The Young Academics on Real Options (YARO) group is proud to announce the

2nd YARO Workshop

on 5-6 April 2018 in Tilburg/The Netherlands

The YARO workshop is a 2 day event and provides an opportunity for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, assistant professors, (senior) lecturers, and other early career academics to share their research and debate approaches as well as network with like-minded fellow researchers.

We welcome real options papers from any field, e.g., competition and strategy, R&D, entrepreneurship and innovation, new product development, capabilities, infrastructure and network investments, valuation of natural resources, commodities and power investments, growth options, corporate valuation and IPOs, investments involving learning, agency issues and incentives, environmental protection and public policy.

About the workshop format

1. Presentation

Each participant is offered up to 30 minutes to present her/his paper in depth.

2. Discussion

Each presented paper is summarized for up to 10 minutes by a discussant raising questions and giving advice, followed by a 5 minutes Q&A between the audience and the presenter.

3. Exchange

The YARO workshop offers a lot of room around the workshop sessions to exchange research ideas and potentially create new topics and alliances.

Call For Papers

All PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and other young academics working in the field of real options are invited to submit a working paper or extended abstract. Topics that are particularly suitable for the YARO workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Competition and Strategy
  • R&D, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • New Product Development, Capabilities, Infrastructure and Network Investments
  • Valuation of natural resources
  • Commodities and Power Investments
  • Growth Options and Investments involving learning
  • Corporate Finance
  • Agency Issues and Incentives
  • Environmental Protection and Public Policy

Papers should be submitted by 31 January 2018 via the SUBMIT PAPER button below. Please provide a PDF-File of your paper or extended abstract, your full name, your university, your post address, and your email. Delegates will be selected to present based on the scope of their work and their stage of PhD or Postdoctoral research.

Important Dates
  • 31 Jan 2018

    Deadline for Paper Submission

  • 15 Feb 2018

    Notification of Acceptance

  • 01 Mar 2018

    Deadline for Workshop Registration

  • 05-06 Apr 2018

    2nd YARO Workshop in Tilburg/Netherlands

Workshop Venue

The 2018 edition of the workshop is held on 5-6 April 2018 and takes place in Tilburg, the Netherlands at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University. Tilburg University is an international, leading research university where economics and business sciences, together with social and behavioral sciences form the largest and most important faculties. Today approximately 13,000 students are enrolled at TiU and there are approximately 70 doctoral students.

Tilburg is the 6th largest city in the Netherlands and the 2nd largest city in the province Noord-Brabant. It is only 20 minutes away from the capital and cultural centre, Den Bosch, and it is only a 30 minute train ride to Eindhoven recently named smartest region in the world. Tilburg has mostly grown in the 19th century as a result of the industrial revolution, but still has its old centre preserved. As a student city it houses many cafes and pubs as well as restaurants. Close to Tilburg, one can find the Efteling, one of the oldest and extremely (internationally) popular theme parks and the brewery De Koningshoeven producing Trappist beers “La Trappe” which is one of the only 11 remaining Trappist producers in the world.


We are in the process of making arrangements with three hotels of different categories that hopefully suits all participants' travel budgets. The final agreements will be announced shortly.

Get Directions

Tilburg University is located at Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg. The university is easily accessible by train, busses and car. It has its own railway station called ‘Tilburg University’ and various bus lines connect the university with the city centre and Tilburg Central Railway Station. Bus line 4 (final destination ‘Reeshof’) will call at ‘Universiteit van Tilburg’. To reach the university with bus lines 2 (Reeshof NW) and 3 (Reeshof Koolhoven), you need to leave the bus at ‘Conservatoriumlaan’.

Workshop Program

We are proud to announce that Peter Kort, Professor at Tilburg School of Economics and Management, is going to deliver the Keynote Speech of the 2nd YARO Workshop.

The current schedule is preliminary. Once paper submission has closed and registration has started, we will publish the detailed program including papers and presenters in this section.

About us

The Young Academics in Real Options group is an initiative by Maximilian Schreiter and Nick Huberts. The group intends to provide a platform for academics in their early career to build a network and to offer a sounding board. During our annual workshop young academics have the opportunity to intensively discuss their current research and debate upon new ideas. Maximilian is a PhD candidate at the HHL Leipzig and Nick is a lecturer at the De Montfort University in Leicester (UK).

Organization Committee

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Maximilian Schreiter

PhD Candidate

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
Chair of Financial Management
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Nick Huberts


De Montfort University Leicester
Faculty of Business and Law

Scientific Committee

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Kuno Huisman


Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Econometrics and Operations Research
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Verena Hagspiel

Associate Professor

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management