International Conference MIC 2017
Last week (on 24–27 May 2017), the international scientific conference MIC 2017 entitled Managing the Global Economy was held in an Italian town of Monastier di Treviso (a suburb of Venice). It was attended by about 200 scientists from 33 countries, who presented 167 reports on management of global economy.
The organizers of the conference were the Primorska University Faculty of Management (Koper, Slovenia), the Lomonosov Moscow State University School of Economics (Russia), the Dr. Mijo Mirković Faculty of Economics and Tourism of the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula (Croatia), the Association for the Study of East European Economies and Cultures (USA) and the Society for the Study of Emerging Markets (USA).
The Head of the organizing committee Dr. Suzana Laporšek opened the conference. The Dean of the Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, Dr. Matjaž Novak told the audience about the prospects for the development of the faculty, primarily in connection with the opening of a new study programme Economics and Finance developed in cooperation with the Lomonosov Moscow State University School of Economics. The new programme will be launched in the 2017/2018 academic year. The list of honourable speakers included Dr. Ali Kutan from the Society for the Study of Emerging Markets. Dr. Dean Fantazzini, PhD in Economics, Associate Professor of the Lomonosov Moscow State University School of Economics, highly appreciated the results of the joint work, in particular, the creation of a general Master’s programme and holding of the MIC Conference. Fantazzini devoted a particular attention to the problems of digital economy, since the processes in economics and management have recently become more and more digital.
The conference began with an open lecture by an invited professor Margherita Pagani from Emlyon (Emlyon Business School, Lyon, France). In her lecture Digital Ecosystems and the New Value Creation Logic, she noted that the transition to digital technologies would definitely benefit the B2C sphere, while enterprises seeking to be competitive would be able to use digital technologies in B2B processes. Pagani presented the results of her research, in which she studied the strategies of modern platforms (Google, Uber, Airb&b) striving for greater competitiveness.
The next participants presented their reports and discussions according to six thematic blocks: Management, Economics, Finance, Digital Economy, Energy and Tourism.
On Friday, the second lecture New Management Paradigm: Impact Value and Resiliency was held. Honorary speaker Dr. Jennifer Chirico from the Hawaii Pacific University (USA) touched upon the problems of management and sustainable development. She talked about the transition from an old paradigm, oriented only to economic profit, to a new paradigm that brings economic, environmental and social benefits in the long run. This allows building of a more stable system of relationships, which the lecturer demonstrated on the example of Hawaii.
The conference also involved reports and discussions within different sections. As part of the Friday program, two seminars for doctoral students were held: How to Publish in Top Business and Economics Journals? and Message-Driven Writing: A Technique for Bringing Order to the Creative Process, which were given by Dr. Štefan Bojnec and Matija Vodopivec (Faculty of Management, University of Primorska).
The final part of the conference was devoted to periodicals: 16 international scientific journals were presented, including two academic editions of the Primorska University Faculty of Management: Managing Global Transitions and Management.