The CEEMAN’s extensive programs provide an excellent platform for discussions and thinking about how the improved quality of management and management schools can be the catalyst to drive urgently needed changes, innovation and creativity.
Matej Potokar,
General Manager, Microsoft Services CEE

26th CEEMAN Annual Conference

Prague, Czech Republic

Redefining Management Education: Excellence and Relevance


The 26th CEEMAN Annual Conference titled “Redefining Management Education: Excellence and Relevance” will be taking place from 19-21 September 2018 in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. CEEMAN Annual Conference is the most important annual event of CEEMAN – the International Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies.

The 2018 annual conference will deal with the topics that have been very high on the agenda of management education professionals and who tackle questions such as: how to make management education more relevant in order to prepare future corporate leaders and successful entrepreneurs, how to make academic research more relevant, how do we narrow the gap between management practice and education, etc.

We are proud to announce that Roger Martin, who was named the world’s #1 management thinker by Thinkers50 in 2017, and Johan Roos will join us at the conference as keynote speakers, to share their views on redefining management education.

Besides keynote addresses, presentations and highly interactive roundtables with speakers and participants, the conference will also include several side events, such as company visits, pre-conference sessions, exhibition opportunities for publishers and partners, individual Dean2Dean advisory meetings, CEEMAN’s IQA-International Quality Accreditation session, CEEMAN Annual Meeting, and CEEMAN Awards Ceremony.

The conference will be co-organized with University of New York in Prague, the largest and leading English language higher education institution in the Czech Republic. Established in 1998, the UNYP offers accredited Bachelor's, Master's, MBA, and PhD programs in English as an officially recognized higher education institution in the Czech Republic, and in partnership with prestigious international universities in the United States and Europe. The UNYP has an international student body (800 students from over 60 different countries) and the most diverse and international faculty in the Czech Republic.


CEEMAN invites faculty members and researchers to participate in a pre-conference poster session to showcase their work related to the overall theme of the “Redefining Management Education: Excellence and Relevance”. The poster session will be taking place on 19 September 2018. View call for contributions and come to Prague to showcase some of your work!



Wednesday, 19 September 2018

  • 10:00 Registration open
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Side meetings
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Session on Hidden Champions in CEE (latest update and insights from international research consortium)
  • 14:00 - 17:00 Individual Dean2Dean meetings
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Poster session for faculty and researchers
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Welcome drink at the hotel

Thursday, 20 September 2018

  • 09:30 – 13:00 Pre-conference workshop – company visits: Avast and Staropramen
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Lunch at the hotel
  • 15:00 – 19:00 Conference opening (keynotes, business panel, CEEMAN Manifesto presentation)
  • 19:30 – 22:00 Dinner at Kolkovna Celnice (an Original Pilsner Restaurant)

Friday, 21 September 2018

  • 09:00 – 9:45 CEEMAN IQA session
  • 10:00 – 18:00 Conference continuation (panels, roundtables, world cafe, CEEMAN Annual Meeting)
  • 19:30 – 23:00 Gala dinner and 25th CEEMAN Anniversary celebration, St. Agnes Convent

Saturday, 22 September 2018

  • 10:00 - 14:00 Guided tour of Prague (historical tram ride, tour of Prague castle, lunch)
*Please note that this is a draft agenda and may still be subject to change.

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Keynote Speakers

Roger Martin
Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada

Roger Martin is the Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management and the Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness.
From 1998 to 2013, he served as Dean. In 2013, he was named global Dean of the Year by the leading business school website, Poets & Quants. He has published 11 books, written 25 Harvard Business Review articles, and is also a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego, IDEO and Verizon. Read more about Roger Martin and his work at


Johan Roos
Chief Academic Officer & Professor of General Management and Strategy, Hult International Business School, UK and US

Professor Johan Roos is Chief Academic Officer of Hult International Business School. He joined Hult in January 2016, bringing with him a strong background in international academic leadership, scholarship and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Hult, he worked in six business schools and a non-profit organization, in five countries. Most recently, he was CEO and Dean of Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. Prof Roos is an elected member of the Danish Academy of Technical Science and serves on several steering committees including Global Peter Drucker Forum in Austria and EFMD’s EPAS and EOCCS committees in Brussels. He has written extensively on strategy, knowledge in companies, change and innovation, including many scholarly books, articles and shorter commentaries. Read more about Johan Roos at


