The 17th International Conference on Business Excellence
Rethinking business: Sustainable leadership in a VUCA world

23 – 25 March 2023

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

Mini Track Chair:

  • Cătălin Dobrea, Vice-Rector of Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania
  • Adriana Miclea, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Unexpected social and political events worldwide developed in the last three years conflicted with theoretical assumption, practical predictions, and reasonable expectations. Conspiration theories and unorthodox economic measures walked hand in hand leaving passage to extremists, polarization, and disputable pandemics. Praised artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and FinTech innovation showed their weaknesses in scandals and bankruptcies. Composite indicators aiming at describing multi-dimensional characteristics and general classifications abound, while researchers struggle to ensure consistency and stability of the weighted constituent factors. We consider these as gifts in the light of Karl Popper and Thomas Kun’s falsification and paradigm scientific theories and we invite any papers counting failures in predictions to contribute for shifting research paradigms.

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

  • Audience Research
  • Methaphors, Paradigms and Falsification

  • Composite indicators
  • Analytic Hierarchy /Network Processes
  • Multicriteria Decision Analysis
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Behavioral Decision Making

Prof. dr. habil. Cătălin Dobrea is the Vice Rector of Bucharest University Studies, in the field of Financial Management, also being full professor in the Department of Management at the same university. He has authored and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers and presented works at many national and international conferences in project management and investments management. He is manager of more than 10 projects with European funding dedicated to the optimization of activities in the university environment. He also participated in over 20 research projects in the field of social and human sciences.

Prof. dr. habil. Adriana Miclea works at the UNESCO Department of Business Administration, Bucharest University of Economic Studies and it is PhD supervisor within the Agri-Food and Environmental Doctoral School. She was a Fulbright Senior Researcher Grantee at East Bay California University US, Visiting Professor at Katz Business School, Pittsburgh University, US at the invitation of Thomas Saaty and head of two ACE Phare research grants in Leicester University, UK. In Bucharest is teaching the only comprehensive course in AHP/ANP and participated at national scale applications of this technique. Main scientific interest concern fundamentals of intelligent techniques, econometrics of short time series and decision theory: Analytic Hierarchy Processes and Analytic Network Processes.

Publication Opportunities:

The conference is organized by Society for Business Excellence and Faculty of Business Administration in Foreign Languages on the 23-25 of March 2023 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 2023 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 (

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 ICBE2020:

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 (

Selected papers will be published, subject to review, in a Special Issue of Sustainability journal (

A selection of the submitted papers will be published, subject to review, in the Romanian Journal of Economic Forecasting (

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

Submission Details

Submission of full paper due for review February 1st 2023
March 1st 2023
March 10th 2023
Notification of paper acceptance (incl. requests for changes) March 7th 2023
March 15th 2023
Final paper due (with changes implemented) March 10th 2023
March 18th 2023
Final Author registration date March 12th 2023
March 20th 2023

Registration and payment*

EARLY BIRD – by December 31st 2022
Academics 170 euro 850 lei
Student (PhD or Post-doc) 125 euro 625 lei
REGULAR – By February 28th 2023
Academics 250 euro 1250 lei
Student (PhD or Post-doc) 200 euro 1000 lei
LATER – After February 28th 2023
Academics 350 euro 1750 lei
Student (PhD or Post-doc) 300 euro 1500 lei
Supplementary paper 100 euro 500 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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