6th AIB – CEE Chapter Annual Conference – Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

“International Business in the Dynamic Environment: Changes in Digitalization, Innovation and Entrepreneurship”

We would like to sincerely invite you to the 6th Academy of International Business Central Eastern European (AIB-CEE) Chapter Annual Conference on „International Business in the Dynamic Environment: Changes in Digitalization, Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, which will take place on September 25-27, 2019 at Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania. The conference will be hosted by the School of Economics and Business.





Keynote speaker

Prof. Jan -Erik Vahlne

University of Gothenburg, Sweden. “Digitalization, people and multinational business enterprise evolution”


Invited speakers

Max von Zedtwitz, Ph.D.

Kaunas University of Technology and Southern Denmark University. “Changes in the Global Landscape of Innovation – Some Myths, Some Realities”

Prof. Ilan Alon

University of Agder, Norway. “Globalization of EM Firms: The Case of China”

Takis Damaskopoulos

Executive Director, European Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (EIIR), France

Prof. William Newburry

Florida International University, USA. “Building Corporate Reputations in Transition Economies: Overcoming Home Country and Other Barriers in a Digital World”

Prof. Pervez Ghauri

University of Birmingham, UK. “The Changing Landscape of International Business: The Impact of Populist Governments and BREXIT”


Organizers & sponsors

Organizers & hosts

The Academy of International Business (AIB) is the leading global community of scholars for the creation and dissemination of knowledge about international business and policy issues. The AIB transcends the boundaries of single academic disciplines and managerial functions to enhance business education and practice. The objectives of the Academy of International Business, as set forth in its constitution, are to foster education and advance professional standards in the field of international business.

These objectives include the following:

  • facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among people in academic, business, and government professions who are concerned with education in international business
  • encouraging and fostering research activities that advance knowledge in international business and increase the available body of teaching material
  • cooperating, whenever possible, with government, business and academic organizations to further the internationalization objectives of the AIB

AIB was founded in 1959, and has 3534 members in 82 different countries around the world. Members include scholars from the leading global academic institutions as well consultants, researchers, government and NGO representatives. The Academy also has seventeen chapters established around the world to facilitate networking as well as the facilitation and exchange of knowledge at a more local level. For further information, please visit the AIB website.

New AIB membership

AIB membership can be obtained here. Regular individual AIB membership for one year is USD 100 (50 USD for PhD students) and offers a lot of benefits.

About AIB-CEE Chapter

The Central & Eastern Europe Chapter of Academy of International Business, known as the AIB-CEE Chapter is one of the youngest AIB chapters. It was established in 2013, during the 2013 AIB Annual Meeting in Istanbul (Turkey). The new Chapter Board is composed of scholars from Slovenia, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Lithuania. The Chapter covers 19 countries from the CEE region. The overarching purpose of AIB-CEE is to foster the cooperation amongst scholars and specialists from Central and Eastern Europe in regard to conducting joint research, disseminating research outcomes and improving international business education standards.

Kaunas University of Technology

Established in 1922, Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) provides studies and research in all areas answering the demands of today’s ever changing world. Ranked the 1st in Lithuania by alumni employability and student satisfaction, KTU is among the top 500 world universities by employer reputation criteria (QS World University Rankings 2019).

Sustaining extensive links with business and industry, KTU is one of the most open and flexible universities in Lithuania, engaging in joint projects with largest local companies, international corporations, and state and cultural institutions. The synergy of the physical, social, and technological sciences and the humanities and arts creates an open, exciting, and fertile environment for the development of competences that are of crucial importance today.

  • Sustaining research and education traditions in Lithuania since in 1922
  • Frontier and applied research in all areas: from humanities to technological sciences
  • Innovations for business and industry at national and international level
  • Campus priorities – interdisciplinarity, internationality, and applicability of technologies – are integrated into all aspects of university life
  • Founder of two integrated sciences, studies and business centres-valleys – Santaka and Nemunas, which state-of-the art facilities are available for science, studies and commercial purposes
  • Founder of the first academic startup community in Lithuania – 75 successful startup companies established since 2012
  • International students comprise 9 percent, and the numbers of international faculty is constantly increasing. Studies abroad are facilitated by >350 Erasmus+ and bilateral agreements with the universities across the globe.

PhD at KTU: Your Research Career Starts Here

A young researcher must enter the rapidly changing and globalised world ready to face its challenges. Internships, joint PhD programmes, modules taught in foreign languages, and world-class visiting professors and experts help to expand our PhD students’ horizons of knowledge and develop their critical thinking abilities. KTU is the first Lithuanian university to invest in a systematic and complex strengthening of its doctoral studies: from refurbishing study programmes and encouraging international mobility to ensuring all students develop fundamental skills such as communication and project management.

KTU is always collaborating closely with business and industry and it is a founding partner of two integrated research, study, and business centres (valleys). The University carries out more R&D for companies than any other Lithuanian university or research institution. Close links with business and industry allow our PhD students to witness first-hand and actively influence the ways in which scientific advances impact technological, social, and cultural phenomena across the world. Our young researchers can gain practical experience through work placements and internships in businesses, international organisations, and state institutions. KTU also assists in creating research-based start-up companies.