Alenka Braček Lalić
Vice Dean for Research and Co-Director of the Executive MBA study program at IEDC-Bled School of Management, Postgraduate Studies
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Steven J. DeKrey
Associate Dean and Adjunct Professor of Management at HKUST Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
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Antonio Freitas
Antonio Freitas
Provost of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Member of the Higher Education Board of the National Education Council of Ministry of Education in Brazil and past President of CLADEA
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elisabeth frolich
Elisabeth Fröhlich
Vice Dean for Research and Co-Director of the Executive MBA study program at IEDC-Bled School of Management, Postgraduate Studies
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Gazmed Haxhia
Gazmend Haxhia
President of A.S.G Group
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Piet Naude
Piet Naudé
Professor of Ethics and former Vice-Rector: Academic at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth
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Gregor Pilgram
Gregor Pilgram
Chief Financial Officer of Generali CEE Holding B.V.
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CEEMAN Conference Venue

Vienna House Diplomat Prague
Evropska 15, 16041 Prague, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 296 559 111

CEEMAN Annual Conference participants are eligible for preferential conditions at the Vienna House Diplomat Prague: Single Superior / Double Superior price starting from 130 /140 EUR per night (incl breakfast and taxes).

Please book your accommodation directly through this link. Reservations can be made for stays from 18-23 September. If you wish to stay longer, please contact the hotel reservation department at

As there is a limited number of rooms reserved for our Conference participants and September is very busy in Prague, we highly recommend booking your room before 1 June 2018 to ensure availability and preferred rates.


The Vienna House Diplomat Prague is situated in the peaceful diplomatic district, right next to the historic city centre and its attractions.


  • Nearest underground station Dejvicka: 100 m
  • Prague Castle: 1.6 km
  • City centre: 4 km
  • National Theatre: 3.6 km
  • Main railway station: 4.5 km
  • Congress centre: 6.3 km
  • Václav Havel Airport Prague: 11 km

Transfer from Prague Václav Havel Airport to the Hotel

If you wish to pre-order a taxi from the airport, you can contact taxi provider Antonin Savel at or +420 606 487 415. The price of the one-way ride should be 450 CZK (approx. 20 EUR) and already includes the waiting time at the airport. For booking his services, please contact him directly and send him the following info:

  • Your full name
  • The city you fly from
  • Date and time of your arrival at the airport

Otherwise, you can also get at taxi upon arrival (waiting time about 10-15 min, the cost might be higher).

If you prefer public transport, take the bus no. 119 (bus stop is located right in front of the airport terminals 1 and 2) direction Nádraží Veleslavín. At Nádraží Veleslavín, take the green A-line underground train towards Depo Hostivař. Get off at Dejvicka Station and take exit Hotel Diplomat. (Length of the trip: approx. 30 minutes. Fare: approx. 26 CZK / 1.2 EUR)

CEEMAN Gala Venue – St. Agnes Convent

The convent of Saint Agnes is situated on the right bank of Vltava, in Prague Old Town area called „Na Františku“. The monastery of Poor Clares of the Order of Saint Clare and Franciscans was founded in 1231 by Agnes of Bohemia, who also became the abbess of the convent.

The National Gallery became the owner of the Convent of St. Agnes in 1963 and the final phase of renovation followed. Since 1978, the convent is a national cultural heritage landmark and a gallery. Initially, Bohemian art of 19th and early 20th century was exhibited but today, a permanent exhibition of Medieval Arts of Bohemia and Central Europe is displayed. The cloister is used for temporary exhibitions.




Before 1 June

After 1 June

CEEMAN members

EUR 620

EUR 750


EUR 850

EUR 980

Poster session presenters are entitled to a 10% discount on the participation fee.

The fee includes attendance of the sessions, conference materials, coffee breaks, welcome drink, lunches and dinners (on Thursday and Friday), for 1 person as specified in the conference program, as well as transportation between the conference venues (for company visits, dinners). The fee does NOT cover travel, airport shuttle, accommodation, participation of accompanying persons, or sightseeing tour. Payment of participation fee should be settled by September 5 at the latest by bank transfer upon receipt of the pro-forma invoice from CEEMAN. Unfortunately, we cannot accept credit cards.

Cancellation of participation (in writing) must be received 15 days prior to the beginning of the conference if fees are to be refunded. After that date no refunds will be made. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to send a replacement; however, prior notification is required.







We kindly invite our partners, members and publishers to participate as exhibitors or sponsors at the 26th CEEMAN Annual Conference and present their services, products, and projects to the conference participants on Wednesday, 19 September and in between the conference sessions.

To ensure maximum networking possibilities and exposure, the exhibition area will be located right at the entrance to the conference room and where coffee breaks take place. Every conference participant is likely to view your display and be exposed to your message.

There are three exhibiting and sponsoring packages available, with various additional promotion possibilities such as an advertisement in the conference handbook and insert or promo gift in the participant’s bag. Please refer to the brochures for more information on the packages:



Olga Veligurska
Olga Veligurska CEEMAN Director
+386 4 57 92 5505


Živa Žmavc Thongvanh Project Manager
+386 4 57 92 518