Corporate Governance in Changing Institutional Environments

Sponsored by the Bentley University Harold S. Geneen Institute for Corporate Governance

  • Fri 11 - Sun 13 Oct 19


  • Colchester Campus

    Essex Business School

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    Essex Business School

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    Conference Co-Chairs: Professor Claudia Girardone and Professor Geoffrey Wood

The International Corporate Governance Society (ICGS) held its 5th annual conference at Essex Business School, University of Essex, to discuss how effective corporate governance systems can prevent future financial crises.

Corporate Governance in Changing Institutional Environments
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In partnership with the ICGS
In partnership with the ICGS

The conference brought together researchers investigating the role of banks, other financial firms and international businesses in corporate governance, including in emerging economies. It will provide a forum to reflect on the effectiveness of recent regulatory reforms, as well as the importance of business integrity and ethics in generating long-term, stable economic growth.

We would like to extend our thanks to our conference sponsor, Bentley University, Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance.

The event tooka comparative and interdisciplinary approach to critical corporate governance topics and enable delegates to build connections with experts working in the area.

Essex Business School conducts high quality research into corporate governance issues from a range of perspectives, including the banking and financial sector, international business and emerging markets.


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Key dates

  • 1 February 2019 - submission of abstracts open
  • 5 May 2019 - paper submission deadline
  • 11 October 2019 - Pre-conference and ICGS Doctoral Colloquium
  • 12 - 13 October 2019 - Conference
  • 10 November 2019 - Special Issue Call for Papers for inclusion in British Journal of Management

Download British Journal of Management Call for Papers

If you require any clarification please contact director@icgsociety.org.


Conference details

Call for papers

Download the Call for Papers and Proposals 5th Annual ICGS Conference.

Pre-conference and doctoral colloquium

Date: October 11 2019

On the day before the main conference, The ICGS Doctoral Colloquium will offer doctoral students and early career researchers the opportunity to present their work and obtain feedback from corporate governance scholars.

The colloquium is open to students who have successfully completed at least two years of their PhD programme, as well as early career researchers who completed their PhD a maximum of three years ago.


Download the ICGS Doctoral Workshop information


Dame Inga Beale, former CEO of Lloyds, will deliver her talk: “Putting Theory Into Practice : Boardroom Governance For Real”
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Dame Inga Beale


Inga Beale DBE

Dame Inga Beale DBE is a British businesswoman and the former CEO of Lloyd’s of London – the 330-year-old insurance and reinsurance market.  With over three decades of global experience in financial services she was awarded a Damehood in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the UK economy and for her contributions to driving the inclusion agenda for women and the LGBT community. 

During her five year tenure, Dame Inga was responsible for accelerating Lloyd’s modernisation, embedding an innovation culture with the opening of the Lloyd’s Innovation Lab in the heart of the market, expanding the market’s global access across new, high-growth markets including China, Dubai, and India, and delivering Lloyd’s strongest capital position ever after paying out on the major US hurricanes of 2017.  As the first female Chief Executive of Lloyd’s, Dame Inga also played a critical role in advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives across the global insurance sector, including the Dive In Festival – the only sector-wide diversity and inclusion festival in the world.

Before joining Lloyd’s, Dame Inga was Group CEO of Canopius with its principal operations at Lloyd's.  Prior to that she was on the Global Management Board of Zurich Insurance Group.  Earlier roles include Group CEO of Swiss reinsurer Converium, and a variety of international leadership positions for GE Insurance Solutions.  Inga started her career as a reinsurance underwriter with Prudential.

Dame Inga was President of the UK Chartered Insurance Institute from 2017–2018, a member of the Geneva Association Board from 2014-2018 and member of the UK Government’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board from 2015-2018.  She is currently Patron of Insuring Women’s Futures, a member of the London First Board, and on the London Mayor’s Business Advisory Board.  Her philanthropic interests include being a member of Stonewall’s Development Council, the England Rugby Try for Change Board, and the Pitt Rivers Museum Advisory Board at Oxford University.

January 2019

Organising committee

Professor Geoffrey Wood, Dean of Essex Business School

Professor Claudia Girardone, Professor of Finance at Essex Business School

Dr Silvia Gaia, Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Essex Business School


The conference takes place at our Colchester Campus. Colchester is an hour away from London by train.

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Professor Claudia Girardone Conference Co-chair and Organiser