Resources and Opportunities

  • 19 PhD programmes in 4 fields of research
  • Financial support for students’ scientific pursuits, including research, publications, and international conference attendance
  • 175 professors and 1,500 academic and research staff
  • A research infrastructure meeting the highest standards of US and Europe universities – KTU’s open-access laboratory spaces are among the best equipped in Europe
  • One of the largest technical libraries in Lithuania, offering access to more than 50 international publications databases and 6 electronic libraries

Stimulating Study and Research Environment

  • 40 conferences hosted every year – a remarkable platform for students to engage with the latest topics, trends, and achievements, and make their own mark on the research scene
  • Support for student participation in various academic and vocational training courses and seminars
  • Incentives and rewards for active KTU PhD students
  • Opportunities for employment by national and international research projects and to develop strong general competencies and skills – from writing scientific publications to research communication
  • Active PhD Student Society, inspiring creative communication between students of different research fields

A Global University

  • Member of Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials, a European doctorate network exchanging knowledge and resources at the exciting interface of Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Science
  • Internships, study exchange, and research placements facilitated by Erasmus+ and other programmes
  • Joint PhD programmes with the best study and research institutions in the world, opening international research opportunities
  • More than 50 modules taught in English and a growing number of visiting professors and experts from across the globe
  • Expert consultations and collaboration with world-class researchers and professionals

Synergy with Business, Entrepreneurship, and Practical Skills

  • KTU’s Startup Space fosters young businesses, providing much sought-after support and knowledge needed by new enterprises
  • Contributes to solving real problems, carrying out 70 percent of all the R&D provided by Lithuanian universities for business and industry
  • Founder of two integrated science, study, and business valleys (Santaka and Nemunas), providing open-access laboratory spaces for collaboration among students, researchers, and business representatives to create innovations and form new, interesting partnerships
  • Technology transfer facilitated by the National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, a “single-window” system for communication between research, business, and industry on a national and international level
  • A specialised Technology Entrepreneurship module applying Silicon Valley teaching methodologies, practically demonstrating the transformation of research and ideas into real-world businesses

Kaunas University of Technology School of Economics and Business

KTU School of Economics and Business (KTU SEB) was founded in 1968 and is one of the largest centres for training of economic, business and management specialists in Lithuania today. Listed among 700 best business schools in the world, awarded three Palms from Eduniversal in 2015, KTU SEB is fast forwarding to fulfilling its vision to be internationally recognised, interdisciplinary research and studies competence centre, the best in the Baltic Region.

KTU SEB boasts a diverse community of ambitious students and innovative researchers. Close cooperation with business and social partners enables the School to involve globally renowned professionals into its teaching and research processes. Sought after by best employers, the graduates of KTU SEB are possessing competences most relevant to the demands of the dynamic contemporary job market.

The signature feature of research carried out at KTU SEB is interdisciplinary approach: it combines technologies, management practices and economic modelling. Its quality is being recognised by international experts – in 2018 the School won EUR 2.4 million from EU’s research and innovation funding programme, Horizon 2020 which will enable KTU to attract top academics to strengthen its competitiveness the European research area.

The synergy of high technologies and innovative minds creates an open, exciting, and fertile environment to create solutions that become driving force for future of global society.

Recent achievements

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Accountants) Examination Centre successfully operating since 2013 at KTU SEB, assuring internally competitive quality of studies.
  • The first in the Baltics Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, which provides KTU students the access to the Bloomberg Professional information platform, used by more than 320 thousand business leaders and financial professionals worldwide, established in 2015.
  • Member of AACSB International (Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) since 2015.
  • Students of master’s study programme Marketing Management are members of CIM (The Chartered Institute of Marketing) since 2018.
  • KTU SEB is the first in Lithuania to win ERA Chairs competition. The project submitted by KTU SEB research team was the winner among 100 applications from 20 countries. Outstanding academics from Delft University (Netherlands), St Gallen University (Switzerland) and from other top universities and research institutions around the world will be collaborating with KTU. EUR 2.4 million funding has been allocated for the period of 5 years.


Chair of the Conference

Jurgita Sekliuckienė

"AIB-CEE Executive Board - Chair for Programme 2019, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Conference Scientific Committee

Jurgita Sekliuckienė

"AIB-CEE Executive Board - Chair for Programme 2019, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Kęstutis Duoba

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Łukasz Puślecki

Chair of AIB-CEE Chapter - AIB-CEE Executive Board, Poznan University of Economics, Poland

Andreja Jaklič

AIB-CEE Executive Board - Vice-Chair for Advancement of Membership, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

József Poor

AIB-CEE Executive Board - Vice-Chair for Talent Development, Szent Istvan University, Hungary

Michal Staszków

AIB-CEE Executive Board - Vice-Chair for Finance/Tresurer, Poznan University of Economics, Poland

