Mini-Tracks

21 – 23 March 2024

  • Francesco Bellini, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
  • Marco Savastano, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy

  • Sorin Anagnoste, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

In the last year, technology, with a strong emphasis on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Generative AI, has become an indispensable catalyst for growth and transformation across industries. Organizations and institutions have rapidly embraced these innovations, redefining the paradigms of operation and interaction. This swift technological evolution, while continuing its momentum, has significantly disrupted traditional business practices, paving the way for novel services and products: from Chat GPT-4 to Stable Diffusion. 

Tech companies in developed countries, although contributing to less than 10% of GDP, command substantial market capitalization and draw considerable attention. This has instigated a wave of tech entrepreneurship initiatives, especially in the realm of AI, across US and Europe, leading to frequent announcements of groundbreaking ventures. Universities are actively contributing to this trend, developing programs that not only focus on entrepreneurship and technology but also delve deep into the applications of AI and Generative AI, thereby attracting a new wave of students keen on pioneering startups.

Traditional ‘white collar’ industries are experiencing a profound transformation, facing both challenges and opportunities with the advent of AI-driven newcomers and market platforms. These platforms, powered by intelligent algorithms, are not just creating new ways to conduct business but also transforming how we allocate our time and resources.

The digital and tech-centric future, heavily influenced by AI and Generative AI, is no longer a distant dream; it is our present reality.

This mini-track aims to foster academic discourse and facilitate knowledge exchange on the practical applications of AI and Generative AI in the business domain, elucidating their role in driving innovation and entrepreneurship.

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

  • The intersection of technology entrepreneurship and AI

  • The evolution of AI-driven market platforms

  • Leveraging intelligent automation and Generative AI in business

  • Innovative product development through AI

  • Strategies for launching AI-centric startups

  • Case studies exemplifying the impact of AI in tech entrepreneurship

Francesco Bellini trained as an economist (Degree in Economics, MAs in Economics and Management of Technological Change, PhD in Innovation Management). He is professor of Finance at the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO and Technology Management research fellow at the Department of Management of University of Rome La Sapienza. He leads the Research & Innovation Lab in Eurokleis and he is scientific consultant for a number of private and public bodies. His professional and academic carrier developed at the crossroad between innovation management and finance. He has an extensive experience in project management and coordination, business and financial modelling of innovation and impact assessment. During his professional carrier he worked in more than 30 EC funded projects coordinating 4 of them. He is author of more than 70 papers and books.

Marco Savastano: PhD, is Lecturer at Sapienza University of Rome – Management Department, where he obtained his PhD in Innovation Management. He is qualified as Associate Professor according to the National Scientific Habilitation (ASN).
He teaches the courses “Digital Innovation and Quality Management” and “Innovation and Environmental Management – Industrial Ecology”. Visiting Professor at the University of Zagreb and Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Adjunct Professor at different Italian Universities. He was visiting research fellow at the University of Baltimore (USA), and at the TUe University of Eindhoven (NL).
Deeply involved in the internationalization process of the university (e.g., double degrees, Erasmus+ and visiting projects, BIPs and EU projects).
He has work experience in the fields of procurement and business innovation centres.
He actively participates in international conferences and realized more than 50 publications as journal articles in top-rated international journals, book and encyclopaedia chapters. He is also frequently invited as guest professor to international workshops and seminars.

Sorin Anagnoste is the Vice-Dean and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration in foreign languages (FABIZ) of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE). He imparts knowledge on strategy, online business models, and entrepreneurship and has over a decade of experience in diverse sectors like FMCG, Oil & Gas, and Consulting, serving roles from Business Analyst to Management Consultant.

A graduate and PhD holder from ASE (2008 and 2011 respectively), Sorin’s expertise lies in Intelligent Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Strategic Management. He’s spent recent years at EY’s Intelligent Automation department, juggling roles from business development to coding for RPA projects.
Sorin is also adept with Intelligent Automation technologies like RPA, Chatbots, and Data Mining that streamline company operations. His vast practical experience is documented in over twenty academic articles, making him a highly cited expert in Intelligent Automation.

Publication Opportunities:

The conference is organized by Society for Business Excellence and Faculty of Business Administration in Foreign Languages on the 21-23 of March 2024 at The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Faculty of Business Administration in Foreign Languages (FABIZ) in partnership with the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Economics (EAM) and the Faculty of International Economic Relations (REI). 

The papers accepted at ICBE 2024 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 (https://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/picbe/picbe-overview.xml

The last 7 editions of the Proceedings of the ICBE volumes have been indexed in ISI Web of Science.

Submitted papers will be also considered for publishing under Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics, series indexed by Scopus and ISI. Here you can access the last the edition published following ICBE2022:  https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-19886-1  

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 (www.degruyter.com/view/j/mmcks).

Submitted papers will also be considered for publication in the Journal of Risk and Financial Management (ISSN 1911-8074). JRFM is ranked B in the 2022 ABDC Journal Quality List and indexed by a number of databases, including Scopus (CiteScore = 2.8), EconBiz/ECONIS, EconLit, EconPapers (RePEc), etc. JRFM is now #10 on the list based on the citation index (H5) for finance. In addition, two best paper awards (300 CHF each) will be published in the conference’s special issue “Smart Solutions for Sustainable Economics and Finance” of JRFM

Selected papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Financial Studies (ISSN: 2559-1347). JFS has been published by the Institute of Financial Studies since 2016. In its pages, works by professional practitioners, but also by authors from the scientific and university world in the country and abroad, as well as young researchers, will be published, concerning issues in the financial field such as: insurance-reinsurance, capital market, private pensions but also in other fields such as the academic field, the business field etc. The journal is indexed in DOAJ, RePEc, CEEOL, ERIHPLUS and Google Scholar (https://revista.isfin.ro/en/).

Submission Details

Submission of full paper due for review February 25th 2024
Notification of paper acceptance (incl. requests for changes) March 1st 2024
Final paper due (with changes implemented) March 15th 2024
Final Author registration date March 15th 2024

Registration and payment*

EARLY BIRD – by December 1st 2023
Academics 220 euro 1100 lei
Student (Ph.D. or Post-doc) 175 euro 875 lei
REGULAR – by March 1st 2024
Academics 300 euro 1500 lei
Student (Ph.D. or Post-doc) 250 euro 1250 lei
LATE – by March 20th 2024
Academics 400 euro 2000 lei
Student (Ph.D. or Post-doc) 350 euro 1750 lei
  • SUPPLEMENTARY PAPER = 150 euro / 750 lei
  • The conference fee includes one conference attendance, publication, conference folder and acces to the online events during the conference.

*Please be aware that a late payment involves the possibility not to be present in the printed version of the materials (agenda, booklet).

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