2020 Round tables


October 16, 2020 / 14.00-15.30 Bucharest time



Social Economy coping with the COVID-19 crisis

Considering the unprecedented COVID 19 crisis Europe and all the world is facing, this Round Table (online event) is intended to be a forum of exploratory discussions between academics, researchers, practitioners, and experts in the social economy field. The main  question addressed during the round table is What would be the long-term impact of the COVID 19 crisis on social economy?

As it is stated in OECD Policy Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Social economy and the COVID-19 crisis: current and future roles (30 July 2020), “the social economy has played an important role in addressing and mitigating the short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on economy and society. In the short term, social economy actors have assisted the recovery from the crisis by providing innovative solutions that are aimed at strengthening public services to complement government action. In the long term, social economy organisations can help reshape the post-crisis economy by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic models”. In this specific context we face, the main objective of this Round Table is to advance the debates about the current and future role of the social economy sector and the proven resilience of the social economy actors due to their capacity to provide rapid solutions during times of crisis. In such a crisis, solidarity is the only possible answer. The social economy could be a viable alternative helping to adapt and transform society and the economy.


Panelists and topics of debate
Ancuța Vameșu (The Laboratory for Solidarity, Romania): Cooperatives and Work Integration Social Enterprises
Anna Burtea (Inimă de Copil Foundation, Romania): Inimă de Copil Foundation (Galați) responding to the challenges of COVID 
Adina Rebeleanu (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania): The COVID-19 Crisis from the Perspective of the social services providers in Cluj Region, Romania
Asteris Huliaras (Universoty of Peloppnesse, Greece): Social Economy and the new EU Recovery Fund
Gabriela Pop (Asociația Împreună pentru ei, Romania): Together for Them Association (Baia Mare) responding to the challenges of COVID 
Simona Stănescu (ICCV – Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romania): Setting up Priorities of Social Entrepreneurs in a Post-COVID 19 Agenda 
Witold Mandrysz (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland): The COVID-19 Crisis from the Perspective of Social Economy Entities in Silesia Region, Poland
Additional information/ Moderators
Cristina Barna – Pro Global Science Association, Romania / cristina.barna@facultateademanagement.ro
Alexandra Zbuchea – Faculty of Management, SNSPA, Romania / alexandra.zbuchea@facultateademanagement.ro
The round table is organized by the Centre of Research for Responsible Organizations from the Faculty of Management, SNSPA.

The Business world during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemics changed radically the way businesses are operating around the world. The lockdown period imposed in many counties, as well as the need for safety, determined changes related to business operations, communication, as well as value-chains. Consumers have also been greatly influenced. The digital and agile adaptation to the digital transformation of businesses have registered new facets and heights.

The round table will explore questions such as
  • What is the profile of an agile organization during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How long and difficult is the path to recovery for the Romanian SMEs?
  • Are changes in businesses to become stable business practices?
  • What is the new customer experience?
Invited speakers

Claudiu Vrinceanu, Founder and Mentor, VP Connections

Ciprian Susanu, CEO Dare Digital

Carmen Chiotea, Marketing Manager Sanador

Additional information/ Moderator
Florina PINZARU– Faculty of Management, SNSPA, Romania / florina.pinzaru@facultateademanagement.ro

The round table is organized by the Center for Research in Management from the Faculty of Management, SNSPA.

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