Piotr Trąpczyński

AIB-CEE Executive Board - Vice-Chair for Communication, Poznan University of Economics, Poland

Tiia Vissak

AIB-CEE Executive Board - Vice-Chair for Events, University of Tartu, Estonia

Erzsébet Czakó

AIB-CEE Executive Board - Vice-Chair for Programme 2014, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Mirosław Jarosiński

AIB-CEE Executive Board - Vice-Chair for Programme 2015, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

Josef Taušer

AIB-CEE Executive Board - Vice-Chair for Programme 2016, University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic

Matevž Rašković

AIB-CEE Executive Board - Vice-Chair for Programme 2017, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Krzysztof Wach

AIB-CEE Executive Board - Vice-Chair for Programme 2018, Cracow University of Economics, Poland

Blaženka Knežević

AIB-CEE Executive Board - Vice-Chair for Programme 2020, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Conference Organizing Committee

Jurgita Sekliuckienė

"AIB-CEE Executive Board - Chair for Programme 2019, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Kęstutis Duoba

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Inga Kartanaitė

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Beata Šeinauskienė

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Živilė Stankevičiūtė

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Rozita Susnienė

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Rimgailė Vaitkienė

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Jurgita Butkevičienė

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Ineta Žičkutė

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Akvilė Čibinskienė

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Rimantė Hopenienė

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Karolina Skersytė

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Daiva Franckevičienė

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Rokas Bartašius

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania


Registration & fees

AIB-CEE 2019 Conference Registration Fee (350 EUR)

Registration fee includes participation in the conference (participation in all sessions of the conference, 3 days of events), copies of the conference materials, lunches and coffees on Thursday (26.09.2019) and on Friday (27.09.2019), Galla dinner on Thursday (26.09.2019), and certificate of attendance.

The payment should be done with a bank card or advance payment invoice. Thus there is no possibility for an invoice payment or payment at the site during the conference. Please notice that each participant should pay the fee individually and indicate the annotation. Kindly print out the confirmation letter of your payment and bring it with you to the registration desk.

The information required for advance payment invoice must be send by e-mail aibcee2019@ktu.lt:

  • Company name;
  • Company address;
  • Company code;
  • VAT payer code;
  • Participantant name;
  • Price;

The conference fee does not include: accommodation and travel expenses, pre-conference and post-conference trips, informal social events, accompanying persons’ pay additional fee for gala dinner.

Accompanying persons – guests are welcomed to attend the Welcome reception and Gala Dinner of the conference – additional fee will be charged.

Early-bird registration


Before July 31

Regular registration


From August 1 to August 31

Late registration


From September 1 to September 15

Ph.D student

Already AIB member* 200 EUR
Non-AIB members 200 EUR + 50 USD AIB membership fee

Lecturer / Professor / Others

Already AIB member* 350 EUR 400 EUR 500 EUR
Non-AIB members 350 EUR + 100 USD AIB membership fee 400 EUR + 100 USD AIB membership fee 500 EUR + 100 USD AIB membership fee

Accompanying person – guest


70 EUR (Includes the Gala Dinner (September 26). Does not include access to sessions and lunches).

* you must be a member of AIB on the day of conference, paid membership fee. If you are non – AIB member, membership fee must be paid accordingly Ph.D student + 50 USD, Lecturer / Professor /
Others + 100 USD.

Kaunas University of Technology

Address: K. Donelaičio st. 73, LT-44029 Kaunas, Lithuania

Company code: 111950581

VAT payer code: LT119505811

IBAN: LT387044060003104481

AB SEB bankas


With the annotation: International Conference “AIB-CEE 2019” registration fee (sub-account No. KO070) + your full name

All participants of the 6th AIB-CEE Chapter Annual Conference must be a valid members of AIB, that means the membership fee must be paid (the status can be checked in the online system of AIB). For Your convenience You can pay AIB membership fee directly to the AIB


Please send us the scanned confirmation(s) of payment via e-mail.

Kaunas University of Technology

Address: K. Donelaičio st. 73, LT-44029 Kaunas, Lithuania

Company code: 111950581

VAT payer code: LT119505811

IBAN: LT387044060003104481

AB SEB bankas


With the annotation: International Conference “AIB-CEE 2019” membership fee (sub-account No. SU0100003) + your full name






