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2014 AIB-CEE Conference in Budapest

The 1st AIB-CEE Annual Conference took place on October 9-11, 2014 at the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

A conference report is now also available in the AIB Newsletter under:


The 1st AIB-CEE conference was opened by Prof. Erzsebet Czako, Program Chair of the Conference, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. The welcome speeches were given also by Prof. Zita Zoltay-Paprika, Dean of Faculty of Business Administration, Corvinus University of Budapest, Dr. Lukasz Puslecki, AIB-CEE Chapter Chair and Prof. Robert Grosse, Immediate Past AIB President.

A PHOTO GALLERY IS AVAILABLE HERE: http://aib-cee-conference.com/


1. Keynote Speakers

The below mentioned Keynote Speakers were invited to have presentations during plenary sessions:


·         Marjan Svetlicic
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Crises, Globalization and Academics


·         Krzysztof Obloj
University of Warsaw, 
Advisor to the President of Poland, Poland
IB and Polish Economy: Something Old, Something New


·         Louis Brennan
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
The Implications for Europe of the Emergence of Southern Multinationals


·         Svetla Trifonova Marinova
Aalborg University, Denmark

Knowledge-Based Network Ties in SME Internationalisation: An Institutional Void and Cultural Perspective


·         Arnold Schuh
Competence Center for CEE, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Current Roles and Future Perspectives for CEE-Headquarters


·         Eszter Szabó, 
GE Holdings (Hungary) Ltd., Hungary
“Vaci Street answer to it” – Prosper Locally, Compete Globally


·         Andrei Panibratov
St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Competitive Advantages of Russian Multinationals and the Role of Government


·         Marin Marinov
University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Conditions and Run through the Internationalization of Central and Eastern European Firms

2. Summary of Contributions

Contributors: 105 academics from 22 countries, Participants: 85 academics

Accepted papers: 59; out of them 24 competitive and 35 discussion

Presented papers: 57 (in the Book of Abstracts)

Research Cooperation Activities: 2 joint research proposal presented as well as Young AIB-CEE initiative

3. Meet the Editors Session


The aim of this session was to allow regional IB journals to promote themselves among IB scholars from the CEE region and beyond, and allow scholars to find out more about the journals' profiles and requirements. The format of the session included journal presentations and discussion on important issues regarding publications of IB papers in the region. We are convinced that this session added a lot of value to the first AIB-CEE Conference and may be permanently placed in the agenda of AIB-CEE future events.


The following Journals were presented by 7 editors:


- Journal of East-West Business - Desislava Dikova

- Journal of Eastern European Management Studies - Thomas Steger

- Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review - Krzysztof Wach

- Journal of Management and Financial Sciences - Mirosław Jarosiński

- Managing Global Transitions / Management - Alen Ježovnik

- Society and Economy - László Trautmann

- Theory, Methodology, Practice - Zoltan Bartha


Another part of this session were the presentations devoted to "Writing Good Paper & Good Reviews":


- "What should a good paper look like?" by Desislava Dikova

- "What is a good paper review from the perspective of an Editor?" by  Thomas Steger

- "Good author practices in publishing" by Krzysztof Wach, Mirosław Jarosiński


The final point of the “Meet the Editors Session” was the discussion: "Upcoming research agenda for the CEE"  (topics, methods, approaches) which was very well received by audience of the conference.

4. Best Review and Best Paper Award Ceremony


AIB-CEE Chapter 2014 Track Chairs nominated outstanding reviewers:


-       Zoltan Bakonyi Corvinus University of Budapest

-       Pawel Capik Keele Management School, Keele University

-       Imola Jozsa, Szent Istvan University

-       Wioletta Mierzejewska, Warsaw School of Economics

-       Witold Nowinski, Wyższa Szkoła Bankowa w Poznaniu (Poznan School of Banking)

-       Matevz Raskovic, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics

-       Malgorzata Szalucka, Nicolaus Copernicus University

-       Dorisz Talas, University of Debrecen Faculty of Applied Economics and Rural


-       Krzysztof Wach, Cracow University of Economics

5. Acknowledgement for the Outstanding Papers


Altogether 59 papers were accepted for the very 1st AIB-CEE Chapter conference that is a

success. The sessions provided great opportunity to have thought provoking and inspiring discussions on the presented papers. The AIB-CEE Chapter 2014 Track Chairs nominated following outstanding papers:


1.    Magdolna Sass, Eric Rugraff: Voting for Staying. Why didn’t the Foreign-Owned Automotive Component Suppliers Relocate their Activity from Hungary to Lower-Wage Countries as a Response to the Economic Crisis? Track 1

2.    Rafal Sliwinski, Magdalena Sliwinska: Growth and internationalization of fast growing firms. Track 2

3.    Tobias Dauth, Agata Tomczak: Internationalization of top management teams: A comprehensive analysis of Polish stock-listed firms Track 4

4.    Anita Pelle, Marcell Végh Zoltán: Attracting intellectual capital: how has the crisis changed the positions of EU member states? Track 5

5.    Áron Perényi: Growth potential in the context of the profit-growth nexus – a proxy of industrial cluster competitiveness. Track 5

6.    Łukasz Puślecki, Piotr Trąpczyński, Michał Staszków: Emerging advanced topics in an advanced emerging market? International Business Research in Poland in the period 1990-2014. Track 6



6. Gala Dinner


     The Gala Dinner was organized in the Lázár Lovaspark -  situated 35 km from Budapest, in the heart of Domonyvölgy. The Lázár Equestrian Park is owned by the coach driving world champions, Vilmos and Zoltán Lázár. The resort nestles among the picturesque lakes of the Gödöllő Hills. It is a favourite destination of local and international tourists alike, seeking a venue for various programs and functions, for relaxing, adventure accompanied by genuine Hungarian hospitality. The participants of the AIB-CEE Conference could have enjoyed together the highlights of Hungarian cuisine accompanied by Gipsy music. Specialities for the discerning palette included oven-baked lángos, grill party and roast piglet on the spit.