Additional to the main tracks of the conference, presented below, the organizers of the conference offer the possibility for established researchers to propose mini-tracks to be included in the conference program.

The template for the mini-track proposal is available here.



The organizers propose the following panels in order to more thoroughly explore the theme of the conference:


Track chairs:
Cristian-Paun-fotoCristian Păun, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Professor Cristian Păun is one of the most respected Romanian economists. Currently Vice-Dean of the Faculty of International Business and Economics from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, he is well-known not only for his academic work but also for his regular presence in the Romanian business press. He is Deputy Secretary of the Romanian Society of Economics (SOREC).

Finance and Banking

Track chair:
Lucian AnghelLucian Anghel, SNSPA, Romania. Chief Executive Officer of BCR  Banca de Locuințe and Chairman of Bucharest Stock Exchange

Dr. Anghel attended post-graduate courses at Georgetown University, the US and an executive development program coordinated by HEC Montreal. Working with the largest financial group in Romania for over 17 years, Dr. Anghel is currently Chief Executive Officer of BCR Banca de Locuințe, after being Chief Executive Officer of BCR  Pensii. In 2008, he co-founded the Association of the Financial Banking Analysts in Romania and serves on the board as the first Chairman. He was appointed as Foreign Investors Council expert within the economic re-launch Programme: “Program for Economic Growth” and also served as an external expert for the World Bank. In January 2012, Dr. Anghel has been elected Chairman of the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) Board. He co-writes professional financial books and publishes in professional journals and magazines, being quoted more than 2,000 times by local and international media. Ziarul Financiar, the most important local financial newspaper, nominated him among the “Top 500 Managers” while Business Magazine in its first edition nominated him among the “Top 100 Best Young Managers”.

Management and Leadership

Track chair:
unnamed (1)Mariana Nicolae, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Professor Mariana Nicolae teaches Business Communication at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, being also the author of various studies and books on the topic of leadership. Besides teaching, research and academic management, her current duties involve institutional building, coaching and mentoring, networking with people and organizations, publishing, traveling both in-country and abroad to attend conferences and seminars and organizing (inter)national conferences in Romania. She was a Fulbright senior scholar at the California State University of San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 2005. She has been invited as an expert evaluator in the Framework Programme FP7 of the European Union. She is a founding member of the English-Speaking Union-Romania, an honorary member of Phi Beta Delta, Gamma Lambda CSUSB, member of the Romanian Association for American Studies, of the Bucharest English Teachers Association and of the Association for Women Entrepreneurship Development.

Knowledge Economy

Track chairs:

cbConstantin Brătianu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Constantin Bratianu is Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management and Knowledge Management, UNESCO Department for Business Administration, and Director of the Research Center for Intellectual Capital, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania. He has been Visiting Professor at universities in USA, Japan, Austria, Hungary and Egypt. He is founder and co-editor of the international journal of Management Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy.  He is a member of the American Academy of Management, Romanian Academy of Scientists, and International Association of Knowledge Management. His academic interests are: knowledge dynamics, knowledge management, intellectual capital, and strategic management.

aug-2009Alexandra Zbuchea, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania

Alexandra Zbuchea is  Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Management at the National University of Studies and Public Administrations, Bucharest, Romania. She is a member of several organizing and scientific boards of conferences and academic events. She is a board member for several academic journals. Since 2006, she is a consultant in cultural management and marketing. Alexandra is the Executive Manager of the Center for Research of Responsible Organizations of the Faculty of Management.


Marketing and Consumer Behavior 

Track chairs:
Wagner_RalfRalf Wagner, University of Kassel, Germany

Ralf Wagner teaches Business Administration and Marketing  at the University of Kassel. Since 2006 he is the chair of the SVI Endowed Chair for International Direct Marketing at the University of Kassel. Ralf Wagner studied business administration with main focus on marketing at Bielefeld University. He received his doctor’s degree in 2000 with the title “Modeling and Analysis of Multiple Competitive Interactions with Sales Promotions”, while working as a scientific co-worker of Reinhold Decker at the at Bielefeld University. The fields of study of Ralf Wagner are Marketing Interaction in different cultures, Direct Marketing in Alteration, Competitive Interaction, Competitive Intelligence, and Quantitative Methods of Marketing Research.