Conference program

08:00-09:00 Registration
09:00-11:00 Doctoral Colloquium
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00 Doctoral Colloquium
11:30-13:00 AIB-CEE Executive Board Meeting
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 JEEMS Paper Development Workshop
14:00-15:30 JIBP Paper Development Workshop
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:30 JEEMS Paper Development Workshop
16:00-17:30 JIBP Paper Development Workshop
*Optional (1): 14:30-16:00 Visit to high – tech company ELINTA (free of charge, priority registration is required) Information & registration
*Optional (2): 14:30-16:00 Excursion “A date with Adam Mickiewicz” (priority registration is required) Information & registration
08:00-09:00 Welcome coffee & registration
09:00-09:30 Formal conference opening Welcome and opening speeches
09:30-10:15 Keynote speech
10:15-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:00 Keynote speech / Plenary panel
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:45 Parallel Sessions 1-5
14:45-15:15 Coffee Break
15:15-17:00 Parallel Sessions 6-10
*Optional: 17:30-19:30 Excursion “Kaunas city tour” (free of charge walking tour, priority registration is required) Information & registration
19:30 – 22:30 Gala dinner
08:00-09:00 Welcome coffee & registration
08:00-09:00 Researchers’ networking session
09:00-10:30 Keynote speech / Plenary panel
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Meet the journals’ editors session
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:15 Parallel Sessions 11-15
15:15-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-17:00 Parallel Sessions 16-19
15:45-17:00 AIB-CEE Chapter development session
17:00-17:30 Closing Session and Award Ceremony
*Optional (2): 18:00-20:00 Excursion “Litvak landscape in Kaunas” (priority registration is required) Information & registration


New deadline for full paper submission is June 15, 2019.

Doctoral Colloquium: 15 July 2019

Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP) Paper Development Workshop (PDW): 10 June 2019

Journal of East European Management Studies (JEEMS) Paper Development Workshop (PDW) 31 July, 2019

Register HERE for the conference.


Papers & submission

Conference tracks

“Statistics, more statistics, lies”. Much of contemporary IB research has become driven by increasingly elaborate and sophisticated research methods. Yet, methodological rigor should not obstruct our understanding of IB phenomena when conducting relevant, as well as impactful research.  This track welcomes all submissions which challenge traditional cookie-cutter methodological approaches, address fundamental assumptions and seek to advance our understanding of IB phenomena by drawing upon appropriate methods in rigorous and/or novel way. In order to address social, multidimensional and increasingly interdependent phenomena, IB research calls for the use of appropriate methods, which address the challenges of capturing the multi-level nature, causality, interdependence and appropriate distributional assumptions behind IB research. This track welcomes quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed-method designs, which advance our understanding of measurement, modeling and analysis within IB research.

Key words: Research, methodology, rigor, relevance, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, mixed-methods, research design, data analysis, models, assumptions, limitations, measurement, causality, validity, reliability, interdisciplinarity

The transformation process which started in Central and Eastern Europe back in the 1990s has led to a wave of FDI which resulted in knowledge spillovers and thus a transfer of innovations to the region. However, the region has recently witnessed an increasing shift from being a recipient of innovations to becoming an actual source of innovations. These can be related not only to products or services, but also to organisational designs, processes or models of business expansion. Also the ongoing evolution on the consumer side, including such trends as the spectacular growth of mobile applications in the CEE region, clearly demonstrates new opportunities.

Not surprisingly, therefore, the region is currently witnessing an emergence of firms driven by innovations which also expand beyond their home markets. These phenomena, which are not only relevant to the CEE region, open ground to a discussion of extant explanations of firm internationalisation, since relevant questions reach beyond the issues of location or entry mode choice. More importantly, it becomes increasingly important to investigate internationalisation from the perspective of business models, as well as to examine how the latter is affected by the former. The track welcomes submissions related to business model re-engineering, internationalisation of firms in innovative service and manufacturing sectors, as well as new models of internationalisation and marketing for foreign markets using online tools.

Keywords: business models, business models of internationalisation, disruptive models, IB theory, concepts of firm internationalisation, strategy adaptation

This track focuses on internationalization, including exports, foreign investments and other foreign entry and/or foreign operation modes. Qualitative, quantitative and conceptual papers on internationalization processes of different firms including e.g. small and large multinationals, slow internationalizers, born-again globals and born globals are welcome to this track. Papers could focus on factors leading to or affecting these firms’ initial internationalization and further growth, but also de- and re-internationalization (complete and/or partial exits and re-entries), including foreign operation mode changes. Papers focused on differences between different internationalizers – for instance, slow internationalizers and born(-again) globals – and those on positive and/or negative consequences of internationalization for different firms are also suitable for this track. Papers can focus on firms from different regions: on CEE firms entering CEE and other regions, other firms entering CEE, but also other firms active in other regions.

Keywords: international business, internationalization process, international expansion, de- and re-internationalization, born globals, MNEs

This track seeks to extend our knowledge about entrepreneurial internationalization of firms. Currently international entrepreneurship (IE) as an area of research is only 25-30 years old, nevertheless IE has been developing very intensively. This track seeks papers that discuss and analyze such issues as: international entrepreneurship as a new field of research, traditional versus rapid internationalisation of firms, role of the entrepreneur in the process of internationalisation of firms, internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs vs. LEs), internationalisation of family businesses, recognizing and exploring international business opportunities, international strategies of businesses (SMEs vs. LEs), international competitiveness of businesses (SMEs vs. LEs).

We encourage submissions of all kind of papers, i.e. papers based on quantitative and qualitative methods as well as mixed method papers are welcome.

