Call for Papers

The main topic of the confeerence: Facing 4th Industrial Revolution

This year our conference is especially concerned with challenges that economies, organizations, individuals face in the context of forthcoming fourth industrial revolution. The advances of digitization, connectivity, smart devices, data science create fertile ground for disruptive change. The disruptive changes increase the speed by which opportunities are generated, lost, and regained. Increasingly available and enabling digital technologies demands more complex understanding of Industry 4.0 phenomenon crossing boundaries of technology, sociology, management, economics and other disciplines. Such interdisciplinary approach creates new ways to implement new business models, innovation networks, communities, and ecosystems; attract new and broad audiences; and generate new forms of business and societal value.

We are witnessing the rise of collaborative economies, disappearance of professions, new modes of work, financial technologies. Digital-born companies become role models for more traditional enterprises which hurry to embrace digital transformation. Enterprises rethink business models and rush to establish their digital presence. Behaviour of consumers is altering as they turn to computer mediated communication and sensor-driven decision making. Operations and supply chains become connected networks of cyber-physical systems controlled by management information systems.

We invite participants to explore transformation of various disciplines, sectors, companies in the light of forces shaping fourth industrial revolution. At the same time we are looking for answers for challenges that our countries, companies are facing in the algorithmic age. We look for contributions that build and enhance our understanding of fourth industrial revolution related phenomena. The challenges include, but are not restricted to:

- evaluation and discussion of readiness of Central and Eastern Europe countries for fourth industrial revolution;
- change of legislation and taxation concerning new employment arrangements, global data and financial flows, new business models;
- governance of increasingly digital enterprises in terms of control, leadership, transparency, and employee involvement;
- the transformation of work practices, organization, management, and governance structures in the light of digitization;
- issues of reliability and resilience of half-autonomous work practices and supply chains; 
- issues of security, data privacy and protection that companies face;
- possible theoretical perspectives to social-digital-physical arrangements;
- digital technologies and platforms role across value chains in all sectors of the economy;
- socio-technical challenges affecting the development and deployment of smart solutions in the context of industrial sectors;
- closing digital skills gap in the digital age;
- new patterns of consumer behaviour and new ways of consumption – physical and digital convergence.


You may apply to sections listed below: 

Section 1: Challenges and opportunities of financial economics and corporate finance

Section coordinators
Lina Sinevičienė, Rytis Krušinskas, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, lina.sineviciene@ktu.lt, rytis.krusinskas@ktu.lt
Jana Hornungová, Michal Karas, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, hornungova@fbm.vutbr.cz, karas@fbm.vutbr.cz

Processes of globalization and financial integration around the world, economic conditions, rising competition, economical and political instability in export markets pose new risks for economies and its agents, and challenges for policy-makers, researchers and practitioners in the field of finance. At the same time, development and integration of financial systems provide greater opportunities for diversification, increased choice of financial services and higher its quality, benefits and new opportunities for governments and private sector. 

The conference organizers would like to bring together researchers to exchange and discuss their experiences, new ideas, and research results about the challenges and opportunities of financial economics and invite the submission of papers relating to highlighted aspects of finance. Theoretical and empirical papers are encouraged in areas which include, but are not limited to: Financial regulation; Financial markets and institutions; Corporate finance; Corporate governance; Risk management; Investment decisions; Public  finance; Public-private partnership; Behavioural finance; Financial engineering.

Section 2: Challenges of Human Resources in the World Without Borders (Journal of the section "Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate Management Research" (Emerald publishing).

Section coordinators
Vilmantė Kumpikaitė-Valiūnienė, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, vilmante.kumpikaite@ktu.lt
Ashly Pinnington, The British University in Dubai, UAE, 
ashly.pinnington@buid.ac.ae
Zdeňka Konečná, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, konecna@fbm.vutbr.cz

Opened borders among countries increased migration and employees’ movement processes and raise new challenges for human resources faced by countries and organisations. We encourage dialogue aimed to discuss how human resources in the world without boarders can contribute to managerial and economic development at macro and micro levels. We would like to welcome papers, which both from a theoretical and from an empirical point of view seek to investigate different issues of human resources mobility, sustainability, talents and leadership.

Section 3: Contemporary marketing: inspiration, innovation, and implementation

Section coordinators
Aistė Dovalienė, Žaneta Piligrimienė, Agnė Gadeikienė, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, aiste.dovaliene@ktu.lt, zaneta.piligrimiene@ktu.lt, agne.gadeikiene@ktu.lt
Oliver Parts, Tallinn University of Technology, oliver.parts@ttu.ee
Vladimír Chalupsky,  Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, chalupsk@fbm.vutbr.cz

Rapidly changing environment, evolvement of new information and communication technologies, more demanding and sophisticated global consumer poses new challenges to marketing practitioners and researchers all over the world. As adaptation to those changes is crucial for nowadays business, the organisers of this section strive to facilitate fruitful discussion on the most relevant questions of contemporary marketing. So it is highly encouraged  sharing of the new ideas and insights, results of  theoretical and empirical research that are related to, but not limited to the following topics: Neuromarketing; Customer engagement into value creation; Sustainable consumption behavior; Green consumer behavior; Different consumer generations and their purchase behavior; Social marketing; Service marketing; Long-term customer relationships; Customer loyalty in real and virtual environment; Social media marketing; Branding decisions; Advertisement; International marketing; Marketing research methodology. 

