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Annual International Conference on Real Options: Theory Meets Practice


To bring together academics and practitioners at the forefront of real options and investment under uncertainty to discuss recent developments and applications. The conference features academic and professional presentations of theoretical and applied work, workshops and case discussions, experiences from the field and panel discussions.


Any paper on the theory or application of real options. Possible topics include: R&D, entrepreneurship and innovation, new product development, capabilities, infrastructure and network (tel, power) investments, valuation of natural resources, commodities and power investments, growth options, competition and strategy, corporate valuation and IPOs, investments involving learning, agency issues and incentives, public infrastructure, environment and public policy, case studies etc. We expect to have sessions on telecoms, oil/energy, innovation, and various public policy issues. We are generally interested in applied or empirical papers, and case studies in these and various other industries.

There is a special emphasis this year in Boston on: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital.


Lenos Trigeorgis (U. Cyprus, KCL, MIT & ROG)
Shahriar Khaksari (Suffolk U.)
VP Planning for Managerial Part: Sarah von Helfenstein (Value Analytics and Design)
VP Program: Gordon Sick (U. Calgary)



2017 Carliss Baldwin (Harvard U.)
2016 Kunno Huisman (Tilburg University) and Peter Kort (Tilburg University)
2015 Bart Lambrecht (U. Cambridge)
2014 Marco Antonio Guimarães Dias (Petrobras and PUC Rio)
2013 Lenos Trigeorgis (U. Cyprus & King's College London)
2012 Avinash Dixit (Princeton U.)
2011 Dean Paxson (Manchester U.)
2010 John Kensinger (U. N. Texas)
2008 Tom Copeland (MIT)
2007 Mark Rubinstein (UC Berkeley)
2006 Robert C. Merton (Harvard U.)
2005 Robert S. Pindyck (MIT)
2004 Stewart C. Myers (MIT)
2003 Alex Triantis (U. Maryland)
2002 Gordon Sick (U. Calgary)
2001 Eduardo Schwartz (UCLA)
2000 Myron Scholes (Stanford U.)
1999 Stephen A. Ross (MIT)
1998 Robert L. McDonald (Northwestern U.)
1997 Michael J. Brennan (UCLA)

REVIEW & PUBLICATION: Submitted papers will be reviewed by a committee headed by Professors Lenos Trigeorgis (U. Cyprus & KCL, UK), Gordon Sick (U. Calgary, Canada), Dean Paxson (U. Manchester, UK), Sigbjørn Sødal (Agder U., Norway), Luiz Brandao (PUC/Rio, Brazil), John Kensinger (U. North Texas), Afzal Siddiqui (University College London, UK), Motoh Tsujimura (Doshisha U., Japan) Diderik Lund (U. Oslo) and Stein-Erik Fleten (Norwegian U. of Science and Technology). 

BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD: Submissions for best papers by Ph.D. students are encouraged. Interested students should submit a complete draft via the Real Options Conference Website by the same deadline and indicate their wish to be considered for the best student paper award. Papers should ideally be no more than thirty pages in length and be written only by the student (or at most co-authored with a single supervisor). All submissions will be assessed by a panel of four members headed by Prof. Afzal Siddiqui, University College London. In advance of the conference, authors of the top three papers will be notified and asked to present their work in a special session during the conference. The winner of the best student paper will be announced during the conference and receive an award of $500.

RELATED BACK-TO-BACK PRACTITIONER CONFERENCE:Academics (only) attending this conference are entitled to receive a 50% discount on the accompanying back-to-back practitioner conference on Real Options Valuation in the Global Economy (June 15-16) in Oslo. Practitioners, company executives or consultants interested to share their application experiences as speakers or panelists at the practitioner conference should contact the organizers via the conference website or email a proposal to Lenos Trigeorgis at lenos@ucy.ac.cy

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