Key words: international business; international entrepreneurship; internationalization of firms; internationalisation of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises); international new ventures (INVs), born globals (BGs), international startups, clusters, innovation, international strategies, internationalization of  family firms, international entrepreneurial orientation (IEO), international entrepreneurial culture (IEC)

Recent decades have demonstrated many transformations in global value chains (GVC). Both by technological and organizational changes induced by digitalization as well as changes in business environment due to political risks and new protectionism stimulated new patterns, new business models and regional reorientation. Participation in GVC significantly influence competitiveness of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), firm growth and development. Though CEE firms have been traditionally integrated in GVC through manufacturing industries and foreign direct investment (FDI) as a key channel, they are recently rising their participation with services and services industries. Next, recent analysis show the increased interlinkages between services and manufacturing industries and the increased foreign value in manufacturing exports. The panel welcomes empirical and theoretical reflections on GFV, FDI and trade.

What are the changes in international trade, FDI and GVC due to industry 4.0 and services 4.0? What are the recent changes GVC, how do CEE firms participate in GVC and how (if) they develop into lead firms of global value chains? How has been the process of upgrading in GVC proceeding after global economic crises, what are structural changes and impacts of FDI in the region, are FDI and GVC seen as the key driver of national development and what are strategies of upgrading and value capturing in GVC? Are existing frameworks on GVC useful and sufficient to understand changes in CEE?

The track welcomes the papers analysing the changing nature, dynamics and structural impacts of GVC and FDI, both extra and intra-CEE FDI, macro, regional or fir-level evaluations, but also case studies. Papers related to government policies, GVC trade policy and investment promotion are also welcomed to this track.

Key words: global value chains, FDI, international trade, competitiveness, macro, regional or fir-level evaluations, GVC trade policy, investment promotion

There is no doubt about the significance of international marketing to foreign activities of firms. Every year, thousands of products and services of small and medium-sized enterprises, multinationals or born globals exceed national markets. The innumerable marketing activities undertaken are aimed at making this international activity effective. However, this is not always the case. Technological progress and digitalization have transformed international marketing strategies, offering many new opportunities for firms but at the same time threats. What is more, contemporary social and cultural changes, trends affecting consumer behavior, competitive forces and general market dynamics make all marketing activities very complex and demanding. Thus, this session focuses on broadly understood international marketing – its current development, future trends and directions seen from different perspectives: firms, consumers, competitors, suppliers, employees, ect.

Conceptual and empirical papers are expected to this track considering the cases of firms, industries, regions as well as individual economies or group of countries. The other issues related to the topic are also welcome.

Key words: international marketing, global marketplace, comparative marketing, marketing strategies, societies, cultures, markets, consumer behavior, environment, institutions

The importance of our track lies in the on-growing cooperation between companies from differing cultural backgrounds. Today’s manager increasingly has to work in international and cross cultural environments. The human aspect in the multinational context can be characterized by two important fields. The first approach of this track is cross-cultural management which investigates the influence of culture on management across countries.  Coping with diverse cultural and institutional frameworks is just one of the challenges faced by an international venture planning to enter or expand its presence in Central and Eastern European (CEE) markets and in other transitional countries. Regarding this matter can be developed discussion around three major topic areas: (1) Introducing into similarities and differences of transitional environment; (2) Managing cultural differences in local subsidiaries of multinational firms from and emerging world and (3) Learning about the implementation of an international business plan in transitional environment. (4) Today, the free movement of labor has led to an estimated 7 million workers leaving the Central and Eastern European region according to IMF statistics. Many solutions have been introduced to replace missing workers. Among other things, the German “Welcome in Germany” solution, the importing labor force from the more distant countries, the strengthening of childbearing and, last but not least, robotization. The second approach of this track is focused on Human Resource Management (HRM) in multinational firms. Topics to be explored include internationalization/globalization and its impacts on the personnel function, the different fields (staffing, pay and benefit, competency model, performance management, expat management, training and development, new training tools – e.g. e-learning etc. – and industrial relations) of IHRM in the international environment, and the debate over the transportability of specific HR tools into Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries of the world.


Key words: Migrations, Labor movement, Cultural diversity, Cultural Similarities and Differences, Cultural Models, Cross-Cultural Communication, Team-Building within Virtual International Projects, Transportability of HR  Tools, Cultural Aspects of Ethics, Comparative HRM, Internationalization and Globalization in HRM, Personal Function in Local Subsidiaries, Expatriates, Inpatriates, Role of Consultants and Impacts of  Migration, Central and Eastern Europe and Transitional countries.

Conceptual and empirical papers devoted to both current state and changes of the international competitive position of the CEE region, its national economies, selected industries, and firms, are expected for this track. Contributions on theoretical foundations of competitiveness, particularly interrelatedness of national-, industry- and firm-level concepts are welcome.

