Call For Mini Track on Innovation and the Knowledge Economy

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:

Florinda Matos, ICAA – Intellectual Capital Accreditation Association, ICLab -Portugal

Marta-Christina Suciu,  Bucharest University of Economic Studies

The current competitive and dynamic business environment, facing diverse challenges due mostly to the technological and social innovations there is a need to design and develop new innovative and digital business models that promote excellence and sustainability 4.0.  It becomes essential to start-up creative and innovative business designed such as to create and develop more opportunities for improvement in terms of sustainability, excellence and competitiveness preparing the road towards the 4 online th industrial revolution both on the micro, mezzo and macro levels. In order to face the pressing economic, social, cultural and environmental challenges, local organizations and governments need to undertake integrated efforts to achieve excellence and sustainability 4.0. This implies to apply a broader vision of innovative business in terms of open innovation based mostly on platforms of interactive co-operation designed such as to support the co-creation, co-working and co-evolution of different partners selected from the panel of smart and agile business champions. In order to achieve excellence & sustainability 4.0, innovative and creative incubators, accelerators and clusters need to have the key competence that will allow them to harmonize the complex economic, environment and social issues concerning 4.0 innovative businesses. Smart organizations and communities such as smart cities, creative & innovative regional corridors and clusters have to support mostly the sustainable innovative businesses that focus on complex issues such as: green business, low-carbon innovations, creative and cultural industries, cultural heritage and natural resources preservation.  We need to find innovative, feasible and acceptable solutions to deal with the new challenges associated to economic, technological, scientific, social, cultural and environmental issues.  Excellence and sustainability 4.0 ask for co-creation by involving prosumers who will be more powerful, well informed and much better prepared to face new challenges.

The main topics covered by this call for papers are related but not limited to:

  • Sustainability and Excellence 4.0. Sustainability, innovation and inclusive businesses
  • Digital transformation and its impacts on new innovative business models.
  • Knowledge, Innovation and Intellectual Capital Management as drivers of sustainability 4.0
  • Co-creation of prosumers and its impacts
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on supply chain management


Cheap Florinda MATOS is ICAA’s (Intellectual Capital Accreditation Association) President and the leader of ICLab – Research Center in Intellectual Capital.  Florinda Matos is a member of the Research Center Dinâmia – CET – ISCTE – IUL. She teaches several topics such as: intellectual capital (IC), knowledge management (KM), innovation, entrepreneurship, human capital management. She is also a business consultant. Her main research topics of interests are: KM, IC, Measuring Intangible Assets, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Additive Manufacturing. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences, Organizational Behaviour Studies, at Technical University of Lisbon and a master’s degree in Business Sciences on ISCTE Lisbon. She is a postdoctoral researcher at FCT – Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is member of the scientific committees for several international conferences where she had been selected many times as a chair. She has published more than 30 academic papers in journals, related to KM, IC and innovation. She had also been actively involved in mass media by publishing more than 200 articles expressing her opinion on issues concerning economic & social challenges of our turbulent times.


Marta-Christina SUCIU is Professor, PhD at Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE), Economics and Economic Policies Department since 1993.  Since April 2016 she is also a vice-dean in charge with research-development-innovation and international relations at the Faculty for Theoretical and Applied Economics, ASE.  She has an extensive experience in higher education and research (coordinator or director for 8 nation research projects;  member of 30 research teams projects), academic publishing (25 books and over 150 published papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings); key note speaker, chair, member of the scientific committees for international conferences, reviewer; visiting professor at MIT University, Cairo, Egypt (February-March 2006); member of national and international organizations such as: EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction),  RSA (Regional Studies Association), ERSA (European Regional Studies Association); ICCA(Intellectual Capital Accreditation Association), CRISFT, Romanian Academy, AOSR (Academia Oamenilor de Stiinta din Romania), ARSR (Asociatia Romana de Studii Regionale) SBE; CREE (Centrul Roman de Educatie Economica).  She graduated numerous training programs in the field of economics education, such as “Training of Trainers”, “Training of Writers” organized by NCEE (National Council on Economic Education), United States of America (1997-1998); London School of Economics and Political Sciences-Complexity Group (2007, 2008, 2011),  Durham University (1996)-United Kingdom etc.


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*


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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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