Section 4: Corporate social responsibility: interaction of businesses, society, and the state

Section coordinators
Žaneta Simanavičienė, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, zaneta.simanaviciene@ktu.lt
Anna Putnová, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, putnova@fbm.vutbr.cz
Natalija Gurvitš, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, natalja.gurvits@ttu.ee
Tatjana Tambovceva, Riga Technical University, Latvia, tatjana.tambovceva@rtu.lv

The special interest section corporate social responsibility:  interaction of businesses, society, and the state is focused on to  connect scientists and entrepreneurs to discuss about research and their applicability in practice. The key of these studies - the social responsibility of businesses, society and the state. Why the link in  all three levels is important: what is state approach to social responsibility, they actions; what is entrepreneurs' awareness of social responsibility, their intention to implement best practices in  their activities; public attitudes towards social responsibility  formation peculiarities.

Section 5: Global Economy and Competitiveness of Nations

Section coordinators
Asta Sabonienė, Jūratė Pridotkienė. Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania asta.saboniene@ktu.lt, jurate.pridotkiene@ktu.lt 
Marek Zinecker, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, zinecker@fbm.vutbr.cz

In nowadays quickly changing environment every nation searches for ways to gain a competitive advantage and strives to take as strong as possible position in the global economy. The competitiveness of a nation may be increased in various forms and levels, would it be enterprise, industry, regional or national level, while changes in national systems induce changes in the global economy. The scope of Global Economy section also includes the Global Energy issues developing more competitive, secure and sustainable energy systems of nations. Therefore researches on competitiveness and sustainable energy issues that search for new ideas in these fields are welcomed to this section.

Section 6: Horizons of Accounting

Section coordinators
Šviesa Leitonienė, Kristina Kundelienė, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, sviesa.leitoniene@ktu.ltkristina.kundeliene@ktu.lt
Maria Teresa Speziale, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Italy, mariateresa.speziale@unibo.it
Michal Karas, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, karas@fbm.vutbr.cz

The Accounting section offers researchers and practitioners a unique opportunity to dialog around the common issue of new horizons of accounting  in the context of the responsible economic and organizational behavior in uncertain world. While researchers and academics have the opportunity to present their current and on-going studies of accounting, practitioners also have the opportunity to share their experiences from the world of practice. The scope of Accounting section includes but not limited to the following topics: financial accounting; auditing and internal auditing financial management; taxation; performance measurement; management accounting; international accounting; integrated reporting; information systems and computer auditing; ethics in accounting education; accounting history; sustainability accounting; accounting education and training.

Section 7: Operations Management after the 4th Industrial Revolution 

Section coordinators
Ramunė Čiarnienė, Mantas Vilkas, Kaunas University of Technology,
Lithuania, ramune.ciarniene@ktu.lt, mantas.vilkas@ktu.lt
Zdeňka Videcká, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, videcka@fbm.vutbr.cz

Most organizations now operate in environments, characterised by the increasing digitization and interconnection of products and value chains. This shift in characteristics of environments is usually defined as 4th Industrial revolution or Industry 4.0. We are looking forward for contributions reflecting how connectivity and digitization are transforming various operations management topics as operations strategy, new product design, manufacturing and service provision, quality management, supply chains, improvement of operations. We encourage empirical (qualitative and quantitative) papers as well as up-to-date, in-depth examinations of the latest advances in operations management field. 

Section 8:  Strategic management in an open economy: entrepreneurship, innovation and internationalization 

Section coordinators
Egidijus Rybakovas, Monika Petraitė, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, egidijus.rybakovas@ktu.lt, monika.petraite@ktu.lt
Robert Zich, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, zich@fbm.vutbr.cz

Open economy provides large sets of challenges in strategic management of contemporary business. Speed of innovation, internationalization, strategic change becomes at the core of strategic thinking agenda. The rise of new globally born business generation in high technology based segments, new networked business models for competitiveness and innovation,  ecosystems of innovation across borders, other new emerging forms of business organization call to rethink dynamic capabilities, business modelling logics, innovation strategies of the firms and other strategic issues. The core questions for strategy development focus on how to combine speed of internationalization and innovation with responsibility and sustainability of business? What are the critical drivers of globally born entrepreneurial firms? How large and established industries and organizations can obtain dynamic features of entrepreneurial rapid rivals? What are the core challenges of developing dynamic capabilities of firms for the new business landscape? How knowledge can become a real strategic advantage of the firm? and many others. The section aims to bring together researchers and practitioners for an open and rigorous discussion.

Section 9: Public Finances, Taxes and Challenges for Law

Section coordinators
Eva Lajtkepová, Karel BrychtaBrno University of Technology, Czech Republic, lajtkepova@fbm.vutbr.cz, brychta@fbm.vutbr.cz

Global integration of economies all around the world deepens, the mobility of capital and other production factors accelerates. These facts have created many opportunities for tax subjects but also many problems. The conference organizers would like to bring together researchers and practitioners for discussion of the current situation in public finances and related topics.
The scope of the section is aimed but not limited to the following topics: efficiency of public finances; public sector, non-profit organisation,  new instruments for fighting public deficits; challenges for legal regulation, trends in taxation, international taxation of incomes, European tax law, international tax optimization, tax planning vs aggressive tax planning, case law of the ECJ for In/Direct taxes and its impacts, comparative tax law, tax and law education and training.

Section 10: Quantitative methods and their use in Economics Models

Section coordinators
Petr Dostál, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, dostal@fbm.vutbr.cz

The creation and study of economic models belong to basic methods, with which it is possible to simulate possible effect of particular steps and decisions in the economic system. Models can also include factors of uncertainty contained in the form of random elements. We welcome contributions regarding the modelling of the economic phenomena, based on the economic reality and gathering data.
In particular, models created on the basis of mathematical disciplines, such as statistics, numerical methods, operation research, linear and dynamic programming, optimization, neural networks, evolution algorithms and others.





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