ECMLG Mini Tracks

The Mini Tracks for ECMLG

  • Intangible Resources: The Role of Intellectual Capital and its Relationship with Knowledge Management
  • Social Innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Social and Governance (ESG): Making Progress in the E while Leaving the S Behind
  • Big Data Governance and Public Policy challenges
  • Leadership and Management beyond Borders
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Intangible Resources: The Role of Intellectual Capital and its Relationship with Knowledge Management

Prof José Vale
Adriana Gradim

Mini Track Chair: Prof José Vale, Porto Accounting and Business School and CEOS.PP, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, and Adriana Gradim, DEGEIT, University of Aveiro

ECMLG 2022 Mini Track on Intangible Resources: The Role of Intellectual Capital and its Relationship with Knowledge Management  

Intangible aspects such as intellectual capital and knowledge have gained importance as some of the most valuables sources of competitive advantage. In fact, over time, several stages in intellectual capital research can be discerned, encompassing early topics such as its management, measurement or reporting, or more recent ones such as its relationship with sustainability and digitalisation.

Although the management of intangible resources is not neglected as it was a few decades ago, in the present economy it is crucial that IC management can foster not only economic, but also social, environmental and utility value in different contexts. It is also crucial its interconnection with another stream of research: the one of knowledge management.

Therefore, this call is aimed to all researchers who critically examine intangible resources, namely Intellectual Capital, and its importance in today’s world: one which brings new and different demands.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • New challenges for Intellectual Capital and Knowledge management in micro, meso and macro settings.
  • Intellectual Capital disclosure through different information means.
  • New forms for measuring Intellectual Capital.
  • The relationship between Intellectual Capital and Knowledge Management.
  • The importance of Intellectual Liabilities.
  • Intellectual Capital and Knowledge Management in a digital context.
  • Intangibles’ Management, Sustainability and Competitiveness.
  • Governance, Leadership and Intellectual Capital Management.

Social Innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Prof Dieguez
Dr Ferreira
Paula Loureiro

Mini Track Chair: Prof Teresa Dieguez, Dr Isabel Ferreira & Paula Loureiro, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave (IPCA), Portugal  

ECMLG 2022 Mini Track on Social Innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship  

Today's markets are increasingly global and competitive, requiring a huge need to adapt and learn. There is a need to solve social, environmental, political, and economic problems. These problems affect our collective life, our quality of life and vary according to geographical, historical, or socio-economic contexts. Solutions to these problems usually require the active collaboration of constituents from government, business, and the non-profit world, while maximizing social capital and allowing regions to develop in a sustainable way, with good conditions and wellbeing. The Social Entrepreneurship approach presents itself with a community base to "combat" these problems, with social economy organizations basing their mission on the fulfillment of solidarity-based community relations between the surrounding environments. The challenges are huge, paradigms are shifting, and society should be analyzed from a strategic and sustainable perspective. Education can inspire social change, whether it is formal or non-formal, as it can significantly contribute to the development of a supportive, sustainable, and inclusive ecosystem for social entrepreneurship. This mini track aims to discuss the role of Higher Education in creating and developing a more sustainable interaction with nonprofit associations, companies, local authorities, cities, regions, and countries. It also intends to share best practices for better discussion and reflection about the power teachers may have near their students when they are able to empower them through active learning methodologies in an entrepreneurship mindset environment.  

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Active learning methodologies as a challenge to prepare students for the needed 21st century skills
  • Social entrepreneurship processes involving opportunity recognition and evaluation
  • Innovation and co-creation environments for reinforcing the entrepreneur ecosystem
  • Emerging themes in social sustainable entrepreneurship education
  • Challenges of scaling and measuring social impact
  • Research challenges in social entrepreneurship

Environmental Social and Governance (ESG): Making Progress in the E while Leaving the S Behind

Carolina Almeida Cruz
Carolina Almeida Cruz
Florinda Matos
Florinda Matos

Mini Track Chair: Carolina Almeida Cruz and Florinda Matos, University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE), Portugal

ECMLG 2022 Mini Track on Environmental Social and Governance (ESG): Making Progress in the E while Leaving the S Behind  

It is estimated 16 million people are trapped in forced labour conditions in the global supply chains of large corporations. During COVID-19, while large companies grew their profit and value, structural inequalities affecting the most vulnerable in the economy increased. Millions of workers in global supply chains had their wages cut by corporations and remain without remedy. Given the hidden nature of the problem, consumers are unwittingly complicit in human rights violations through their choices and investments. Nations cannot address the issue as they often lack transparency regulations to address human rights violations in supply chains.  

