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Publication Opportunities

For this conference, we offer the opportunity for selected articles to submit to two special issues respectively in the Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting (JIFMA) and in Bankers Markets and Investors as well as contribute to the general readship of the AFFI journal Finance.

  1. The special issue in JIFMA is on the topic of: CSR, Financial Decisions and Corporate Resilience
  2. The special issue in BMI is on the topic of: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Banking services

Selected papers presented at the Conference will be invited to submit to the journal Finance based on their general appeal.

All information regarding special issues are contained in the following sections.

Call for Paper Special Issue JIFMA

Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting (JIFMA)

Special Issue: CSR, Financial Decisions and Corporate Resilience


Resilience is often described as the ability to bend but not break, bounce back, and perhaps even grow in the face of severe adverse experiences It is deemed to be influenced by a combination of biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors, all of which interact to shape an individual's response to challenging experiences. (Southwick et al., 2014). The concept applies to individuals as well as organizations at large. Organizational resilience is the ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions to survive and prosper (Denyer, 2017).

Focusing on resilience appears particularly relevant these days, when among others, corporations and their stakeholders are being confronted with multiple disruptions all at once (the Russia-Ukraine war, the resurgence of hyper inflation, the still ongoing global pandemic, and the global climate change). Other forms of major disruptions can stem from systemic banking crises and other unpredictable, high-impact commonly refereed ti as Black Swans (Taleb, 2007). For instance, Levine et al. (2018) examine corporate resilience to systemic banking crises. They analyze whether social trust affects 1) the ability of firms to obtain financing through informal channels when crises reduce the flow of bank loans to firms and 2) the resilience of corporate profits and employment to systemic banking crises.

Corporations today are challenged with managing and mitigating the risks from disruptions, for instance, through creating more resilient supply chains  and/or implementing sustainable or circular economy models. For example, companies have found that reducing material and energy intensity and converting wastes into valuable secondary products creates value for shareholders as well as for society at large.

Flexibility, agility, and adaptability have also been recognized as critical characteristics of resilient organizations. Flexibility is the ability of organizations to change in a short time and at a low cost (Ghemawat & De Sol, 1998). Second, agility is the ability to develop and make faster decisions (McCann, 2004). Lastly, adaptability refers to the ability to fit in within the environment (Chakravarthy, 1982).

On the other hand, as defined by Aguinis and Glavas (2012), CSR covers “context-specific organizational actions and policies that take into account stakeholders’ expectations and the triple bottom line of economic, social, and environmental performance.” The definition emphasizes the inclusion of a broader set of “stakeholders” with added social and environmental goals in addition to the objective of profit maximization.

This special issue will focus on how financial decisions taken in the context of CSR policies contribute to corporate resilience, for instance, by fostering flexibility, agility, and adaptability. The type of financial decisions can be standard corporate finance decisions (investments in resilient supply chains, M&As, LBOs, etc.) or decisions made in the banking industry (credit policies, social and development banking, investments in digital banking, use of blockchains and other new technologies). Are decisions made with (or without) a CSR vision allowing these organizations to be more resilient to different risk and shock types?

Guest Editors

Christophe Faugère, Kedge Business School, Bordeaux, France

Hubert Tchakoute, Kedge Business School, Bordeaux, France

Laurent Weill, LaRGE Research Center, EM Strasbourg Business School, University of Strasbourg, France

Rationale and Scope

With the increased challenges to our current financial and economic systems (ecological transition, Russia-Ukraine war, high inflation, systemic risk, and the global pandemic), it is important for decision-makers to have access to a roadmap for understanding which financial decisions taken in a corporate context can increase the resilience of their organizations, financial institutions and non-financial corporations alike. This special issue aims at gathering some elements to help build this roadmap, leading to better decision-making.

The Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting publishes original research dealing with international aspects of financial management and reporting, banking and financial services, and auditing and taxation. Providing a forum for the interaction of ideas from both academics and practitioners, the Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting keeps you up-to-date with new developments and emerging trends.


The special issue of the Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting (JIFMA) is associated with the 39th French Finance Association Annual Meeting (AFFI), which will be held at Kedge Business School, Bordeaux, France on June 5th – 7th, 2023. The conference website is:

Authors of fully developed and high-quality papers presented at this conference will be invited to submit their papers to the special issue. However, attendance or presentation at such conferences is not a pre-requisite for submission. Articles for this special issue should be submitted to the journal by December 15th, 2023(early submissions are highly encouraged). Full paper submissions must be in accordance with the journal guidelines.

