Call for Papers

Special PhD workshop
in the run-up to the International Conference on
“Cooperating in Value-creating Networks – A Relational View”

Paris, 6-7 September 2022

Zeppelin University (ZU) and École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC)


in cooperation with Université franco-allemande / Deutsch Französische Hochschule (DFH)

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Submission deadline: 30 July 2022


Abstracts must not be longer than 1.500 words and should be submitted to
Jean Müßgens (, who will also gladly answer any questions.

The PhD workshop is structured along three topics, encompassing the spectrum of the research agenda of relational economics. Relational economics is an interdisciplinary research program that focuses on value creation through long-term intersectoral collaborations among political, business, and civil society players in terms of their productive governance in networks. In line with the three special modules below, potential submitters are asked to select a subject area from one of the following:


1.       Relational View on Economics: Tuesday 6 September 2022
Lead: Josef Wieland (ZU) & Jacob Dahl Rendtorff (Roskilde University)
Keywords: Polycentric Governance, Contract theory, Transactions, Relational Rents


2.       Relational View on Cultural Complexity: Wednesday 7 September 2022
Lead: Julika Baumann Montecinos (Furtwangen University | HFU Business School & ZU) & Kirsten Nazarkiewicz (Hochschule Fulda | University of Applied Sciences)
Keywords: Relational cultural and communication studies, cooperation in contexts of cultural complexity, transcultural and relational competence

3.       Relational View on Management: Wednesday 7 September 2022
Lead: Adrian Zicari & Stefan Linder (ESSEC Business School)
Keywords: Relational Business Model, Relational Marketing, Relational Costs, Stakeholder Management, Values and Ethics

The International Conference on “Cooperating in Value-Creating Networks – A Relational View”
will take place on 8 & 9 September 2022 at the same venue.


With the support of the DFH, a limited number of participants can be granted a travel and accommodation scholarship for the duration of the PhD workshop. The scholarships will be awarded based on the submitted abstracts. An academic committee consisting of members of ESSEC and ZU will select the nine best abstracts, whose authors will be invited to give a presentation in their chosen module. Three presentations are scheduled for each module. During the two days, all submitters are invited to participate in the discussion of the contributions. The number of participants is limited to 25 people. This will allow a fruitful discussion and an intense exchange of ideas.