The conference starts on Thursday, the 20th of May 2021. Due to the current Covid-19 situation in Europe, all the events will take place online only.

The preliminary conference program is available here.


Jay Liebowitz Makelearn

Dr. Jay Liebowitz, Seton Hall University, USA

Analytics + Intuition = Success!

In today’s environment, we see a push for a data-driven or data-informed environment. However, we often discount our experiential learning, or our “intuition”, as part of the formula for organizational decision-making. This talk will highlight the need to marry both Analytics and Intuition to achieve success. The presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Developing an Enterprise-Wide Analytics Strategy
  • Understanding the Research and Practice of “Intuition-based Decision Making”
  • Improving One’s Intuitive Awareness
  • Discovering Research and Future Trends of Analytics and Intuition

Dr. Jay Liebowitz is a Visiting Professor in the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University.  He previously served as the Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.  He was ranked one of the top 10 knowledge management researchers/practitioners out of 11,000 worldwide, and was ranked #2 in KM Strategy worldwide according to the January 2010 Journal of Knowledge Management. 

Dr. Liebowitz is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Expert Systems With Applications: An International Journal (published by Elsevier).  He is a Fulbright Scholar, IEEE-USA Federal Communications Commission Executive Fellow, and Computer Educator of the Year (International Association for Computer Information Systems).  He has published over 45 books and a myriad of journal articles on knowledge management, analytics, financial literacy, intelligent systems, and IT management.  Dr. Liebowitz served as the Editor-in-Chief of Procedia-CS (Elsevier).  He is also the Series Book Editor of the new Data Analytics Applications book series (Taylor & Francis He has lectured and consulted worldwide.   


Dr. Milan Zeleny, Fordham University, USA

Driving Forces of the Contemporary Human and Human Systems Evolution

Topics of the keynote speech:

  • Continued acceleration of the rate of change
  • Powerful tendencies from equilibrium to disequilibrium
  • Shifts from genetic to memetic forces of human evolution
  • Growing conflict between political interventionism and self-organizing natural adaptations through competition, cooperation and interdependence
  • Imbalance between the rates of accepting the new and abandoning the old
  • Runaway conflicts between the man-made and nature-sustainable worlds
  • Growing need for multidisciplinary education, thinking, research, and action.

Prof. Milan Zeleny is the original founder of Human Systems Management (HSM) journal and long-term Editor-in-chief. He has remained very active in research and publications, introducing a number of innovative concepts, and several new areas of study. His work is often well documented. Among the new concepts, relevant to the HSM issue, we can list evolutionary economics, transformation, metamorphosis, economy as an organism, social autopoiesis, disruptive technology, deglobalization, re-localization, conflict dissolution, BATA-management system, self-sustainability, etc. In terms of multidisciplinary Prof. Zeleny introduced or contributed to Multiobjective Programming, Multiple-payoffs games, Tradeoffs-free Economics, Multidimensional risk measures, De Novo Programming, Knowledge management, Artificial life, Synthetic biology, Integrated Process Management, Fuzzy sets, Cognitive Equilibrium, Multicriteria Decision Making (MCDM), Conflict Dissolution, etc.


Chair: Dr. Zbigniew Pastuszak, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland

Co-Chair: Dr. Kongkiti Phusavat, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand

In the panel, editors of sponsored journals and other invited journals will present their journals and give useful publishing guidelines. The editors will discuss the most critical issues relevant to authors leading to better chances of paper acceptance. The panel is an excellent opportunity for the authors to increase their publishing achievements.

The conference promotes the following publications, especially SCI/SSCI and Scopus journals, whose editors will participate as speakers in the panel:

SCI/SSCI Journals:
Expert Systems with Applications (2020 Impact Factor: 5.452)
Applied Sciences, special Issue “Machine Learning for Energy Forecasting” (2020 Impact Factor: 2.474)
International Journal of Mobile Communications (2020 Impact Factor: 1.328)
Technology, Pedagogy & Education (2019 Impact Factor: 1.481)
Journal of Computer Information Systems (2019 Impact Factor: 1.582)

Scopus Journals:
Management and Production Engineering Review (CiteScore 2019: 2.80)
Electronic Government, An International Journal (CiteScore 2019: 1.50)
Human Systems Management  (CiteScore 2019: 1.10)
International Journal of Value Chain Management (CiteScore 2019: 1.10)
International Journal of Management in Education (CiteScore 2019: 1.10)
International Journal of Innovation and Learning (CiteScore 2019: 1.10)
International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development (CiteScore 2019: 0.90)
International Journal of Sustainable Economy (CiteScore 2019: 0.60)

Other publications:
International Journal of Knowledge, Management and Learning
ToKnowPress, international academic publisher
Sustainability (Special Issue)


– Dr. Alex Koohang, Middle Georgia State University, USA (Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Computer Information Systems)
– Dr. Joanna Paliszkiewicz, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland (Editor-in-Chief, Management and Production Engineering Review)
– Dr. Živilė Stankevičiūtė, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania (Guest Editor, Sustainability)
– Dr. Nada Trunk Širca, International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia (Editor-in-Chief, Human Systems Management)
– Dr. Egon Žižmond, University of Primorska, Slovenia (Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Sustainable Economy)


Acceleration of Digitalisation through COVID-19; How it leads to a faster geographical shift and change of local labour composition

Chair: Dr. Claude Meier, HWZ University of Applied Sciences Zurich, Switzerland

Co-chair: Dr. Nada Trunk Širca, ISSBS Celje, UP Koper, Slovenia

Content: The COVID-crisis has strongly promoted home office. Especially in countries in which the third sector (services) and administration plays an important role this could have a large impact. Middle and large companies may learn that physical presence is less important than thought before and will recruit personnel globally, i.e. more independent from their geographical location. Accordingly, (also more local) universities would recruit students and stuff more internationally than today. Click here for more information about the forum topic.


– Dr. Anca Draghici, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
– Dr. Michael Grund, HWZ, Switzerland
– Dr. Anna Rakowska, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland
– Dr. Živilė Stankevičiūtė, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
– Dr. Georges-Simon Ulrich, Director of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Switzerland
– Dr. Robert Whitehouse, University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Academic Leadership Forum

How can we shape higher education institutions to respond to future trends in the post-pandemic world?

Chair: Dr. Kris MY Law, Deakin University, Australia

Co-chair: Dr. Dušan Lesjak, International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia

This Academic Leadership Forum aims to bring distinguished academics worldwide to share their views and ideas about the higher education challenges and solutions they are experiencing.

The global pandemic has changed the world upside-down in all aspects. Universities and institutions have been struggling to be resilient and flexible in response to the uncertainties.

We could see that those first movers in digitalization education and capability are more resilient during the outbreaks.

In this forum, academics will share their views on how the universities can be shaped to respond to the call of resiliency. There are a couple of questions to be discussed, but not limited to:

  1. Will digitalization education take the lead? If so, how?
  2. How will the education system changes affect academics in regard to their roles in teaching and the employment aspects?

How will the post-pandemic world change the way of international collaboration?


– Dr. Yuk Ming Tang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PRC
– Mag. Domagoj Nikolić, RIT Croatia, Croatia
– Dr. Zbigniew Pastuszak, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland


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