizational elites on their organizations’ environmental and social performance. 

In a featured panel session, Rodolphe Durand (HEC Paris) will discuss overarching challenges for strategic leadership in times when top managers are increasingly expected to improve their firms’ social and environmental performance.

The workshop will offer plenty of networking opportunities for strategic leadership researchers.

The program will begin on March 26th, 2020 at around 9 AM and end on March 27th at around 5 PM. A welcome reception will take place on March 25th in the late afternoon (participation is not mandatory).

NEW!! On Wednesday in the late afternoon before the welcome reception, two associate editors of the Journal of Management Studies, Corinne Post (Lehigh) and Christopher Wickert (University of Amsterdam), will provide two paper development workshops that run sequentially for 1,5 hours each. In the first workshop, Christopher covers "15 ways to avoid rejection". In the second workshop, Corinne speaks about "Crafting papers for publication". The workshops are free of charge, but a participation confirmation should be sent to Georg Wernicke (wernicke@hec.fr)


HEC Paris
1 Rue de la Libération
78350 Jouy-en-Josas

How to reach HEC Paris and Le Chateau - click here. 

Le Chateau 
5 Rue de la Libération
78350 Jouy-en-Josas
Phone: +33 (0)1 39 56 25 75
To book a room, please send an email to Iiris Sacchet (sacchet@hec.fr).
“Au Chateau" single person rooms are 150€ per night (including breakfast).
“Au bord du Lac" single person rooms are 110€ per night (including breakfast).

We strongly advise you to book your hotel room as early as possible as we only have a limited amount of rooms available. Please make your reservation before March 1st, 2020!


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

For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
294,00 € (including 49,00 € VAT)
For participants coming from another academic institution 396,00 € (including 66,00 € VAT)

Cancellations made before February 25, 2020 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




Ms. Cristina Setyar - EIASM Conference Manager
Tel: +32 2 226 66 69 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: setyar@eiasm.be