Responsible Investment: Risk Management and/or Maximum Impact?

February 5-10, 2012, Gais (Switzerland)

Download the Call for Papers  (Submission Deadline: Nov. 4, 2011)

The fourth annual international oikos PRI Young Scholars Finance Academy will provide a unique platform to develop emerging researchers. Exceptional graduate students and young faculty are at the center of the programme and they will have exposure to leading academics and practitioners who provide feedback on their work and share advice about careers in the field of responsible investment. The event includes paper development workshops, professional development roundtables, guest speeches and outdoor activities in the picturesque Swiss Alps.  

The philosophy of the Academy is towards long-term development of young academic research. Consequently, participants are also encouraged to submit papers to a follow up symposium hosted by the PRI and the Canadian Business Ethics Network in Vancouver in June 2012.

The goal of the Academy is to promote intensive learning through in-depth discussion and feedback. Space is therefore limited to 15 PhD students and Post-docs.  The Academy is located at a scenic chalet in the Swiss Alps close to Zurich. The CHF 400.- fee for the Academy covers hotel accommodation, catering and extra-curricular excursions.

Submission Process

Students and young faculty are invited to apply with 
1.    a one page cover letter with a brief bio and motivation to participate, 
2.    a CV, and 
3.    a summary (max. 2 pages) of your PhD or research project which includes: working title; Academy topic addressed and how the paper fits into a wider literature and a statement of the research and practical relevance of the research project for PRI signatories and institutional investors in general.


The Academy will address the topic 2012:

Responsible Investment, Risk Management and/or Maximum Impact by inviting papers in five areas:

1. The role of Institutional Innovation for Responsible Investment

2. Institutional Investors and Shareholder Engagement

3. Responsible Investment and Behavioural Finance

4. Corporate Governance and Incentives for Responsible Investments

5. ESG-focused investments among mainstream investors


Academic Faculty

Moderated feedback will be given by selected peers and internationally well-reputed guest faculty:

Fabrizio Ferraro, IESE Business School, Spain

Fabrizio Ferraro is associate professor of strategic management at IESE Business School. He holds a Ph.D. in management from Stanford University. At IESE he teaches classes for MBAs and executives on competitive strategy and strategic decision-making, focusing in particular on strategy execution.

He also taught executive programs and/or consulted for multinational firms such as Oracle, Goodyear, General Motors, Banco Santander, Henkel, Nestlé, Puig, and Gonzalez-Byass, as well as a number of high-tech startups.

Fabrizio is the author of numerous academic articles on the topics of self-fulfilling prophecies, governance regimes, open-source communities, and industry transition in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science. He received the 2005 IESE Prize for Excellence in Research, and the 2006 Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management Review.

He is an associate editor of the European Management Review, and a member of the Programme Development Group of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management. Dr. Ferraro is the founder (and current board member) of Interactive Market Research, an international market research firm.

Hoje Jo, Santa Clara University, USA

Hoje Jo started his professional career in 1977, specializing in Korean plant and steel exports. After several years in the industry, he decided to pursue a career in academia. Holding a BA in Chinese Literature from Seoul National University, he went on to receive his MBA in Finance from State University of New York at Buffalo and his PhD in Finance from the University of Florida.

Jo’s main research interests lie in the areas of corporate, international, venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, and corporate social responsibility. He published in various leading journals including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Accounting Studies, and Journal of Business Ethics. Some of Jo’s works have won him awards from the European Finance Association, Global Finance Association, and the PACAP Finance Conference.

In 1999, the Korean Chamber of Commerce in Silicon Valley voted him “Professional Man of the Year.”
Recently Dr. Jo received the Moskowitz Prize (2009), the only global award recognizing outstanding quantitative research in the field of socially responsible investing.
Professor Jo has been teaching at Santa Clara since 1990 and is heavily involved with the Santa Clara community, having worked with the Center of Applied Ethics, the Faculty Senate, the University Research Committee and the Korean Student Association, among other groups. He was appointed chair of the Finance Department in July



Jill Solomon, King’s College, UK

Jill Solomon is Professor of Corporate Governance & Accountability at King’s College London, University of London, in the Department of Management. Her primary research interests include institutional investor engagement and dialogue (private reporting processes), responsible investment, stakeholder accountability, pension fund governance and sustainability issues in accounting and finance. Before moving to King’s College in 2009, Jill lectured at Cardiff University and Sheffield University. She gained a PhD from the University of Manchester in 1996 in International Finance.

