Call for Papers: Special Issue in memoriam Jacob Spronk: New developments in Financial Modelling and its impact on society beyond Finance

Guest Editors:

Rita Laura D’Ecclesia, Professor, Department of Statistical Sciences, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy (Managing Guest Editor)
Anoop Rai, Professor, Hofstra University, NY, USA
Karen Watkins-Fassler, Professor, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR), Spain
Onno Steinbeck, Professor, Department of Finance, Rotterdam University, NL


Review of Managerial Science (RMS) [2-year Impact Factor: 3.0; VHB JQ3 “B”; ABS: 2*; ANVUR Classe A] will publish a Special Issue in memoriam Jacob Spronk on “New developments in Financial Modelling and its impact on society beyond Finance”.

The special issue seeks to publish papers that build directly or indirectly on Jaap Spronk’s work as it overlaps with the focus of the journal, broadly defined. We are especially looking for papers that explore areas of interest related to Jaap’s research. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

  1. Analyses of the effects of regulations on the banking business
  2. Analyses of the impact of environment risks on corporate assets and business
  3. Analysis of how financial innovation and digitalization is changing the economic context
  4. Analysis of poverty, micro finance, and development economics
  5. Entrepreneurship and innovation in the dynamic network society
  6. Analysis of the set of institutional, contextual and organizational factors that may influence the family business
  7. Studies on the impact of corporate social responsible and sustainable investments on risk management techniques
  8. Studies on how changes in risk management affect financial stability
  9. Investor happiness and volatility in financial markets

We welcome all methodological approaches, i.e. quantitative (incl. experiments and simulations), qualitative, and conceptual works. Submitted manuscripts need to be original submissions, not under review anywhere else and must not have been published previously. All submitted manuscripts must strictly adhere to RMS’s general submission guidelines and will be reviewed by international ad hoc reviewers.


Submission Deadlines & Instructions:

The submission deadline is 30th of November 2021.

Full papers should be submitted using the online submission system which can be accessed here.

Please choose the “Special Issue” option during the submission process and select this “S.I. in memoriam Jacob Spronk”.

RMS manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words including references, tables, figures and other material. Detailed author instruction can be accessed here.


Planned publishing date of the printed issue is 2022, although accepted papers will of course already be published “Online First” with a DOI after acceptance.


Prof. Dr. Jaap (Jacob) Spronk was a Professor of Finance at Erasmus University Rotterdam since 1982. First, at the Erasmus School of Economics and from 2008 in the Rotterdam School of Management, where he was Academic Dean of MBA Programs until recently. In the School of Economics, he served as Vice-Dean for International New Business Development from 2003 until 2008, Director of Studies for the Faculty of Economics from 2003 to 2007; Director, Division of Accounting & Finance from 1996 to 2003; and Chair, Department of Finance from 1984 to 2003. He was main advisor and member of the jury of numerous graduate and doctoral studies all over the world.

Prof. Spronk also had professorships at numerous universities where he was teaching in Italian, English and Dutch. He was able to initiate several Master programmes in Universities around the world and build an impressive international network, organizing seminars, conferences, scientific meetings, and summer schools.

Jacob Spronk has been a Fellow of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management in Brussels, Erasmus Research Institute of Management, and Tinbergen Institute (Member Founding Board). He was granted numerous awards including a Gold Medal of the International Society of Multiple Criteria Decision Making (2002), and has been a member of the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences since 1988.

Jacob Spronk was an active member of the EURO, The Association of European Operational Research Societies, being a leading character of various Euro Working Groups. In 1986 he
founded the EURO Working Group for Financial Modelling which he chaired until 2009. He was an active member of the Euro Working Group on “Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding”,
and initiator of the First International Summer School on Multiple Criteria Decision Methods, Applications and Software (Catania, 1983).

After retiring from Rotterdam University in 2015, his ability to build long lasting relationships with international colleagues enabled him to found the Global Network in Financial Management (GEMFM), an organization of financial professionals and educational experts from four different continents.

Beyond his life in academia, Jacob Spronk was a consultant for governments, financial institutions, companies and other institutions.

Jaap’s untimely death due to illness in February 2021 took many of us by surprise.

He will be always remembered for his constructive and operational attitude, intuition, mixture of competence, optimism, and sense of humour: an exceptional combination of
Dutch rationalism and efficiency with Sicilian flexibility, friendship, and love for life.