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EBS Best Paper Award 2021

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

EBS University annually honors outstanding scientific papers with high practical relevance on Innovation, Corporate Entrepreneurship and Transformation. By focusing on both cutting-edge research and practical implications, the awarded papers provide state-of-the-art insights for academics and practitioners equally.

The award is endowed with prize money totaling € 3,500.

Selection Procedure

Papers submitted must have been published in a scientific journal after July 1st, 2020, and must not have been submitted to past EBS Best Paper Awards. Submissions are assessed by the jury with regards to scientific excellence and practical relevance. The authors of the three most outstanding papers are invited to present their work on November 16th, 2021 either online or at EBS University in Wiesbaden/Oestrich-Winkel, Germany (depending on the Corona situation). Part of the travel expenses will be reimbursed by EBS University. Evaluating both presentation and discussion, the jury will nominate the winner.

Submission Deadline: September 5th, 2021 [23.59 UTC]

The jury consists of industry experts and academics.

Prizes The best three papers will be awarded with:

  • 1st prize: € 1,500
  • 2nd prize: € 1,250
  • 3rd prize: € 750

How to Participate?

The application survey can be filled out here.

Additionally, we ask you to submit a non-copyright version of the paper via e-mail to

Last years’ finalists

Stephanie Querbach (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management), Miriam Bird (TUM Campus Heilbronn), Priscilla S. Kraft (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management), and Nadine Kammerlander (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management) won the first prize with their article “When the Former CEO Stays on Board: The Role of the Predecessor’s Board Retention for Product Innovation in Family Firms”, which appeared in the “Journal of Product Innovation Management”.

Second place went to Steven M. Gray (McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin), Andrew P. Knight (Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis), Markus Baer (Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis) for their comments on collective ownership. Their article “On the Emergence of Collective Psychological Ownership in New Creative Teams” was published in “Organization Science”.

The third prize of the evening was awarded to Massimo Maoret (IESE Business School Barcelona), Marco Tortoriello (Bocconi University Milan), and Daniela Iubatti (SKEMA Business School, Université Côte d Azur) for their article “Big Fish, Big Pond? The joint Effect of formal and informal Core–Periphery Positions on the Generation of incremental Innovations”, which also appeared in “Organization Science”.

Katrin Burmeister-Lamp

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Group Speaker Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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