Mini track on Business and Tourism


Exploring Global Perspectives: The Future of Economics and Social Sciences

Mini Track Chairs

  • Olimpia State, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

  • Raluca Mariana Grosu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

  • Guest Speaker – Mariarosaria Lombardi, University of Foggia, Italy

Recent economic and social changes show how adaptable the business environment is to radical and sudden changes. Some companies are able to either adapt harder or leave the market, while others manage to reinvent themselves quickly, using management strategies that are often adopted along the way. While governments and international institutions are looking for solutions to support businesses, workers and communities, companies are having to develop new business models, reinvent their HR policies and even reposition themselves to meet market demands. Even business models are taking on new dimensions. On the other hand, current global developments have once again shown that the technology-based but sustainable business model must remain the key to development and recovery. The main topics covered by the hereby call for papers are related to:

  • Systems and methods for revitalizing business and education
  • Development of tourism communities through digitalization
  • Redevelopment planning in the context of a tourism community
  • Assessment of socio-economic and environmental sustainability
  • Systems in relation to climate change
  • Innovation as an alternative approach to improve sustainability
  • The promotion of economic recovery
  • The business model in the context of technology
  • The impact of digitalization on the economy
  • The metaverse concept beyond entertainment
  • Change, globalization, and economic recovery
  • Strategies for managing structural change

Olimpia State

Olimpia STATE is a professor at the Department of Tourism and Geography, Faculty of Business and Tourism at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, specialized in Human Resources Management in Tourism, involved into national and international projects, member of international and national research teams. She graduated from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. The same university awarded her a Ph.D. in business administration in 2001. She has 30 years of expertise in university teaching and research, and she frequently gives lectures as a specialist in human resources management, operational tourism techniques and organizational culture. She has become member of the Faculty Council since 2008; as a former Canceler within the Faculty of Commerce in 2008-2012 and also a Vice-Dean in charge with researching activity and international relationship of The Faculty of Commerce (The Faculty of Business and Tourism at present) since 2012 until today.

Raluca Mariana Grosu

is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business and Tourism and a PhD coordinator within the Business Administration Doctoral School of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies in Romania.
With a strong theoretical and practical background also consolidated during visiting/research stays at the Jönköping International Business School (Sweden), University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), University of Seville (Spain) and University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy), she is involved in research projects and she is the author/co-author of various books, chapters in edited books published by renowned international publishing houses, scientific articles, and conference papers on topics intertwining the fields of entrepreneurship, sustainability, regional science, and demographics. With 15 years of experience in teaching and research, she was an invited speaker at a summer school in Apulia region (Italy) and she lectured a couple of courses in programs developed at the University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy). She is a member of important associations in her interest fields, and she serves as an assistant editor for “Amfiteatru Economic”, a well-rated peer-reviewed scientific journal in Web of Science. She graduated from two master programs – one in English, dedicated to teaching and research staff – she holds a PhD in Business Administration, and she followed a post-doctoral research stage, as well. She is a member of the Student Entrepreneurship Society of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies being in charge with offering business consultancy services to student entrepreneurs, developing campaigns for promoting student entrepreneurs, organising mentoring programs with renowned entrepreneurs, and organising competitions of business ideas for students. Furthermore, she is a founding member of the FRESHconsult project that implies free generic consultancy activities offered to micro and small Romanian businesses by students, under the strict coordination of professors.

Mariarosaria Lombardi (Guest Speaker)

Mariarosaria LOMBARDI is an Associate Professor Ph.D. in Commodity Sciences at the Department of Economics, Universityof Foggia (Italy). She has been a Rector’s delegate for Coordination of Planning and Accreditation Activities since May 2023 and a departmental delegate fort heThird Mission (relationship with the territorial stakeholders) since June 2017. She deals with the innovations and socio-economic and environmental sustainability assessment of supply chains, using mainly Carbon Footprint and Material Flow Analysis methodology, focusing mostly on agro-energy and agro-food systems in relation to climate change. Particular attention is also paid to social innovation as a nalternativea pproach to improving the sustainability of the agro-food sector.