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:

  • Vlad Roșca, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

  • Antonio Giangreco, IESEG School of Management of the Catholic University of Lille, France

This track is dedicated to scholars, practitioners, professionals and students who want to share their knowledge and experience about the growing global sports industry. Although the global sports industry declined about 15% in 2020 due to the Covid-19 slowdowns, it is still evaluated at nearly $400bn, being expected to reach $500bn by 2025. We invite participants to submit their works on relevant and current sports management, sports business or sports marketing topics, in national or international cases.

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

  • The Changing Digital Landscape in Sports Business

  • The Covid-19 Crisis and the Business of Sports

  • Team, Club or League Management

  • Media and Sports

  • Broadcasting Rights and Sports

  • The Use of Topical Media (such as TikTok or Instagram) in Sports Marketing

  • Sports Club and Sports League Branding

  • How Brands Use Sports to Communicate with Their Consumers

  • Sports Business Best Practices

  • The Business of e-Sports

  • Sports Hospitality

  • Sports Sponsorship

  • Sports Entrepreneurship

Vlad I. Roșca, PhD in Sports Marketing (2014) with a thesis on Customer Relationship Management and Branding in Football, and Executive MBA (Romanian-Canadian MBA, class of 2021), is a teaching assistant the Faculty of Business Administration, in foreign languages (FABIZ), where he delivers lectures on Digital Business, Communication and Media, and Customer Relationship Management, in German and English. Apart from the academic career, Vlad has worked as fellow magazine editor and columnist at “Sport Magazin” (2008-2010), a leading weekly sports magazine in Romania, then at “Economistul” (2011-2016) and “The Market for Ideas” (2017-currently), where he continued to publish articles on the business of sports in the economic press. Passionate follower of all that can be played with a round or an oval ball and occasional groundhopper having attended football or rugby matches at more than 200 stadiums worldwide. Published 40+ articles on the business of sports, his research areas including sports marketing, sports management, sports economics, and sports branding.

Antonio Giangreco, PhD, was born in Lecce (in the Southern part of Italy) and he spent much of his first 18 years playing football. Then, he obtained a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Mercy College (USA), an MBA from SDA Bocconi, an M.Sc. from the University of Trento and a Ph.D. from LSE London School of Economics (UK). After working for seven years at LIUC Carlo Cattaneo University, he has been at IESEG School of Management of the Catholic University of Lille (France) since 2006, where he became Full Professor in HRM and Change Management and Associate Dean for International Relations. His main areas of research include employee wellbeing, and change management. However, his preferred area of research is the relationship between performance and salary in the football industry. He has published scientific articles in International journals including the British Journal of Industrial Relations, European Journal of Information Systems, Human Resources Management, Production Planning & Control, The International Journal of HRM, Personnel Review, and European Management Journal. Despite the difficult times for Italian football, he is passionate about football in all its forms and categories. During pauses, he plays padel (the racket sport).

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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