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The summer school is carried out in the framework of the project “Corporate Governance and European Union Integration” which is supported by the Jean Monnet Network action Erasmus Programme of the European Union.

Call for Applications

First Summer School “Corporate Governance and European Integration”
10 - 14 July 2017
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Target group: PhD students, researchers who have obtained a PhD degree in the past 5 years

ECTS credits: 6

The summer school “Corporate Governance and European Integration” will focus on variety of theories, empirical evidence and policy debates on corporate governance provided by a team of highly experienced researchers coming from Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and UK. Lecturers include: Dennis Mueller (University of Vienna), Miguel Garcia-Cestona (Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona), Marc Goergen (Cardiff University), Joze Damijan (University of Ljubljana), Johan Eklund (Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum) , Susanne Espenlaub (University of Manchester), Evgeni Peev (Vienna University of Economics and Business), and Laura Rondi (Politecnico di Torino).

Admission to the school is free of charge and costs are covered by the CGEUI network with EU Jean Monnet Network action funds. The grant will cover travel expenses (under certain limits), accommodation (5 nights), etc.

The applicants must send a CV and a motivation letter to the following address evgeni.peev@wu.ac.at. The participants will be selected by the Selection Committee on the basis of the information provided. The deadline for submission is 23 April 2017. The applicants will be informed about the selection results by 1 May 2017.


The course focuses on EU-level harmonisation of corporate governance and the considerable diversity of corporate governance models in the EU Member States. The aim of the course is to discuss key issues of the current European corporate governance debate (e.g. convergence to the Anglo-Saxon corporate governance model, the emergence of the Nordic corporate governance model, the emergence of a new type of corporate governance in the EU New Member States and the like).

1.1. Introductory lecture: European Integration and Corporate Governance in Enlarged Europe: Controversies and Unresolved Questions

1.2. European Integration and Corporate Governance Controversies and Unresolved Questions (Country studies): UK, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Slovenia.

1.3. Papers by young researchers


  • Dennis Mueller
  • Evgeni Peev: Corporate Governance in the New EU Member States
  • Johan Eklund: The Scandinavian (Swedish) corporate governance model
  • Joze Damijan: Foreign ownership and firm performance in New EU member states
  • Laura Rondi: Corporate Governance in EU Countries of French Legal Origin and Investor Protection: The Case of Italy, with an emphasis on large shareholders, managerial compensations and incentives and earnings management
  • Marc Goergen: International Corporate Governance
  • Miguel Garcia-Cestona: Ownership and control
  • Susanne Espenlaub: Corporate finance with aspects of contracting and governance


Dennis C. Mueller is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Economics, University of Vienna. He is world-known researcher in the field of corporate governance and public choice. According to Handelsblatt ranking of economists researchers in the German speaking world, he was ranked first based on publications in 2007; Among professors Emeritus he ranked first from 2008 to 2011; and has been the highest ranked economist in Austria for many years. Recently he has been involved in research projects on the EU New Members States focusing on various aspect of institutional transition. He is a founder and chair of the informal network on corporate governance and investment established in 1995.

Evgeni Peev is Research Fellow at The Institute for Quantitative Economics, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. He is internationally recognized economist in the field of corporate governance in the European transition countries with numerous publications in leading research journals. He has been a coordinator of an international research project carried out for the first time comparative study of separation of ownership and control in Albania, Bulgaria and Romania in 1990-96, and an initiator of a few projects on corporate governance in Bulgaria, the EU Accession countries, and Central and Eastern Europe over the period 2002-2010. Recently he has been involved in research on various aspects of institutional transition like corporate governance and quality of country institutions.

Johan Eklund is the Managing Director of Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Professor at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) where he also received his PhD in economics in 2008. Johan Eklund's main research interests concern the relationship between corporate governance institutions and capital markets and their long term effects on economic development and growth. He also has broad interests in industrial economics, institutional economics and law and economics. Previously Johan Eklund also served as Associate Dean at Jönköping International Business School.

Joze Damijan is Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. He has been a former Minister for Growth, Government of the Republic of Slovenia, and President of the Economic Reforms Committee to the Slovenian Government. He has numerous publications on corporate governance, foreign direct investment and firm performance in the European transition countries.

Laura Rondi is Associate Professor at the Department of Management and Production Engineering, Politecnico di Torino. She has numerous publications on corporate governance. She has extensive experience in corporate governance and investment decision; regulation; European industrial organization.

Marc Goergen is Professor of Finance and Head of Accounting & Finance Section, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. He is internationally recognized economist in the field of corporate governance with numerous publications and prestigious awards.

Miguel Garcia-Cestona is Associate Professor at the Department of Business Economics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has numerous publications on corporate governance issues. He has extensive experience in the area of European corporate governance, economics of organizations and comparative institutional analysis.

Susanne Espenlaub is Associated Professor at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. She has numerous publications on corporate governance issues. She has extensive experience in the area of contracting and governance of newly listed companies (including role of advisers/underwriters, financial backers, venture-capital, strategic and other investors in IPO companies); political ties and bank connections of firms (including impact of banks connections on corporate investment in emerging economies); ownership (including impact on share repurchasing); executive pay.

Application period:
March - July 2017

Application deadline:
One week before the course starts

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