There have been some recent advancements, which provide new lenses for competitiveness investigations. Just a few, for which the track provide a platform for discussions: given the evolving industrial revolution what its competitiveness implications on sources of competitive advantage and positions of CEE countries and their firms; academic and professional insights into competitiveness consequences of backlash of globalization; and the essence, impacts and potential of so called unconventional economic policies to boost the competitiveness at national level in some CEE countries. However, other contributions broadly related to the aforesaid aspects are also welcome.

Keywords: competitiveness, industrial policy, industrial revolution, backlash of globalization, regional cooperation, development, international economics

Conceptual and empirical papers focusing on financial and accounting issues with respect to international economics, business and research (especially in the CEE region) are expected for this track. Papers can cover issues or topics related to, but not limited to international economics, international and corporate finance, financial risk management, financial market development, financial integration, access to local and international financial markets, ratings, international capital market, FinTech, RegTech, financial reporting as well as international accounting standards, international taxation and auditing.

Key words: international economics, international and corporate finance, financial risk management, financial market development, financial integration, access to local and international financial markets, ratings, international capital market, FinTech, RegTech, financial reporting as well as international accounting standards, international taxation and auditing.

Industrial companies are embracing digital and technological transformation in the context of tendencies constituting new competitive context of “Industry 4.0”. The Digital Economy and Digital Business Track addresses theoretical and empirical issues of digital transformation with an emphasis on research of disruptive digital technologies impact on consumers, organizations, industries and regions. Consistently with the interdisciplinary nature of this field, the track aims at cross-fertilisations with colleagues from economics and management, technology engineering, law, philosophy, who investigate the conditions and circumstances under which organizations may implement digital transformation.

The track welcomes research that explores how digital transformation impacts:

  • economic growth at a wider scale
  • socio-economic environment of industries
  • business models, development of business/innovation ecosystems
  • internal business processess, data analytics
  • platforms, social media, supply chain
  • consumer behaviour changes
  • human resources management


Key words: digital transformation, digitalisation, business models, human resources, platforms, Industry 4.0.

Digitization, innovation and entrepreneurship stand at the core of business dynamics and competitiveness. The internationalization of R&D and innovation, and new business models, supported by digital solutions, cause the rapid transformation of the international business landscape, its operations, organization, communication, knowledge sourcing and creation across international networks and locations. Internationalization of value chains has opened entirely new perspective in terms of opportunity recognition, and entrepreneurial opportunity creation. The later is associated with the niche specialization across technologies, markets, or institutional settings, thus leading to the formation of “hidden” champions, and international venturing from CEE and other relatively young economies in transition. Knowledge sourcing and entrepreneurial learning across these value chains often takes an asymmetric character, which is embedded in the evolutionary character of innovation networks, and often caused by the variations in industrial, geographical and cultural peculiarities, micro foundations of the innovating firm, entrepreneurial behavior and cognition patterns, to mention a few. Given this complexity of innovating, managing knowledge and executing entrepreneurial orientation in international business settings, we seek for the contributions that would shed light on this new business landscape. These might look at but are not limited to the following questions:

  • How industrial learning and knowledge management is organized across boarders?
  • What are the opportunity creation and opportunity recognition behaviors while executing international business orientation?
  • How innovation and knowledge management networks affect business internationalization and business models?
  • How international innovation, including open innovation, and knowledge management is organized within and across firms?
  • How organizational ambidexterity is manifested and managed in seeking to combine innovation and entrepreneurial, including international venturing, efforts?
  • How creativity, knowledge, and innovation is organized across international teams, including virtual teams, and organizations?
  • What is the role of entrepreneurial cognition and behavior in innovating and managing knowledge across borders?
  • How different national and international institutional settings shape innovation and entrepreneurial landscapes and ecosystems?
  • Micro foundations of innovation, knowledge management and entrepreneurship

We welcome both, theoretical, conceptual, and empirical contributions, based on qualitative and quantitative approaches, and mixed methods. Longitudinal studies, devoted to the development of entrepreneurial endeavors and innovation across borders would be of special interest as we seek to evaluate the changes in business landscape and understand the motivations behind them. Sectorial, multilevel, as well as single case studies are welcome as well.

Key words: innovation, knowledge management and entrepreneurship, opportunity creation, opportunity recognition, entrepreneurial cognition, ambidexterity, creativity, international teams, virtual teams.

Education has always played an important role in a society. In today’s globalising world IB education is even more important. But how to educate the coming generations of students that had been brought up in a new technologically advanced world? How to improve the transfer of knowledge for a more effective teaching process? How to strengthen the collaboration between universities and companies? How to disseminate knew knowledge created through scientific research? How to facilitate networking between scientists and educators in CEE region? These and also other related questions can be answered in paper and panel proposals submitted to this track.

Key words: Experiential learning; Blended learning; Transfer of knowledge; Development of an IB curriculum; New technologies in education; New teaching methods; Effectiveness of teaching methods; Internationalisation of the business school curriculum; Short students’ exchanges; Research and educational centres and networks; Networks in education; Effectiveness of education support; Rates of returns of educational investments; National and international accreditations; Rankings of educational institutions.

