Konference 2012

5th International Scientific Conference

Information Society and Modern Business

Knowledge Creation and Transfer into New Competences 

26 –27 April, 2012, Ventspils, Latvia


The first conference of Information Society and Modern Business was held in Ventspils University College back in 2003. After four successful conferences and to celebrate its 15th anniversary, Ventspils University College together with partners – Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration and BA School of Business and Finance from Riga in cooperation with European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship coordinately invites you to attend the 5th international research conference „Information Society and Modern Business”.

The main focus of this conference is on the firms’ value creation, including knowledge creation and spill-overs, successful business strategies and models, innovation and drivers of competitiveness. While specifically aiming to address the link between business and information technologies in cross cultural context, the papers addressing broad categories as listed below are welcome:

  1. Entrepreneurship, Business Management and Management of Technologies
  2. Investments and Financial Management
  3. Concepts of Entrepreneurship, Economic Development and Growth
  4. Business Information Systems, Innovations and Technologies
  5. Cross-Cultural and Multi-Language Communication in Entrepreneurship and Small Business

1 page abstracts clearly highlighting contribution of the research, methodology and key results should be submitted by March 7th, 2012. Please e-mail your abstract to conference@venta.lv. Both empirical and conceptual papers are welcome!

Abstracts have to be submitted in English. The paper title must be in capital letters on the first line, with the author(s) name, organisation name, correspondence address, phone, and e-mail address under the title.

Following the blind review process, notifications about the acceptance of the papers will be sent by March 15, 2012.

The authors of the accepted papers will receive an invitation to submit a paper for the Proceedings of the Conference. The full paper should not exceed 10 pages. Instructions about format of the manuscript will be provided later. The deadline for submitting the full paper is May 25, 2012.

Working language of the conference is English.

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Dr. Adam P.Balcerzak Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland)

Dr. Juris Baldunčiks Ventspils University College (Latvia),

Dr. Ivars Brīvers Ventspils University College (Latvia),

Dr. Jānis Eglītis – Ventspils University College (Latvia)

Dr. Ole Gjolberg – Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway)

Dr. Sergejs Hilkevics Ventspils University College (Latvia),

Dr. Vulfs Kozlinskis Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration (Latvia),

Dr. Virginijus Kundrotas Baltic Management Development Association, (Lithuania),

Dr. Nijole Maskaļūniene University of Vilnius (Lithuania).

Dr. Jay Mitra University of Essex (United Kingdom)

Dr. Anastasia Parianou Ionian University (Greece)

Dr. Andris Sarnovičs BA School of Business and Finance (Latvia)

Dr Arnis Sauka, Ventspils University College and Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (Latvia)

Dr. Irina Senņikova, Riga International School of Economic and Business Administration, Latvia

Dr. Jānis Sīlis Ventspils University College (Latvia),

Dr. Jānis Strautmanis BA School of Business and Finance (Latvia)

Dr. Irina Strelets, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (Russia)

Dr. Manfreds Šneps – Šnepe Ventspils University College (Latvia)

Dr. Tatjana Volkova BA School of Business and Finance (Latvia)

Dr. Jānis Vucāns Ventspils University College (Latvia),

Local Organizing Committee:

Dr. Aigars Krauze (Chairman), Dr. Janis Sīlis, Dr. Valda Rudziša, Dr. Ivars Brīvers, Dr. Galina Hilkevica, Dr. Valdis Avotinš, Dr. Juris Baldunčiks, Egita Udodova, Dace Štefenberga, Liene Liepiņa.

Key note speakers

Keynotes and addresses on plenary session already confirmed by 

Dr. I. Šteinbuka, Head of Representation of the European Commission in Latvia

Dr. Jay Mitra, University of Essex (United Kingdom)

Dr. Adam P.Balcerzak, Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland)


Please fill registration form online: http://ej.uz/conference, or send by e-mail: conference@venta.lv

The registration fee is:

  • 100 EUR before December 31, 2011
  • 120 EUR before March 31, 2012
  • 150 EUR after March 31, 2012

Conference fee includes: coffee breaks, welcome reception, conference dinner, publication costs of abstracts and proceedings.

Method of payment – money transfer to the bank account.

Receiver of money: Ventspils University College
Name of the bank: Valsts kase
Account No. (IBAN): LV23TREL9150140000000
Purpose of payment: 21399, Registration fee for the 5th International Scientific Conference “Information Society and Modern Business”.

The preliminary schedule

Thursday, April 26

12:30: Arrival, registration, refreshments

13:00-16:00 Opening and plenary session

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00 Work in sections

19:30 – Dinner for all participants

Friday, April 27

10:00-12:00 Plenary session

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-15:00 Work in sections

15:00-15.30 Coffee break

15:30-16:30 Work in sections

16:30-17:00 Closing remarks

17:00- Cocktails and networking

Accommodation and transportation

You can find the corresponding information about accommodation at Ventspils web site:


Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Ventspils, Latvia and hotel costs.

How to get to Ventspils

To get to Ventspils you should first travel to Riga, the capital city of Latvia, Riga International Airport.

Riga International Airport is located 13 kilometres from the city centre. Taxi should cost approximately 10 LVL (15 EUR), we recommend to take green Airbaltic taxi.

There are also regular bus connections from the airport to the city centre: please take bus No 22 http://www.riga-airport.com/en.

Ventspils http://www.ventspils.lv/eng/ located 180 km from Riga. The most convenient way to get to Vetnspils is by bus from Riga Bus Station. Please see the bus schedule on http://www.autoosta.lv/main.php?lng=eng and allow approximately 2.5-3 hours for the trip. Transportation from Riga to Ventspils is also possible by car http://www.carrent.lv/en/ ,

More detailed information, including information on accommodation in Ventspils and conference venue will follow.

Information and address for correspondence:

Questions regarding the conference should be addressed to the secretariat (e-mail: conference@venta.lv ).

Phone: +371 63629657, contact person: Dace Štefenberga

Fax: +371 63629660

Ventspils Augstskola

(Ventspils University College)

Inzenieru iela 101

LV-3601, Ventspils