21 – 23 March 2024

  • Carmen Păunescu, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania
  • Mary McDonnell-Naughton, Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest, Ireland

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 must 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, 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 and impact innovations 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 issues and affairs across Europe

  • EU policies for business and social change

  • Societal challenges and innovations

  • Impact innovations

  • Value co-creation and impact engagement

  • Business model innovation

  • Developing and financing social economy enterprises

  • Social finance

  • Socio-economic impact engagement

  • Social and community engagement

  • Strategic thinking and sustainability in business

  • Impact investment

  • Social impact measurement

Dr. Carmen Păunescu is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the UNESCO Department for Business Administration at Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE), Romania. Her research interests lie in the areas of social entrepreneurship, impact innovations, business continuity, sustainable entrepreneurship and higher education. Presently, she is involved in supervising PhD students in various areas covering topics that concern development of social entrepreneurship and impact innovations across different sectors of activity. Carmen acted as an expert and local coordinator of the Erasmus+ projects “CLLC—Community Learning for Local Change”, “VISEnet—Village social enterprise: learning material, guidance and networking” and „RuralCOM – Joint curriculum for rural community development”. Currently, she leads the WG2 Higher Education Institutions (HEI), social change and transformation as part of the COST Action CA 18236 Multidisciplinary innovation for social change. Carmen published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters. She is an Associate Editor of the journal of Management and Marketing.

Dr. Mary McDonnell Naughton is a Registered Nurse, Midwife, and Registered Nurse Tutor. She is currently a lecturer at the Technological University of the Shannon, Ireland and Chairperson of College’s Research Ethics Committee. She holds a PhD from the College of Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland and has extensive research experience with members of the interdisciplinary team, beeing involved in collaborating international research across disciplines. Mary has supervised students and engaged in various areas of research from Child Health, Smoking, Alcohol and Learning Disability to aspects associated with the Older Person, especially the centenarian. She has also been a member of various European COST actions in Old-Age Social Exclusion and Ageism. Along with an interest in Ethics, Mary also has an interest in innovation, social and community engagement work and has engaged in various community research projects. Presently, she is involved in supervising PhD students in various areas from Centenarians and Factors Contributing to Successful Ageing, through to novel ICT enabling technologies that enhances quality of life to cross generational changes in relation to food preferences.

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 (

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:  

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 (

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

Submission Details

Submission of full paper due for review January 15th 2024
Notification of paper acceptance (incl. requests for changes) February 15th 2024
Final paper due (with changes implemented) March 1st 2024
Final Author registration date March 5th 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 February 1st 2024
Academics 250 euro 1250 lei
Student (Ph.D. or Post-doc) 200 euro 1000 lei


LATER – by March 10th 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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