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16th EBS Best Paper Award

Honoring outstanding scientific papers with high practical relevance on Innovation, (Corporate) Entrepreneurship and Transformation

Since 2007, EBS Universität has annually honoured outstanding scientific papers with high practical relevance on Innovation, (Corporate) Entrepreneurship and Transformation. By means of an international exchange between representatives of some of the most renowned universities worldwide, focusing on both cutting-edge research and practical implications, the award honours papers that provide state-of-the-art insights for academics and practitioners equally.

The award is endowed with prize money totalling 3,500 euros.

The 16th EBS Best Paper Award will take place in November 2022 at EBS Universität in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.

In case of questions, please feel free to reach out to us:

Information for applicants


Papers submitted must have been published or accepted for publication in a scientific journal after 1st May 2021, and must not have been submitted to past EBS Best Paper Awards. The jury assesses submissions about scientific excellence and practical relevance. The authors of the three most outstanding papers are invited to present their work at EBS University, Oestrich-Winkel in Germany. EBS Universität will reimburse part of the travel expenses. Evaluating both the presentation and discussion, the jury will nominate the winner.


  • Call for Paper Publication: 1 July 2022
  • Submission Deadline: 1 September 2022
  • Prizes will be awarded to the three best entries:
    1st prize: 1,500 euros
    2nd prize: 1,250 euros
    3rd prize: 750 euros



Please submit the application form, the paper, and a short CV of all co-authors via e-mail:

Past Best Paper Award winners


Lien Denoo (Tilburg University), Helena Yli-Renko (USC Marshall) & Ramkumar Janakiraman (University of South Carolina): A knowledge-based view of managing dependence on a key customer: Survival and growth outcomes for young firms


Stephanie Querbach (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management), Miriam Bird (TUM Campus Heilbronn), Priscilla S. Kraft (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management), Nadine Kammerlander (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management): When the Former CEO Stays on Board: The Role of the Predecessor’s Board Retention for Product Innovation in Family Firms


Holmer Kok (Stockholm School of Economics), Dries Faems (WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management), Pedro De Faria (University of Groningen): Dusting Off the Knowledge Shelves: Recombinant Lag and the Technological Value of Inventions


Henning Piezunka (INSEAD), Linus Dahlander (ESMT Berlin): Idea Rejected, Tie Formed: Organizations’ Feedback on Crowdsourced Ideas


Eygeny Kagan (University of Michigan), Stephen Leider (University of Michigan), William S. Lovejoy (University of Michigan): Ideation-Execution Transition in Product Development: An Experimental Analysis


Thorsten Grohsjean (Bocconi University), Paola Criscuolo (Imperial College London), Linus Dahlander (ESMT European School of Management and Technology), Ammon Salter (University of Bath): Evaluating novelty: The role of panels in the selection of R&D projects


Paolo Aversa (Cass Business School), Alessandro Marino (LUISS University Rome), Luiz Mesquita (Arizona State University), Jay Anand (Ohio State University): Driving performance via exploration in changing environments: Evidence from Formula One racing


Marion Poetz (Copenhagen Business School), Nikolaus Franke (WU Vienna), Martin Schreier (WU Vienna): Integrating problem solvers from analogous markets in new product ideation


Gautam Ahuja (University of Michigan), Curba Morris Lampert (Florida International University), Elena Novelli (City University London): The second face of appropriability: Generative appropriability and its determinants

Matthias Waldkirch
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Family-Owned Firms
+49 611 7102 1342