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Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
University of Economics, Prague

Keynote speakers

Roy Thurik

Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands and Director of the Centre for Advanced Small Business Economics

Keynote: The future of entrepreneurship research

Roy Thurik is Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Free University in Amsterdam. He is Professor of Entrepreneuriat et économie at the Montpellier Business School in France. He is a Research Fellow at two renowned Dutch research schools: the Tinbergen Institute for Economic Sciences and the Erasmus Research Institute for Management. His research has been published in more than hundred articles in leading academic journals, including Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He is associate editor of Small Business Economics. He is on the editorial board of Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practise, Journal of Marketing Channels, International Review of Entrepreneurship, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Journal of Small Business Management, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Research Journal and others.

Roy’s research focuses on the role of small firms in markets, the role of business owners in firms, industrial organisation and policy, geno-economics, nascent entrepreneurship and the consequences and causes of entrepreneurship in economies.

Ute Stephan

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom and Director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business (ACRIEB)

Keynote: Entrepreneurship, well-being and mental health

Professor Ute Stephan is the Chair of Entrepreneurship at Aston University, Birmingham (UK), Director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business (ACRIEB), and Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review. Ute holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Marburg (Germany) and was previously at the University of Sheffield (UK), the London School of Economics (UK), KU Leuven (Belgium), and TU Dresden (Germany).

Ute published in leading journals such as the Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), Management Science, Journal of Business Venturing (JBV) among others. Her research has been featured in the media including the Financial Times and Forbes, and has attracted over 3 Mio GBP of funding from the European Commission, the UK Government, the UK Research councils, Charities, German Government Institutions, and the German Research Council. Ute is a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor project and the GLOBE (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness) study, and currently co-leads the European Commission funded SEFORIS project – Social Entrepreneurship as a Force for more Innovative and Inclusive Societies ( She serves on the editorial boards of JIBS, JBV and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, as a member of the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Research Committee and the Aston University Senate.
Her research interests are (1) the relationships between culture, institutions and entrepreneurship, (2) social entrepreneurship and (3) entrepreneurial motivation and well-being.

Michael Fritsch

Professor of Business Dynamics, Innovation, and Economic Change, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

Keynote: Historical Roots of Cultures of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Michael Fritsch is Full Professor of Economics and the Chair of Business Dynamics, Innovation, and Economic Change at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. He is also a Research Associate at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Research Professor at the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) and acts as Associate Editor of the academic journals Regional Studies and Small Business Economics. His publications comprise more than 270 articles in scholarly journals and in edited volumes as well as numerous books.

The main fields of his recent research are the persistence of regional levels of entrepreneurship and innovation as well as the effects of new business formation on regional growth. He also works on the dynamics of innovation networks and their role for economic performance.

Stefan Schaltegger

Professor of Sustainability Management, Leuphana University, Germany and Head of the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM)

Keynote: Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Business Model Innovation and Market Transformation. A Co-Evolutionary Perspective

Stefan Schaltegger is full professor of sustainability management at Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany) and is also the head of the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), an academic competence centre focused on corporate sustainability management. Stefan Schaltegger was a member of the Steering Committee of the national research programme “Sustainable Infrastructure Development (NFP 54)“ of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2003-2011); Member of the Steering Committee of the framework programme “Research for Sustainability“ of the German Federal Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF) (2004-2008); Member of the Board of the research programme “Sustainable Biotechnology“ of the German Federal Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF) (2002-2006); and is a member of SustainAbility (London) and of the Centre for Research in Economics, Management and Arts (CREMA). His research has been published in more than hundred articles in leading academic journals, including Journal of Business Ethics, Sustainable Development, Journal of Cleaner Production, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal and Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. He is a member of the editorial boards of international scientific journals, including: Business Strategy and the Environment, Eco-Management and Auditing, Greener Management International,Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal and others.
Stefan’s research focuses on corporate sustainability management, environmental and sustainability accounting, performance measurement and reporting, business cases for sustainability, sustainable entrepreneurship and strategic stakeholder management.

Marina Dabič

Professor of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Zagreb, Croatia and Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

Keynote:  Past, present and future of entrepreneurial education in CEE

Marina Dabić is professor of innovation management and entrepreneurship at University of Zagreb (Croatia) and she is also affiliated to Nottingham Business School (United Kingdom). Her research has been published in more than hundred articles in leading academic journals, including Journal of the Knowledge Economy, European Business Review, Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems, Journal of World Business, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Business Studies, Scientometrics, Management International Review and others. Marina is an editor at Journal of Transition and Innovation systems, an associate editor of Journal of Knowledge Economy and she is also a member of editorial boards of Journal of World Business, Knowledge Management Journal and Journal of Business Research. Marina is also engaged in various international research projects and she serves as a Horizon 2020 reviewer.

Marina’s research areas include innovation, entrepreneurship, technology and knowledge transfer absorptive capacities, open innovation, expatriates, migrations, performance management and the impact of innovation on CEE countries.

Martin Srholec

Senior Researcher, CERGE-EI in Prague, Czech Republic

Keynote: Global value chains, upgrading and innovation

Martin Srholec is a Senior Researcher at CERGE-EI in Prague, the Czech Republic. Martin has Ph.D. degrees in Economics (2003) from the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic and in Science, technology and innovation studies (2005) from the University of Oslo, Norway. His work was published in leading scientific journals, such as Cambridge Journal of Economics, Economic Geography, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Regional Studies, Research Policy and others. He is involved in consultancy work for the Government of the Czech Republic and the European Commission. He also produced background papers for flagship publications of UNIDO, UNCTAD and UNECE.

Martin´s research evolves around innovation, globalization and development. He is interested in measurement of innovation, heterogeneity of innovation behaviour, geography of innovation and interlinks between innovation, institutions and economic development

Jiří Hnilica

Professor of Strategy, University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic

Keynote: The current challenges of family businesses in Central and Eastern European (CEE) region

Jiří Hnilica is Professor of Strategy at the University of Economics, Prague. He completed his Master and PhD studies at the University of Economics, Prague. In 2003 he joined the Department of Strategy, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Economics, Prague. His research interests are focused on strategy and family businesses. During doctoral studies and during his tenure at the Department of Strategy he took part in a number of internships abroad (2008: University of Denver, United States, 2008: Harvard Business School, United States, 2004: Technische Universität Dresden, Germany 2002: University of Aarhus and Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 2001 Central European University, Hungary). For his publishing activities, he acquired several awards from the University of Economics, Prague. At the University of Economics, Prague he is active within Centre for Family Businesses where he leads currently the 3-year research project “Privately-held firms with multiple owners: the role of family and responsible ownership”.

Jiří’s research areas include family business and strategy.

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