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Second International Conference "Old Continent - New Opportunities" 20-21 April 2017

Old Continent - New Opportunities?
Second edition of a series of International Conferences:
European Integration and Sustainable Development

20 - 21 April 2017, Wrocław, Poland

WSB University in Wroclaw, Poland in cooperation with Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau, Germany, HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration, Germany, Siaullai University Research Institute, Lithuania, Hacettepe University, Turkey and Zachodnia Izba Gospodarcza (Western Chamber of Commerce, Poland), has issued a call for papers in view of the upcoming International Conference Old continent - New Opportunities? The second edition of the series of International Conferences will take place on 20-21 April 2017 and will be devoted to the following theme: European Integration and Sustainable Development.

Conference programme.





Conference foci

At the turn of the XXI century the European economic integration seemed to be thriving. The historic EU enlargement to Central and Eastern European States opened new opportunities, and contributed to further strengthening of the EU market in terms of its volume and size. Not even a decade later, the Union was struck with the most devastating financial and sovereign debt crisis in its history, with numerous Southern-European States still struggling to resolve its adverse consequences. When coupled with the incapacity of the Union to speak with one voice in the face of the refugee crisis as well as political tensions arising in this context and beyond, a question arises whether European integration process has foundations stable enough to persist those multiple crises. Is European economic integration feasible outside the EU institutional framework? What, if any, is the Union’s contribution to the sustainable development of European continent’s economy and its peoples?

These topical issues will be addressed within the conference debate from various perspectives and within specific panel constellations. The Organisers would in particular welcome contributions dealing with the themes contained in the following non-exhaustive list:

European economy and finance vs. sustainable development

  • National economies vis-à-vis global financial crisis
  • Financial crisis and its impact on European businesses
  • Regulatory measures for banking and finance – an opportunity for ethical finance?
  • The role of local, national and transnational regulators in fostering sustainable entrepreneurial activities

Management in public and private sectors

  • EU crisis management – institutional and normative impact on businesses
  • Austerity policy – a challenge for business management?
  • Current trends in corporate governance
  • Risk assessment and management – state of the art
  • Employee involvement in company management

Between economic and social policy

  • Pathways towards socially responsible production and consumption
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • The crisis of the welfare state
  • What added value of third sector activity?

Migration in Contemporary Europe

  • Immigration policies at national and EU level
  • Migration flows - manageable?
  • Migration and labour market
  • Migration, the welfare state and sustainable demographics
  • Migration, educational system and cultural identities

Future trajectory of the European integration

  • Sustainable development in the Europe to come
  • European integration – Reversible?
  • EU as stakeholder in global affairs – how to manage “united in diversity”?
  • Economic integration outside the EU institutional framework?
  • Beyond economic integration – historical, social and cultural contexts

Scientific Board

  • Prof. Dr Ayşen Araç, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Prof. zw. dr hab. Bogumił Bernaś, WSB University in Wrocław, Poland
  • Prof. Dr Susanna Cafaro, Università del Salento, Lecce, Italy
  • Prof. Dr Diana Cibulskienė, Siauliai University, Lithuania
  • Prof. Dr Krzysztof Łobos, WSB University in Wrocław, Poland
  • Prof. Dr Marian Noga, WSB University in Wrocław, Poland
  • Prof. Dr Johannes Platje, WSB University in Wrocław, Poland
  • Prof. Dr Peter Schiffauer, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
  • Prof. Dr Peter Scholz, HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration, Germany
  • Prof. Dr Izabela Wróbel, WSB University in Wrocław, Poland

  • Prof. Dr Ralph M. Wrobel, Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau, Germany

Organising Committee

  • Dr Grażyna Berentowicz-Sobczak, WSB in Wrocław
  • Dr Adam Hetmańczuk, WSB in Wrocław
  • Dr Anna Motylska-Kuźma, WSB in Wrocław
  • Dr Izabela Schiffauer, WSB in Wrocław
  • Dr Joanna Wieprow, WSB in Wrocław

The conference languages will be English and Polish. Contributions will be allocated 15-20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Subject to prior review process, accepted papers in English will be considered for publishing:

1. as articles in scientific journals:

2. chapters in a monograph
Abstracts of 300-400 words together with duly filled Abstract Submission Form should be sent by 10 March  2017. Notifications of acceptance will be transmitted within 14 days from the abstract submission. The deadline for the complete papers in English is 10 April 2017.

Conference fee is 750 PLN (approximately 175 euro, depending on the daily exchange rate) and includes participation in the conference, networking dinner and other refreshments, conference accessories, publication of the reviewed contribution; the conference fee does not include travel costs and accommodation. The fee for authors interested only in publication is 450 PLN (approximately 105 euro).

Application form

For more information, contact us oc-no@wsb.wroclaw.pl