International Conference “GSOM Emerging Markets Conference 2015: Business and Government Perspectives”

On October 15 – 17, 2015  Graduate School of Management SPbU hosted the International Conference «GSOM Emerging Markets Conference 2015: Business and Government Perspectives».


More than 430 participants took part in the conference representing 60 leading universities from Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, India, and other countries. Representatives of business community and members of the Administration of St. Petersburg took part in the conference sessions and round tables. The number of participants has increased by more than 1.5 times compared to 2014, when the conference was held for the first time.


Members of the Conference Program Committee and Conference papers’ reviewers were leading researchers. In total, the organizing committee has received 210 papers, 134 of them were selected for presentation at the conference. The conference was devoted to current trends in management and public administrationin emerging economies. The papers were presented during the tracks on Information Management and Knowledge Management, Corporate Governance, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Marketing, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Teaching English in Business Schools, Public Sector Reforms and Economic Development, Strategic Finance, Innovation and R&D Management, Human Resource in Emerging Market Firms.


As part of the conference track “Public Sector Transition” the participants discussed topics of Economic Policy in Emerging Market Economies and Public Economics, Public Management, Public Procurement and Anti-Corruption Policy.


Several plenary keynote speeches were given on October 15 and 16.

  • Professor Kang Jun-Koo, College of Business, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, presented his paper “Family Business and Firm Value: Evidence from Stakeholder Relations with Employees”.
  • Lilac Nachum, Professor of Baruch College, City University New York, USA and director of GSOM SPbU Center for the Study of Emerging Market and Russian Multinational Enterprises, presented the results of Center studies’ in her presentation (“Russian Multinationals in a Global World: GSOM Center for the Study of Russian and Emerging Market Multinationals”).
  • Tatiana Manolova, Associate Professor, Bentley University, USA, highlighted the problems of corruption presenting the paper “Corruption Perceptions and Entrepreneurial Intentions: a Focus on Emerging Economies”.
  • «Evolving Models of PPP in Healthcare. The European Experience» was presented by Professor James Barlow, Imperial College Business School/ Associate Director, Research and Evaluation, Imperial College Health Partners, UK.


The second plenary session was devoted to knowledge management.

  • Giovanni Schiuma, Professor, Università della Basilicata, Italy / Director, Innovation Insights Hub, University of the Arts London, UK presented his paper “Knowledge Management in 21st Century: The Role of Arts”.
  • Professor John Christopher Spender, ESADE Business School, Spain / Kozminski University, Business School, Poland shared his view about “Knowledge Management Dynamics”.
  • Snejina Michailova, Professor, University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand presented her paper “Knowledge Management in Emerging Economies: Looking Back and Moving Forward”.


Several round tables were held as part of the conference. Participants showed interest to these events, confirming the relevance of the stated problems: Debates “PPP Development in the Field of Transport”, “PPP Development in the Field of Airports”, “PPP Development in the Field of Roads”, round tables “Cases in Russian Business Education”, “Corporate Social Responsibility”, “Smart Cities in Russia: Influencing the Way we Live Tomorrow”, “Leadership: is leadership or should leadership be different in emerging markets?”, “Innovations in Healthcare”, as well as seminars and workshops “Key Factors in Successfully Publishing in Academic Journals”, “Writing Discrete Item Exercises for Business English Teaching”, “Reconceptualising English for Professional Communication Programme”.


GSOM SPbU faculty have organized and moderated these round tables, workshops, debates. Guests and speakers of these events presented leading scientific and business organizations of Russia and St. Petersburg.


As part of the conference was XX Annual Pashkus Readings. Nickolai V. Raskov, Professor, Department of strategic and international management SPbU, presented his paper «Economic Development of Russia: Institutional Resources». In this presentation, Nickolai V. Raskov substantiated the thesis that the economic resources are used at low efficiency if they are not equipped with properly market institutions. He presented the results of the analysis of long-term statistics, showing that institutional system of Russia is developing very slowly and constantly plays the unfavorable investment and innovation environment.


On the eve of the conference, October 13 – 15, Doctoral Colloquium was held in GSOM SPbU. The main sessions of the colloquium ware devoted to the process of theorizing, making strong theoretical contribution and theory building process, publishing papers in respectable journals.

Also, with help of GSOM faculty feedback session was held. 20 people took part in the colloquium, 5 of them – presented Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland and the University of Bern, Switzerland.


The “GSOM Emerging Markets Conference: Business and Government Perspectives” is held annually. Terms and Conditions of participation in the conference in 2016 will be announced later.


Professor Andrey Panibratov, GSOM SPbU Department of Strategic and International Management, shares his impressions on the Conference:


“The Conference is undoubtedly a success compared to the last year. Its uniqueness is in participation of several globally renowned scientists in international business simultaneously. Besides, two of them are editors of the leading scientific journals of the ABS list. All of them demonstrated their vivid interest to Russia as an emerging market which is extremely important for our further cooperation with them. Numerous young researchers and doctoral students had a rare chance to contact the “stars” of international business science.


The venue of Mikhailovskaya Dacha gave a special atmosphere to the event. This cutting-edge campus enhanced new emotions and energy to all participants – both Russian and international colleagues who already claimed their intention to develop further joint scientific projects with the GSOM Center for the Study of Emerging Markets and Russian Multinational Enterprises”. 




Professor Kang Jun-Koo, College of Business, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore:


“This is my first time at this conference. It gathered scientists from many countries who provide knowledge which would be very useful in practice. It is important that the conference covers a wide range of topics in business, audit and management in general”. 




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