There is a persistent misconception that sustainability only refers to environmental impacts.  Reporting on social responsibility, including human rights, is a blind spot of Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) strategies. While there are several initiatives to measure and regulate aspects of environmental sustainability, similar initiatives to measure and regulate social aspects are lacking, leading to an absence of a holistic view of sustainability. Linked to this is the lack of high-quality data to measure sustainability maturity and inspire transparency, which is critical to measure progress, identify opportunities and vulnerabilities, and inform and advise policymaking to build a more sustainable, fair and inclusive economy.  

Given the failure of organisational responses to mandatory transparency legislation, citizen approaches have gained relevance to address the opaqueness of companies’ social and environmental impact. Sustainability reporting is one such approach addressing the lack of transparency, generating data and capturing aspects relevant to multiple stakeholders. The presentation of papers by academics or practitioners focusing on one or more of the following topics is encouraged. them through active learning methodologies in an entrepreneurship mindset environment.  

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • What is the importance of effective corporate disclosure in promoting transparency and enabling accountability?
  • Do companies perceive transparency and sustainability as being linked?
  • What are the key gaps in corporate ESG/sustainability strategies?
  • Are civil society actors aware of the importance of corporate transparency towards building a more sustainable economy?
  • Key metrics of Sustainability Reporting under focus are Social and Environmental (governance; risk assessment; and issue-specific KPIs)

Big Data Governance and Public Policy challenges

Mini Track Chair: Prof. David Ferraz, ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal

ECMLG 2022 Mini Track on Big Data Governance and Public Policy challenges  

Contemporary societies around the world have faced increasingly complex challenges as a result of globalization, technological innovation and the COVID-19 crisis. These challenges are faced not only by the private sector but, increasingly, by the States worldwide. Therefore, the public sector, whether in their action to provide public goods or services, or in their regulatory action to promote contextual and security conditions take a central place to provide the required framework to promote and enhance benefits and minimize risks. Therefore, new governance models, adjusted to the complexity of these challenges, take a central place on the endorsement of a framework where benefits and risks of the automation, cybersecurity, deepfakes, prospective public policies, data protection and others, must be careful considered. 

These challenges imply a Governance structure aligned with new management and leadership models in the public sector, greater synergies between the public and private sector in terms of co-production and sharing of services and data and leadership styles adjusted to the functioning in network contexts. 

We encourage the presentation of papers by academics or practitioners of Public Administrations or Enterprises that promote services in articulation with Governments or public policies, analytically focusing on one or more of the topics mentioned.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Policies to improve public governance and management in public organizations
  • Comparative governance models in different contexts worldwide
  • Comparative Public Administration and Local Governance
  • Human implications of AI and algorithms in public sector governance and management
  • Public Leadership implications
  • E-Governance instruments, algorithms, and Big Data
  • Big data, algorithms and General Data Protection Regulation equilibriums and trade-offs

Leadership and Management beyond Borders

Mini Track Chair: Dr Tatiana Gladkikh, The University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth, UK

ECMLG 2022 Mini Track on Leadership and Management beyond Borders  

This mini-track will address the issues of leadership and management faced by organisations in a wider global context as the world emerges from the global pandemic. The reality of the postmodern world characterised by its fluidity, instability, insecurity and permanent change will be discussed from the leadership and management perspectives identified by contributors and could include such considerations as:

  • conceptualisation and theorisation of the contemporary context in which organisations strive to survive and succeed
  • global challenges facing organisations in the XXI century
  • implications of social change on management and leadership in organisations
  • cultural divergence and convergence in the  post-pandemic world
  • development of a global mindset as a step towards addressing universal issues
  • the future of organisations, including their management and leadership, from the perspective of younger generations
  • the impacts of the Great Resignation on our conceptualisation of the workplace, employee empowerment and organisational responses.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Organisational issues, challenges and opportunities in the post-pandemic context
  • New trends in organisational culture of contemporary organisations
  • Leadership developments in organisations of the XXI century as a consequence of societal change
  • Universal issues and global mindset
  • Cross-cultural leadership and management in the age of online working