All submissions will be subject to an initial screening by the Guest editors. All manuscripts will be subject to a double-blind reviewing process, must be submitted through the journal website (, and indicate that the manuscript is intended for this Special Issue. All papers must have an original contribution and meet the high publishing quality standard of the journal.

Potential topics

Topics that interest the special issue include but are not limited to:

-       Corporate finance decisions in the context of CSR policies

-       Corporate financial decisions that foster resilience

-       The financial implications of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

-       CSR/ESG: Antecedent, implications, and impact on resilience

-       Innovations in banking that foster resilience

-       Social and development banking models: are they better for resilience?

-       Mitigating physical risks and resilience

-       CSR/ESG criteria and resilience

-       Green investing and resilience

-       Paris agreement 2% target congruence and resilience

-       Stranded assets risk management and resilience

-       Financial decisions, risks and resilience

Important dates

Open for Submission: July 1st, 2023

Submission Deadline: December 15th, 2023


Aguinis, H.; Glavas, A. (2012). What We Know and Don’t Know About Corporate Social Responsibility A Review and Research Agenda. Journal of Management, 38: 932–968.

Chakravarthy, B. S. (1982). Adaptation: A promising metaphor for strategic management. Academy of Management Review, 7(1): 35-44.

Denyer, D. (2017). Organizational Resilience: A summary of academic evidence, business insights and new thinking. BSI and Cranfield School of Management.

Ghemawat, P., & Del-Sol, P. (1998). Commitment vs. Flexibility? California Management Review, 40(4): 26-42.

Kara, A., Nanteza, A., Ozkan, A., & Yildiz, Y. (2022). Board gender diversity and responsible banking during the Covid-19 pandemic. Journal of Corporate Finance, 102213.

Levine, R. & Lin, C. & Xie, W. (2018). Corporate Resilience to Banking Crises: The Roles of Trust and Trade Credit. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 53: 1-37.

McCann, J. (2004). Organizational Effectiveness: Changing Concepts for Changing Environments. Human Resource Planning, 27(1): 42.

Southwick S. M, Douglas-Palumberi H., Pietrzak R. H. (2014). Resilience. In: Friedman M. J., Resick P. A., Keane T. M, editors. Handbook of PTSD: Science and practice. 2nd ed. New York: Guilford Press: 590–606.

Taleb, N. N. (2007). The Black Swan: the Impact of the Highly Improbable. Random House Publishing Group, United States.

UNDP. (2020). Debut of the SDG Finance Taxonomy, Available at:

Call for Paper Special Issue BMI

Bankers, Markets & Investors (BMI)

Special Issue: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Banking services

Guest Editors

Aurélie Sannajust, Associate Professor, Kedge Business School

Mohamed Arouri, Professor, Université Côte d’Azur


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most exciting technology trends happening in the 21st
century. As of 2023, the global AI market is valued at over $136 billion, and the industry value is projected to increase by over 13x over the next 7 years. The market size is expected to grow by at least 120% year-over-year. AI is transforming many industries in the economy including the financial services industry. AI is changing the nature and quality of the products and services offered by the banking industry. The size of AI in the banking industry was estimated at a value of $3.88 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach $64.03 billion by 2030.

With the introduction of ATMs, the banking industry was confronted with a shift in site visit
preferences. These machines allow cash deposit and withdrawal without any human
assistance. Banks also faced the digitization with mobile banking, real-time money
transfers and similar services. This trend has contributed to the growth and demand of
artificial intelligence. Furthermore, banks have to provide systematic compliance
management and operations. A fast-track strategy is required with the Artificial Intelligence, which is a key attribute for the sector to deliver affordable and dependable banking services. Furthermore, Machine learning (ML) is increasingly used by banks to detect and prevent fraudulent transactions in real time.

AI is also being increasingly used by banks for numerous other reasons such as improving
customer service through the use of virtual assistants or credit scoring. Integrating Artificial Intelligence into the banking industry helps banks deal with the high competition with the FinTech members. AI also presents also the advantage of managing huge volumes of data with high frequency, which banks have to deal with.
Furthermore, AI enables banks to identify the preferences of their customers through their
knowledge with their customer database and emotional intelligence. The implementation of
AI in the banking industry will create a higher cyber-attacks risk and actors have to react in
order to increase cyber security. Of course, the emergence of this new technology creates
new forms of competition as well as new challenges and concerns.

