The Co-ordinator of the network is Marco Becht of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He is assisted in his management of the network by a Network Steering Committee. (Click here details)
Day-to-day project management
CEPR, through its day-to-day management of the network activities, acts as the co-ordinator of the reporting, co-operating fully at all times with other institutions on matters of decision making, and serves as the conduit for the network teams to develop planning by consensus or any shorter-term contingency plans if required. In this way, a certain degree of autonomy will be given to each team with which to use its funds, once they have been disbursed by the co-ordinator, for its training expenses and for other costs related to the research training-related transfer of knowledge activities as envisaged by the network as a whole.
CEPR will monitor the costs incurred by each team periodically based on the reporting requirements laid down by the Commission and advance any monies to the teams based on their level of expenditure at regular intervals.
Dissemination of Research
Both CEPR and ECGI will disseminate research, which will be achieved initially via the circulation of research results in the CEPR Discussion Paper Series. This will ensure the work of the network receives the widest possible professional scrutiny, both in the research and the policy communities. On average 500 copies of each Discussion Paper are circulated throughout Europe and the rest of the world. CEPR Discussion Papers are also abstracted widely, and can be downloaded in full from the CEPR web site to which the project web site will be linked. CEPR will also take responsibility for establishing and managing the Network’s own website, which will add to the accessibility of the research produced by the teams. In addition, highlights of the network's research will be featured in its newsletter European Economic Perspectives, which is distributed to over 14,000 members of the policy community and the private sector worldwide.
ECGI publishes Working Papers through its two series on Law and Finance, and these are available free of charge from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). It also publishes several books. Overall, its research output features prominently on www.ecgi.org, which currently ranks as second most visited web site on www.google.com when searching for "corporate governance”.
Transfer of Knowledge
CEPR and ECGI will organise and administer the network's Transfer of Knowledge events and the final conference, which will involve participants in the project, as well as other members of the European research community and senior policy-makers. CEPR will organise and administer the academic conferences scheduled for months 19 and 43 (the latter being the final conference); the research workshops planned for months 11, 22, 34; and the summer schools for months 14 and 38. The final conference will aim to summarise the key results of the project and to examine the policy implications of the research. It may be that the Centre will publish the papers presented there as a conference volume or policy paper if funds allow for this.
ECGI will be responsible for organising all the other ToK events: the two academic conferences taking place in months 7 and 31, and the two research workshops scheduled for months 22 and 46.
ECGI – Management of the Industry Training Programme
ECGI will use its existing links with the industrial nodes in the network to facilitate their integration into the Transfer of Knowledge activities and to supervise the Industry Training Programme through which they will provide training opportunities for the ESRs hired by the network training nodes. Specifically, ECGI will: