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Entrepreneurship in a Changing World –
Challenges and Responses

11th International Conference
7 - 10 June 2020

Albena, Varna, Bulgaria

Programme 2017
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Conference Programme 2017

Tuesday – 6 June 2017


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


18.30 – 20.00

Registration (Hotel’s lobby)


19.00 – 21.00

Welcome Reception


Wednesday – 7 June 2017

  8.00 –   9.00



  9.00 –   9.15

Opening Ceremony

Prof. Kiril Todorov (Bulgaria) – Conference Chair

Presentation of the Programme and Organizing Committee, Q & A

  9.15 – 11.00

Plenary session – Keynote speeches

Eric Flamholtz (UCLA, Management Systems Consulting Corporation, USA)
Creating a Management Revolution

David Smallbone (Kingston University, UK, Past President of the ECSB and ICSB)
Policies to support Europe's Internationalising SMEs:
Essential or a Red Herring?

11.00 – 11.15

Coffee Break


11.15 – 12.45

Plenary session – Keynote speeches

Andrew Burke (Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Does Entrepreneurial Activity Depend on the Availability of Freelancers?
An Empirical Analysis of GEM Countries

Simon Bridge (Ulster University Business School, UK)
Rethinking Enterprise

12.45 – 13.00



13.00 – 14.00




14.00 – 16.00

Parallel Sessions

A. Entrepreneurship and Politics 

Chairman: Willem Odendaal (South Africa)

Willem Odendaal (South Africa)
International Entrepreneurship Policies – A South African Perspective

Panagiotis Kotsios (Greece)
Global Information Systems and design of entrepreneurship and employment growth policies: applications in Greece

Zhelyu Vladimirov (Bulgaria)
The EU Industrial Policy and SME Development in Eastern Europe

14.00 – 16.00

B. Entrepreneurship in Various Aspects

Chairman: Weining Li (China)

Weining Li and Menghan Wang (China)
Based on the equity structure view of the relationship between TMT heterogeneity and innovation performance

Zong Dai (USA)
An Empirical Investigation of Platform Firms’ Business and Revenue Models

Milena Gojny-Zbierowska and Przemysław Zbierowski (Poland)
Entrepreneurship and Quality of Life –
International Comparison Based on GEM Data

16:00 – 16:15

Coffee Break

16.15 – 18.00

Parallel Sessions

A. Contemporary Aspects of Entrepreneurship 

Chairman: Björn Bjerke (Sweden)

Maria Azucena Pérez Alonso (Austria)
Digitalization as push and pull factor
redefining the entrepreneurship concept

Björn Bjerke (Sweden)
Marketing for Entrepreneurs –
Operating in a general space or entering a local place?

Nikolay Vankov (Bulgaria)
Significance, Role and Principles of Website SEO
for Digital Entrepreneurship –
the battle for the top Google rankings

Przemysław Zbierowski and Milena Gojny-Zbierowska (Poland)
Positive Leadership and Corporate Entrepreneurship –
Theoretical Considerations and Research Propositions

16.15 – 18.00

B. Workshop - ‘Ten Tips for effective interaction with SME Owners’

Workshop leader: Ken O'Neill (United Kingdom)


19.00 – 22.00

Bulgarian Wines Testing and Dinner

Thursday – 8 June 2017

  9.00 – 11.00


A. Development of Management Systems in Different Countries 

Moderator: Eric Flamholtz (USA)

Eric Flamholtz (USA)
Growing Pains

Dariusz Brzeziński (Poland)
Growing Pains in Polish Enterprises

Ivaylo Iliev (Bulgaria)
Growing Pains in Bulgarian Companies

9.00 – 11.00

B. Workshop for PhD Students

Workshop leader: David Smallbone (United Kingdom)

11.00 – 11.15

Coffee Break


11.15 – 13.00



Parallel Sessions

A. Seminar: How to prepare papers for prestigious publications
in high-ranked international journals

Seminar leader: David Smallbone (United Kingdom)

11.15 – 13.00

B. Corporate Entrepreneurship

Chairman: Marijan Cingula (Croatia)

Marijan Cingula (Croatia)
Corporate Governance in State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs)

Nnamdi O. Madichie, Knowledge C. Mpofu (United Kingdom), and Jerry Kolo (United Arab Emirates)
International Entrepreneurship Challenges of African Telecoms –
A two-country/ two-case illustration

Svetoslav Dimkow (Bulgaria)
Collaboration with competitors in business networks

13.00 – 14.00



14.00 – 16.00

A. International Entrepreneur and His/her Behaviour

Chairman: Tanja Leppäaho (Finland)

Tanja Leppäaho (Finland)
Getting Embedded for and during Internationalization

Xia Zhou and Pan Ying (China)
Are You an Excellent International Entrepreneur?—
A Competency Model of International Entrepreneurs

Prince Kwarteng Oppong, Md. Noor Un Nabi, and Utz Dornberger (Germany)
Informal Institutions and Internationalization of Firms:
A study of Exporting SMEs in Ghana  

14.00 – 16.00

B. Entrepreneurship and Employees Performance

Chairman: Jan Degadt (Belgium)

Jan Degadt (Belgium)
Migration and international entrepreneurship.
The case of Western Europe

Hongli Wang (China) and Qihai Huang (United Kingdom)
Feeling Trusted and Employee Outcomes:
The Double-edged Sword of Political Behaviour

Aihua Huang, Li Yang and Zisen Li (China)
The Impact Study of Job Insecurity on Employees’ Creativity  

16.00 – 19.00

Social Programme (by choice of participants)



20.00 – 😊

Conference Gala Dinner, DJ Party, etc.


Friday – 9 June 2017

  10.00 – 11.30

Parallel Sessions

A. Entrepreneurship Education

Chairperson: Lester Lloyd-Reason (United Kingdom)

Lester Lloyd-Reason (United Kingdom)
Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship education: Myths,
misconceptions and missed opportunities – an agenda for action  

Irina Kuzmina (Latvia)
Fininacial Technology Business: New Challenges
in Education of Entrepreneurial Managers

10.00 – 11.30

B. Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in International Context

Chairman: Kostadin Kolarov (Bulgaria)

Zane Zeibote (Latvia)
The Impact of ICT Uptake on the International Competitiveness
of European Enterprises: Case of the SKILLS+ Project

Satu Korhonen and Tanja Leppäaho (Finland)
Narratives on the Formation of International Entrepreneurial Identities

Vessela Warren (United Kingdom)
Exploring Collaborative Network Development for Innovation
in a Regional Context

Kostadin Kolarov and Peter Penchev (Bulgaria)
Role of Managerial Training and Experience of Entrepreneurs
in Choosing Approaches to Internationalization of Their Business

11.30 – 12.00

Coffee Break


11.30 – 12.00

Meeting of the Committee for nominating best paper awards

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 – 18.00

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