BRICS Global Business & Innovation Conference

September 14-15, 2017
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

Working language: English
HSE St.Petersburg School of Economics and Management

Call for papers

St. Petersburg School of Economics and Management of National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) invites you to submit proposals for mini-tracks and individual papers for the International Conference "BRICS Global Business & Innovation Conference" that will be held in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation on September 14-15, 2017.

The scope of the conference encompasses three areas to provide a unique forum for exploring the development of global business and innovation through the lens of the BRICS countries:
BRICS as a locus of Global Innovation
Global Business Perspectives and Practices
Global economic development and the rise of the BRICS
The main objective of the conference is to stimulate discussion and generate ideas for developing robust models for promoting competitiveness and sustainable development in an increasingly turbulent environment.
The main emphasis is on BRICS countries and their contribution to global business and innovation development, but other contributions to the theory and practice of management and economics are welcome.

Latest News

The Conference Program

Dear participants, we are glad to inform that the Conference Program and List of Participants are available online.
Looking forward to seeing you in St. Petersburg!

Sept. 3, 2017
Круглый стол "Цифровая трансформация компаний: Новые бизнес-сценарии в экономике знаний"

Приглашаем всех желающих принять участие в круглом столе "Цифровая трансформация компаний: Новые бизнес-сценарии в экономике знаний", который пройдет 14 сентября 2017 г.
Необходима регистрация.

Aug. 1, 2017

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

King's Business School, King's College London
Professor of Corporate Governance and Strategy and Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise, Editor, Journal of Management Studies, and a member of Editorial Board, Journal of International Business Studies, a member of HSE International Expert Council on priority area of development ‘Management’
Peking University
Professor and Honorary Dean of the National School of Development, former Chief Economists and Senior Vice President of the World Bank (2008-2012), founder and first director of the China Center for Economic Research
University College London (UCL) School of Slavonic and East European Studies
Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies, Director of Center for Comparative Economics, Associate Editor, "Industrial and Corporate Change" (Oxford University Press)
Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School of Business (Boston)
Distinguished Professor of International Business and Strategy, Director of Center for Emerging Markets, a member of several editorial boards, including "Global Strategy Journal", "Journal of International Management", and "Management International Review"

Topic Areas for Submission

Submissions are encouraged from, but not limited to, the following areas:
  • Global challenges for innovation in management and business
  • Quantitative methods in management, economy and finance
  • National and regional innovation systems in BRICS and emerging economies
  • University-industry links and innovation in BRICS countries
  • Entrepreneurship and its development in BRICS, emerging markets and developed economies
  • Innovation in services, knowledge intensive services and creative industries
  • Modern technologies in logistics and services
  • Open Innovation in both large and small firms: cases of BRICS
  • Social innovation and innovation in social enterprises and other not-for-profit organizations
  • The impact of globalization on management research
  • Digital, IT-enabled and financial innovation: shaping the future
  • Cross Cultural Research - International issues in gender and management

Important Dates

All submissions close
May 25, 2017 (extended)
Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes)
June 5, 2017
Early bird registration closes
June 20, 2017
Final paper due (with any changes)
July 1, 2017
Final Author registration date
July 15, 2017

Submission details

Submission is closed

The acceptance of submitted abstracts is based on double-blind peer review.
For more information, please see Submission Guidelines.

We're pleased to inform about new the Conference mini tracks:

Mini Track “Establishing a research centre on the study of Labour Relations / Labour Law in BRICS member states”

BRICS as an organisation has the potential to become a major force on world markets not only with regards to Economic Development but also in the field of Management Research and International Labour Standards or Global Labour Rights. BRICS represents almost 42% of the world population, almost 20% of the world GDP and a combined labour force of more than 1,5 billion people. A stable Labour Market is one of the key factors in economic growth and cross-border investment. Collaborative research can lead to finding solutions not only for 1 member state but to the benefit all member states. Labour Relations / Labour Law and the Labour Market reflect the social structures in a country and can also play a major role in the political dispensation. If one truly understands the Labour Relations / Labour Law system and the Labour Market of a country, you will understand that country. The Labour Market is one the few places where all social partners meet.

Topics: i) Status of ILO Core Conventions in BRICS Countries; ii) Nature of Freedom of Association in BRICS countries; iii) Impact of Collective Bargaining on Labour Market in BRICS; iv) Social Security Law protections in BRICS; v) Labour Dispute Resolution processes in BRICS; vi) The right to strike in BRICS countries; vii) Minimum Basic Conditions of Employment in BRICS countries.

Mini Track Chairs:
Dr Paul Smit, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
Dr Paul Smit is a senior lecturer in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is a member of SASLAW (The South African Society of Labour Law) and the ISL&SSL (International Society for Labour and Social Security Law) and is a registered Master Practitioner (Employment Relations) at the SABPP (South African Board of Personnel Practice). He teaches Labour Relations on graduate and post graduate level. He has presented various papers at International and local conferences and have published a number of articles in International and local academic journals.

Prof Elena Gerasimova, HSE Moscow (Russia)
Elena Gerasimova, PhD, is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Department of Labour Law and Social Security Law of the Faculty of Law at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). She is also the Director of the Center for Social and Labor Rights, non-governmental organization, working to promote labour and employment rights. For over twenty years she has been working with trade union movements in Russia and CIS countries, promoted labour and employment rights in Russia. She has acted as a consultant for national and international trade unions and dealt especially with labour standards, fundamental principles and rights at work. Elena Gerasimova is a co-founder and the Chairman of the Council of the Professional Association “Lawyers for Labour Rights“. She is a member of expert councils of the State Duma, Ministry of Labour, Ombudsmen of Russia; serves as an expert for a number of other Russian governmental bodies. He current research interests include freedom of association, right to strike, social partnership, human rights at work, international labour standards, protection against discrimination, job equality, etc. She is the author of over 50 articles and publications in Russian and English.

