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:

  • 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

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 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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