Objectives and Scope

This Special Issue is aimed to improve our understanding of the implementation of artificial
intelligence and machine learning in the banking industry and to disseminate scientific
knowledge and strategic ideas and create greater awareness of the new challenges the
banking industry is facing.

We welcome the submission of empirical, theoretical or critical papers that tackle the
challenges associated with the implementation of AI/ML in the banking industry. Specifically,
we call for papers addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

- AI and cybersecurity in the banking sector
- AI and the customer database in the banking sector
- AI and the prediction of future outcomes in the banking sector
- AI and the risk management in the banking sector
- AI and frauds in the banking sector
- AI, Machine learning and costs savings (automation and optimization) in the banking sector
- AI/ML and banks’ products and services
- AI/ML and banks’ performance
- AI/ML and ethics in the banking industry
- AI/ML and decision making in the banking industry
- AI and the data privacy and security in the banking sector
- Machine learning, chatbot and consumer behavior
- Risks and concerns associated with using AI/ML in the banking industry.


Call Opens: July 15th, 2023

Call Ends: November 30th, 2023

First revision: Early 2024

Final Date of Acceptance: November 2024

Manuscript submission information:

Please submit your manuscript before the submission deadline of November 30th, 2023
Papers must conform to the manuscript guidelines provided on the journal web page and
uploaded using the Editorial Policy online platform. All papers will undergo the standard peer review process. The authors must select “AI, Machine Learning and banking sector” when
they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

Both the guide for authors and the submission portal can be found on the Journal's

The sustainable Finance Research Forum Paris 2023



The Sustainable Finance Research Forum Paris 2023

Entretiens de la Finance Durable Paris 2023

Paris, December 15, 2023

After the great success of its first edition, we are ready to organize the second edition of the "Sustainable Finance research Forum Paris 2023".

Sustainable finance has tremendously transformed ways financial issues are addressed and treated in practice by financial professionals. The conference "Sustainable Finance research Forum Paris 2023" "Entretiens de la Finance Durable", co-organised by the French Finance Association, ESKA Publishing, the Journal "Bankers Markets Investors" and KEDGE Business School seeks papers of applied research covering both questions and possible answers to all relevant issues from a corporate, intermediary and investor point of view. Research must be presented in a scientific rigorous manner and in a way professional experts may read the message.


We welcome notably short papers less than 12 pages with illustrative material that could build on a more theoretical paper. The scientific committee will thus select papers relevant to sustainable finance with the two following criteria, first scientific soundness and innovation, second understandability to professional experts and practical implications. Topics may include notably:

·       Corporate responsibility

·       Corporate governance

·       Corporate culture and values

·       Social matters and education in firms

·       Green banking

·       Green and Social Bonds

·       Impact banking and financial products
·       Climate finance

·       Greenwashing

·       Ratings

·       Taxonomy

·       Responsible investments

·       Long term performance and risks

·       Financial education and literacy

·       Impact finance

In addition to the classic academic presentations the “Entretiens de la Finance Durable” will be a conference where professionals and academics shall express their views during panels dedicated to corporates, intermediaries and investors. 


Two possibilities are offered: classic presentation or Posters session during breaks and mid-day pause. The posters should be 1meter high and 60cm large with on the top 20cm title and authors.

Interested contributors should submit by email to: or

Key dates

Deadline for submission: September 15, 2023.

Notification of final decision: October 15, 2023.

Publication opportunities

A special issue of Bankers Markets and Investors will be published with a selection of papers presented to the conference. Therefore, it is proposed to the authors to submit their contribution to the journal together with their submission to the conference.


Conference venue

KEDGE Business School, 40 Av. des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris.


Scientific committee

·       David AN

·       Franck BANCEL

·       Philippe BERTRAND

·       Emilie BONHOURE

·       Karima BOUAISS

·       Chin Yuan CHONG

·       Jean-François BOULIER

·       Ali DARDOUR

·       Philippe DUPUY

·       Adam ELAGE·        

·       Edith GINGLINGER

·       Thomas LAGOARDE-SEGOT

·       Hans-Jorg von METTENHEIM

·       Stéphane OUVRARD

·       Sébastien POUGET

·       Pascal QUIRY

·       Christophe REVELLI

·       Aurélie SANNAJUST

·       Jean-Laurent VIVIANI