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Entrepreneurship in a Changing World –
Challenges and Responses

11th International Conference
7 - 10 June 2020

Albena, Varna, Bulgaria

Programme 2014
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Conference Programme

Monday – 8 September 2014


Depending on demand: Social programme for those who arrive early and like to join us.


18.00 – 20.00

Early Registration


20.00 – 23.00

Welcome Reception


Tuesday – 9 September 2014

  8.00 –   9.00



  9.00 –   9.30

Opening Ceremony

Prof. Kiril Todorov (Bulgaria) – Conference Chair

H.E. Mr. Temirtay Izbastin, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan

and other guests

  9.30 – 11.00

Plenary session –Keynote speeches

David Smallbone (Kingston University, UK,
Past President of the ECSB and ICSB)

Entrepreneurship in a Transition Context:
some implications for theory and practice


Ken O’Neill (University of Ulster, UK, Past President of the ICSB) and Kiril Todorov (Chairman of BAMDE)
Entrepreneurial Approaches Used by Entrepreneurs in Global Business Environment
: Building Dynamic Triangle of Causation, Effectuation, and Improvisation

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee Break


11.30 – 13.00

Plenary session – Keynote speech

Robert D. Hisrich (Director, Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA)
Entrepreneurial Openness: an International Perspective


13.00 – 14.00



14.00 – 16.00

Parallel Sessions

A. Strategic Entrepreneurship  

Chairman: Zhelyu Vladimirov (Bulgaria)

Zhelyu Vladimirov, Ralitsa Simeonova-Ganeva, and Kaloyan Ganev (Bulgaria)|
Innovations as Strategic Determinant
for the Manufacturing SMEs Performance

Miroljub Hadžić (Serbia)
Serbian SMEs Represent
Great Potential for Overall Economic Development

Andreea Wurster (Romania)
Cultural Adoption Criteria of Mobile Payment Services


14.00 – 16.00

B. Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation

Chairman: Miroslav Pivoda (Czech Republic)

Mário L. Raposo, João J. M. Ferreira, and Cristina I. Fernandes (Portugal)
Factors in Service Companies

Valentina Della Corte and Giovanna Del Gaudio (Italy) – poster presentation
Districts’ Start-Ups: A Bridge from Local Tradition to Innovation

Miroslav Pivoda (Czech Republic)
Design, Designers and Business Success

Mihai Svasta and Alexandra Ioanid (Romania)
Innovation Resource, Process and Culture – a Driver for SMEs and Entrepreneurship


16.00 – 19.00


20.00 – 23.00

Folklore Style Dinner



Wednesday – 10 September 2014

  9.00 – 10.45

Parallel Sessions

A. Entrepreneurship and SMEs Support 

Chairman: Paolo Zaramella (Italy)

Anahí Briozzo, Hernán Vigier, Lisana B. Martinez (Argentina), and Antonio Terceño (Spain)
SMEs: Externally and Internally Constrained? Evidence from Argentina

Mark Potts, Joseph Affholter, and George Puia (USA)
Building a Favorable Context for Entrepreneurs:

Challenges and Opportunities for Balkan States

Paolo Zaramella (Italy)
SMEs and Network: a New Challenge for The International Markets.

How Italian New Law Can Support Their Development


9.00 – 10.45

B. Management, Culture, Behaviour

Chairman: Renaud Redien-Collot (France)

Renaud Redien-Collot, Noreen O’Shea, and Jérôme Duval-Hamel (France)
Role Model Selection Processes in the Context of Male Entrepreneurship

Claudia Nunes Esposo (Brazil)
Providing Waste Efficiency Support to SMEs: The Perspective of Change Agents


10.45 – 11.15

Coffee Break


11.15 – 13.00





Parallel Sessions

A. Management, Culture, Behaviour

Chairman: Kostadin Kolarov (Bulgaria)

Alexandra Ioanid, Maria HermelStănescu, and Mihai Svasta (Romania)
Social Media Branding Use in Management Consulting Services

Yanitsa Dimitrova (Bulgaria)
Specificity of the
Corporate Culture of Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises


11.15 – 13.00

B. Managing Growth in High-tech SMEs

Chairman: Kari Ristimäki (Finland)

Harald Habermann (Germany)
Investment Patterns of German New Ventures

Elina Varamäki, Sanna Joensuu, Anmari Viljamaa, Kirsti Sorama, Aapo Länsiluoto, and Kari Ristimäki (Finland)
Searching for
Growth and Success – a Longitudinal Study of Finnish SMEs


13.00 – 14.00



14.00 – 16.00

A. Managing Growth in High-tech SMEs

Chairman: László Vasa (Hungary)

Maria Hermel–Stănescu and Cezar Scarlat (Romania)
The Stages of Entrepreneurship.
How Coaching Can Help Define the Entrepreneur and Its Growth

László Vasa, Viktor Darabos, Daniel Bóday, and Endre Spaller (Hungary)
Application Opportunities of Schumpeter’s Innovation Model on Agricultural Innovation Systems


14.00 – 16.00

B. Family Business

Chairman: Nikolay Dentchev (Belgium)

Nikolay Dentchev (Belgium) and Yordanka Ivanova (Bulgaria)
More than 20 Years of Research in Family Business Internationalization: Achievements and Avenues for Future Research?

Kiril Todorov, Emiliya Malinova , Kostadin Kolarov (Bulgaria)
Opportunities for Proactive Entrepreneurial Behaviour of
Family Wine Producers in International Business Environment: The Example of the Valley of Struma River


16.00 – 16.30

Coffee Break

16.30 – 18.00

Round Table     

Moderators: Ken O’Neill (United Kingdom), Robert D. Hisrich (USA),
and Joseph Affholter (USA) 


20.00 –

Conference Gala Dinner


Thursday – 11 September 2014

  9.00 – 10.30

Parallel Sessions

A. Entrepreneurship Education and Training in Global Context – 1

Chairperson: Kaija Arhio (Finland)

Kaija Arhio and Marja-Liisa Kaakko (Finland)
Fun of Learning in a Virtual Practice Enterprise. Using a
Practice Enterprise in Technology Students’ Entrepreneurship Education  

Edgar Izquierdo (Ecuador) and Nikolay Dentchev (Belgium)
Entrepreneurial Intentions among University Students:

Motivations and Entrepreneurial Exposure as Drivers of I


9.00 – 10.30

B. Entrepreneurship Education and Training in Global Context – 2

Chairman: Cezar Scarlat (Romania)

Bogdan Brustureanu and Cezar Scarlat (Romania)
Elements of A Conceptual Framework Aimed at Analyzing the Entrepreneurial Attitudes and Behavior within Universities

Lester Lloyd-Reason (United Kingdom)
Our Entrepreneurial Students: The Challenge for Universities

Ildiko Zedi, Peter Harmath, and Jelena Andrasic (Serbia)
Emerging Forms of Coworking Inside the Business Incubators in Serbia


10.30 – 11.00

Coffee Break


11.00 – 12.00

Plenary session

Keynote speech by Mrs. Madi Sharma (International entrepreneur,
Rapporteur for European Economic and Social Committee,
successful international entrepreneur)

Successful Entrepreneurial Cases in International Business Environment

(to be confirmed; still looking for appropriate flight, in short time she has to be in three destinations)


12.00 – 13.00

Summarising conference results: Chairmen of  Sessions

Closing and Best Paper Award Ceremony

Directions 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)


20.00 –

For those who stay longer: informal dinner –
let’s enjoy something more