June 27th - June 28th, 2015, Beijing, China

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS: Thomas J. Chemmanur and Xuan Tian


- Entrepreneurial Finance and Economic Growth Research Center, National Institute of Financial Research at Tsinghua University

- PBC School of Finance, Tsinghua University

- Tsinghua University-Sino Faith Holding Co., Ltd. Joint Research Institute

- Review of Financial Studies

The aim of this conference is to bring to the forefront issues related to the financing of entrepreneurial firms and the motivation of innovation around the world, and to explore various institutional, legal, and financial sector developments that affect the creation of entrepreneurial firms and technological innovation, their rate of success, the dynamism of incumbent firms, and their contribution to economic development. The conference will also focus on understanding the role of entrepreneurs, various intermediaries, institutional investors, and financial markets in the governance of entrepreneurial firms and the motivation of innovation in a global environment.

Thomas Chemmanur, Boston College
Xuan Tian, Tsinghua University and Indiana University
SPONSORING RFS EDITOR: Andrew Karolyi, Cornell University
Arnoud Boot, University of Amsterdam
Francesca Cornelli, London Business School
Sudipto Dasgupta, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
David Denis, University of Pittsburgh
Paolo Fulghieri, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mariassunta Giannetti, Stockholm School of Economics
Thomas Hellmann, University of British Columbia
Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School
Chen Lin, Hong Kong University
William Kerr, Harvard Business School
Karthik Krishnan, Northeastern University
Kai Li, University of British Columbia
Gustavo Manso, University of California at Berkley
Ramana Nanda, Harvard Business School
Vikram Nanda, Rutgers University
Debarshi Nandy, Brandies University
Manju Puri, Duke University
Matthew Rhodes-Kropf, Harvard Business School
David Robinson, Duke University
Morten Sorensen, Columbia University
Per Stromberg, Stockholm School of Economics
Heather Tookes, Yale University
Xiaoyun Yu, Indiana University and Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance

Keynote Speakers

Josh Lerner is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, and head of the Entrepreneurial Management unit. He graduated from Yale College with a special divisional major that combined physics with the history of technology. He worked for several years on issues concerning technological innovation and public policy at the Brookings Institution, for a public-private task force in Chicago, and on Capitol Hill. He then earned a Ph.D. from Harvard's Economics Department.

Much of his research focuses on venture capital and private equity organizations. (This research is collected in three books, The Venture Capital Cycle, The Money of Invention, and Boulevard of Broken Dreams.) He also examines policies on innovation and how they impact firm strategies. (That research is discussed in the books Innovation and Its Discontents, The Comingled Code, and the Architecture of Innovation.) He co-directs the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program and serves as co-editor of their publication, Innovation Policy and the Economy. He founded and runs the Private Capital Research Institute, a nonprofit devoted to encouraging access to data and research about venture capital and private equity, and serves as vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Investing.

Among other recognitions, he is the winner of the Swedish government’s Global Entrepreneurship Research Award. He has recently been named one of the 100 most influential people in private equity over the past decade by Private Equity International magazine and one of the ten most influential academics in the institutional investing world by Asset International's Chief Investment Officer magazine.

Conference Program

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Hotel Accommodation

Wenjin Hotel

Address: Tsinghua Science Park, Haidian District, Beijing, China.

Zip Code:100084

Tel: +8610 62525566

Fax:+8610 62543230

E-mail: reservation@wenjin.com.cn


RFS Dual Submission

REVIEW OF FINANCIAL STUDIES DUAL SUBMISSION OPTION: Submissions to the conference can also be submitted to the Review of Financial Studies under its dual review system, with the same submission deadline of March 1, 2015. Authors must indicate on the submission email whether they are interested to have their paper considered under this dual review option with the RFS that works as follows:
- There is no charge for submissions under this program.
- Dual submissions will be reviewed by the conference program committee and will be made available for consideration by the RFS.
- Papers submitted for dual consideration must not be under review at another journal or the RFS, including as a dual-submission at another journal, nor can they be considered for dual submission if previously rejected by the RFS.
- At the discretion of the conference's sponsoring editor from the RFS, dual submissions will be sent out for a formal referee report. If such a report is sought, then the paper's author will receive a copy of the RFS reviewer's report.
- Papers rejected at any stage of the dual review process are not considered to have been "rejected" at the RFS. This also applies to articles sent out for formal review. Thus authors are permitted to submit a future version of their paper (unchanged if they wish) to the RFS without prejudice.
- While under consideration by the conference and the RFS, a paper may not be submitted to another journal (or the RFS) until the authors have been notified.


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