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6TH WORKSHOP ON TOP MANAGEMENT TEAMS AND BUSINESS STRATEGY RESEARCH
RECONSIDERING THE CONFIGURATION OF TMTS: CEOS, EXECUTIVES, AND OTHER PRINCIPAL DECISION-MAKERS

ANTWERP, BELGIUM, MARCH 26-27, 2015
CO-ORGANIZED WITH

University of Antwerp – Department of Management – Antwerp Centre of Evolutionary Demography

CHAIRPERSONS

Tine Buyl (Antwerp Centre of Evolutionary Demography, University of Antwerp)
Christophe Boone (Antwerp Centre of Evolutionary Demography, University of Antwerp
 

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Tine Buyl (Antwerp Centre of Evolutionary Demography, University of Antwerp)
Alejandro Escribá-Esteve (Department of Management “Juan José Renau Piqueras”, University of Valencia)
Alessandro Minichilli (Department of Management & Technology, Bocconi University, Milan)
Sabina Nielsen (Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School)
Sibel Yamak (Department of Management, Galatasaray University, Istanbul)
 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Theresa S. Cho (Seoul National University Business School)

Abraham Carmeli (Tel Aviv University)
 

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, five editions of the EIASM Workshop on Top Management Teams and Business Strategy have been organized, four regular and one ‘special edition’. The four regular editions took place in 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

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CALL FOR PAPERS

   Top managers are considered the most influential actors in the firm’s strategic behavior and a large body of research presents evidence for the effects of executives and executive teams on organizational outcomes. Nevertheless, recently more and more scholars acknowledge that this influential role is not equal for all executives or top managers at all times. TMTs do not always work as ‘teams’ in which every member participates in decision-making in the same way, but might rather be seen as a group of loosely coupled individuals, in which some executives will be more influential in particular situations. Furthermore, other organizational actors, such as board members or middle managers, might also become principal decision-makers in some circumstances or contexts.
   Several scholars explicitly account for these issues. For instance, a growing body of research investigates the interrelations of members of TMTs – e.g., by studying intra-team processes such as behavioral integration – or by exploring the composition of TMTs in more depth – e.g., integrating concepts such as ‘faultlines’ from literature on work teams. Other scholars specifically focus on the CEO and the interface between the CEO and the TMT, recognizing the unique and decisive role of the CEO as a leader of both the TMT and the organization. Yet another stream of research concentrates on the relations of the CEO and the TMT with other actors, such as board members, middle managers, or external experts. Finally, scholars have argued that who plays the most influential role in strategic decision-making might depend on contextual factors, such as (national) culture, institutional pressures, industry dynamics, etc.
   The objectives of this workshop are threefold: (1) to analyze the state-of-the-art on Top Management Teams & Business Strategy Research, paying special attention to the focal actors in organizational decision-making and their interrelations, (2) to devise the future avenues for research on this topic, and (3) to generate opportunities for cross-border collaboration between TMT researchers. We are interested in original studies that explore the impact of CEOs, top managers, and other principal decision-makers on organizational outcomes. We particularly incite the submission of papers that fall into one of the following domains:
     1. State-of-the-art literature reviews, which encourage the debate about the role of different focal actors and their interrelations in organizational decision-making and discuss theoretical and empirical challenges for future TMT research.
      2. Conceptual papers that combine different and novel theoretical perspectives to explain the behavior and interplay of CEOs, TMT members, and other decision-makers in affecting organizational outcomes.
      3. Empirical papers dealing with issues related to the workshop’s theme,such as: the CEO-TMT interface; CEOs’ delegation of decision influence; interactions and power relations between TMT members and other influential actors; TMT processes such as behavioral integration; issues related to the TMT’s composition, such as faultlines or interdependence of TMT members; the role of contextual factors in executive decision-making; etc.

SUBMISSION CLOSED
 

DEADLINES

Deadline for research proposals: November 28th, 2014
Notification: as of December 15th, 2014
Registration of participants: February 13th, 2015
Deadline for full paper submission: February 26th, 2015

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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.
 

PRACTICALITIES

VENUE
 
University of Antwerp – City Campus
Grauwzusters Cloister
Lange St-Annastraat 7
2000 Antwerpen
Belgium

Campus map S-building (number 20 on the map; Lange Sint-Annastraat 7), which is a 10-minute walk from the Central Station (bottom right of the campus map).

How to get to Antwerp.

RECOMMENDED HOTELS

Leopold Hotel Antwerp **** (15 minutes walk from the workshop venue)
Quinten Matsijslei 25, 2018 Antwerpen
Phone: +32 3 231 15 15
Email: res.antwerp@leopoldhotels.com Website: www.leopoldhotels.com
Price: € 118 p.n. including breakfast (exclucing city tax € 2.95 p.p.p.n.)
Use code "EIASM congres uantwerpen" when booking a room (before 27/02/2015)

Hotel Ibis *** (12 minutes walk from the workshop venue)
Meistraat 39, 2000 Antwerpen
Phone: +32 3 231 88 30
Email: H1453-SB@accor.com Website: http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-1453-ibis-antwerpen-centrum/index.shtml
Price: € 79 p.n. (single room) or € 93 p.n. (double room) including breakfast (excluding city tax € 2.95 p.p.p.n.)
Use code "EIASM congres" when booking a room (before 27/02/2015)

Theater Hotel **** (12 minutes walk from the workshop venue)
Arenbergstraat 30, 2000 Antwerpen
Phone: +32 3 203 54 10
Email: reservations@theater-hotel.be Website: www.vhv-hotels.be
Price: € 114 p.n. including breakfast (excluding city tax € 2.95 p.p.p.n.)
Use code "EIASM congres" when booking a room (before 02/03/2015)

ONLINE REGISTRATION (Fees VAT included)

 

   
For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
233,86 € (including 13,86 € VAT)
For participants coming from another academic institution 297,64 € (including 17,64 € VAT)

Cancellations made before March 3, 2015 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.

Payments should be made by :

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ADMINISTRATION

Ms. Cristina Setyar - EIASM Conference Manager
EIASM - PASSAGE DU NORD - 19 - 1000 BRUSSELS - BELGIUM
Tel: +32 2 226 66 69 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: setyar@eiasm.be