CALL FOR Mini Track on Social Entrepreneurship for Local Change

The 12th International Conference on Business Excellence
Innovation and Sustainability in a Turbulent Economic Environment

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

22-23 March 2018, Bucharest, Romania

Mini Track Chairs:

Fabrizio D’Ascenzo, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy

Carmen Păunescu, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

The recent innovations in products, processes and business models are reshaping the world approach to entrepreneurship, giving a higher relevance to the social and local dimensions of business. The social enterprise model of business is gaining in popularity as it gives the opportunity to combine societal goals with commercial objectives for the benefit of community and environment. Social economy enterprises have to compete in the marketplace like any other business to achieve an impact, proving to be a dynamic and progressive business that all the other enterprises can learn from. In the last decade, innovation and entrepreneurship were boosted by digital technologies like social media, connecting people to the Internet of Things, to big and open data and crowd sourcing platforms.

Digital innovations are expected to create new online instruments (new ICT services) that enable entrepreneurship and social innovation to take advantage of the network effect typical of the Internet. Thanks to new ICT instruments or to a better and more efficient, effective, sustainable and fair use of existing ICT tools, innovation and entrepreneurship are then stimulated by new ways of collaborating, creating and sharing knowledge and resources online. Therefore, social entrepreneurs are becoming essential for addressing Europe’s main economic, social, and environmental challenges. The aim of this mini track is to explore how social entrepreneurship can be furthered nurtured, developed and scaled across the global communities. Also, it aims to discover how innovation is shaping the way services and goods are produced and distributed in a cyber-physical environment and how these emerging models influence the development of local communities integrating them in a global interconnected world.

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

  • Models of social entrepreneurship across the world
  • Social innovation
  • Value co-creation
  • Social issues and affairs across Europe
  • EU policies for business and social change
  • Developing and financing social economy enterprises
  • Industry 4.0
  • Business models transformation
  • Challenges and opportunities with the Internet of Things
  • 3D design and printing
  • Socio-economic impact of Industry 4.0
  • Strategic thinking and sustainability in business
  • Social impact measurement


Fabrizio D’Ascenzo is full professor of Production Management and ICT in the Faculty of Economics of Sapienza University of Rome. He is the Director of the Department of 1Management, Director of the Research Centre of Sapienza University “ImpreSapiens” and Delegate of the Rector for the relationships with companies. He is President of the Master Course in Technologies and Innovation Management of the Faculty of Economics and Director of the post graduate course in European Projects. He is the Delegate of the Dean of the Faculty of Economics for the activities of guidance, tutoring and placement. He is the scientific director of the project “Campus Mentis” conducted by Sapienza University on behalf of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers. He is the Italian responsible of the Master course “Economy of Enterprises and International Integration” (EE2i) conducted with the University of Economics (UNECON) of Saint Petersburg in Russia. He is responsible of the cooperation agreements of Sapienza University with the University of California – Berkeley (USA) and with the MGIMO University in Moscow (Russia). He is author and co-author of more than one hundred twenty books and papers published in Italy and abroad.


Carmen Păunescu is a professor of Entrepreneurship at the UNESCO Department for Business Administration, the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE),Romania. Her teaching and research background includes experiences at various universities from Italy, Sweden, Belgium, France, USA. In 2004, Carmen received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship at Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, USA. Since 2011, Carmen is a PhD coordinator in the field of Business Administration. She currently supervises several doctoral theses in the areas of social innovation and entrepreneurship and social value creation. Also, Carmen is an expert and local coordinator in the Erasmus+ project “Social Entrepreneurship for Local Change”, implemented by a 5-University Consortium in four countries in cooperation with relevant NGOs.


Publication opportunities

The conference is organized by Society for Business Excellence and UNESCO Department for Business Administration on the 22-23 of March 2018 at The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Faculty of Business Administration in Foreign Languages (FABIZ). The papers accepted at ICBE 2018 will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration, payment and presentation.

The presented 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.

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

At the final ceremony, for scientific merits and rigour there will be granted two Excellence Awards, and for each section a Best paper award.


 Submission details

Abstract submission deadline 30 October 2017
Notification of abstract acceptance 15 November 2017
Submission of full paper due for review 15 December 2017
Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes) 31 December 2017
Final paper due (with any changes) 19 February 2018
Final Author registration date 28 February 2018


Registration and payment*

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT 14 December 2017 – 15 January 2018
Academics 160 euro
Practitioners 200 euro
PhD students 120 euro
Academics 200 euro
Practitioners 250 euro
PhD students 150 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 24th of March 2018.

**Non-presenting participants are subject to a universal fee of 80 euro.

***All confirmed SBE members (who have paid their membership fee for 2018) benefit from a 30% fee discount.

As a first step, we require a 300-word abstract which is to be received by the 30th of October 2017. 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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