Paper submission & guidelines

Please submit your paper via AIB SYSTEM


If you have any questions or face any difficulties related with the submission and/or review processes, contact aibcee2019@ktu.lt 

  • Submissions must be made on or before June 15, 2019
  • Papers must be fewer than 10,000 words inclusive of all materials, including appendices and references. Papers exceeding these limits will be returned to the authors.
    • Each manuscript must state, on its front page at the top right, the requested Track (number and title).
    • Each manuscript should also be accompanied by an abstract, not exceeding 150-200 words.
    • All manuscripts must be in English.
    • The document must be stripped of all identifying information: None of the pages (not even the first page) should list any author information and the File Properties for the documents should be cleaned to remove identifying information.
    • Manuscripts must follow the JIBS Style Guidebut for the length of an abstract.
    • The manuscript should preferably be saved in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format to ensure that reviewers see it in the intended way. However, Microsoft Word files will also be accepted.

All submissions should be made through the online submission system. All submissions must be made on or before June 15, 2019. Please remember to choose the “Panel” option for the Submission Type field during the submission process.

  • Panel proposals must be submitted by the panel chair and include:
    • A title page that includes the names, affiliations and contact information for all participants and identification of their roles. This list should contain at least four people who have confirmed their participation at the Conference;
    • An abstract, not exceeding 150-200 words, that summarizes the panel (to be used in the proceedings);
    • An explanation of why the panel should be of interest to AIB-CEE Chapter Conference and to AIB-CEE members (500–1000 words);
    • A description of the session format (e.g., pro and contra debate, roundtable discussion etc.);
    • Any special room setup or technical requirement that the panel requires (please note that the feasibility of these requirements will be part of the evaluation criteria);
  • Panel proposals should be no more than 6,000 words inclusive of all materials.
  • Panel proposals should be written in English.
  • Panel proposals should address an innovative theme or topic within the conference (Tracks).

While designing the panel, please keep in mind that sessions at the 6th AIB-CEE Chapter Conference are limited to 90 minutes. Please also note that only panelists that will appear in person at the conference can be listed in the programme.

Paper Development Workshops

Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP) Paper Development Workshop (PDW).

Journal of East European Management Studies (JEEMS) Paper Development Workshop (PDW).

Opportunities for Publications

Conference sessions will provide the opportunity to broadly discuss ideas included in the papers. The scientific papers accepted and presented at the conference will be placed for publication in cooperation with the AIB-CEE Chapter scientific journals (subject to their acceptance).

Journals with Impact Factor (IF)

Journals cooperating with the AIB-CEE Chapter and its annual conferences


Venue & tourist trips

Conference location. Santaka Valley.


KTU Santaka Valley is a scientific research and development centre open for Lithuanian and foreign research and educational institutions, and business representatives.

This centre is an essential link connecting innovative technologies and knowledge-intensive companies, embodying a synergy of scientific research, studies and practical implementation of ideas. The Valley consists of two interconnected parts – Science and Technology Centre and Technology Business Incubator.



Santaka Valley KTU Science, Technology and Business Centre

Baršausko g. 59, Kaunas 51423

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Tourist trips

Visits to innovative companies in Kaunas region

Visit to the most advanced high-tech sector company in the innovative solutions in Lithuania – „ELINTA“,  http://www.elinta.eu/en

ELINTA = Electronics + Intelligence

The company is founded in 1991. It is based on designing high-tech, disruptive electronics and automated control systems technology. Main facility and headquarters are based in Kaunas Free Economic Zone, Lithuania. The production range: automation elements, industry automation, electric vehicles, charging points, measurement instruments, computer vision systems, electric drives for bicycles. Core technologies – production of automation systems, electronic components and cutting-edge image processing tools to electric mobility. Half of the revenue is earned from innovative businesses. Exports account for 30% of the total income. Products of the company are sold in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Europe. 3-D image scanners are distributed in 32 countries worldwide and automatic control systems are used in many energy objects and manufacturing companies in Lithuania.

Participants of the tour will travel by the bus with an electric engine that is produced by the company. After the tour they will have the possibility to ride an electric bicycle.

Meeting place: Santaka Valley, K. Baršausko Str. 59, Kaunas, Lithuania

Time: 14:30 September 25th

Duration: 2-3 hours

Maximum number of participants – 30 people

Registration closed

Excursion “Kaunas city tour”

You will visit the old town and one of the first objects in the city history:  the 14th century Kaunas castle in Santaka park at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris rivers and St. George’s Church. You will take a walk to the Town Hall square and the Town Hall, Perkūnas (Thunder) house, the Kaunas St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral, and the liveliest street in the city – Vilnius street. The guide will tell you most important history facts, legends, interesting and funny stories. Have a kaunastic time!

