21.02.2019. ASBBMC 2019 – FIRST DAY

9:30    Registration and coffee

10:00    Welcome speeches by

RISEBA Rector Prof. I.Sennikova, BA Rector Prof. A.Sarnovics, SSE Riga Rector Prof. A.Paalzow, Director of the Institute of Economics of Latvian Academy of Sciences Dr. N.Linde,

State secretary of Ministry of Economics R.Aleksejenko, State secretary of Ministry of Education and Science L.Lejina, Representative of Ministry of Finance

10:30   Plenary session “Futures: Global and Latvian”, Prof. J.Sommers 

Latvia’s future is embedded within global structures, although not entirely defined by them. The configuration of the global system during the Belle Époque produced rapid economic growth, with the Baltics being among the leading areas of technological change. The Cold War saw Latvia forcibly withdrawn from its previous role connecting regions across Eurasia, but nonetheless on the leading edge of industrial development in the USSR. Latvia re-emerged onto the global stage as the USSR collapsed, and again was        inserted into global circuits of commerce, but no longer as an agent of technological (productivity enhancing) change. Moreover, not only was Latvia no longer on the leading edge of technological change, but productivity in the post-Cold War period was slowing generally, as the global system moved into a new globalized neoliberal configuration.

11:00   Roundtable discussion

Participants: Prof. J.Sommers, A.Rostovskis, E.Labanovskis, J.Berzins, A.Ozols, R. Baumanis

Moderator: A.Ceplitis

12:00    Lunch “Latvian Corner”

13:30   Plenary session “Future Signals as Transformative Forces: Alternative Futures of the Economy”, Dr. J.Kaskinen 

Due to global challenges, we are forced for the first time in the history of humankind to seriously consider our economy from a wider perspective than pure economic growth and efficiency. Even if economic growth has been the main enabler of a better life in many parts of the world, we have to ask if it can be the answer for tackling future challenges. In his presentation, Dr. Kaskinen will deal with the effects different future signals like megatrends, trends, weak signals and non-linear developments have on the economy.  He will explore the possibilities of the bio-economy, the circular economy and the sharing economy from  the standpoint of sustainability, climate change, population growth and urbanization and look at the role of digitalisation, robots, extreme data and machine learning. Can they help humankind avert the destruction we       are facing if we continue the short-sighted exploitation of our non-renewable resources and also most of our renewable resources?

14:00    Roundtable discussion

Participants: Dr. J. Kaskinen, Prof. A. Sauka, V. Celmins; S. Balina, V. Levcenkovs

Moderator: A. Ceplitis

15:00    Coffee break

15:30    Plenary session “Hidden Champions”, Prof. Irina Sennikova

Latvia is a small open economy, which, with its 27.68 bln USD GDP, represents 0.04 percent of the world economy. The World Economic Forum, in its 2017-2018 report, ranked Latvia in the 54th position out of 137 countries and locates it at a transition stage between an efficiency-driven and an innovation-driven               economy. However, the Latvian National Development Strategy until 2030 sees Latvia as a country with an innovative and efficient economy, based on knowledge and innovation. Considering the fact that the main  actors of the economy in Latvia are small and medium-size enterprises, it is of vital importance that they are innovative and are able to compete globally. The concept of hidden champions presupposes that these companies are relatively small, highly successful and have leading positions in the market globally or regionally. In her presentation Prof. Sennikova will provide insights from the research project “Hidden Champions in Dynamically Changing Societies”, in which Latvia is one of the partners, and share some stories about Latvian hidden champions, revealing their common characteristics, the nature of market leadership and factors contributing to their success. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with C-level managers of Latvian hidden champion companies.

16:00   Roundtable discussion

Participants: Prof. I.Sennikova, R. Dlohi, representatives of Latvian innovative companies and the IT technology sector

17:00     EURAXESS Latvia – a platform for researchers, entrepreneurs, universities and businesses to interact with each other. Dace Purina, State Education Development Agency

17:30     Transportation and Conference dinner


22.02.2019. ASBBMC 2019 – SECOND DAY          

9:00   Registration

9:30-11:00    Parallel sessions

Coffee break

11:20-13:10  Parallel sessions


14:10-16:00  Parallel sessions    

Coffee break

16:30   Closing session:

             Feedback from session moderators, Best Paper Award, acknowledgements

18:00   Repertoire theatre          

19:00   Informal part of the evening: snacks, wine, networking


23.02.2019. ASBBMC 2019 – THIRD DAY

11:00-13:00 Sightseeing in Riga

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