erams

 

The Coevolution of SMEs and Family Firms in Russia, Ex-Soviet Republics, and Eastern European Economies: Knowledge Creation, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Growth

 

Rotterdam, May 17–19, 2017

 

Paper Development Workshop & Pre-Conference Activities May 17th

Panel & Poster Sessions May 18-19th

 

We are excited to announce the third conference of the Management Organization Review (MOR) Second Research Frontiers Conference Series. Whereas the first two conferences focused on China and India, the Rotterdam conference shifts focus to Russia, Ex-Soviet Republics, and Eastern Europe. This interdisciplinary Research Frontiers Conference serves as a key MOR exploration dialectic for advancing and opening new research directions of phenomena in the social sciences underlying management and organizations, globalization, and economic growth through boundary-crossing dialog and discourse with a focus on all transforming economies.

The core theme of the conference explores the coevolution of SMEs and family firms in Russia, Ex-Soviet Republics, and Eastern European economies. Most scholars in strategy, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, and international business study this question by considering environmental change as an exogenous variable. Moreover, they often employ a single theme for describing how and why organizations tend to become isomorphic with their (regional, national, and global) environments through processes of either adaptation or selection. Less frequently examined are questions of how organizations systematically influence their (regional, national, and global) environments and how global and national environments (comprised of other firms and new entrants) influence those organizations in turn. In this MOR Research Frontiers Conference we will discuss the complex, multi-level causal interactions in the context of Russia, Ex-Soviet Republics, and Eastern European countries and the firms residing in them, in particular how firms’ strategies, management practices, and their eco-systems affect and are affected by the factors shaping innovation, entrepreneurship and national competitiveness.

To investigate the multi-level causes and consequences of national competitiveness and to shed light especially on the firm-level causal linkages between national competitiveness and national economic outcomes, this MOR Research Frontiers Conference focuses on the question “How do firms’ strategies and management practices co-evolve with and drive national competitiveness?” Studying coevolution is particularly important for SMEs and family firms as they often need to compete again established firms with superior resource endowments. The understanding of co-evolutionary processes in the context of SMEs and family firms’ innovation in Russia, Ex-Soviet Republics, and Eastern European economies is surprisingly limited. This is a considerable blind-spot in our understanding because the emerging economies in this region provide an environment that is particularly fertile for innovation and economic growth as they are very dynamic, have high levels of entrepreneurship, and business ingenuity.

Please find the Conference Program below. The conference is organized around the discussion of latest academic research and practitioner experiences and allots significant time for social interactions between conference participants.

 

Conference Registration

The fee for conference participation is 295 Euro and doctoral students pay a reduced fee of 195 Euro. Those interested in attending the conference need to register before April 28th , 2017. To register, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the following information: full name, university/institution, address, postal code and city, country, e-mail, phone number. You will then receive a personalized invoice and payment instructions.

If you have question, please contact Dr. Oli Mihalache at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Program Committee:

Henk W. Volberda, RSM Erasmus University

Oli R. Mihalache, VU University Amsterdam

Igor B. Gurkov, Higher School of Economics

Arie Y. Lewin, Editor in Chief MOR, Duke University

Carl Fey, Aalto University & Chinese University of Hong Kong

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

Wednesday, 17 May
14:00-17:00 Paper Development Workshop for Doctoral Students & Early-Career Academics
19:00-22:00 Keynotes and Opening Dinner at Faculty Club
   
Thursday, 18 May
8:15 - 8:30 Welcome Speeches
8:30 - 10:30 Panel 1: Developing an Understanding of What Management Practices Facilitate Innovation in Firms in Russia
Chair: Carl Fey (Aalto University School of Business and Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Panelists: Stanislav Shekshnia*(INSEAD & Ward Howell International) & Alexey Ulanovsky (Higher School of Economics & Ward Howell)
  Carl F. Fey (Aalto University School of Business & Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  Dana Minbaeva (Copenhagen Business School)
  Alexei Koveshnikov (Aalto University School of Business)
   
11:00 - 13:00 Panel 2: The Transformation of Economies and Societies in Central and Eastern Europe – How Has it Contributed to Management and Organization Science?
Chair: Thomas Steger (University of Regensburg)
Panelists: Victoria Golikova (Moscow Higher School of Economics, Russia)
  Barbara Jankowska (Poznań University of Economics and Business, Poland)
  Irma Rybnikova (Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany)
  Alma Sehic (Vienna University of Applied Sciences, Austria)
   
13:00-14:30 Lunch & Poster Presentations
   
14:30-16:30 Panel 3: Layers of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Activities in Russia
Chair: Igor Gurkov (Higher School of Economics)
Panelists: Irina Volkova (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
  Igor Gurkov (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
  Eduard Fiyaksel* (Nizhny Novgorod Branch of the National Research University Higher School of Economics) & Michail Nazarov (Nizhny Novgorod Branch of the National Research University Higher School of Economics)
  Michail Nazarov (Nizhny Novgorod Branch of the National Research University Higher School of Economics)
  Alexander Chepurenko (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
   
17:00-19:00 Panel 4: Belarus and Ukraine: The Role of Context in the Development of SMEs and Family Firms
Chair: Julia Ivy (Northeastern University)
Panelists: Mihail Krikunov (Kiev Business School)
  Sergey Gaydaychuk (CEO Club Ukraine)
  Andriy Fedoriv (Fedoriv Creative Company & Family Business Network Ukraine)
  Pavel Daneyko (Institute for Privatization and Management)
  Maria Akulova (Academy of Leon Kosminsky & IPM Business School)
   
20:00-22:30 Conference Dinner at De Wereld van Smaak (inside the Market Hall at Verlengde Nieuwstraat 177, Rotterdam)
   
Friday, 19 May
8:30 - 10:30 Panel 5: Entrepreneurship and SME Development in Russia: Challenges and Opportunities
Chair: Galina Shirokova (St. Petersburg University)
Panelists: Marco van Gelderen (VU University Amsterdam)
  Tatiana Beliaeva (St. Petersburg University)
  Olga Verkhovskaya* (St. Petersburg University) & Christopher Gerry (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
  Galina Shirokova (St. Petersburg University)
  Tatiana S. Manolova (Bentley University)
   
11:00 - 13:00 Panel 6: Drivers of Innovation in Russia
Chair: Carl Fey (Aalto University School of Business)
Panelists: Irina Mihailova (Aalto University School of Business)
  Päivi Karhunen* (Aalto University School of Business), Riitta Kosonen (Aalto University School of Business) & Irina Olimpieva (Center for Independent Social Research)
  Carl Fey (Aalto University School of Business)
  Daria Kautto (Aalto University School of Business)
  Rebecca Piekkari (Aalto University School of Business)
   
13:00-14:30 Lunch
   
14:30-16:30 Panel 6: Wrap-up Panel
Chair: Arie Lewin (Duke University) & Marjorie Lyles (Indiana University)