The ceremony was opened by Jean-Marc Gambaudo (president of the Université Côte d’Azur) and Michel Bernasconi (representing Alice Guilhon), and welcomed over 200 people to the prize-giving in the large lecture hall.
Isabelle Walsh was awarded the FNEGE prize 2016 for her work “Découvrir de nouvelles théories : une approche mixe et enracinée dans les données” in the category of best individual research. This book gives an original approach to applying grounded theory. This approach results in productive academic research through developing new theories that disrupt existing literature. It involves using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data so that researchers may develop theories with wider scope. The book proposes an illustration with a typology of mixed research design.
Florencio Lopez de Silanes was awarded a prize for being in the “Most Highly Cited Authors - Clarivate Analytics 2017” (see above). His academic citations put him among the three most cited business economists in the world according to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), as well as in the group “Most cited researchers in the world” of Essential Science Clarivate Analytics Indicators. Before working in SKEMA, he was a professor at Harvard, Yale, Amsterdam, EDHEC and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Among other distinctions, he received the Harvard's Wells Prize for the best economics dissertation, the Battle prize for his paper in the American Finance Association Journal of Finance and the Jensen prize for the best articles published in the Journal of Financial Economics in the areas of corporate and organisation finance. In 2009, he was designated Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French president.