The 15th International Conference on Business Excellence
Digital Economy and New Value Creation

18-19 March 2021, Bucharest, Romania

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

Mini Track Chair:

  • Fabrizio D’Ascenzo, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy
  • Carmen Păunescu, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

The recent innovations in products, processes and business models are reshaping the world approach to entrepreneurship, giving a higher relevance to the social and local dimensions of business. The social enterprise model of business is gaining in popularity as it gives the opportunity to combine societal goals with commercial objectives for the benefit of community and environment. Social economy enterprises have to compete in the marketplace like any other business to achieve an impact, proving to be a dynamic and progressive business that all the other enterprises can learn from. In the last decade, innovation and entrepreneurship were boosted by digital technologies like social media, connecting people to the Internet of Things, to big and open data and crowd sourcing platforms.

Digital innovations are expected to create new online instruments (new ICT services) that enable entrepreneurship and social innovation to take advantage of the network effect typical of the Internet. Thanks to new ICT instruments or to a better and more efficient, effective, sustainable and fair use of existing ICT tools, innovation and entrepreneurship are then stimulated by new ways of collaborating, creating and sharing knowledge and resources online. Therefore, social entrepreneurs are becoming essential for addressing Europe’s main economic, social, and environmental challenges. The aim of this mini track is to explore how social entrepreneurship can be furthered nurtured, developed and scaled across the global communities. Also, it aims to discover how innovation is shaping the way services and goods are produced and distributed in a cyber-physical environment and how these emerging models influence the development of local communities integrating them in a global interconnected world.

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

  • Models of social entrepreneurship across the world

  • Social innovation

  • Value co-creation

  • Social issues and affairs across Europe

  • EU policies for business and social change

  • Developing and financing social economy enterprises

  • Industry 4.0

  • Business models transformation

  • Challenges and opportunities with the Internet of Things

  • 3D design and printing

  • Socio-economic impact of Industry 4.0

  • Strategic thinking and sustainability in business

  • Social impact measurement

Fabrizio D’Ascenzo is full professor of Production Management and ICT in the Faculty of Economics of Sapienza University of Rome. He is the Director of the Department of 1Management, Director of the Research Centre of Sapienza University “ImpreSapiens” and Delegate of the Rector for the relationships with companies. He is President of the Master Course in Technologies and Innovation Management of the Faculty of Economics and Director of the post graduate course in European Projects. He is the Delegate of the Dean of the Faculty of Economics for the activities of guidance, tutoring and placement. He is the scientific director of the project “Campus Mentis” conducted by Sapienza University on behalf of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers. He is the Italian responsible of the Master course “Economy of Enterprises and International Integration” (EE2i) conducted with the University of Economics (UNECON) of Saint Petersburg in Russia. He is responsible of the cooperation agreements of Sapienza University with the University of California – Berkeley (USA) and with the MGIMO University in Moscow (Russia). He is author and co-author of more than one hundred twenty books and papers published in Italy and abroad.

Carmen Păunescu is a professor of Entrepreneurship at the UNESCO Department for Business Administration, the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE),Romania. Her teaching and research background includes experiences at various universities from Italy, Sweden, Belgium, France, USA. In 2004, Carmen received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship at Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, USA. Since 2011, Carmen is a PhD coordinator in the field of Business Administration. She currently supervises several doctoral theses in the areas of social innovation and entrepreneurship and social value creation. Also, Carmen is an expert and local coordinator in the Erasmus+ project “Social Entrepreneurship for Local Change”, implemented by a 5-University Consortium in four countries in cooperation with relevant NGOs.

Publication Opportunities:

The conference is organized by Society for Business Excellence and UNESCO Department for Business Administration on the 18-19 of March 2021 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 2021 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 (

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

NEW Submission of full paper due for review 15 February 2021
Notification of paper acceptance (incl. requests for changes) 22 February 2021
Final paper due (with changes implemented) 1 March 2021
Final Author registration date 1 March 2021

Registration and payment*

EARLY BIRD – by February 22th 2021
Academics 150 euro
Student (PhD or Post-doc) 75 euro
REGULAR – By March 10th 2021
Academics 200 euro
Student (PhD or Post-doc) 150 euro
LATER – After March 10th 2021
Academics 250 euro
Student (PhD or Post-doc) 150 euro
Supplementary paper 75 euro
  • The conference fee includes one conference attendance, publication, conference folder and acces to the online events during the conference.
  • All confirmed SBE members (who have paid their membership fee for 2021) benefit from a 30% fee discount.

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