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Entrepreneurship in a Changing World –
Challenges and Responses

11th International Conference
7 - 10 June 2020

Albena, Varna, Bulgaria

Photos 2010



Conference Programme

Tuesday – 7 September

15.00 – 19.30



19.30 –

Welcome Drink


Wednesday – 10 September

8.00 –   9.00



  9.00 – 9.30

Conference Opening

Prof. Kiril Todorov (Bulgaria) – Conference Chair

Presentations of organisers


9.30 – 11.00

Plenary session – First and Second Key Notes

Prof. David Smallbone (United Kingdom), President of the International Council for Small Business
Entrepreneurship and Economic Crisis:
Lessons and Challenges for Europe's Entrepreneurs and Policy Makers

Prof. Karl Viehe (United States of America), George Washington University
The Economic, Legal and Quantitative Aspects of Banking & Finance

in the post-crisis 21st Century - Will the New Banking Regime ( Basel III ) Encourage or Discourage Entrepreneurship?


11.00 – 11.30

Coffee Break


11.30 – 13.00

Plenary session – Third Key Note

Juliana Grigorova (Bulgaria)
Student’s behavior in times of economic crisis


13.00 – 14.00



14.00 – 16.00

Parallel Sessions

A. European Entrepreneurship

Chairman: Prof. Alain Fayolle (France)

George M. Puia and Mark Potts (United States of America)
Entrepreneurship in the European Union: Unified is not Uniform

Eugenio Corti and Alessandra Ialeggio (Italy)
The internationalization of small companies in one country by the creation of new companies into another country: the case of the  collaboration between the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Berlin (Germany) and the Chamber of Commerce of the Province of Benevento (Italy)

 Spire Arsov and Ivanche Dimitrievski (Macedonia)
Organizational Culture Analysis of a Foreign-Owned Company in the City of Skopje: The Effects of Differing National/Cultural Values on the Organizational Climate of Global Logistics

Tüzin Baycan and Nefise Kahraman (Turkey)
Processes and Dynamics of Bulgarian Turks’ Ttransnational Entrepreneurship



B. Modern Entrepreneurship Education and Training – 1  

Chairman: Prof. Atanas Damyanov (Bulgaria)

Antti Klaavu, Ari- Pekka Kainu and Matti Lähdeniemi (Finland)
Approaches to Delivering Entrepreneurship Education

Marjana Merkač Skok (Slovenia), Marijan Cingula, and Domagoj Cingula (Croatia)
Motivators and Values, Important for Entrepreneurial Learning

Lyuba Mihalkova (Bulgaria)
Requirements of the European Market for a Training Forming an Entrepreneurial Way of Thinking and Behaving


16.00 – 16.30

Coffee Break

16.30 – 18.30


Round Table  - What entrepreneurs (have to) do in and after the crisis? Practical aspects   

Moderators: Prof. David Smallbone (United Kingdom) and
Prof. Kiril Todorov (Bulgaria)


B. Modern Entrepreneurship Education and Training – 2

Chairman: Prof. Lester Lloyd-Reason (United Kingdom)

Natalia Salienko (Russia)
Preconditions and Experience of Using the Innovative Approach
in Entrepreneurship Training at Russian Business School

Kaija Arhio and Marja-Liisa Kaakko (Finland)
Learning in Entrepreneurship – development towards social media

Lester Lloyd-Reason, Roger Mumby-Croft, and Leigh Sear (United Kingdom)
Entrepreneurship Education: Embedding Practitioner Experience


18.30 – 20.00

Free time

20.00 –

Folklore Style Dinner


Thursday – 9 September

  9.30 – 11.15

Parallel Sessions

A. Entrepreneurship and SMEs Support in the Crisis  

Chairman: Prof. Miroljub Hadžić (Serbia)

Miroljub Hadžić and Petar Pavlović (Serbia)
General Support to More Sophisticated Kind of SME Support

Lyudmila Mihaylova and Emil Papazov (Bulgaria)
Using Systematic Planning Tools for Strategy Re-think of SMEs in Hard Times

