De Woot Award 2020 (EN)

master thesis

Objectives


The inter-university “Philippe de Woot Award”, an initiative of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), aims to promote sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility by awarding, every two years, one prize to one or several Master thesis(es) which constitute(s) an original contribution to the understanding and thinking about Corporate Social Responsibility. The award is for any student graduated from a University or Business School at Master level and whose Master thesis is about corporate social responsibility or the contribution of companies/organizations to sustainable development.

 

Context


The question of corporate role, governance and responsibility in the environmental and social domains is inside all spirits. The impact of companies on society has reached unprecedented levels resulting from the size of enterprises, their international presence and market globalization. Rarely, we have known a period of crisis so critical where the International Institutions, States, civil society, investors and the academic world wonder about the credibility and the efficiency of the economic and financial markets, today in full turnover.

Throughout his career lasting 40 years, Professor Philippe de Woot always encouraged students, enterprises, economic actors as well as international and national public bodies to adhere to the ethics of what is now called CSR. He was a precursor of the groundswell embodied today in the commitment to CSR of the best enterprises and management schools.

 

For whom


The award is for any student graduated from an University or Business School at Master level over the world and whose Master thesis is about corporate social responsibility or sustainable enterprises and sustainable development.
Candidates must have completed their thesis during their academic year in 2017 – 2018 or 2018-2019.
Candidates can only participate once to this award.

 

The prize


The award-winner will receive a prize of € 3,000. €1,500 will be directly given to the student and the remaining €1,500 will be offered to an environmental or a social project to be chosen by the student. In addition, communication in the media and international networks will be ensured.

 

Rules and procedures


Download the rules and procedures to apply for the Philippe de Woot award 2020.

 

Call for candidature


 

Application for the 2020 award should be sent for the 15th of October 2019 at the latest (extended deadline). Candidates must complete an application online.

1 - Complete the Contact Form here: https://forms.gle/KLQfGS72mEJTVk2CA

2 - Submit your Application here: https://dox.ulg.ac.be/index.php/s/kjSkyUWpeqIjzlX

Applications will enter into consideration upon reception of the application file including the following different elements:

All documents should be sent electronically using only one file in a pdf format (You can use www.pdfmerge.com to merge your different pdf files into one and unique file).

Document description

Language

Size

Abstract of the thesis (that will be published on the award website before the ceremony)

English

Max. 15 lines

Executive summary*

English

Max. 5000 words

A proof that the thesis has been accepted

English, French, or Dutch

 

Curriculum vitae of the student(s)

English, French, or Dutch

Max. 2 pages

Master thesis (electronic version)

English, French, or Dutch

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* The executive summary should include the following elements: Introduction, Detailed research questions, Summary of literature review, Main characteristics of the methodology, Main results, contributions and implications for research and practice.
 

Confidentiality


Jury members and all other people taking part in the selection processes, promise not to disclose any information to ensure strict confidentiality while processing the application files. It is best that the student informs and obtains the agreement of the concerned enterprise before submitting the application.
 

Jury and evaluation procedures


Applications will be examined in two steps: first by the academic co-ordination group, formed of a panel of academic representatives of universities/schools, and second by a group of stakeholders (representatives of companies, NGOs, trade unions, public authorities and/or associations linked to CSR as well as the media).

The academic co-ordination group will select the best master thesis with a maximum of five theses. The short-listed students will have to give a presentation of their project to the jury of stakeholders in an innovative and creative way (video). Criteria for this video presentation:

- 180 seconds max.
- content has to be made understandable in laymen terms
- content has to be presented in an appealing manner

A final deliberation between members of the academic jury and the jury of stakeholders will determine who is the winner of the « Philippe de Woot Award ».
 

Evaluation criteria


The jury members (academics and stakeholders) will pay special attention to the following items:

  • Originality of the master thesis (subject and/or approach)
  • Quality of the project
  • Quality and rigor of the scientific reasoning
  • Anchored in practice and relevance to practitioners
  • Format, structure and fluency of the text

 

More info

 

 

Contacts


Virginie XHAUFLAIR
Co-ordinator of the « Philippe de Woot Award »
Centre d'Economie Sociale | HEC Liège | Liège Université
Place des Orateurs, 1 - B33 - Bte 4 
4000 Liège - Belgium
Tel. +32 4 366 37 73 
Email. V.xhauflair@uliege.be 

Valérie SWAEN
Co-ordinator of the « Philippe de Woot Award »
Louvain School of Management
1 Place des Doyens
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve - Belgium
Tel. + 32 10 47 91 56
Email. Valerie.swaen@uclouvain.be

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