Thibaut Morillon receives Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award

Morillon’s thesis “Three Essays on Mergers and Acquisitions” was selected for recognition.

Thibaut Morillon, assistant professor of finance in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, has been recognized by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. with the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award (ORDA).

Morillon received the award for “Three Essays on Mergers and Acquisitions.” In the first essay, Morillon examines the phenomenon of declining announcement returns of serial acquirers. In the second essay, Morillon looks at the differences between public and private serial acquirers’ acquisition patterns. Finally, in the third essay, Morillon investigates the impact of the cultural gap between the CEO of acquiring firms and the CEO of target firms in merger and acquisition deals.

Judging for this award is based on four key criteria: significance/implications for theory and practice, originality and innovation, appropriateness and application of the methodology, and quality of data/research. This year there were 277 entries from authors based all around the world, and winners were selected for the following subject areas: operations and product management; logistics and supply chain management; educational leadership and strategy; management and governance; human resource management; leadership and organization development; healthcare management; tourism and hospitality management; marketing; and finance. Morillon’s work was selected as the winner of the finance subject area.

Morillon joined Elon’s faculty in 2019 after earning his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His scholarly interests include mergers and acquisitions, international finance, corporate governance, and real estate. Prior to his academic career, Morillon was a financial advisor at LCL Bank.