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

24th CEEMAN Annual Conference

Tallinn, Estonia

Management Education for a Digital World


The 24th CEEMAN Annual Conference was held on 28-30 September in Tallinn, Estonia, hosted by Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration (TSEBA).

The conference was the central annual event of CEEMAN, gathering deans and directors of universities and business schools from around the world, leaders of international and regional management development institutions, international publishers and partners, as well business, government and media representatives.

The conference topic was Management Education for a Digital World, and since Estonia has a strong information technology sector and has been mentioned as the most "wired" and advanced country in Europe in the terms of e-Government and successful tech start-ups and initiatives, the conference participants had the opportunity to experience it first-hand.

Expert presentations, panels and workshops addressed, among other, the questions of:

  • How advanced or lagging behind are educators in answering the trends and development needs of their "more digital" clients?
  • How can business schools and companies work together better, including in the areas of entrepreneurship and big data?
  • How "digital" are business schools themselves?

Besides presentations and highly interactive roundtables with speakers and participants, the conference included visits to e-Estonia showroom and companies to better understand the issues, trends and development needs of high-tech startups and big companies dealing with technology.

Several side events also took place, including a number of pre-conference sessions, exhibition opportunities for publishers and partners, individual Dean2Dean advisory meetings, CEEMAN’s IQA-International Quality Accreditation workshop, CEEMAN Annual Meeting, and CEEMAN Awards Ceremony.


Faculty and researchers were invited to showcase their work (teaching case studies, research, teaching tools & techniques, and other experience) at a poster session related to the overall theme of the 24th CEEMAN Annual Conference: “Management Education for a Digital World” on Wednesday, 28 September.

Next CEEMAN Annual Conference will take place in China!


Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Pre-conference events

  • 2nd PRME CEE Chapter Meeting “Boosting Social Entrepreneurship through Management Education”
  • Individual Dean2Dean advisory meetings
  • Presentations by publishers and partners
  • Poster session by faculty and researchers "My Solution to Educational Challenges in the Digital World"
  • Welcome drink

Thursday, 29 September 2016
Conference Day 1

  • Experiential workshop "Digital Realities", including visit to e-Estonia showroom, meetings with companies, and brainstorming session at Garage48 Hub
  • Presentation of preliminary findings of CEEMAN Research on Management and Leadership Development Needs
  • 24th CEEMAN Annual Conference "Management Education for a Digital World" - keynote presentations
  • Dinner

Friday, 30 September 2016
Conference Day 2

Saturday, 1 October 2016

  • Tallinn sightseeing, including lunch


    Derek Abell
    Derek Abell
    Professor Emeritus of ESMT Berlin, Germany and President of CEEMAN Accreditation Committee
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    Alenka Braček Lalić
    International Quality Accreditation (IQA) Director at CEEMAN, Slovenia
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    Toomas Danneberg
    Vice-Rector for International Relations, Estonian Business School, Estonia
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    Ullas Ehrlich
    Dean of TSEBA, Estonia
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    Sergei Filonovich
    Dean of its Graduate Management School, Russia
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    Kaspars Kaulins
    Kaspars Kauliņš
    Country Manager Estonia, Pedersen & Partners
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    Nicola Kleyn
    Nicola Kleyn
    Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa
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    Assylbek Kozhakhmetov
    Assylbek Kozhakhmetov
    President of Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan
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    Eitel J.M. Lauría
    Director, Graduate Programs, School of Computer Science and Mathematics, Marist College, USA
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    Anto Liivat
    Lecturer, Head of the Council of Bachelor’s studies, Estonian Business School
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    Venus Lun
    Associate Head of the Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong/China
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    Thomas Marschall
    Thomas Marschall
    Founder TheBigDisruption, Denmark
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    Ivo Matser
    CEO, ISM University of Management and Economics, Lithuania
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    Peter McKiernan
    Peter McKiernan
    Strathclyde University, UK
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    Sean Meehan
    Seán Meehan
    Martin Hilti Professor of Marketing and Change Management, IMD Lausanne, Switzerland
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    Ratko Mutavdžić
    Director Cloud Services, Microsoft CEE, Croatia
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    Holger Patzelt
    Vice Dean Academic Affairs, TUM School of Management, Germany
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    Taimar Peterkop
    Director General of the Information System Authority, Estonia
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    Danica Purg
    Danica Purg
    President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia, and the President of CEEMAN, Slovenia
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    Rein Riisalu
    Lecturer, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
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    Niko Slavnič
    business owner, business angel/investor, and educator, Slovenia
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    Erki Urva
    Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Information Technology Foundation for Education HITSA
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    Renno Veinthal
    Vice-rector for Research at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
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    2nd PRME CEE Chapter


    Experiential Workshops



    CEEMAN Panel

    Opinion on research results

    Key lessons from experiential workshops

    Management Education and Research for a Digital World - Content

    Management Education and Research for a Digital World – Process

    CEEMAN Meetings


    Business Keynotes: Digitalization and Its Impact on Business School Markets and Competition

    Management Education and Research for a Digital World – Content

    Management Education and Research for a Digital World – Process

    Research Keynotes

    “What does Management Education and Research for a Digital World mean for you?”

    Extended and complete video of brilliant thoughts from the 24th CEEMAN Annual Conference





    Conference Supporters




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    Olga Veligurska CEEMAN Director
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