ECMLG Mini Tracks

The Mini Tracks for ECMLG

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality
  • Management and Sustainability in the Aeronautic Sector
  • Artificial Intelligence Applied to Management, Leadership and Governance
  • Leadership and Management Beyond Boarders
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Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality

Mini Track Chair:  Dr. Álvaro Lopes Dias, ISCTE Business School, Portugal

In today's dynamic and ever-changing tourism landscape, innovation and entrepreneurship play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the industry.  Tourism entrepreneurs are not only driving new tourism products, services, and experiences but also fostering a culture of innovation that is essential for the sustained growth and competitiveness of destinations. This mini track will explore the latest trends and developments in tourism entrepreneurship and innovation, providing valuable insights for researchers, policymakers, and industry practitioners. Together, we will delve into the transformative power of innovation, examining how entrepreneurs are leveraging technology, digitalization, and sustainable practices to redefine the tourism experience and create new opportunities for destinations and their communities. We will also discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with tourism entrepreneurship, highlighting the need for supportive policies, infrastructure, and access to funding to nurture a thriving ecosystem of innovation in the tourism sector.

This mini track will explore the latest trends in entrepreneurship and innovation in tourism and hospitality and will provide insights into how businesses can stay ahead of the curve.

We are inviting submissions of abstracts for presentations on the following topics:

  • Role of Entrepreneurs in Driving Innovation in Tourism.
  • The Impact of Technology on Tourism Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
  • The Impact of Tourism Entrepreneurship and Innovation on Local Communities and Destinations.
  • Changing consumer preferences.
  • Advances in technology.
    • Growing demand for responsible tourism.
    • Government support.
    • Impacts of tourism entrepreneurship and innovation: Economic benefits; Improved visitor experience; Sustainable development; Cultural preservation; etc.
    • Case Studies of Successful Tourism
    • Entrepreneurs and Innovative Businesses

Management and Sustainability in the Aeronautic Sector

Mini Track Chair: Dr. José Vicente, Lusófona University, Portugal

In today's dynamic and ever-changing aviation sector, management and sustainability play a key role in shaping the future of the industry. Entrepreneurs in the aeronautical sector, faced with increasingly fierce competition due to the liberalization of air transport, are not only promoting new products and travel experiences for their passengers, but also promoting a culture of management and sustainability that is essential for the growth of airlines, in terms of improving the offer of destinations, competitiveness and compliance with Industry objectives defined for Agenda 2023 and IATA 2050; reducing and minimizing the carbon footprint and implementing waste objectives to zero. This mini track will explore the latest trends and developments in management and sustainability in the aviation sector, providing valuable information for researchers, policy makers and industry professionals. Together, we will delve into the transformative power of management and sustainability, examining how decision-makers and managers are harnessing technology, innovation and sustainable practices to redefine improvements in the passenger experience, with greater added value, while meeting objectives defined sustainability criteria. In the 2030 Agenda and in the Industry Agenda, by IATA 2050, focusing on the implementation of sustainable processes, the renewal and management of sustainable and efficient fleets, the development of policies based on reducing the carbon footprint and contributing to zero waste. We will  discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the sustainability of the aviation sector, highlighting the need for supportive policies, infrastructure and access to finance to nurture thriving innovation, a sustainable and value-creating aviation ecosystem. This mini track will explore the latest trends in sustainability and management in the aviation sector and provide insights into how companies can position themselves at the forefront of the aviation sector.

We are inviting submissions of abstracts for presentations on the following topics:

  • Role of Management Challenges in Driving Sustainability in Aeronautical Sector.
  • The Impact of Management and Sustainability in the Aeronautic Sector
  • The overall strategy management to achieve net zero emissions by 2050
  • Airline Fleet Sustainable Management.
  • Green Airline Challenges Management.
  • Aeronautical Regulation and Governmental Developing Policies based on Sustainability.
  • Financing the energy transition.
  • Carbon Offsetting – Completing the Journey to Net-Zero.
  • Sustainability Consumers Choice in Aviation.
  • Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), novel propulsion systems, advanced air mobility, and innovative strategies like carbon offsets and book & claim.
  • Case Studies of Successful Management Aviation and Sustainability

Artificial Intelligence Applied to Management, Leadership and Governance

Mini Track Chair: Associate Professor Joao Alexandre Lobo Marques, University of Saint Joseph, Macau, SAR, China

The adoption of Artificial Intelligence as a tool to support managerial decisions and business operations has been increasing substantially in the last few years. The effective use of AI tools and techniques can potentially enable leaders to make informed decisions by analyzing large amounts of data. The generation of insights, recognition of hidden pattern, and predictive analysis provide a valuable tool for managers to allocate resources effectively and focus on the improvement of the organizational performance, customer needs and satisfaction. From a leadership perspective, AI can be used to workforce skill development and workplace satisfaction, using tools to identify gaps and recommend targeted career development programmes with intelligent reporting and follow-ups. Other areas such as strategic management and project management can benefit from techniques such as scenario simulation, risk assessment, and predictive analysis, addressing and anticipating operational issues that will target cost reduction and performance optimization. This track aims to provide a forum focused on the application of Artificial Intelligence in a broad variety of areas such as business analytics tools and applications, including marketing, HR and sales, amongst others. In addition, financial time series analysis, decision-making support systems should also be considered. Finally, the popularization of LLM (Large Language Models) with ChatGPT and other similar tools with a vast number of applications are also encouraged to submit contributions.

We are inviting submissions of abstracts for presentations on the following topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Business Analytics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Computer Aided Decision-Making Systems

Leadership and Management Beyond Boarders

Mini Track Chair:  Dr. Tatiana Gladkikh, University of Aberdeen Business School, UK

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 twenty first century, implications of social and political 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 and leadership challenges in international organisations and finding new solutions: theory and practice.

We are inviting interdisciplinary research contributions and topics related 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 and uncertainty
  • Universal issues and the global mindset
  • Leadership responses to environmental challenges: lessons from around the world