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General Manager, Microsoft Services CEE

25th CEEMAN Annual Conference

Hangzhou, China

Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economies


The 25th CEEMAN Annual Conference took place from 20-22 September in Hangzhou, China, and was hosted by School of Management, Zhejiang University. Hangzhou, known as the Silicon valley in paradise, is the epicenter of China’s tech industry and important center of economic development and education. 

CEEMAN Annual Conference is the most important annual event of CEEMAN – the International Management Development Association for Dynamic Societies. In the past years, CEEMAN has been strengthening its links with China, and organizing CEEMAN Annual Conference for the first time in China was an important step to facilitate cooperation within Belt and Road Initiative.

The conference topic was Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economies, and the conference provided an opportunity to discuss latest trends, key issues, opportunities and challenges in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovations, and sustainability and see how business/management education can better support these processes to foster more effective entrepreneurship development around the world.

Besides keynote addresses, presentations and highly interactive roundtables with speakers and participants, the conference included company visits and meetings with entrepreneurs in Hangzhou in order to understand different stakeholders’ perspectives, the latest trends in innovations, and related entrepreneurship development needs. 

  • Alibaba
  • Wensli
  • Geely

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 session, CEEMAN Annual Meeting, and CEEMAN Awards Ceremony.


Faculty and researchers showcased their work (teaching case studies, research, teaching tools & techniques, and other experience) at a poster session related to the overall theme of the 25th CEEMAN Annual Conference: “Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economies” on Wednesday, 20 September.


Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Pre-conference events

  • Company Visits and meetings with entrepreneurs (Alibaba, Wensli, Geely)
  • Poster session by faculty and researchers "Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economies"
  • Welcome reception

Thursday, 21 September 2017
Conference Day 1

  • 25th CEEMAN Annual Conference "Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economies" - keynote addresses by high-level representatives of Chinese government, representatives of management education and business
  • Entrepreneurship development in China – issues and opportunities
  • Panel with business and education representatives from China
  • Entrepreneurship development around the world
  • Recognition of excellence and relevance in management education – CEEMAN IQA Accreditation
  • Dinner

Friday, 22 September 2017
Conference Day 2

  • Bonus session "Assessing Management Development Needs" - Insights from CEEMAN research
  • continuation of 25th CEEMAN Annual Conference "Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economies" - panels 
  • CEEMAN Annual Meeting (open to all conference participants)
  • Award Ceremony (new CEEMAN members, IQA accredited institutions, CEEMAN Case Writing Competition winners, CEEMAN Champion Award winners)
  • Gala Dinner

Saturday, 23 September 2017

  • Sightseeing and Zhejiang University campus tour
Download detailed conference program: Program 25 CEEMAN Annual Conference


Derek Abell
Derek Abell
Professor Emeritus of ESMT Berlin, Germany and President of CEEMAN Accreditation Committee
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Andreas Antonopoulos
Andreas Antonopoulos
Rector of University of New York in Prague, Czech Republic
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Alenka Braček Lalić
International Quality Accreditation (IQA) Director at CEEMAN and Vice Dean for Research at IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia
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Zoltan Buzady
Associate Professor of Leadership at Corvinus University and Central European University, Hungary
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Ling Chen
Professor at School of Management, Zhejiang University, China
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Zongnian Chen
Chairman of HIKVISION, China
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Toomas Danneberg
Vice-Rector for International Collaboration, Estonian Business School, Estonia
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Antonio Freitas
Provost of FGV, Brazil
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Jianxin Ge
Chairman of School Board, Central University of Finance and Economics Business School, China
Huawei Guo
Director-General, Department of Education, Zhejiang Province, China
Jie Han
Vice Director-General, Department of Commerce, Zhejiang Province, China
Wei Huang
Dean of School of Management, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
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Dipak C. Jain
Former Director, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
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Wanjun Jiang
Dean of Xi'an Campus of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, China
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Assylbek Kozhakhmetov
President of Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan
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Drikus Kriek
CEEMAN Interim Director and Vice Dean for Pedagogy at IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia
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Peter McKiernan
Professor of Management, University of Strathclyde, UK
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Sergey Myasoedov
Vice-Rector of RANEPA, Dean of IBS-Moscow Business School and President of RABE – Russian Association of Business Education, Russia
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Vladimir Nanut
Dean of MIB Trieste School of Management and President of ASFOR, Italy
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Danica Purg
Danica Purg
President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management and the President of CEEMAN, Slovenia
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Iztok Seljak
Iztok Seljak
President of Management Board, Hidria d.o.o., Slovenia
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Irina Sennikova
Rector of RISEBA University, Latvia
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Kunrong Shen
Dean of School of Business at Nanjing University, China
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Juntao Song
Alibaba Group, China
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Yonghua Song
Executive Vice President, Zhejiang University, China
Janez Škrabec
President, Riko d.o.o., Slovenia
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Hongyan Tu
Chairperson, Wensli Group Co.,Ltd, China
Zongjun Wang
Dean of School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
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Jiang Wei
Dean of School of Management, Zhejiang University, China
Xiaobo Wu
Professor and Former Dean of the School of Management, Zhejiang University, China
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Lindu Zhao
Dean of School of Economics and Management, Southeast University, China
Weihua Zhou
Associate Professor, School of Management, Zhejiang University, China



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