The 14th International Conference on Business Excellence (ICBE). Business Revolution in the Digital Era, organized by the Faculty of Business Administration in foreign languages, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania and the Society of Business Excellence with the cooperation of the Romanian Academy, took place online on the 11- 12 of June 2020.
On 11 June 2020, the plenary session started with the welcoming speeches of the representatives of the main organiser – Alina Mihaela Dima, Vice-Rector for Scientific Research, Development and Innovation, Bucharest University of Economic Studies and Tanase Stamule, Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration in foreign languages, followed by international guest speakers. Professor Ettore Bolisani from Padua University, Italy was invited as a Guest Speaker in the plenary session where he presented the challenges of KM for the actual crisis generated by the COVID19 and Ralf Andreas Wilke, Professor of Applied Econometrics in the Economics Department at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark presented how statistical learning techniques are useful for the selection of relevant data sources and variables.
The dialog between the numerous participants to the opening session was facilitated by the moderator, Roxana Clodnițchi, FABIZ Vice-dean for Research and international relations, who also encouraged several interventions of the attending traditional conference partners like Fabrizio D’ascenzo, Dean of the Faculty of Economics of the Sapienza University of Rome or Luis Miguel Ciravegna Fonseca of the Instituto Superior de Engenharia, Portugal.
After the plenary session, the members of the IAKM’s Board were invited to promote the knowledge management (KM) and its challenges. As a Program Chair of the conference, professor Constantin Bratianu from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies organized a Workshop dedicated to KM. There were three major topics discussed during that Workshop: 1. Learning and unlearning in organizations, presented by professor Juan Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro, Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Spain and professor Anthony Wensley, Toronto University, Canada. 2. Knowledge risks and their impact on business performance, presented by professor Malgorzata Zieba, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland. 3. Cybersecurity as a new philosophy in designing KM systems, presented by professor Alexeis Garcia Perez, University of Coventry, UK. These excellent presentations created a stimulating atmosphere for debates, for all 47 participants at this great event, which needed almost two hours and a half to cover the main ideas.
On June 12, during the 18 sections of the conference, more than 200 young and experienced researchers from 17 countries presented their research papers on-line. This was a great opportunity to very interesting and productive discussions regarding future research subjects for excellence in research and business.
The selected papers will be published in the Conference proceedings published by Sciendo (De Gruyter) and Springer International Publishing House but also in journals indexed in Web of Science.