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EBS Best Paper Award 2020

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 or accepted for publication in a scientific journal after July 1st, 2019, 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 17th, 2020 at the Sektkellerei Henkell, in Wiesbaden, Germany. 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 1st, 2020 [01.09.2020; 23.59 UTC]

Jury Members

  • Stéphane Bonutto (Oerlikon)
  • Dr. Andreas Brokemper (Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG)
  • Prof. Dr. Katrin Burmeister-Lamp (EBS University)
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Landau (EBS University)
  • Marc Launer (Boeing)
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Waldkirch (EBS University)
  • Prof. Dr. Christof Schimank (Horváth & Partners & EBS University)
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Gutmann (EBS University)
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Fuchs (Siemens & EBS University)


The best three papers will be awarded with:

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

How to Participate?

The application form can be downloaded here.

The application form, the paper as well as short CVs of the author(s) can be submitted via e-mail to

Last years’ finalists

Holmer Kok (Stockholm School of Economics), Dries Faems (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management) and Pedro De Faria (University of Groningen) won the first prize with their article “Dusting Off the Knowledge Shelves: Recombinant Lag and the Technological Value of Inventions”, which appeared in the “Journal of Management”.

Second place went to Nina Rosenbusch (Wilfried Laurier University), Michael Gusenbauer (Johannes Kepler University Linz), Isabella Hatak (University of St. Gallen), Matthias Fink (Ivey Business School) and Klaus E. Meyer (Ivey Business School) for their comments on the effectiveness and context of innovation offshoring. Their article “Innovaton Offshoring, Institutional Context and Innovation Performance: A Meta-Analysis”, which was also published in the “Journal of Management”.

The third prize of the evening was awarded to Alexander Brem and Verena Utikal (both Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg) for their article “How to manage creativity time? Results from a social psychological time model lab experiment on individual creative and routine performance”, which appeared in the “Creativity and Innovation Management Journal”.