Conference: Wednesday, December 6th, 2023
17:00 – 18:30 – Room 123 Lascrosses Building

Title: How to publish in top Journals / Organization Science

Abstract: In this conference, Michaël Bikard, Professor of Strategy & Innovation at INSEAD and Editor in charge of the innovation area in Organization Science (an FT50 Journal), will engage in discussion with the audience about the stakes and methods for publishing in top management journals. Drawing on his own experience as an author and reviewer for journals such as ASQ, Management Science, SMJ, and Organization Science, as well as his work as Editor of Organization Science, he will share insights on the “dos and don’ts” of publication, how to navigate the publication process, and the different stages involved in proposing papers suitable for such journals. He will also discuss emerging research topics and promising areas for ongoing research in the fields of strategy and innovation.

This conference will be followed by a cocktail at the cafeteria.




Conference of Michaël Bikard, Associate Professor of Strategy at INSEAD
Michaël Bikard, Associate Professor of Strategy at INSEAD

Michaël Bikard researches how individuals and firms use new knowledge as a source of competitive advantage. For example, what are the drivers of scientific advances? Under which conditions are firms and individuals able to exploit opportunities emerging from those advances? To find answers to those questions, he takes advantage of “natural experiments.” For example, he developed a new method that uses simultaneous discoveries in science in order to conduct the first “twin studies” of new knowledge.
His work has been published in leading management journals including the Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal and Organization Science. His research has also received a number of awards, including first place in the MIT Sloan Doctoral Research Forum, the MIT Energy Fellowship, the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship, the J Robert Beyster Fellowship and an NSF SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant.
Before joining INSEAD, Professor Bikard was on the faculty of the London Business School. He completed his PhD at MIT Sloan in the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management group.

Publised in Journal of Cleaner Production

The production and consumption of single-use plastics (SUP) has disastrous consequences for the natural environment. Understanding which consumers are more likely to avoid SUP and why is crucial. Building on a comprehensive action determination model of ecological behavior, this study aims to specify the most relevant drivers and barriers to consumers’ intentions to avoid SUP. The results of a qualitative study (N = 32) and a quantitative study (N = 3,000), conducted across multiple countries (United States, Russia, and Belgium), reveal that positive attitudes and subjective norms regarding SUP alternatives enhance consumers’ intentions to avoid SUP. Our analysis also shows the existence of four consumer segments—SUP addicts, SUP avoiders, the apathetic, and situation-driven SUP users—who differ in their intentions to avoid SUP and their motivations. While habits in using SUP, and situational constraints and hygienic concerns regarding SUP alternatives do not play a significant role in the whole cross-national sample, they represent crucial barriers for specific segments such as SUP addicts and situation-driven SUP users. The study concludes with several marketing and design recommendations for promoting and developing reusable alternatives for single-use plastics.

Article by Abhishek Behl, Vijay Pereira, Achint Nigam, Samuel FOSSO WAMBA (TBS Education), Rahul Sindhwani
Publised in Journal of Knowledge Management


The purpose of this paper is to investigate the potential of NFTs in revolutionizing innovation management and information systems. Innovations done by firms are blatantly used by other firms to develop cheap knock-off. This leads to huge economic loses to the firm investing in research and development activities. Firms are in need of trusted, immutable and verifiable means of storing information which cannot be used by others, even if publically available without their consent. Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) appear to be one such solution to this problem that has recently attracted a lot of investor interest. Using NFTs the information is tokenized and is stored in a secure manner.


Through this scoping review, the authors investigate the influence of NFTs towards the innovation management from the dual aspects of management and information systems. This scoping review is underpinned by the five-stage framework by Arksey and O’Malley. The five stages of Arksey and O’Malley’s framework were used in this analysis to classify the literature through five stages of identifying the initial research questions; locating relevant studies; study selection; charting the data; and compiling, summarizing and reporting the results.


This study suggests that NFTs on the blockchain have significant potential to revolutionize innovation management and information systems. Theoretical frameworks used in investigating the role of digital tokens in blockchain management are mainly based on contracts, diversity theory, portfolio theory and faking likelihood theory. The study reveals gaps in the literature, particularly in the under-researched areas of behavioural psychology and social psychology theories. The appropriate regulation and regulation authority for different types of digital tokens are required. The study also presents archetypes that represent patterns in the current landscape of blockchain tokens, which have significant potential for future research and practical applications.


