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The second edition of the annual Young Researchers' Conference in Economics and Management invites PhD candidates and recently qualified doctors to reflect on the changes and transformations of governance, following the multiple crises actors may have experienced.
This year, the annual Young Researchers' Conference arises as an opportunity for economics and management scholars to deepen and to extend their understanding of the numerous aspects carried by the polysemous concept of governance. The increasing number of actors, of decision levels, and of rationalities taking part in "governance", be it in relation to companies, public organizations, national economies or to monetary unions are key dimensions of the conference. Two main axes, not necessarily exclusive or exhaustive, are put forward: corporate governance and European governance.
The 2008 crisis has created a need for evolution in financial and non-financial corporate governance. Since its outbreak, a set of works has been focusing on the emergence of new rules in governance. These works notably focus on possible responses to problems raised by the means of organizing commercial and non commercial activities that had prevailed until then.
In this perspective, the organizers of the 2nd annual Young Researchers' Conference in Economics and Management invite you to reflect on the following issues:
During the last years, what favorable circumstances can be identified which have led to the emergence of new government approaches? What rules, norms and values may be considered to favor the evolution of commercial activities' governance? How should the persistence of shareholder oriented governance be analyzed, considering its incrimination over the 2008 crisis? Should one understand this as a hysteresis effect or as an inability to find alternative governance models? What would be the requirements for developing such an alternative governance model? To what extent the rules of ethical finance, behavioral finance and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can pave the way for further exploration? Regardless of any crisis generator, how can actors' strategic behavior (alliance, cooperation) enable the evolution of corporate governance modes?
The current crisis in the euro area also raises the issue of transnational and supranational dimensions of political/economic governance, and can be presented as an indicator testifying to the weaknesses of a governance mode. It can therefore be considered as an opportunity to observe the origins and consequences of a contagious effect, and to discuss reforms deemed necessary to avoid the implosion of the euro area. In this view the following questions may orient your reflections:
What connections are to be emphasized between the present euro area crisis and European governance problems that had been identified well before these events? How to analyze the production of new governance policies that can meet the challenges of the area? Should the existing mechanisms (EFSF, EFSM) or the outlined developments (ESM, Eurobonds, European federalism, the role of ECB) be considered temporary or long term solutions to the crisis? To what extent the crisis of public finance in Europe may eventually accelerate the debate over European governance versus European Government?