6th icESS – 2023


Geopolitical perspectives and technological challenges for sustainable growth in the 21st century

15-16 June, 2023, Bucharest, Romania

Conference Programme

13:00 – 13:30  Registration
13:30 – 14:00 Conference Opening
14:00 – 15:30 Plenary Session:
Sorin VÂLCEA, Cleveland State University, United States of America
Ionuț DUMITRU, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania
15:30 – 17:00 Reception (Floor 1)
09:00 – 11:00 Parallel Sessions
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00 Parallel Sessions
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Parallel Sessions
16:00 – 16:30  Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:00 Parallel Sessions
19:00 – 23:00 Gala Dinner

1. De Gruyter Conference proceedings

The accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings, subject to author registration, payment and presentation. The Conference Proceedings volume is published by Sciendo (De Gruyter) with ISSN and ISBN.

2. A selection of the presented papers will be published in the Springer Proceedings – Business and Economics submitted for indexation in various international databases:

  • Clarivate Analytics – Web of Science
  • Elsevier – SCOPUS

3. A selection of the presented papers will be considered for the Special Issue of Amfitreatu Economic Journal.

  • JFI = 2,304
  • JCI = 0,63
  • AIS = 0,231
  • Quartile = Q2
  • H index = 25
  • CiteScore = 3,1
  • SNIP = 0,681
  • SJR = 0,370, Quartile = Q1;
  • H index = 24

4. A selection of the presented papers will be published in the Partner journal: Economic Computation and Economic Cybernetics Studies and Research

  • FI = 0.885 (2020);
  • AIS = 0.143;
  • FI-5 years = 0.946, Quartile = Q4 (economics).
  • Cite Score = 1.6 (2020);
  • SNIP = 0.656;
  • SJR = 0.258.

5. A selection of the presented papers will be published in the journal: Romanian Journal of Economic Forecasting

  • FI = 0.831 (2020);
  • AIS = 0.132;
  • FI-5 years = 0.872, Quartile = Q4 (economics).
  • Cite Score = 1.4 (2020);
  • SNIP = 0.618;
  • SJR = 0.248.

6. A selection of the presented papers will be published in the journal: Management & Marketing. Challenges for the Knowledge Society

  • AIS = 0.169;
  • Quartile = Q3 (economics).
  • Cite Score = 1.9 (2020);
  • SNIP = 0.618 (2020);
  • SJR = 0.254 (2020).

Scope of the Conference

The conference primarily focuses on empirical and theoretical work in the fields of economics, business, finance, and management. Given the research diversity of the 12 faculties of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, it encompasses a broad spectrum of topics within these areas, encouraging interdisciplinary research and innovative approaches.

Statement of purpose

Fostering Academic Exchange: ICESS aims to serve as a dynamic forum for the exchange of ideas, research findings, and methodologies in economics and social sciences.

Encouraging Innovative Research: By bringing together diverse perspectives, the conference seeks to stimulate innovative research and thought leadership in its core areas.

Building Professional Networks: It provides an invaluable opportunity for participants to network, collaborate, and form partnerships with international peers and experts.

Promoting Academic Growth: Through its publication series, ICESS aims to contribute to the academic growth of participants by offering a prestigious platform for their research to be recognized and cited.

icESS 2023

The world today is vastly different than what it was even a few decades ago, as a result of advances in technology, globalization, and societal changes. Recently, a particular attention was given to sustainable development, raising the question of how to drive economic growth in a responsible manner by harnessing technology’s potential while accounting for diverse national perspectives. In 2015, the United Nations agreed upon 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed to transform our world by 2030. However, without the support of stakeholders from the government, business and civil societies, the SDGs are only aspirations.

