Doctoral Pre-conference: ASBBMC 2017

We are pleased to inform that the 10-th Annual Scientific Baltic Business Management Conference ASBBMC 2017 - “Sustainable Organizations: Creating and Managing in Turbulent Business Environment” is coming. The pre- doctoral conference will offer doctoral students an arena to discuss their research findings and ideas with their peers. Namely, on April 26, doctoral students are invited to present research proposals to a group of experienced researchers. 

Wednesday 26/04/2017

SSE Riga, Strelnieku 4a

The number of participating doctoral students is limited to 15. Students will be selected drawing on short abstracts (not to exceed 3-5 pages), where research problem, contribution, key conceptual framework and methodological approach are clearly presented. All proposals should be closely linked with on- going PhD research (doctoral thesis or articles). 

Please submit your proposals to Dr. Arnis Sauka, e-mail: by March 30, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be send by April 10. Participation in doctoral consortium is free of charge.

The doctoral pre- conference will be led by a team consisting of Prof. Helle Neergaard, Arhus University, Denmark; Assoc. Prof. Brent McKenzie, University of Guelph, Canada; Prof. Tonis Mets, Tartu University, Estonia; Assoc. Prof. Arnis Sauka, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia, etc.Pre- doctoral conference will consist of two parts:

In part 1, invited PhD students will present and discuss their research proposals. Discussion led by an assigned professor, with active participation of other team members- PhD students.

In part 2, invited PhD students will join other PhD students, other scholars, policy makers and practitioners for key note speeches by Prof. Helle Neergaard and Assoc. Prof. Brent McKenzie. 


Part 1: Development of PhD thesis (for invited PhD students)

10.00 - 10.15
Room: 507, Opening and introducing to programme and participants. Moderated by Arnis Sauka, SSE Riga

10.15 - 13.00
Rooms: 507, 307, 403, 407, 411 Parallel work in groups with assigned professor
Moderators: Helle Neergaard, Brent McKenzie, Tonis Mets, Arnis Sauka, etc. (5 parallel session with 3 PhD students in one session chaired by senior scholar)

13.00 - 14.00
Room: 507, Academic lunch- sharing the learning outcomes of the day
Moderated by Arnis Sauka, SSE Riga


Part 2: Open Workshop (for academics, students, policy makers and practitioners)

14.20 - 15.30
Room: W32, Key note by Helle Neergaard, Arhus University, Denmark
Benefiting from a Qualitative Approach in Entrepreneurship and Management Studies.

15.30 - 16.40
Room: W32, Key note by Brent McKenzie, University of Guelph, Canada
Conceptualization? Application? A Management Education Debate: Insights from Canada

16.40 - 17.00
Room: W32, Q&A moderated by Arnis Sauka, SSE Riga

18.00 Conference reception at RISEBA campus
Durbes street 4, Riga, map >

Helle Neergaard is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her present research interests include: entrepreneurship education, existential learning, effectuation, entrepreneurial identity, gender and narratives. Among other major journals, she sits on the editorial review board of the Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice; International Small Business Journal, andInternational Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship.  She has received several awards for her work on female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship education. Helle is also the lead editor of two Handbooks in Qualitative Research Methods/Research Techniques both published by Edward Elgar. Since 2008, Helle has been a board member of the European Council for Small Business (ECSB), responsible for the Doctorial Programme and she was president of the organization from 2013-2015. She has organized numerous PhD courses on qualitative methodology and successful publication.

Brent McKenzie, MBA, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies, in the College of Business and Economics, at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada. Dr. McKenzie is an expert on management and business related issues in the Baltic States, and the former Soviet Union. He has engaged in extensive research fieldwork, and conducted a number of academic and industry workshops, presentations, and seminars in this region. His research has been widely published in both academic and practitioner journals. Dr. McKenzie is an Associate Editor for Baltic Journal of Management; an Associate Editor for the Journal of Eastern European and Central Asian Research, and Regional Editor – Eastern Europe, for the International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets.

Doctoral Pre-conference: ASBBMC 2017

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