Mini Track on Economics and Business Communication


Exploring Global Perspectives: The Future of Economics and Social Sciences

13-14 June 2024, Bucharest, Romania

Mini Track Chairs

  • Mihaela Roberta Stanef-Puică, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest

  • Guest Speaker – Sorin Nastasia, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, United States of America

  • George-Laurențiu Șerban Oprescu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

Since the outset of 2023, the global economy appears to have embarked on a new developmental phase propelled by AI. The primary objective of this mini-track is to delve into the influence of digital transformation on the field of employment. Serving as a forum for a diverse range of scholars, it aims to envisage and plot the trajectory for the future of labour within an ever-evolving digital world.
In this context, we invite submissions of papers that explore the diverse dimensions of digital transformation in the workforce and offer perspectives on how emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, automation, robotics, and digital platforms are altering conventional employment frameworks. Participants will acquire insights into the disruptive influences shaping the worldwide economy and the changing dynamics of roles, competencies, and employment trends in the digital era.

  • Economic policies for digital development
  • Global economic competition on digital markets
  • Governments economic stimulus on digital frame of economy
  • The Big Four of digital economy
  • Information technologies and share services
  • Reshaping the world economy
  • Anticipating the Impact of Automation and AI on the labour market
  • Building Digital Skills: Navigating the Transition to a Tech-Driven Workforce
  • Addressing Digital Divides and Socioeconomic Impacts
  • Business communication through digital technologies

Mihaela Roberta Stanef-Puică

Studied Economics at Faculty of Theoretical and Applied Economic, Bucharest University of Economic Studies. Vice-dean of the Faculty Theoretical and Applied Economic Studies, since 2015, now she is in charge with the research component of the Faculty.
Her research interests cover regional development and labour market problems. With an experience in academia but also in research for about 15 years, Roberta Stanef-Puică carries out both teaching and research activities in areas of expertise such as: sustainable development, urban and rural development gaps, human resources, labour market, demography, education and public policies.
Roberta Stanef-Puică is also a consultant for the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis and had a big contribution in more than a few of their projects regarding private-public partnerships in several different domains, such as labour market and green energy.

Sorin Nastasia (Guest Speaker)

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the director of the International Studies degree program within the College of Arts and Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in Communication and Public Discourse at the University of North Dakota in 2010, an M.A. in Communication and Public Relations from the National University for Political Studies and Public Administration in Romania in 2003, an M.A. in International Relations from the Academy of Economic Studies in Romania in 1999, as well as an M.A. in American Cultural Studies in 1996 and a B.A. in Romanian and English Languages and Literatures in 1995 from the University of Bucharest in Romania. While at the University of North Dakota, he worked in public relations and graphic design for the Center for Community Engagement and the Housing Office, and in his native Romania he was an international relations counselor for the Ministry of Culture and a public relations counselor for the Ministry of Education. At Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dr. Nastasia teaches undergraduate courses including Public Relations Campaigns, Public Relations Case Studies, Public Relations Visual Communication, International Public Relations, Technology Applications in Public Relations, Introduction to Public Relations, Persuasion and Social Influence, Communication Theories, Interpersonal Communication Skills, and Public Speaking, as well as graduate courses including Seminar in Public Relations and Seminar in Intercultural Communication. Dr. Nastasia has so far organized two study abroad courses giving students opportunities to learn first-hand in international settings, one to France and Romania in summer 2012, and one to Germany and Hungary in summer 2014. Dr. Nastasia is a critical-cultural scholar seeking to understand international public relations practices and international crisis communication cases as well as of media and public portrayals of underprivileged and disadvantaged populations. For his research, Dr. Nastasia has won four Top Paper Awards at annual conferences of the National Communication Association. Dr. Nastasia has published research in the edited volumes Case Studies in Crisis Communication: International Perspectives on Hits and Misses at Routledge, Communication and PR from a Cross-Cultural Standpoint at Peter Lang, The Walk of Shame at Nova Publishing, and The Palgrave International Handbook on Women and Journalism at Palgrave McMillan. His work also appeared in the PR News Media Training Guidebook, the Sage Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, and the journals TelevIZIon and The Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations. He is working on a co-authored book on children’s perceptions of the Japan 2011 disasters. Dr. Nastasia currently serves at department level as Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Technology and website editor, and as a faculty advisor for the PRSSA chapter at SIUE, and at university level he is the president-elect of the Faculty Senate.

George-Laurențiu Șerban-Oprescu

is a faculty member at the Department of Economic Doctrines and Communication within the Faculty of Theoretical and Applied Economics. For over two decades, he has developed and delivered courses in economic doctrines, economic epistemology, and communication networks.
His research delves into the intersection of economic doctrines and epistemology with a special focus on exploring topics like quality of life, education for sustainable development, migration patterns, and the impact of digitalization. Over the past 20 years, he has authored over 35 research articles and contributed significantly to various books and collective studies.