This study is unique in its approach to assessing the future of NFTs in the field of innovation and information management. While many existing reviews have focused on describing the progress and development of NFTs in the past, this study takes a forward-looking perspective and projects the future potential of NFTs. This innovative approach allows for a deeper understanding of the potential impact of NFTs in various fields such as entrepreneurship, innovation management and tokenomics. Therefore, this study contributes to the literature on NFTs by providing insights and recommendations for future research and practical applications.

Article by Timo Mandler
Publised in Journal of Business Research

This paper examines the influence of stakeholder orientation on the design of managerial incentives. Our tests exploit the quasi-natural experiment provided by the staggered adoption of directors’ duties laws (i.e., state-level laws that explicitly expand board members’ duties to act in the best interests of all stakeholders).

We find that the enactment of these laws results in a significant decrease in the sensitivity of CEO wealth to the stock price. This decrease is mostly driven by firms most exposed to pressures to maximize short-term stock price. Our results suggest that the decrease in the sensitivity of CEO compensation to the stock price is an important channel boards use to internalize stakeholder orientation.

Article by Samuel FOSSO WAMBA (TBS Education), Muriel Fotso, Elaine Mosconi & Junwu Chai
Publised in Annals of Operations Research

Plastic waste management represents a fundamental challenge in terms of environmental pollution and health in many emerging countries. Yet, some firms believe improved plastic waste management could lead to value creation and capture, especially from a circular economy perspective.

This study draws on a longitudinal research approach that involved 12 organizations in assessing plastic waste management’s contribution to Cameroon’s circular economy. Our findings suggest that plastic waste management for value creation is still embryonic in Cameroon. Moving to the full value creation and capture stage will require overcoming various challenges identified and presented in the paper. We then discuss our findings and put forward several future research avenues.

Article de Christophe BERNARD (TBS Education) et Sébastien MITRAILLE (TBS Education)
Publié dans la revue : International Journal of Industrial Organization

This article delves into the intriguing dynamics of how information asymmetry impacts task allocation between a manufacturer and its supplier.

The authors specifically focus on scenarios where tasks exhibit horizontal differentiation, and the comparative edge in terms of marginal costs fluctuates throughout the production process. Our findings illustrate that the manufacturer tends to excessively outsource tasks to a generalist supplier, while not leveraging enough from a specialist supplier based on the efficiency spectrum.

The underlying driver of these patterns lies in the presence of balancing incentives. Interestingly, when the manufacturer’s internal costs are acceptably low, it opts to offload some of its high-performing tasks while keeping the underperforming ones in-house. These dual distortions occur simultaneously, thereby influencing the contract offered to the generalist supplier.

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Article by David LE BRIS (TBS Education) and Alain ALCOUFFE (Université Toulouse Capitole)
Published in : European Journal of the History of Economic Thought

At the end of the 19th, Georges d’Avenel produced a highly original work in various fields. Unsatisfied with the usual way to write history, he turned his attention to quantitative data to understand the past. In particular, he built series of prices of multiples goods and services from 1200 onwards.
He proposed a documented analysis of long-term changes in prices as a result of the technical progress, in income and wealth inequalities as captured by the top 1%, as well as in the evolution of mentalities.

His approaches were criticized both by both new professional “Republican” historians than by Conservative analysts. However, his data used by Pareto, Fisher, Frisch or Marshall are still used in current economic history and his analysis fertilized various fields in particular the Ecole des Annales.

Samuel FOSSO WAMBA, Head of Research and professor of Information Systems and Data Science at TBS Education has been named one of the world’s most influential researchers by Clarivate™ in its 2022 ranking.

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This is the third consecutive year that Professor FOSSO WAMBA has been listed as a “Highly Cited Researcher™” by Clarivate. In 2020, 2021 and 2022 our school’s Head of Research was recognized for his outstanding influence in the field.

Professor FOSSO WAMBA had 37 publications in Web of Science™ and was cited 2,220 times.

Each year, Clarivate™ identifies the world’s most influential researchers: “the true pioneers in their fields over the last decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science™.”  