Mini Track “BRICS in intangible-driven economy: Challenges vs Opportunities”

The proposed track initiated by International Laboratory of Intangible-driven economy is addressed to the one of the most topical issues in strategic management – how to survive and outperform competitors in highly unpredictable economic conditions. This discussion has been specially reinforced by the recent waves of financial and economic crises all over the world but especially in developing economies.
One of the keys to managing this process is switching a company to the intangible-intensive strategy. The issues covering this track include analysis of particular types of intangibles and their role in competitiveness; investigation of intangibles on the macro-, mezo- and micro-levels; comparative studies providing lessons for emerging economics from developed markets; models and empirical investigation of changing the strategy direction.

The aim of this special track is to encourage a discussion about firm behaviour in uncertain environment, specifically in emerging markets. It is challenged whether the intensification of intangibles is reasonable when operating in developing countries.

Academic research, case studies and work-in- progress are welcomed approaches.
PhD Research, proposals for roundtable discussions, non-academic contributions and product demonstrations based on the main themes are also invited.

Visa Requirements

In order to enter Russia most foreign nationals require a Russian Federation visa. It can take time for a visa to be issued and so it is important that the application process is begun as early as possible, but not earlier than 3 months prior an expected date of the visit.
Visas are issued by the Embassies or Consulates of the Russian Federation.

Programme Committee

Elena Rogova
HSE University in St. Petersburg
Daniil Alexandrov
HSE University in St. Petersburg
Christopher Gerry
HSE University in St. Petersburg
Igor Gurkov
HSE Moscow
Alexey Maslov
HSE Moscow
Sergey Kadochnikov
HSE St. Petersburg
Galina Shirokova
GSOM SPbSU (tbc)
Luiz Abel Moutinho
Dublin City University
Angel Barajas
University of Vigo
Dennis Coates
University of Maryland
Elena Shakina
HSE University in St. Petersburg

Organising Committee

Elena Rogova
HSE University in St. Petersburg
Daniil Alexandrov
HSE University in St. Petersburg
Natalia Alyoshina
HSE University in St. Petersburg
Christopher Gerry
HSE University in St. Petersburg
Valery Gordin
HSE University in St. Petersburg
Elena Gruzinskaya
HSE University in St. Petersburg
Olga Khon
HSE University in St. Petersburg
Vitalii Lipatnikov
HSE University in St. Petersburg
Olga Okulova
HSE University in St. Petersburg
Elena Serova
HSE University in St. Petersburg
Elena Shakina
HSE University in St. Petersburg

Participation fees

125 € / 8125 ₽
Participation fee
All participants
100 € / 6500 ₽
Early-bird registration
All participants
75 € / 4875 ₽
Participation fee
Young scholars under 35 years old
50 € / 3250 ₽
Early-bird registration
Young scholars under 35 years old

Travel and accommodation costs are not covered.

Please kindly note that the registration succeeded only if payment is complete.
The registration fee should be paid through the wire transfer according to the bank details below.

Payment in EURO should be made to:

Beneficiary:  HSE – Saint-Petersburg
Address:  Souyuza Pechatnikov 16, Saint-Petersburg, RU, 190121
Bank address: Staro-Petergofsky prospect, 30, korpus 1, Saint Petersburg, zip code: 190020
Bank telephone:  +7 (812) 610-25-00
Account number:  40503978455041000003
TIN:  7714030726
CAT:  783902001
BIN:  1027739630401
Payment purpose: BRICS GBI Conference
Name of the participant:

Payment in RUR should be made to:

Получатель:  Национальный исследовательский университет «Высшая школа экономики», НИУ ВШЭ - Санкт-Петербург
Юридический адрес: 190121, г. Санкт-Петербург, ул. Союза Печатников,  д. 16
ИНН: 7714030726
КПП: 783902001
Банк получателя: Северо-Западный банк ПАО Сбербанк г. Санкт-Петербург
БИК: 044030653
К/счет: 30101810500000000653
Р/счет: 40503810655040000001
ОКАТО: 40262561000
ОКПО: 49012747
ОКВЭД: 80.30
ОГРН: 1027739630401
Назначение платежа: Глобальный бизнес и инновации в странах БРИКС
ФИО Участника:

We do recommend to indicate in a payment form the payment purpose "BRICS GBI Conference" and the Name of the Participant. Unidentified payments could be lost and lead to mutual complexity.

The registration fee is non-refundable. All bank charges and commissions are paid by the participants. Please inform your bank about this when ordering the transfer.
Please notice that due to international banking regulations, Russian banks don’t have IBAN. However, the bank SWIFT number can be used instead.


Papers accepted for the Conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. The conference proceedings will be assigned an ISBN on publication and will be submitted for possible inclusion into scientific database Web of Science.


Selected papers that have been presented at the Сonference will also be considered for publication in special issues of international peer-reviewed journals:
- Russian Management Journal;
- Revista de Administraçio de Empresa (RAE, Brasil, Scopus Q3).

Practical Information

Registered participants will receive specific joining instructions before the conference. In the meantime, we hope you find the following, more general, Practical Information helpful.