Call for Workshops and Special Sessions

In the interest of making our conference a real place to exchange ideas and experience in a creative way, the MIC 2018 offer its participants the opportunity to propose workshops or special sessions. More information available in the Call for Workshops and Special Sessions. The Call for Workshops is open by 15 April 2018.

A preliminary list of workshops and special sessions at the MIC 2018:

Doctoral Students' Workshop provides an opportunity for doctoral students, young researchers and postdocs to gain new knowledge and skills on academic writing for publishing scientific papers in international journals. 

Message-driven Writing: A Technique for Bringing Order to the Creative Process

Matija Vodopivec, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management

Štefan Bojnec, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management

The workshop will be divided in two parts. Dr. Štefan Bojnec will in the first part of the workshop shortly present how to publish in economic and business journals. In the continuation of the workshop, moderated by Matija Vodopivec, participants will discuss the message-driven writing technique - a technique where the main message dictates the structure of the text and its content. This technique is in fact commonly used by experienced researchers, and it will be presented in an accessible, clear and useful manner. Because writing is a creative process, it is always demanding and often frustrating -- but with the help of this workshop, we will show how it can be made less stressful and more productive. 
The PhD workshop will also cover the following topics:
  • Planning the content: how to formulate the main message, constructing thematic and extended outlines, and the content of individual sections
  • Drafting and editing: writing the first draft, revising, editing, and tips on writing paragraphs.
  • Publishing: what editors seek, selecting journals, and the process of revising.


Part 1: Thursday, 31 May, 16.30 -18.00 (Straža 5)

Part 2: Friday, 1 June, 12.00-13.30 (Straža 5)

Participation is included in the conference fee.

Ensuring the Accessibility of Scientific Communication 

Katarina Krapež, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management

Roundtable will focus on the issue of accessibility of published scientific articles, specifically on the role of the editor to ensure the availability of such content to end users.    

Structure & Topics: The contemporary scientific community faces significant challenges in balancing the interests of the stakeholders in academic journal publishing: scientists/researchers (as authors, editors, and reviewers), publishers, libraries (and derivatives, e.g. repositories, on-line archives), and the general public. When comparing either market share or the number of reputable journals a small group of commercial conventional publishers dominate the market. In the last 30 years, the price of subscriptions to scientific journals in print and electronic versions has significantly increased, forcing libraries to reduce the volume of subscriptions. The revolt against publishers’ oligopoly has resulted in the emergence of alternative journal publication models (open, hybrid). However, the tendency towards open science has been somewhat overshadowed by the rise of predatory publishers. By offering almost unlimited publication space, coupled with little or non-existent quality assurance protocols (i.e. editorial checks, peer review), these publishers have taken advantage of the academic ‘publish or perish’ paradigm. Consequently, the academic community’s call for a fundamental worldwide reform of the scholarly communication system has never been louder.

In a panel discussion, moderated by dr. Katarina Krapež, copyright lawyer and assistant professor at the Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, the editors will be invited to share their views and experience in regard to:

-      The choice of the publication model of the journal (open, closed, hybrid) and its implications for a scientific community as a whole (and its individual members)

-      Opportunities and risks of the digitalization of the scientific journals (in relation to the oppeness of the content)

-      Ways to accelerate a global shift towards accessible and transparent scholarly communication

Invited Audience: The roundtable is intended for all who are interested in behind the scenes happenings in editorial boards of scientific journals. Useful tips can expect both young authors as well as experienced writers or editors.  

Friday, 1 June, 14.30-16.00, Arnold 1

Participation is included in the conference fee.

Validating a Decision Making Method Basing on Technology and Knowledge Priorities for Sustainable Strategies for Innovative Start-Ups

Josu Takala, University of Vaasa, Finland

Technological changes is one of the drivers of competition, it can also affect the industry structure. As Porter (1985) mentioned, technology is not important for its own sake, it is important if it can help firms to reduce their cost or differentiate their products and services from their competitors. Knowledge is also very close to technology. It has root in Greek language and it means knowing how to do something. Barney (2001) introduced sustainable competitive advantage as a resource based theory believing that the critical factors for firms’ success exist in the firm itself in terms of its resources and capabilities. Considering the resource based theory, knowledge and technology are firms’ resources and can help companies to achieve opportunities. The notion of technology and knowledge as a strategic resource in technology driven business and high tech starts-up is even more important. Considering the effect of technology and knowledge on sustainable competitive advantage and resource allocation, firms are facing with one important question:  how they should decide about technology investment to gain higher competitive advantages. There are three types of technology: basic, core and spearhead technology and they are defined depends on which stage a technology is in its life cycle. Basic technology is referring to the technology that is not the most critical for the business and could be outsourced. Core technologies include technologies that bring competitive advantages and enable the company to grow. And spearhead technology focuses mainly on future.

The goal of our research work is to introduce a model which helps company to prioritize their technology and knowledge needs and can guarantee their sustainable competitive advantages. 

Friday, 1 June, 8.30-10.00, Straža 5

Participation is included in the conference fee.

Culture, Change, and Leadership: Using Simulations and Cases to Prepare Current and Future Leaders and Professionals for Our Diverse Global Community

Jerry Glover, USA

A critical need exists for leaders and other professionals to develop world views and practices which enable them to work with change, cultural differences, and the global community. Professional education and training needs to address the practical realities of our contemporary world.  This workshop illustrates how simulations and cases are means for educating and training leaders to work with culture, change, and leadership in our global community. A framework for understanding and making sense of global diversity and international management will be demonstrated.

Simulations and cases provide learning situations in which practical realities of leadership may be understood, analyzed, and managed. This workshop will discuss and demonstrate three simulations developed and applied in leadership, professional education, and training. The simulations involve: 1) a tourist destination making decisions about preserving the environment and culture in local communities; 2) multi-national colonists creating an organizational culture for a Mars space colony; and 3) HR executives developing a system for motivating and rewarding employees in an international corporation. The relevance of the simulations, how to use them, and examples of cases and applications will be presented.

Jerry Glover, Ph.D., has been a consultant and advisor in over 150 change and development initiatives around the world.  As an educator and trainer, he has developed leadership and professional programs in culture, change, and leadership for over three decades. His most recent book, with Harris Friedman, Transcultural Competence: Navigating Cultural Differences in the Global Community, is published by American Psychological Association Books (2015).  Jerry is an Emeritus Board Member of International Society for Organizational Development and Change. He was the program director and professor of the Masters’ in Organizational Change at Hawaii Pacific University for thirty years. Currently he is a developer of education and training programs in cultural competency, change and development, and leadership in three universities and numerous corporations.

Educators, researchers, students, and leaders from all disciplines may wish to attend. 

Thursday, 31 May, 11.30-13.00, Zrak

Participation is included in the conference fee.


Participation is included in the conference fee.


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