2021 Corporate Governance Symposium
"Critical Issues for Boards and Investors in 2021"
John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award Competition
Call for Papers
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 / 9:30 am to 4:30 pm ET
John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and
the Department of Finance, Lerner College of Business and Economics
The John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the Department of Finance at the Lerner College of Business and Economics, at the University of Delaware will host a virtual Corporate Governance Symposium on March 16, 2021. The focus of the Symposium will be on "Critical Issues for Boards and Investors in 2021."
The Weinberg Center is accepting submissions for its John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award competition.
Academics and Practitioners are invited to submit research papers by Monday, November 16, 2020 for consideration. Two research papers will be selected to each receive the 2021 John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award and a $10,000 award. One of the authors of each of the selected papers will present the paper virtually via livestream at the Weinberg Center's Symposium on March 16, 2021.
This research competition is the successor to the IRRCi Investor Research Paper Award that had become a prominent award garnering significant attention amongst the investment community, academia and policymakers. The John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award, as its predecessor did, highlights innovative research.
The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the focus on various environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues by investors and other stakeholders. Research papers that will be eligible for the Research Paper Awards will be those that address topics within the area of ESG that are of critical importance in 2021 for boards of directors and investors.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: sustainability/ESG reporting and/or disclosure, ESG investing, ESG and human capital, diversity, stakeholder vs. shareholder, corporate purpose, benefit and B corporations, ESG/climate change and risk, board monitoring and oversight of risk, board and committee composition and structure, director evaluations, board diversity, board tenure, board and/or management succession planning, board oversight of corporate culture, executive and director compensation, shareholder engagement, investor stewardship, shareholder activism, long-termism, dual-class stock, and corporate governance or ESG reform measures associated with the foregoing.
John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award Guidelines/Procedures
Papers should be submitted using the following guidelines. Failure to comply with these guidelines may disqualify papers.
- Submissions may be an original work created specifically for the Research Paper Award or relevant unpublished papers.
- All papers must be submitted in English.
- Papers should be submitted with a cover page that includes the paper title, date of submission, full name and affiliation of author(s), a 100-250 word abstract summarizing the argument, how it fits into a wider literature, and its relevance to the John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award objective.
- Papers should be a standard 8.5x11 format, in a PDF version.
- The page number should be included on the bottom right of each page of the paper.
- Please use the following format as the file name when you save your paper: Last name (all caps), underscore, shortened name of paper, period, pdf (e.g., DOE_Shareholder Engagement.pdf).
- Please submit your papers to Louisa Cresson at Weinbergfirstname.lastname@example.org.
If selected for the award, it is required that one of the paper's authors be available to present the paper virtually via livestream at the Symposium on March 16, 2021.
General inquiries regarding the competition or the Symposium should be directed to Louisa Cresson at the email address above.
Please note that the selection of winners, if any, is at the sole discretion of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance. The Weinberg Center fully anticipates awarding two $10,000 prizes, but reserves the right to select no papers as winners in the event papers submitted do not meet the above guidelines and/or the Center does not believe any paper is worthy of the award.