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Conference - Insights into the sustainable growth of business

Conference venue

ISM University of Management and Economics, Vilnius, Lithuania
November 19-21, 2009 

Background and Purpose

All processes that are known on the Earth do demonstrate life-cycles. Economy as well as business is not an exception. However, the aim of each business is to sustain the growth or to revert to the growth curve after the decline as prompt as possible.
The main research question that the conference seeks to answer is – How to stimulate sustainable growth of the business?
The aim of the conference is to share the research results and discuss over the external environment and organizational development factors that might influence the sustainable growth of the business.
The conference aim is embedded into four main themes of the conference: the role of expectations in economics dynamics; mastering growth strategy and marketing innovations; Enterprise growth and project management as well as responsible human resource management and culture.
The logic of the conference structure rests on assumption that there is a great deal of subjectivity in external environment fluctuations, e.g. financial crisis might be evoked by boosting wrong expectations of population that results in mass withdrawal of savings from the banks. However if we are aware of possible scenarios and are able to decide on the relevant growth strategy as well as innovate marketing solutions we are able to manage risk. Not less important are organizational development factors that rest on the effectiveness of the operations’ and project management as well as responsible human resource management and culture development.
We hope that collective sharing of the research results of the conference participants on the discussed themes would enable to meet conference aim and to answer the research question.

Who should attend? 

The conference is designed for the researchers that are interested to share their research results on how to boost sustainable growth of the business. The conference organizers seek to create learning and stimulating environment for cross disciplinary, cross regional as well as relevant research. Pre-conference should be attended by those who practice or intend to practice case method in management education and training.
Practitioners interested in the forefront business & organizational development research are also welcome to the conference.


Pre-conference of Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation Project “Transfer of innovative teaching-learning experiential methods for management education” (No. LLP-LdV-TOI-2008-LT-0028)
The aim of the pre-conference is to discuss over experiential teaching-learning methods applied in management education and training. In particular case teaching-learning method, as a possibility to develop managers’ abilities to take real-life decisions, is going to be an object of the discussion. First Lithuanian and Estonian cases, developed by ISM University of Management and Economics, Lithuania and Tartu University, Estonia is going to be presented. Invited managers are going to share their opinion on the effectiveness of case teaching-learning method.
This project is financed by European Commission. The content of this message may not correspond to the opinion of European Commission and does not bring it under responsibility.

Main themes of the conference

1. The Role of Expectations in the Economic Dynamics
2. Mastering growth strategy and Marketing innovations
3. Enterprise growth and Project Management
4. Responsible Human Resource management and Culture

Main deadlines **EXTENDED**:

Submission of Abstracts: 25th May 2009
Notification of Acceptance: 29th June 2009
Full Paper Submission: 7th September 2009

After notification of acceptance of the abstract, a full paper should be developed and submitted for the double blind review process.
Selected papers will be published in a special edition of the Baltic Journal of Management (
Other papers will be published in conference proceedings.
Please submit abstracts electronically to the following address: [email protected]
For more information please contact: Jurga Duobiene ([email protected]) or Rasa Stasiukynaite ([email protected]). 

Paper requirements

Researchers are encouraged to submit research papers on the indicated topics to be published in the Baltic Journal of Management that is published by Emerald Group Publishing and accepted to Thomson Reuter (ISI) Social Science Citation Index (SSCI).

Authors will be selected on the basis of the structured abstract. Abstracts should be submitted with author details and follow the headings below:

• Purpose (mandatory)
• Design/methodology/approach (mandatory)
• Findings (mandatory)
• Research limitations/ implications (if applicable)
• Practical Implications (if applicable)
• Originality/Value (mandatory)
• Keywords
•  Paper type (Research paper, viewpoint, technical paper, conceptual paper, case study, literature review, general review)

Full papers should be submitted via Manuscript Central available at
General steps of the submission process can also be found at