In light of these developments, ICESS 2023 provides a space for all those interested in Economics and Social Sciences to discuss and exchange research ideas for increasing economic performance while improving our quality of life and meeting the needs of future generations. We welcome both empirical and theoretical work that is broadly consistent with the conference theme. Researchers, PhD students and practitioners are invited to explore the topic, especially from an Economics, Management or Finance perspective, and submit papers that will help organizations, economic sectors and countries develop in a sustainable way.

keynote speakers


Cleveland State University

Sorin Vâlcea is an Associate Professor in the Management and Labor Relations Department at Cleveland State University. He received his PhD in Management (with a focus on Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management) from the University of Oklahoma. His research interests include leadership development, extra-role employee behaviors, work in teams, and employment interviews. He has published research on leader and follower development, proactivity, and methodologies in OB/HRM. His work has appeared in journals such as Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration from the FABIZ Faculty of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, which he graduated in 2004 and 2006, respectively.

Relevant publications:

Bolino, M., Valcea, S., Harvey, J. (2010) Employee, manage thyself: The potentially negative implications of expecting employees to behave proactively. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, Vol. 83, Issue 2, DOI: 10.1348/096317910X493134, Management AIS Quartile Q1, Management JIF Quartile Q2.
Mitchell, J. R., Hart, T. A., Valcea, S., Townsend, D. M. (2009). Becoming the Boss: Discretion and Postsuccession Success in Family Firms. ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE, Vol. 33, Issue 6, DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2009.00341.x, Business AIS Quartile Q1, Business JIF Quartile Q1.
Valcea, S. Hamdani, M.R., Buckley, M. R, Novicevic, M. M. (2011). Exploring the developmental potential of leader-follower interactions: A constructive-developmental approach. LEADERSHIP QUARTERLY Vol. 22, Issue 22, DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2011.05.003, Management AIS Quartile Q1, Management JIF Quartile Q1.
Gallagher, V.C., Hrivnak, M.W., Valcea, S. Mahoney, C.B., LaWong, D. (2018). A comprehensive three-dimensional sustainability measure: The missing P’ of people’ – a vital stakeholder in sustainable development. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT. Vol. 25, Issue 25, DOI: 10.1002/csr.1493, Business AIS Quartile Q2, Business JIF Quartile Q1.
Florea, L., Valcea, S., Hamdani, M.R., Dougherty, T. W. (2019). From first impressions to selection decisions The role of dispositional cognitive motivations in the employment interview. PERSONNEL REVIEW, Vol. 48, Issue 1, DOI: 10.1108/PR-11-2017-0345, Management AIS Quartile Q3, Management JIF Quartile Q2.
Hamdani, M.R., Valcea, S., Buckley, M. R. (2014). The relentless pursuit of construct validity in the design of employment interviews. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT REVIEW, Vol. 24, Issue: 2, DOI: 10.1016/j.hrmr.2013.07.002, Management AIS Quartile Q1, Management JIF Quartile Q1.
Valcea, S., Hamdani, M., Bradley, B. (2019). Weakest Link Goal Orientations and Team Expertise: Implications for Team Performance. SMALL GROUP RESEARCH, Vol. 50, Issue 3, DOI: 10.1177/1046496418825302, Management AIS Quartile Q3, Management JIF Quartile Q3.
Hamdani, M.R., Valcea, S., Buckley, M. R. (2016). The MTMM matrix approach: implications for HRM research. PERSONNEL REVIEW, Vol. 45, Issue 6, DOI: 10.1108/PR-12-2014-0278, Management AIS Quartile Q3, Management JIF Quartile Q2


Bucharest University of Economic Studies

Ionut Dumitru is Professor of Finance at the Faculty of Finance, Insurance, Banking and Stock Exchange, Department of Money and Banking, within the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. He is former chairman of the Fiscal Council of Romania, and he is currently Chief-Economist at Raiffeisen Bank Romania.

Mr. Dumitru graduated the Faculty of Finance, Insurance, Banking and Stock Exchange, has a master’s degree in “Financial and Monetary Policies and Strategies” within the Doctoral School of Finance and Banking (DOFIN) and obtained his PhD degree in Finance at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. He attended various training courses in macroeconomics and financial markets held by professors from DOFIN partner universities – Reading and ISMA Centre (UK), Erasmus (Netherlands), MIT, Columbia and New York University (US), as well as a several training programs on management and financial markets.