Jill enjoys an active involvement in the evolution of corporate governance and accountability both in the academic and practitioner spheres and chairs the British Accounting Association Special Interest Group on Corporate Governance. She is also a member of the Steering Group of ACCA’s Governance Risk & Performance Forum (previously the Corporate Governance and Risk Management Committee, ACCA). Jill’s best-selling textbook ‘Corporate Governance and Accountability’ is entering its 4th edition in 2012.

Please click here to see a list of recent research publications.

Nicolas Mottis, ESSEC Paris, France

Nicolas Mottis joined ESSEC Paris as an assistant professor in 1995, after having held a number of positions in companies from 1988 to 1995: in the Marketing department with Renault, Switzerland (1989-90), then as project manager in the Information Systems department of BNP (1990-93), then with Bertelsmann (1993-95). He was promoted to the rank of full Professor in September 2000.

He is the former Director of the school (Grande Ecole & MBAs) and still heavily involved in accreditation processes of universities worldwide for the AACSB. He was Member of the Board of the Initial Accreditation Committee of AACSB from 2003 to 2006 and Chair of the Board of the Accreditation Quality Committee (in charge of defining the standards) from 2006 to 2009. He regularly chairs accreditation teams in Europe, North America and Asia.

Dr. Mottis obtained his doctorate in economics from Ecole Polytechnique France and a “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” degree (qualification to supervise research) from the University of Paris Dauphine. He has been Visiting Researcher at Stanford University (US), the Harvard Business School (US) and the Australian Graduate School of Management Sidney

His research areas focus on strategic control (corporate governance, value creation, socially responsible investment, incentives and performance measurement) and project management in high tech sectors. He has published many articles and several books on these subjects (for a complete list see:

In 2011 he was the President of the jury of the FIR-Eurosif Prizes and is member of the jury for the Best Paper Award of the PRI Academic Conference since 2010.


Arian Borgers, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Arian Borgers

Tilburg University, the Netherlands

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Ben Jacobsen, James Cook University , Australia

Ben Jacobsen

James Cook University, Australia

“Investigating PRI signatory support for RI engagement on climate change: An Australian Case”

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Li Zhiliang, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Li Zhiliang

National University of Singapore, China

“Economics Rationale of Green Building; Sustainable & Socially Responsible Real Estate Investment; REITs & Property Valuation”

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Kais Bouslah, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Kais Bouslah

Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

“Relation between firm risk and social performance”

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Sabina Du Rietz, University of Stockholm, Sweden

Sabina Du Rietz

University of Stockholm, Sweden

“Accounting and knowledge construction within corporate governance practices: The case of Environmental Social Governance ”

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Heather Hachigian, Oxford University, UK

Heather Hachigian

Oxford University, Canada

“Effective Governance for Responsible Investing: The Case of Sovereign Sponsored Funds”

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Daniela Laurel, HEC Paris, France

Daniela Laurel

HEC Paris, Philippines

“Organizational Responses to Institutional Complexity in Transition Fields: The Case of Socially Responsible Investing ”

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Irene Beccarini, IESE Business School, Spain

Irene Beccarini

IESE Business School, Italy

“From ‘What Investors do’ to ‘Why Investors do’: Back to the Roots of Shareholder Engagement”

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Tatiana Botelho, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tatiana Botelho

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Can oil be responsible? Assessing Corporate Responsibility in the Oil and Gas Sector”

Christine Chow, University of Melbourne, Australia

Christine Chow

University of Melbourne, China

“Shareholder Engagement”

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Jennifer Goodman, ESADE, Spain

Jennifer Goodman

Institute for Social Innovation, ESADE, United Kingdom

“The Rise of Social Shareholder Activism and the Changing Role of Investors within the Firm: from Economics to Politics”

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Martin Kügemann, Leuphana University, Germany

Martin Kügemann

Leuphana University, Germany

“Factors Affecting Sustainable Jatropha Investments – A Global Study Applying the Resource-Based View”

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Priya Bala-Miller, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Priya Bala-Miller

The University of British Columbia, Canada

“Shareholder Engagement in Governance “Grey Zones””

Dane Rook, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Dane Rook

Oxford University, United Kingdom

“Behavioural decision-making in sustainable investments: biased samples, networked heuristics, & ecological (ir?)rationality”

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Ruojuan Zheng, Xiamen University, China

Ruojuan Zheng

Xiamen University, China

“Does SRI really work? An Empirical Study on the Case of China”

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Xin Li, Harvard Business School, USA

Xin Li

Harvard Business School, China

“The determinants and consequences of incentive provision in the achievement of corporate environmental goals”