Luminița Nicolescu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Author and co-author of many books on Marketing and International relations, Luminița Nicolescu holds a Ph.D. from Canterbury Business School, University of Kent, the UK. She also has strong academic interests in the management and marketing of higher education organizations. One of the most respected Romanian professors in International Marketing, she is a member of many professional organizations, scientific committees and editorial boards.

Business Ethics and CSR

Track chair:

Patrizia GazzolaPatrizia Gazzola, Insubria University, Italy

Patrizia Gazzola is Associated Professor of Management, Business Combination and Business Planning at the  Department of Economics, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy. She is Member of the Scientific Board of the Research Center on Ethics in Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (CREARES) and a Member of the Research Center: “Communal Economy of cities” of the ‘OM Beketov National University of Urban Economy. She is a member of scientific boards and committee for journals and conferences around Europe. She is also a member of professional associations such as Accountant Association. She conducts research in Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility, in Sustainability Reports, in Sustainable Development and in Financial Statement, Systems Theory. She writes articles and books about Accounting, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development.

Digital Systems, E-marketing and Organizational Dynamics

Track chairs:


Gandolfo Dominici, University of Palermo, Italy

Gandolfo Dominici is Vice President – Scientific Director of Business Systems Laboratory (BS-Lab) association. He is Tenured Associate Professor and Chair of Marketing at the Department SEAS, Polytecnic School of the University of Palermo (Italy). He authored more than 80 published articles and books. He is currently Editor-in-chief of Kybernetes, of the International Journal of Markets and Business Systems, and of the International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing and member of the editorial board of several international peer reviewed journals. His main research interests are: Sustainability, CSR, New Product Development, Systems Thinking and Organizational Cybernetics, e-Marketing, Business ethnography.

Elena-Mădălina Vătămănescu, SNSPA, Romania

Elena-Mădălina Vătămănescu is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Management – SNSPA, Bucharest, Romania. She is Head of the Centre for Research in Management, and Managing Editor of the journal Management Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy. She holds two PhDs in Communication Sciences (SNSPA) and in Economics and International Business (Bucharest University of Economic Studies). She is Full Member of the International Association for Knowledge Management (IAKM), Full Member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and American Economic Association (AEA). She has authored and edited 10 books, and published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Her main research interests are: business internationalization, business dynamics and sustainability, social networks, knowledge management, intellectual capital and relationship marketing.


Challenges of Project Management

Track chair:

Lajos Szabó, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

He was educated at the University of Pannonia, Hungary and ENI Scuola Superiore Enrico Mattei, Italy. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Management in 1997 and habilitation in Business and Economics in 2009. He is a founder member of the Hungarian Project Management Association. He has published numerous articles and presented his work at national and  internationalconferences. His main field of interest includes strategic, project and knowledge management. He had been the co-leader of the “Strategic Management research group” of the University of Pannonia for 23 years. He was the Dean (2012-2015), Vice Dean (2007-2012) and Head of the Department of Management (2006-2015) at the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Pannonia. Since 2015, he has been working for the Corvinus University of Budapest, Department of Strategy and Project Management. He is the academic leader of the Research Project “Project Management Practices in Hungary” in cooperation with the Hungarian Project Management Association.



Towards Sustainable Public Organizations

Track chair:

Mauro Romanelli, Parthenope University of Napoli, Italy

Mauro Romanelli is AssociateProfessor in Organization and Human Resource Management at the University of Naples Parthenope, Department of Management, Economics and Accounting. His teaching activities concentrate on human resource management and organizational behavior. His main research interests and themes are organizational change, technologies, management and governance within the public sector, cultural and healthcare organizations.