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Georg WERNICKE

Assistant Professor

Strategy and Business Policy

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Biography

Georg Wernicke’s research is on topics in, and at the intersection of, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR), broadly defined. More specifically, he is interested in the drivers of public disapproval of firms’ practices, for example the compensation firms pay to their CEOs, how firms’ prosocial activities affect disapproval, and, in turn, which subset of firms and CEOs reacts to being targeted. Georg also analyzes how the characteristics and values of CEOs affect firm level outcomes such as corporate misconduct or the adoption of prosocial practices, as well as how demographic minority status affects labor-market outcomes for directors after occurrences of financial fraud. Furthermore, Georg engages in projects that explore the antecedents of superior firm performance on CSR.

Georg received his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Mannheim and is a graduate of the University College London and Humboldt University of Berlin. His Ph.D. dissertation was awarded with the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation Best Dissertation Award. His research won or was shortlisted for a number of Best Conference Papers Awards and been pubslished in Organization Science and the Strategic Management Journal, besides others. As conference reviewer, he has been recognized with multiple Best Reviewer Awards.

Before joining the HEC Paris faculty, Georg was an Assistant Professor in Corporate Governance at Copenhagen Business School and a visiting scholar at Stern School of Business/NYU, the University of Antwerp, Kellogg School of Management/Northwestern University and at INSEAD. In Copenhagen, he taught courses in General Management, Corporate Governance, Sustainability and Social Responsibility as well as in Strategy and International Business. In 2016, he has been nominated for the CBS wide Best Teacher Award. At HEC Paris, Georg teaches Strategic Management. 

Scientific articles

How Much Influence Do CEOs Have on Company Actions and Outcomes? The Example of Corporate Social Responsibility

Academy of Management Discoveries, Forthcoming, (in coll. with MIHA SAJKO, CHRISTOPHE BOONE)

Last to Come and Last to Go? The Complex Role of Gender and Ethnicity in the Reputational Penalties for Directors Linked to Corporate Fraud

Academy of Management Journal, 2020, vol. 63, n° 3, pp 881-902, (in coll. with I. NAUMOVSKA, E. J. ZAJAC)

Drilled to Obey? Ex-Military CEOs and Financial Misconduct

Strategic Management Journal, November 2018, vol. 39, n° 11, pp 2943-2964, (in coll. with I. F. KOCH-BAYRAM)

Signal Incongruence and Its Consequences: A Study of Media Disapproval and CEO Overcompensation

Organization Science, September-October 2018, vol. 29, n° 5, pp 796-817, (in coll. with J.-P. VERGNE, S. BRENNER)

Global Cities and Liability of Foreignness

European Journal of International Management, 2016, vol. 10, n° 1, pp 78-94, (in coll. with K. MEHLSEN)

Proceedings

Policies without Plans? Sequential CSR Responses and the Role of Resources for Policy Implementation

2021 Academy of Management Annual Conference , 2021 , 2021 , 1 (N. Rathert)

The Multifaceted Effect of CEO Age on Firm Social and Environmental Practices

2021 Academy of Management Annual Conference , 2021 , 2021 , 1 (M. Sajko, C. Boone)

Short Selling and Performance on Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Access to Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Scientific articles

Last to Come and Last to Go? The Complex Role of Gender and Ethnicity in the Reputational Penalties for Directors Linked to Corporate Fraud

Academy of Management Journal, 2020, vol. 63, n° 3, pp 881-902, (in coll. with I. NAUMOVSKA, E. J. ZAJAC)

Drilled to Obey? Ex-Military CEOs and Financial Misconduct

Strategic Management Journal, November 2018, vol. 39, n° 11, pp 2943-2964, (in coll. with I. F. KOCH-BAYRAM)

Signal Incongruence and Its Consequences: A Study of Media Disapproval and CEO Overcompensation

Organization Science, September-October 2018, vol. 29, n° 5, pp 796-817, (in coll. with J.-P. VERGNE, S. BRENNER)

Global Cities and Liability of Foreignness

European Journal of International Management, 2016, vol. 10, n° 1, pp 78-94, (in coll. with K. MEHLSEN)

Proceedings

Policies without Plans? Sequential CSR Responses and the Role of Resources for Policy Implementation

2021 Academy of Management Annual Conference , 2021 , 2021 , 1 (N. Rathert)

The Multifaceted Effect of CEO Age on Firm Social and Environmental Practices

2021 Academy of Management Annual Conference , 2021 , 2021 , 1 (M. Sajko, C. Boone)

Short Selling and Performance on Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Access to Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Education

  • Ph.D., Management, Mannheim University - Germany
  • M.Sc. in Business Administration, Humboldt University - Germany
  • M. A. Comparative Business Economics (with distinction), University College London - United Kingdom

Academic appointments

Academic Responsibilities at HEC

  • 2019- Member of GREGHEC, the joint research laboratory CNRS-HEC Paris HEC Paris
  • 2018- Assistant Professor, Strategy and Business Policy HEC Paris

External Academic Responsibilities

  • 2013-2018 Assistant Professor Copenhagen Business School
  • 2017-2017 Visiting Scholar INSEAD
  • 2016-2017 Visiting Scholar Kellogg School of Management
  • 2015-2015 Visiting Scholar University of Antwerp
  • 2009-2010 Visiting Ph.D. New York University, Stern School of Business

Scientific Activities

Conference organisation

  • 2020- Program Team of the ONE Division
  • 2020- Research Commitee of the STR Division
  • 2019-2020 Representative at Large at the Strategic Leadership and Governance IG
  • 2019-2021 SnO Research Day
  • Awards & honors

    • 2020 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Strategic Leadership Governance IG
    • 2020 Outstanding Reviewer Award, STR Division
    • 2020 Best Reviewer Award, ONE Division
    • 2019 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Stakeholder Strategy IG
    • 2017 ABCD Award, OMT Division
    • 2017 Outstanding Reviewer Award, BPS Division
    • 2017 Feigenbaum Best Paper Award (Nominee), Israel Strategy Conference
    • 2017 Best Conference Paper Award (Finalist with Honorable Mention)
    • 2017 Best Paper Award (Honorable Mention), Strategic Leadership Governance IG
    • 2016 Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation Best Dissertation Award
    • 2016 Best Reviewer Award
    • 2016 Nominee DSEB Education Prize (University Wide Best Teacher Award)
    • 2016 Best Reviewer Award, Corporate Governance SIG
    • 2015 Best Empirical Paper on Environmental and Social Practice (Runner-up), OMT
    • 2015 Best Paper Award (Nominee), International Corporate Governance Society (2x papers)
    • 2015 Best Paper Award Strategic Management SIG, EURAM
    • 2015 Best Paper Award General Track, Strategic Management SIG
    • 2014 Best Paper Award (Runner-up), 12. Workshop on International Management
    • 2012 PREBEM Best Conference Paper Award