Implications for Business and Education
October 5-7, 2022, Kaunas (Lithuania)

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Conference Tracks:

Survival and adaptation based on networking and collective learning
Lessons learned during the Covid-19 and the War
Exploring the emerging geo-economic landscape and its implications
Exposition of practical cases and insights on the “new realities”

Conference Background:

It is increasingly clear that our era will be defined as a fundamental pivotal point between two historical phases: the era before Covid-19 and the War and a post-viral and post-War period of – as yet – largely undefined and uncharted geo-economic and geo-political contours. Today, leading academic, business, and policy circles and seasoned analysts seem to converge around an emerging consensus that we are entering an era where we will witness a dramatic restructuring of the economic and social order in which business and society have hitherto operated.

At the same time, we are likely to see the rise of heated debate about what the so-called “new normal” could and should entail regarding the roles, rights, and responsibilities of all stakeholders and key actors in civil society, the state, and institutions of public governance. For the devastating effects of the virus and the War on human life and socio-economic systems will most likely leave an indelible sense of fragility and uncertainty with unforeseeable consequences for future patterns of social behavior and interaction, powered by disenchantment with the present and new expectations of the future.

On the other hand, the dynamic interdependencies between the pandemic and the War with the emerging structural features of the Fourth Industrial Revolution raise fundamental questions regarding the future possible scenarios and trajectories of business and the geo-economic systems in which they operate.

Against this background this Conference proposes to focus on an approach that it is critical in opening paths of effective transitions from digitalization to adaptation, value creation, and sustainability. The concrete forms of such a framework vary across the industrial sectors in which firms are located as well as the social, regulatory, and institutional contexts in which they operate. Paths from digitalization to value creation and sustainability are dependent on the reconfiguration of existing structures of production and consumption, civil society and public administration.

Day 1 – October 5

Social event organized in order to get acquainted and create cozy and productive atmosphere for the Conference, including Dinner

Day 2 – October 6

Issues for consideration:

  • What is the nature and range of challenges presented by Covid-19 and the War?
  • How have business organizations responded? Best cases?
  • What are the key elements of adaptation, value creation, and sustainability strategies?
  • What are the key leadership qualities in the current context?
  • What should be the role of government and public policy?

Welcome and introduction

09:20 – 09:30
Introduction and word from Chairperson of the conference
09:30 – 10:30
Keynote speech on the topic of the conference and Discussion
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee break

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Changing composition of supply chains and export markets
  • Sustainability and energy security
  • Logistics and manufacturing value chain management challenges.
12:30 – 13:30

This panel will discuss the capital commitments and policy framework challenges to support the answer for concerns raised in Panel 1 and 2 and act as the facilitators of sustainable development through digitalization.

The format of the panel will be a roundtable discussion and speakers will be proposed

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • Regional economic ecosystems and the changing economic geography
  • Commoditization and the role of “smart specialization”
  • Standardization
  • Emerging economic and business support systems
  • Cyber-security
  • Inequality, social inclusion, and social sustainability
  • Comparative perspectives on regional preparedness for Industry 4.0 / Industry 5.0
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee break & networking session

In this panel key members of European Institute of Technology. EIT’s financed projects will present and the way it influences their businesses across Europe and beyond. Speakers will include the international guests from EIT management board as well as 1-2 CEOs of large manufacturing companies.

17:00 – 20:00
Moving to the Dinner place

Day 3 – October 7

Issues for consideration:

  • Perspectives of the emerging geo-economic and geopolitical environment
  • The changing topology of globalization: meta-globalization?
  • Risk management and adaptive capacity-building and sustainability strategies
  • Emerging critical compositions of skills
  • Implications for business and education
09:00 – 09:10
Welcome and introduction from the Chairperson

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • Labor market adjustments to technological change
  • AI as a core skill in economic development and sustainability
  • Strategic risk management
  • Facilitating ESG integration, and creating long-term value for stakeholders and society
  • Interdisciplinary, multi-level analyses of circularity and antifragility
  • Circular economic business models (product-service systems)
  • Circular manufacturing systems based on value chains (industrial symbiosis)
  • New approaches to sustainability and robustness of social, economic and business organizations and
  • systems (anti-fragility, resilience)
10:40 – 11:00
Coffee break

During the panel Economics and Business Schools will discuss how the discussed problems should be address by the actual educational program

  • Key issues to be addressed include:
  • Critical issues of higher education design: interdisciplinarity, AI, etc.
  • Emerging compacts of skillsets and their adaptability across time and space
  • Tools of research, educational cross-disciplinary development (disciplines)
  • Educational technologies and platforms
  • Collaborative A.I. in education systems
  • Forming generation in command of AI
12:30 – 13:30
13.30 – 15.00
Workshop on educational design and demo of educational platform/ Professional development workshop
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30
Workshop on educational design and demo of educational platform/ Professional development workshop
16:30 – 16:45
BMDA future projects and offerings for the Members
16:45 – 17:00
Summary of the Conference from the Chairperson
Departure by bus to the hotels
Departure by bus for the evening festivities and networking as well as Gala dinner and the BMDA Awards ceremony.
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BMDA Managing Director

Mrs. Ugne Norvaisiene