Jovo Ateljevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Frank Martin and Pamela Kelly (United Kingdom)
The Use of Location Specific Advertisements on Facebook: Can they help entrepreneurs solve problems associated with banner advertisements

Svetoslav Dimkow (Bulgaria)
Model for
Evaluation of the Adaptability of the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the Contemporary Business Environment



B. Informal Economy and Non-traditional,
Creative Entrepreneurial Approaches

Chairman: Dr. Miroslav Pivoda (Czech Republic)

Sylvain Bureau (France)
Entrepreneurship in the Informal Economy: Why Does It Matter?

Alain Fayolle (France)
Necessity Entrepreneurship and Job Insecurity:

The Hidden Face of Entrepreneurship

Miroslav Pivoda (Czech Republic), Frank Hoy (USA), Kiril Todorov (Bulgaria), and Viktor Vojtko (Czech Republic)
Creativity and
Ethics of Entrepreneurs in Global and Multicultural Environment


11.15 – 11.30

Coffee Break


11.30 – 13.00

Parallel Sessions

A. Innovation and Commercialisation

Chairman: Prof. Antti Haahti (Finland)

Eglė Ruibytė (Lithuania), Antti Haahti (Finland) and Ossi Pesämaa (Sweden)
Influences of
Market Orientation and Perceived Trust on Innovativeness and Performance in Tourism Networks

László Vasa (Hungary)
The European Paradox and the Innovation Activity of the Hungarian SME Sector

Nikola Dimitrov and Tsvetana Stoyanova (Bulgaria)
The Innovation Potential of The Bulgarian Business – Basic Resource for Competency in the Conditions of Knowledege Economy



B. Management of Innovative Companies

Chairman: Prof. David Smallbone (United Kingdom)

Kostadin Kolarov and Dimitar Bosovski (Bulgaria)
Starting Up a High Technology Venture in Bulgaria

Ljiljana Kontić and Ana Jovicić (Serbia)Innovation Strategies in Serbian Manufacturing Firms - before and during economic crisis

Philippos Papadopoulos (Greece)
The diffusion of innovative practices among meat retailers
in Northern Greece.
“Think meal not meat”


13.00 – 14.00



14.00 – 19.30

Excursion to Rila Monastery




20.00 –

Gala Dinner


Friday – 10 September

  9.30 – 11.30

Parallel Session

A. Management and Growth of SMEs after the Crisis

Chairman: Prof. Karl Sandberg (Sweden)

Kārlis Markus and Viesturs Zeps (Latvia)
Operation of Business Incubators in Latvia during the Times of Economic Crisis  

Atanas Damyanov and Kadir Shaban (Bulgaria)
Expansion with(out) limits after the example of the international food-retailer
Billa in Bulgaria, local growth conception

Karl W Sandberg and Gerth Öhman (Sweden)
Inventions and
Innovations to Develop Small Businesses in Rural Areas

Zhelyu Vladimirov (Bulgaria)
The Impact of the e-Tourism Post-crisis Development on Small and Medium-sized Touristic Organisations in Bulgaria



B. Other Aspects of Entrepreneurship

Chairman: Prof. Marijan Cingula (Croatia)

Daniela Tsvetkova (Bulgaria)
Corporate Entrepreneurship – Opportunities and Perspectives for the Large-scaled Companies in Bulgaria

Emilija Stoimenova-Canevska and Angelina Taneva-Veshoska (Macedonia)
Is entrepreneurship
Equivalent to Leadership?

Workshop led by Emilija Stoimenova-Canevska

Healing Organisations in Crisis

11.30 – 12.00

Coffee Break


11.30 – 12.00

Meeting of the Committee for nominating best papers awards

12.00 – 13.00

Summarising conference results: Chairman of  Sessions

Closing and Best Paper Award Ceremony

Ideas for next conference


13.00 – 14.00



14.00 –

Free time and meetings by interests

additional social programme could be arranged
by wish for those who stay longer)