The 14th International Conference on Business Excellence
Sustainable Business Models and Innovation in the Knowledge Economy

19-21 March 2020, Bucharest, Romania

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

Mini Track Chair:

  • Prof.Dr. Constantin Bratianu, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies

  • Associate Prof. Dr. Violeta Mihaela Dincă, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies

The emergence of knowledge economy and knowledge-based organizations created the necessary conditions for the emergence of knowledge management, as a new managerial process able to deal with knowledge workers and knowledge processes. Knowledge management does not replace the classical management, but brings a new type of processes within the framework of organizational management: the knowledge-based processes. These processes are distinguished from the industrial processes based on tangible and limited resources, since they operate with intangible resources like data, information, knowledge, theories, images, brands, and intellectual properties. These intangible resources cannot be seen, cannot be touched and as a consequence they cannot be measured in the same way like tangible resources. There is a significant shift from the logic based on linearity and tangibility to the logic based on nonlinearity and intangibility. Knowledge management is the management of organizational knowledge dynamics which is composed of processes of knowledge creation, acquisition, sharing, storing, retrieving, transferring, loosing and embedding into products and services.

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

  • The emergence of knowledge management.

  • Knowledge metaphors and metaphorical thinking.

  • Knowledge creation and acquisitions processes.

  • Knowledge sharing and communities of practice.

  • Data, information, and knowledge processing.

  • Knowledge loss and knowledge risks.

  • Organizational learning and learning organizations.

  • Knowledge strategies.

  • Implementing and developing knowledge management in SMEs.

  • Knowledge intensive business services and knowledge intensive organizations.

  • Intellectual capital and intellectual property.

  • Specific activities for the knowledge managers, with practical examples.

  • Case studies in knowledge management.

Constantin Bratianu is professor of Strategic Management and Knowledge Management, UNESCO Department for Business Administration, and Founding Director of the Research Center for Intellectual Capital, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania. He is founding editor of the international journals Management & Marketing, and Management Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy. He is Associate Editor of the Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management, and VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems. His academic interests are: knowledge dynamics, knowledge management, intellectual capital, and strategic management. He is a member of the Board of the International Association of Knowledge Management, and frequently invited as a Guest Speaker at international conferences dedicated to knowledge management. He has been Visiting Professor to universities from USA, Japan, Austria, Italy, Poland, Hungary, and Egypt.

Violeta Mihaela Dincă is a Senior Lecturer and Doctor in Business Administration at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Faculty of Business Administration, in foreign languages teaching in all three sections of the Faculty. She has graduated in 2007 the Faculty of Business Administration (FABIZ) – the French Section, within Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and in 2012 the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures (German and Japanese specialisations) within the Dimitrie Cantemir University. She has a Master degree in Economics, International Relations in English language and a PhD in Economics since 2011 specialization in Business Administration. The 3 main fields of interest are: International Business, European Policies and Knowledge Management. She took part in the development of five national research projects related to SMEs management, entrepreneurship and higher education in Romania. She has presented various papers at academic conferences in Romania and internationally and she published more than 40 articles, books and papers in prestigious national and international journals.

Publication Opportunities:

The conference is organized by Society for Business Excellence and UNESCO Department for Business Administration on the 19-21 of March 2020 at The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Faculty of Business Administration in Foreign Languages (FABIZ) in partnership with the Romanian Academy, the University of Bucharest and the Sapienza University from Rome, Italy. The papers accepted at ICBE 2020 will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration, payment and presentation. The 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 (

Important! Papers presented to the International Conference on Business Excellence (ICBE 2019) will be considered for publication in a Special Issue of the Sustainability Journal, indexed Web of Science, Impact Factor: 1.789 (2016); 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.850 (2016);

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

At the final ceremony, based on a international committee selection, there will be granted three Best Paper Award Management&Marketing, two Excellence Awards and two Best Paper Awards of the Journal of Economic Forecasting, indexed in Web of Science (

Submission Details

Abstract submission deadline 15 October 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance 31 October 2018
Submission of full paper due for review 5 January 2019
Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes) 31 January 2019
Final paper due (with any changes) 28 February 2019
Final Author registration date 28 February 2019

Registration and payment*

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT 15 January 2019 – 15 February 2019
Academics 200
Practitioners 250
PhD Students 150
Academics 300
Practitioners 350
PhD Students 250

* 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 22nd of March 2019.
** Non-presenting participants are subject to a universal fee of 150 euro.
*** All confirmed SBE members (who have paid their membership fee for 2019) benefit from a 30% fee discount.

As a first step, we require a 300-word abstract which is to be received by the 15th of September 2018. 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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