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IACCM 2011 - Cultural Aspects of Trans-Border Cooperation: Competencies and Capabilities

Cultural Aspects of Trans-Border Cooperation: Competencies and Capabilities

10th Annual Conference and 3rd CEMS CCM / IACCM Doctoral Workshop (3 ECTS) of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management 29 June – 01 July, 2011 at Ruse, Bulgaria

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Introduction to the theme
Competencies and Capabilities

With the EU widening to the East, the ideas and values of a united Europe are confirmed in a great number of countries around the continent. The implementation of the European principle of the free movement of people, goods, services and capital creates a territory dominated by the democratic personal choice and provokes some changes in the perception of borders. The concept of ‘a border’ is gradually losing its meaning of “a line which divides people economically and politically”, but undoubtedly the mental barriers continue to exist in the consciousness of the neighbouring nations and communities due to the cultural differences and difficulties in the intercultural dialogue.

The continued emphasis of national governments on sovereignty prevents international border regions from achieving such basic goals as infrastructure integration, harmonization of environmental policy, social and cultural exchange. At the same time, the globalising context and the intensification of the trans-border contacts at people-to-people level makes it necessary to overcome the modern political framework based on states and boundaries. 

These and other problems can be solved through focusing on the nature, dimensions and outcomes of trans-border cooperation with scientific instruments. The exploration of the issues of trans-border cooperation can offer decisions in many aspects of the societal agenda but some of the most important dilemmas are “How to encourage the dialogue between neighbouring cultures”, “How to overcome the existing stereotypes, prejudices and ethnocentric attitudes among neighbours” and “How to create common identities in the border regions”.

The main objective of the 10th Annual Conference of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management is to discuss the questions mentioned above and to contribute to the theory and practice of trans-border cooperation.

Conference topics

The conference will not necessarily exclude papers that deal with the more standard subject matter of cross-cultural management, but preference will be given to contributions which address the themes below:
• culture and identity in border areas
• cultural aspects of the neighbourhood policy
• language policy in the border areas
• peculiarities of the cross-cultural dialogue in the border areas
• components of the multicultural ability in the border areas
• cross-cultural management of organizations in the border areas
• trans-border European projects (case studies)
• cross-cultural conflict management
• cross-border integration in an enlarged EU
• art and transborder cooperation, e.g. Slubice + Frankfurt/Oder = Slubfurt.

IACCM explicitly encourages young researchers to submit papers.

In the framework of the 10th IACCM annual conference, the CEMS Faculty Group on Cross-Cultural Management will convene its 3rd CEMS/IACCM doctoral workshop.
It aims at young researchers working on a PhD-thesis or a concrete research project who are interested in further developing their theses and projects and how to get their results published in international journals. The doctoral seminar is chaired by Professors Marie-Thérèse Claes, Jacob Eisenberg, and Gerhard Fink. Other CEMS professors will attend the conference, discuss student submissions, and/or deliver keynote speeches and/or regular papers.

Experienced scholars and journal editors will provide their view of major theoretical and methodological cornerstones of the field and facilitate the discussion of participants’ doctoral or publication projects. For fully participating in the workshop, 3 ECTS credit points can be awarded. During the conference, working group sessions with small groups of doctoral students will take place. Participants of the workshop can participate in main conference, too, and attend the keynote speeches and paper sessions.

Selected papers submitted to the conferences will be invited for publication in a special issue of the European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (EJCCM) –

Call for papers

Submission for conference presentation

• Paper abstracts (maximum 500 words) before March 15, 2011
• Full papers for accepted abstracts (8.000 words max) before May 15, 2011
• The review committee will consist of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juliana Popova, H.A.Prof. Dr. Mimi Kornazheva, and H.A.Prof. Dr. Roumyana Petrova.
• Please send to your submission to Juliana Popova [email protected] with an attachment readable by MS Word

Submission for the 3rd CEMS/IACCM doctoral workshop

• Paper abstracts (maximum 500 words) before March 15, 2011
• Research Proposals, Posters or Full papers for accepted abstracts (8.000 words
• max) before May 15, 2011
• Submissions should be sent to Marie-Thérèse Claes [email protected]  and Gerhard Fink [email protected]

Einreichungen zum IACCM ‘German Track’

• Abstract (max. 500 Wörter) bis 15. März 2011
• Vollständige Manuskripte, Forschungskonzepte oder Posters (max 8.000 Wörter) bis 15. Mai 2011
• Einreichungen bitte an Sylvia Meierewert [email protected] senden.

Best paper awards

There will be the IACCM 2010 student best paper award, which will be judged by a panel consisting of CEMS professors: Marie- Thérèse Claes, Jacob Eisenberg, and Gerhard Fink. The best conference paper award will be judged by a panel comprising Juliana Popova, Slawomir Magala and Wolfgang Mayrhofer.
Participation fee

• € 275,- for regular participants
• € 220,- for members of IACCM (membership 2011 confirmed)
• € 100,- for Ph.D. students and master program students

The fee includes conference participation and dinner reception.

Sponsors and Donors: Support by the following organizations is gratefully acknowledged:
• “Angel Kanchev” University of Ruse, Ruse, Bulgaria,
• The CEMS Organisation for the CEMS doctoral workshop.
• Elias Canetti Society and Austrian Library at Ruse, Bulgaria, for the German Track.
• Journal of Organizational Change Management (JOCM /Emerald Group Publishing)