Champion Awards
I wish to express my gratitude to  CEEMAN for this recognition [which] belongs not only to me, but also to all collaborators in Estonian Business School and other schools and research institutions.
Ruth Alas,
Estonian Business School, Estonia

Champions 2015


Dorota Dobija
Prof. Dorota DobijaKozminski University, Poland

Dorota Dobija is professor of Accounting and Management at Kozminski University. Her major research areas are financial markets and corporate governance. She also studies organizations, and especially how financial and non-financial information is used by managers of various organisations. She authored more than 100 of research publications and participated in a number of international research projects. Prof. Dobija’s research has appeared in leading academic journals such as International Journal of Accounting, Journal of Management and Governance and Journal of Strategic Information Systems.  She was a Fulbright Scholar and held a series of visiting professorships abroad. She also received numerous awards and honors including for scientific achievements.

Prof. Dobija is a former Vice-Rector for Research and Faculty Development and director of the Kozminski Center for Corporate Governance. At present she holds a position of Ph.D. Academic Director at Kozminski University.

She received her master (1992) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees from Cracow University of Economics, habilitation (2005) from Kozminski University and full professor title in 2015.



Can AkkanSabancı University School of Management, Turkey

Can Akkan is an Associate Professor of Operations Management at Sabancı University School of Management.  At Sabancı, he served in the past as the Academic Director of the MBA Program, the Academic Director of the Executive MBA Program and later the Associate Dean of the School of Management.  As part of these administrative responsibilities he has worked extensively on the curriculum design and re-design projects of most of the degree programs offered at the School of Management.

He holds a PhD degree in Operations Research from Cornell University and a BSc degree in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey). Before joining Sabancı, he worked at Koç University College of Administrative Sciences and Economics, Istanbul.

At Cornell, he received Cornell IIE/ORSA Outstanding Operations Research/Industrial Engineering Teaching Assistant Award.  At Sabancı University, he was twice voted by the graduating class of the university as the third place winner of the Graduating Class Teaching Award, for his teaching in the Introduction to Management course. He has given seminars on teaching (mainly active learning) to both existing faculty and the new faculty as part of their orientation program. 
He has taught Managerial Decision Making, Statistics and Data-based Decision Making, Decision Analytics, Operations Management and Project Management courses at undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Education programs. He has taught in the corporate academies of two industrial groups (Borusan Holding and Kibar Holding, in Turkey).

His main research interests are applied discrete optimization, production and project scheduling, and timetabling in service operations. He has published research articles in journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Computers & Operations Research, International Journal of Production Research, among others. 


Responsible Management Education

Marcela Ramirez-PasillasJönköping International Business School (JIBS), Sweden

Marcela is an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and UN Project Manager of PRME (United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education) at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) in Jönköping University in Sweden. She is affiliated to the Centre for Family Enterprises and Ownership, CEFEO at JIBS. She currently serves as a Chair of the STEP European Leadership Council of the Global STEP Project for Family Enterprising and as a Co-Chair of the EURAM Doctoral Colloquium. Marcela received both her Licenciate and PhD in Business Administration at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden. She studied her Bachelor in the Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She conducted a postdoc in family business at CEFEO. Prior to JIBS, Marcela worked as an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship, and as Director of the Master in Business Management at EGADE Business School, Campus Estado de Mexico, in Tecnológico de Monterrey Mexico.

In her work to disseminate PRME at JIBS, Marcela stimulated processes, student clubs, and activities that are anchored on inclusiveness, responsibility, and sustainability. She promoted a number of student’s initiatives. Marcela considers that students are important changemakers of universities with capacity to create substantial contributions. For instance, to raise awareness and educate students on sustainability, the student club Re-Act was launched. She is part of the initiators of the JU Sustainability Network, an initiative to gather Jönköping University faculty interested to advance their knowledge and understanding of sustainability across disciplines. Her new research interests are centered on undergraduate sustainable entrepreneurship education, social responsibility of family firms, transformative processes leading to sustainable universities, and social entrepreneurship and violence prevention.

She is interested in entrepreneurial phenomena that are socially based triggering different sustainable entrepreneurship(s).  The sustainable entrepreneurship(s) are working attitudes, modes of thinking and social practices that are crucial in today´s societies as they foster human, organizational and economic growth in sustainable ways.

Other nominations for 2015:


  • Prof. Hubert Joo, European University, Spain


  • Dr. Gulzhanat Tayauova, Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan
  • Prof. Dariusz Jemielniak, Kozminski University, Poland
  • Dr. Begoña González Otero, European University, Germany

Institutional Management                        

  • Dr. Krysztof Rybinski, Vistula University, Poland