2nd Interdisciplinary Conference on Corporate Bankruptcy

Friday 14 October 2016


2nd Interdisciplinary Conference on Corporate Bankruptcy

«When SMEs take control on failure»

0ctober 14, 2016

Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
Building Max Weber [ Access ]


Due to its multidisciplinary nature, corporate insolvency has been the subject of an increasing number of studies. The wave of bankruptcies that happened recently and their impact on individuals and society as a whole boots a literature already rich and various. This proliferation of dedicated scientific studies on identifying the warning signs of an impending bankruptcy is justified by the extent of the phenomenon and its impact on a large number of economic agents.
However, beyond the question of corporate bankruptcy prediction, other issues are at stake. Indeed, bankruptcy is not only characterized by its economic, financial, and legal dimensions, but also by social and psychological components that are still rarely explored.
The International Conference on Corporate Bankruptcy is co-organized by EconomiX, a joint CNRS-Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense research unit, and humanOrg, a research institute of the University of Mons. Focused on the origins and the consequences of SMEs’ failure or bankruptcy, this second edition of the International Conference on Corporate Bankruptcy is sponsored by the Association Internationale de Recherche en Entrepreneuriat et PME (AIREPME) and the Académie de l’Entrepreneuriat et de l’Innovation (AEI).


All contributions (quantitative or qualitative) on the theme of failure and survival of SMEs and entrepreneurs can be proposed, with a focus on the following non-exhaustive list:

  • Determinants of bankruptcy / business difficulties;
  • Failure and financial structure;
  • Relationship between governance and failure;
  • Survival and support;
  • Prevention of business difficulties;
  • Failure after firm transmission ;
  • Costs and consequences of failure;
  • Human resources policies and business risk;
  • Relationships between the characteristics of the CEO and the failure of SMEs;
  • SME bankruptcy case studies (economic and/or legal views);
  • Psychology of the contractor during the liquidation process.

Instructions for authors

The selection will be made on the basis of a one-page summary (approximatively 500 words, 3 to 5 keywords and JEL codes). Abstracts and papers may be written and presented in French or in English. The abstract should be sent in Word format before July 15, 2016. A scientific committee will conduct the review of proposals. The decision of acceptance or rejection will be sent on July 30, 2016.

To register, please click here (September 29: deadline)

The costs associated with this conference amount to 80 euros and cover registration and lunch. These fees also apply to those who wish to attend the event without necessarily presenting a paper.

Organizing committee

Lara Abdel Fattah (EconomiX), Nadine Levratto (EconomiX) et Xavier Brédart (HumanOrg).
For further information, please contact:
For EconomiX : Lara Abdel Fattah
For Human’Org : Xavier Brédart

Scientific committee

  • Jean-Pierre Boissin, Université Grenoble Alpes
  • Didier Chabaud, Université d´Avignon et des Pays du Vaucluse
  • Karin Comblé, Université de Mons
  • Alain Finet, Université de Mons
  • Eric Langlais, EconomiX, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
  • Giuseppe Pagano, Université de Mons
  • Josée St-Pierre, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
  • Didier Van Caillie, Université de Liège

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