Reading groups - Young researches

The ECN-ACEDE reading group is a virtual reading group focused on Organizational Economics and Business Management. It meets monthly and has two main objectives. First, it aims to foster the career of young scholars from ACEDE by presenting the latest advances in their field and developing their critical thinking through the discussion of relevant and recent articles in a friendly and stimulating environment. Second, it seeks to strengthen a community of scholars interested in these topics by promoting interaction among them.

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 Instructions for preparing a discussion:

Presenters can choose papers that, falling within the general area of Organizational Economics and Business Management, have been published within the last 3 years. To ensure a high level of quality and relevance to the audience, the papers must be chosen from those published in the academic journals and working papers listed below. Each reading session consists of two parts: (1) a presentation of 30-40 minutes, and (2) a general discussion lasting 20-30 minutes.

Presenters should prepare slides to stimulate the discussion.

Presentations should follow some common guidelines. In the first part, presenters should provide a concise and clear summary of the paper, addressing, among others, the following questions:

  1. What is the research question, and why is it interesting? Differently put, how does it improve our understanding of some important topics?
  2. What theory does the paper rely on/exploit/develop?
  3. What is the method, and what data is used?
  4. Does the paper focus on resting causal relationships? If so, what are the main threats to causality, and how do the authors address them?
  5. What are the main findings?

In the second part of the talk, presenters should offer their own opinion on some of the key issues addressed in the paper. Typical questions that should be answered include (but are not limited to):

  1. What is truly exciting/new/original about the paper?
  2. Why was the paper published: what elements made it stand out for the journal (e.g., theoretical contribution, approach, methods, data, phenomenon)?
  3. What are the main limitations of the paper?
  4. How could we answer the same question differently?
  5. What would be the ideal experiment considering the research question and available data?
  6. What are your ideas for future related work?

Journal List

Presenters should select a paper published in the last 3 years in any of the following journals (listed alphabetically). The list has been established to be representative of a variety of fields related to Organizational Economics and Business Management. Establishing a relevant journal list is always challenging, and we are well aware that the current list does not include all journals in the field. However, to set a boundary somewhere…

  • Academy of Management Annals
  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Perspectives
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • British Journal of Management
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • Global Strategy Journal
  • Journal of Business Venturing
  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Journal of World Business
  • Management Science
  • Organization Science
  • Research Policy
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
  • Strategic Management Journal
  • Journal of Finance
  • Journal of Financial Economics
  • Review of Financial Studies
  • Journal of Corporate Finance
  • Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis
  • Journal of Financial Intermediation
  • Journal of Money, Credit and Banking

NBER or CEPR working papers will also be accepted.


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