CALL FOR Mini Track on Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability

The 13th International Conference on Business Excellence
Sustainable Business Models and Innovation in the Knowledge Economy

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

21-22 March 2019, Bucharest, Romania

Mini Track Chairs:

Adrian Dumitru Tanţău, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

George Darie, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania

Marius Stan, Argonne National Laboratory & Chicago and Northwestern University, U.S.A.

Simona Chirică, Schoenherr Romania

Energy is one of the most important fields of study in our contemporary society.  Special focus is placed on energy research based on the recent events such as the convention for limiting global warming proposed by COP21, the multiple financing opportunities for business and research in the energy field and the sustainability efforts that companies strive for towards accomplishing the 2020 objective of the European Union.

The Society for Business Excellence jointly with The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, especially the “Entrepreneurship and Business Administration in Energy” MBA program, encourage participants as academic researchers, practitioners from the business sector, Ph.D. students, people working in public administration and in the non-governmental sector, etc.  to submit papers on the topic of Business in Energy and Climate Change.

The main topics covered by the hereby call for papers are related to:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy
  • Business models for energy
  • Thermal strategy
  • Entrepreneurship models in energy
  • EU energy policy developments
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis in the energy field
  • Climate change impact
  • Decarbonisation
  • Energy poverty policies
  • Strategic thinking and sustainability in business

Adrian Dumitru Tanţău is Professor at ASE Bucharest, UNESCO Chair for Business Administration where he is coordinating since 2014 the MBA Entrepreneurship and Business Administration in Energy. Between 2012 -2016 he was Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. During 2012-2015, he was the President of “Society for Business Excellence” association. Between 2009 and 2013 he was member in the Board of the Company  Hidroserv Portile de Fier S.A., Drobeta Turnu Severin. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Politechnical University Bucharest) and a Ph.D. in Management (Bucharest University of Economic Studies). His research activity is focused on business models in energy, especially renewable energy, energy security and energy efficiency. He is member a member of the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research, with the headquarter in Amsterdam, since 2006, member of the Commission of Economic Science and Business Administration CNATDCU since 2012, a honorary member of the National Romanian Committee of the Global Energy Council, since 2014.

untitledM. George Darie graduated in 1986 the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Power Plants Department. Since more than 30 years M. George Darie is specialized in thermal power plants and their environmental impact mitigation with specific experience in design, rehabilitation options, research and teaching activities. The experience gained during the activity is materialized in 11 handbooks, more than 70 scientific papers published in the Romanian and foreign journals, proceedings, etc; 32 scientific papers presented at different symposiums, conferences, congresses; more than 40 research contracts.

At present he is the vice-rector of Politehnica University of Bucharest. He is member of the Academy of Romanian Scientists and of the board of National Romanian Committee of the World Energy Council.



Marius Stan is a Senior Computational Energy Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a Professor and Senior Fellow at University of Chicago and Northwestern University in the U.S.A.

Marius has recently completed a two year assignment as Senior Adviser and National Technical Director for Advanced Modeling and Simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Marius and his research group are focused on using high performance computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to understand and predict energy systems. They have developed a multi-scale methodology that is now widely used to design components for applications such as fuels, batteries, and electronics.

Simona Chirică is a partner at Schoenherr Romania, specialized in civil, commercial and tax matters. She is an experienced real estate lawyer, assisting a considerable portfolio of clients active in real estate development (commercial, office, industrial, residential), retail (food and non-food, fashion, DYI), agribusiness, energy, in all phases of their investments in Romania, including in greenfield projects, expansion plans or exit strategies. Simona has assisted on headline transactions in these markets and is also assisting relevant clients on general day to day legal matters in connection with the development or operation of their projects. With a focus on preventive advice, she has prepared and delivered hundreds of compliance training programs/presentations to clients and has prepared/reviewed company-wide compliance programs. Simona is a lecturer at Bucharest’s Academy for Economic Studies, an active speaker in specialized events and the author of numerous legal books and articles.


Publication opportunities

The conference is organized by Society for Business Excellence and UNESCO Department for Business Administration on the 21-22 of March 2019 at The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Faculty of Business Administration in Foreign Languages (FABIZ) in partnership with the Romanian Academy, the University of Bucharest and the Sapienza University from Rome, Italy. The papers accepted at ICBE 2019 will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration, payment and presentation. The papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings volume under the German Publishing House De Gruyter and they will be indexed in EBSCO, Proquest, ExLibris, OCLC, Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic, CELDES, CNPIE, Naviga, and will be submitted to Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Science (WOS) Conference Proceedings Citation Index (

Important! Papers presented to the International Conference on Business Excellence (ICBE 2019) will be considered for publication in a Special Issue of the Sustainability Journal, indexed Web of Science, Impact Factor: 1.789 (2016); 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.850 (2016);

In addition, the best three Papers (Best paper Award Management&Marketing) will be published in the international journal Management & Marketing. Challenges for the Knowledge Society by De Gruyter Open, indexed in Web of Science- Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Proquest, Cabell’s Directory and more than 20 other international databases

At the final ceremony, based on a international committee selection, there will be granted three Best Paper Award Management&Marketing, two Excellence Awards and two Best Paper Awards of the Journal of Economic Forecasting, indexed in Web of Science (


 Submission details

Abstract submission deadline 15 September 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance 31 October 2018
Submission of full paper due for review 5 January 2019
Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes) 31 January 2019
Final paper due (with any changes) 28 February 2019
Final Author registration date 28 February 2019


  Registration and payment*

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT 15 January 2019 – 15 February 2019
Academics 200 euro
Practitioners 250 euro
PhD students 150 euro
Academics 300 euro
Practitioners 350 euro
PhD students 250 euro
* The conference fee includes conference attendance, publication, conference folder, meals during the conference and a trip in a soon to be announced destination on the 22nd of March 2019.

**Non-presenting participants are subject to a universal fee of 150 euro.

***All confirmed SBE members (who have paid their membership fee for 2019) benefit from a 30% fee discount.

As a first step, we require a 300-word abstract which is to be received by the 15th of September 2018. Submissions must be made using the online submission form available at and the final paper should be accompanied by publishing agreements and declaration of originality.

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Details about the payment and the SBE bank account are available at

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