The conference starts on Wednesday, 15th of May at 14.00 hours with welcome reception at 19.00, and ends on Friday, 17th of May at 14.00 hours. The post-conference programme with the Workshop on Publishing for Young Researchers is going to be delivered on Friday, 17th of May from 9.30 until 18.00 hours. More detailed programme is available here.


Frederick G. Kohun

Transformation from the traditional into a service based economy – A case of Pittsburgh steel industry into a health care, higher education and high-tech

Dr. Frederick KOHUN

Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, USA

The keynote speech will provide a brief overview of the 30-year transformation of the Pittsburgh region from the historic steel and manufacturing economy into a growing service economy. The speech will explore the cultural background and work ethic in the region, which is mainly derived from Eastern European immigrants, the role of location, geography of mountains and rivers and its natural resources, such as coal, the role of low-cost housing and trade unions, universities and government policies, environmental legislation.

A comparison with a similar urban transformation will be made, e.g. Cleveland. Next will be the review of the current economic base, namely, world health, universities (38 universities within a 45-minute drive from Pittsburgh city center) and the high-tech industry (ie, Google, Microsoft, Uber). Finally, the strategies that have been introduced to facilitate the process of transformation of the economy, including the emphasis on the preservation and attraction of young professionals with t. i. green parks, collection points, micro breweries, cultural centers (theater, ballet, symphony), sports teams at national level (ie basketball, hockey and football) and low crime.

Frederick G. Kohun, Ph.D., University Professor of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has more than 35 years of experience as a professor and academic administrator (department head, associate dean, dean, and associate provost), and was the founding director of the doctoral program in Information Systems and Communication. He holds a bachelor degree in economics from Georgetown University, graduate degrees in economics and information science, from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in applied history in technology from Carnegie Mellon University.  At Robert Morris University he led the design and implementation of eight technology based academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level (including a doctoral program) as well as the attainment of ABET-CAC accreditation   He is known both nationally and internationally from his numerous publications and presentations in economics, health informatics, decision support, technological impact, and culture—particularly with his research in the MUMPS programming language that began with his doctoral dissertation at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, he is active internationally as an accreditation evaluator and team leader having participated in more than 22 accreditation visits. In 2007 he was named the International Computer Educator of the Year by the International Association of Computer Information Systems. In 2012 he received the honor of an endowed doctoral scholarship fund under his name.  Additionally, he was recently named as the first Fellow and Distinguished Scholar by the International Institute in Applied Knowledge Management.

Jan Chadam

Trust Management - The Key to the Effectiveness of Modern Organizations


Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland

The main topic of the speech concerns the relationship with the level of trust management and the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization. It will be shown on the basis of the author’s personal experience, who was the CEO of a large infrastructure company. The discussed case was supported by employee engagement research. They were conducted for 8 years on a group of over 1,000 employees. The research allowed to understand how building trust in the company influenced the attitudes of employees towards the organization in which they work. The results of these tests can be really surprising for many. From the management perspective, changes in employee involvement have enabled the company’s strategy to be implemented, including an investment program accounted for 2 billion EUR.

Dr. Jan Chadam, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland, is an experienced business professional with long-term and extensive expertise in capital group management, member of boards and supervisory boards in several commercial companies. He is a lecturer at academic courses and MBA studies and an author of numerous publications in finance and management. In recent years he has been a president of the management board of Polskie LNG S.A. (the first LNG Import Terminal in Central-Eastern Europe) where he was in charge of all areas of the company operation and responsible for an effective and efficient implementation of the recovery program and completing the construction project of  liquefied natural gas import terminal in Świnoujście, Poland (total cost of the project approx. PLN 3 billion). He has been mitigating the risk of losing the EU project subsidy (approx.  PLN 1 billion), preparing the company for operating the LNG Terminal (both in terms of technical and operational capacity), confirmed with an audit by Qatargas Company. To date, the LNG Terminal has received 15 cargos of liquefied natural gas from Qatar, Norway and the USA, accounting for 1.8 billion cubic meters of gas delivered to Polish gas transmission system.


Moderator: Dr. Kongkiti Phushavat

The Editors’ Panel aims to bring top editors from leading international journals around the world including Scopus and WoS (ESCI) journals to share their ideas about criteria of selection and of potential publication. This discussion is expected to benefit and strengthen future publications among doctoral students, junior faculties and others. The editors’ insights and viewpoints are crucial for the preparation of a paper as well as submission preparation.

The panel will be split into two parts:
(1) discussion with editors-in-chief of Scopus-Indexed and WoS (ESCI) journals and
(2) presentations of editors of other journals.

Scopus and WoS (ESCI) indexed journal editors’ panel

Moderator: Dr. Kongkiti Phusavat, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Innovation and Learning, Scopus and WoS (ESCI) indexed journal

Dr. Valerij Dermol, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Value Chain Management, Scopus and WoS (ESCI) indexed journal
Dr. Zbigniew Pastuszak, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, Scopus indexed journal
Dr. Dušan Lesjak, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Management in Education, Scopus indexed journal
Dr. Nada Trunk Širca, Editor-in-Chief, Human System Management, Scopus and WoS (ESCI) indexed journal

Presentations of editors of other journals

Dr. Anna Rakowska, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Synergy and Research
Dr. Haruthai Numprasertchai, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Business Development and Research
Alen Ježovnik, Managing and Production Editor. Management
Dr. Anca Draghici, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Bulletin of the Politehnica University of Timisoara
Dr. Kristijan Breznik, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Management, Knowledge and Learning


Moderator: Dr. Dušan Lesjak

The Academic Leadership Forum aims to bring distinguished academics around the world to share their views and ideas about the higher education challenges and solutions in a network society.


Moderator: Dr. Dušan Lesjak, professor of management information systems and management in education, International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia

Prof. Giuseppe Cataldi, Professor of International Law, University of Naples “L’ Orientale”, Italy
Dr. Gary DeLorenzo, Professor of Computer Information Systems, Fellow and Distinguished Scholar, International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management California University of PA, USA
Dr. Karim Moustaghfir, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
Dr. Zbigniew Pastuszak, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Chief of the MIS/SCM Department, Maria Sklodowska-Curie University, Lublin, Poland
Dr. Bordin Rassameethes, former vice rector, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
Dr. Ali Tarabay, Provost at LIU Educational Group, Lebanon
Dr. Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, President of EMUNI University, Piran, Slovenia

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Moderator: Dr. Nada Trunk Širca

Title: The role that we play to promote inclusive society for our better future


Moderator: Dr. Nada Trunk Širca, International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia

Dr. Moti Zwilling, Ariel University, Israel
Dr. Bistra Vassileva, University of Economics Varna, Bolgaria
Dr. Adam Śliwiński, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
Dr. Ronny Adhikarya, formely woked for World Bank and United Nations as FAO Representative, Hawaii, USA
Dr. Anca DRAGHICI, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
Dr. Radosław Mącik, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
Prof. Luiggia Melillo, Pegaso International, Malta
Dr. Pekka Kess, University of Oulu, Finland
Dr. Jan Chadam, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
Dr. Karim Moustaghfir, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco
Dr. Susana de Juana-Espinosa, Universidad de Alicante, Spain



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