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University of Seville, Spain


Carmen Barroso (Department of Management, University of Seville)
Tine Buyl (Department of Organization Studies, Tilburg University)
Alejandro Escribá (Department of Management, University of Valencia)
Marko Reimer (Institute of Management Accounting and Control, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management)

Local organizing team at University of Seville:
Carmen Barroso 
Julio Vecino 
Francisco Acedo 


Prof. Dr. Richard Priem, Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University, USA 

Prof. Dr. Markus Menz, Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva, Switzerland


Final programme here.

A welcome reception will be organised in the late afternoon of the 22nd of March (participation is not mandatory). 


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

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.


Ever since Hambrick and Mason (1984) introduced the “upper echelons” (UE) perspective – which is grounded on the premise that an organization is a reflection of its top executives – scholars have studied the impact of the background characteristics of executives – including the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as well as the top management team (TMT) – on organization-level outcomes. In the last three decades, the UE perspective has been established as one of the stronger traditions in the broader management field, and UE scholars have informed our understanding of how top managers and their characteristics matter for a plethora of strategic phenomena.

Nevertheless, several issues have remained underexplored so far, and have set the stage for a number of appealing new research avenues to emerge in the TMT field. For instance, TMT scholars are increasingly paying more attention to the role of individual executives within the TMT. The CEO has been the focus of attention for a long time, but recently scholars have become more engaged in studying how deeper-level characteristics of the CEO, such as personality features and values, affect strategic decision-making and, subsequently, organizational outcomes. Apart from the CEO, other executives have become the center of research attention, too. For instance, rather recently scholars have started investigating the impact of the presence of specific functional roles within the TMT, such as that of Chief Strategy Officer. Moreover, the interrelations and (power) dynamics between these individual executives within the TMT represents another growing research trend.

Related to this, the concept of ‘TMT’ itself has become a topic of increasing research scrutiny. What exactly is a ‘TMT’ and what are its boundaries? Who can be seen as part of the TMT, and what are the specific roles of the different players within the TMT? Specific topics within this promising research stream include phenomena such as co-leadership structures and the interfaces between executives and other players, both within the TMT (e.g., the CEO-TMT interface) and with external parties, such as middle management, the board of directors, and external network ties.

Finally, a growing number of TMT researchers explicitly acknowledges that the composition of the TMT should not be treated as a stable characteristic over time, but as dynamic – hence, accounting for the fact that new executives arrive and incumbent executives leave, and that executive turnover is a non-trivial event for organizations. Though the literature on the turnover and succession of CEOs is already quite extensive, the literature and (empirical) research on the turnover of other TMT members is still largely underexplored to date. Investigating the antecedents of the TMT’s composition – including questions such as: Why do TMTs look the way they do? What are important drivers of executive turnover on the TMT, organizational, and environmental level? – as well as the consequences of changes in the TMT’s composition – including questions such as: What are the effects of hiring/firing executives for strategy and performance? – represents yet another emerging research avenue in TMT research.

The aim of this workshop is to open up the discussion and determine to what extent these (and related) new and emerging avenues and trends in TMT research can guide UE scholars towards novel research questions, as well as to explore the implications of these emerging trends for data collection and methodology. Two keynote speakers, Richard Priem (Neely School of Business) and Markus Menz (Geneva School of Economics and Management) will be invited to talk about their work in TMT research. In addition, there will be, at least, one panel session with other experienced scholars to discuss the latest trends in TMT research.

We invite researchers to submit papers that address any of the topics suggested above, as well as other research questions related to TMTs and executives. We particularly encourage submissions of papers that fall into one of the following domains:

  • (1) 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;
  • (2) Conceptual papers that combine different and novel theoretical perspectives to explain the antecedents and/or consequences of the TMT’s composition;
  • (3) 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; etc.



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.

Full papers

* 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. 



Deadline for research proposals:  December 12th, 2016
Notification: as of December 22nd, 2016
Registration of authors: February 23rd, 2017

Deadline for full paper submission: March 10th, 2017



Cajasol Foundation (San Francisco Venue)
Plaza San Francisco, 1. 
41004 Seville

NH Viapol

Single room - 90,20 €  and double room - 103,40 € (breakfast included).
Booking reference name: EIASM 8th Workshop on Top Management Teams and Business Strategy Research.
Booking number: MB509839
Contact person: Sofia Rodriguez nhviapol@nh-hotels.com tel. 954645254
Booking deadline: 23th February 2017


For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
284,35 € (including 49,35 € VAT)
For participants coming from another academic institution 375,10 € (including 65,10 € VAT)

Cancellations made before March 1, 2017 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:
Email: setyar@eiasm.be