For this year’s edition, Clarivate™ identified 6,938 most cited researchers in the world. The results covered the activity of researchers in 22 areas of expertise (agriculture, biology, chemistry etc).

TBS Education professors and researchers Akram AL ARISS and Samuel FOSSO WAMBA are among the TOP 2% of the most cited researchers in the world according to the Elsevier BV report drawn up by Stanford University researchers in 2022.

Akram AL ARISS, professor of Human Resources Management at TBS Education, welcomed the accolade, saying,

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“It is a form of recognition by our peers that our work has an impact and a utility for others in the scientific community. Personally, it is always motivating to see such a result. It encourages me to continue working on topics that have a scientific, practical, and social impact. For TBS Education, I think, it shows that its faculty has an important impact worldwide.”

– Akram AL ARISS, professor of Human Resources Management at TBS Education

Samuel FOSSO WAMBA, whose work has figured on the list twice before, said,

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“I am happy to be part of the list for the third time. This is a recognition of the quality of our work by our peers. At the school level, this is a fantastic outcome of all the investments realized by the school to promote cutting-edge research in the school.”

– Samuel FOSSO WAMBA, Head of Research department and professor in Information Systems and Data Science at TBS Education

Since 2019, scientists at Stanford University have published annual data of the top 2% of the world’s most-cited scientists in 22 scientific fields and 176 subfields. The list is described as :

“A publicly available database of top-cited scientists that provides standardized information on citations, h-index, co-authorship adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions and a composite indicator (c-score).” – Elsevier BV

The ranking recognizes the outstanding contribution made by the work of Akram AL ARISS and Samuel FOSSO WAMBA and will impact their academic careers and the reputation of the research carried out at TBS Education.

This special issue focuses on the effects and possible solutions to gender disparities caused by the Gender Data Gap. Analysing this data gap with its effects and possible solutions in detail will deepen our knowledge of gender-based discrepancies and their origins and implications. Below, we present a number of lines of inquiry that seem particularly fruitful in stimulating novel theoretical insights.

Topics of interest

Evolution, perpetuation and reproduction of the Gender Data Gap

The following are possible questions that contributors might address:

  • How do the individual characteristics and behaviours of managers and leaders accentuate or attenuate the effects of the Gender Data Gap?
  • What interpersonal processes maintain and reproduce versus interrupt the effects of the data gap?
  • How (i.e. through what processes and mechanisms) do organisational cultures facilitate versus prevent the development and perpetuation of the Gender Data Gap?
  • How do firm- and industry-level factors contribute to Gender Data Gap effects on women’s careers?

Effects of the Gender Data Gap on women

Possible questions include, but are not limited to:

  • How does the Gender Data Gap affect women’s careers and upward mobility?
  • To what extent do Gender Data Gaps cause or exacerbate toxic cultures and workplaces?
  • How do various social actors (HR managers, activist organisations, headhunters, the media, universities and business schools) help maintain or close the data gap and with what consequences?
  • How can our management and organisation theories be extended and strengthened by making ‘invisible acts’ (e.g. instrumental work activities done by women that are neither recognised nor rewarded) more visible?

Effects of the Gender Data Gap on intervention effectiveness

Accordingly, we encourage questions such as (but not exclusive to):

  • What are the assumptions in management and organisation studies that must be revisited based on novel insights derived from efforts to close the Gender Data Gap?
  • How does the Gender Data Gap intersect with cross-cutting systems of disadvantage (e.g. race, age and ability)? What are the implications for the effectiveness of interventions designed to ‘help women’?

In sum, we encourage contributions that address any of the above issues. We propose that the development and facilitation of the data gap, as well as its effects on women’s careers and wellbeing, should be approached from a multi-phenomenal and multi-level perspective that comprises leadership, values, norms and goals at the managerial and organisational levels.

Submission instructions

Every manuscript submitted to this special issue must provide both theoretical/conceptual and practical contributions. Conceptual, review and empirical papers will all be considered.

All submissions are subject to the European Management Journal’s double-blind peer review process, should respect the journal’s general publication guidelines and should be submitted through between 1st August and 18th September, 2023. The special issue will be published in 2025.

To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for consideration for this special issue, it is important that authors select ‘SI: Gender Data Gap’ as the paper type. Please direct any questions about the special issue to Dr Sonja Sperber (