Photo credentials A. Aleksandravičius 


Dates: September 26th, 2019

Time: 17:30

Meeting place: Kaunas castle


Duration: 2 hours on foot

Languages: English

Price: (free walking tour)

Registration closed

Excursion “Litvak landscape in Kaunas”

Welcome to Kaunas, or Kovno, as this might be the name you are more used to hear. Kovno was very different 80 or 90 years ago from what Kaunas is today. Back then, it was the provisional capital of Lithuania, a new country on the map that had declared its independence in 1918. The Litvak’s landscape is about people and their stories – the first private art gallery, the first recordings of Lithuanian music, the best sports arena in Europe and many other achievements – none of this would have been possible without the people we have included in the Litvak Landscape. During this tour in the Old town and New town You will hear stories about personalities and their lives, important buildings and history facts.

Photo credentials A. Aleksandravičius 



●       Dates: September 27th, 2019

●       Time: 18:00

●       Meeting place: near central Post Office



●                            Duration: 2 hours

●                            Languages: English

●                            Price: 5 Eur/person.

*one group – 30 persons.

Registration closed

Excursion “A date with Adam Mickiewicz”

Kaunas – one of the most important cities of poet Adam Mickiewicz life. This is the life stop of his love and creativity, where You can find culture, architecture and historical events of Lithuania and Poland. During this tour, You will hear stories about the famous poet and Lithuania’s and Poland’s connection, and many other places.

Photo credentials A. Aleksandravičius 


●    Dates: September 25th, 2019

●    Time: 14:30

●    Meeting place: Santaka Valley, K. Baršausko Str. 59, Kaunas, Lithuania



●                            Duration: 2 hours

●                            Languages: Polish

●                            Price: 7 Eur/person


*one group – 30 persons.

Registration closed


Past & future events

Chapter Annual Conferences

September 2020
University of Zagreb
Conference chair: Blazenka Knezevic

“International Business in the Dynamic Environment: the Role of Digitalization, Innovation and Entrepreneurship”
25-27 September 2019
Kaunas University of Technology
Conference chair: Jurgita Sekliuckiene

“International entrepreneurship as the bridge between international economics and international business”
12-14 September 2018
Cracow University of Economics
Keynote speakers and special guests: Joseph F. Hair Jr, Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez (AIB Board Representative), William Newburry, John M. Mazias, Marco Cucculelli, Desislava Dikova, Ilan Alan, Craig C. Julian, James Nebus, Arnold Schuh,
Conference chair: Krzysztof Wach

„Changing Global Landscape and Regional Cooperation: From Regional Value Chains to China’s ‚One Belt, One Road’ Initiative and Beyond”
26-28 September 2017
University of Ljubljana
Keynote speakers and special guests: Klaus Meyer(AIB Board Representative, AIB Fellow), Patricia McDougall-Covin(AIB Fellow), Howard A. Davies, Marjan Svetličič, Desislava Dikova
Conference co-chairs: Matevž Rašković and Andreja Jaklič

“Boosting Competitiveness of Central Europe through Degital Economy”
29 September – 1 October 2016
University of Economics in Prague
Keynote speakers and special guests: Sarianna Lundan(AIB Board Representative), Patricia McDougall-Covin (AIB Fellow), Arnold Schuh, Desislava Dikova, Jorma Larimo, Thomas Steger, John Cantwell (AIB Fellow, EIBA), Phillipe Gugler (EIBA), Lucia Piscitello (EIBA)
Conference chair: Josef Taušer

“International Business and Research in the CEE Region. Why is it worth doing?”
17-19 September 2015
Warsaw School of Economics
Keynote speakers and special guests: Charles Dhanaraj (AIB Board Representative, AIB Fellow), Ilan Alon, Krzysztof Obloj
Conference chair: Mirosław Jarosiński

“Competitivness of the CEE Region in the Global Economy”
9-11 Octobr 2014
Corvinus University of Budapest
Keynote speakers and special guests: Robert Grosse (AIB Board Representative, AIB Fellow), Marjan Svetlicic, Krzysztof Obloj, Svetla Trifonova Marinova, Marin A. Marinov, Arnold Schuh, Desislava Dikova, Thomas Steger, Jorma Larimo
Conference chair: Erzsébet Czakó

Chapter Seminars

“Recognising the changing character of the CEE region: towards an updated agenda of IB research and teaching”
9-10 January 2015
University of Ljubljana

“Challenges for International Business and Teaching in the CEE Region – Towards an Integrative Perspective”
24 January 2014
Poznań University of Economics and Business



List of recommended hotels for the 6th AIB-CEE Chapter Annual Conference:

Hotel Address Single room rate per night (€) Double room rate per night (€) Including Breakfast How to book your room Hotel website
EUROPA ROYALE Misko g. 11, LT-44321 Kaunas, 55 65 yes send email to: SM.Kaunas@EuropaRoyale.com
mention: 6th AIB-CEE
 Kaunas Laisves Al. 79, LT-44297 Kaunas 55 59 yes send email to: sales@kaunashotel.lt 
mention: 6th AIB-CEE
Hotel Metropolis S. Daukanto g. 21, LT-44249 Kaunas 30 40 yes send email to: metropolis@metropolishotel.lt 
mention: 6th AIB-CEE


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