KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Professor Gabriel Robertstad Garcia Benito, Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway.

Professor Benito has extensive international experience from research, teaching, and academic community service. He has held visiting positions at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Henley Business School/University of Reading (UK), ISEG/University of Lisbon (Portugal), University of Melbourne (Australia), and University of Valencia (Spain). Professor Benito is Co-Editor of Global Strategy Journal and Consulting Editor of Journal of International Business Studies, and a member of the Editorial Boards of, among others, Academy of Management Perspectives, International Business Review, Journal of World Business, Management and Organization Review, and Management International Review. Professor Benito was President of EIBA (European International Business Academy) in 2005, and a member of its Board from 1997 to 2007 and has served in various roles in AIB (Academy of International Business) and SMS (Strategic Management Society). He organized the 2005 EIBA Conference and was Co-Chair of the 2018 SMS Special Conference in Oslo. He was elected Fellow of AIB in 2015, and Fellow of EIBA in 2017.

Professor Matthew Allen, Professor EBS – Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship (SOE), University of Essex, United Kingdom.

Matthew Allen is Professor of International Business and Strategy, and Head of the Strategy, Operations, and Entrepreneurship Group within Essex Business School. His research compares and analyses business and employment systems and their effects on innovation, technology and work designs. His work has been published in leading comparative and international business journals, such as the British Journal of Management, Socio-Economic Review and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Human Resource Management. He has gained funding for his research from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. In 2020, he gained funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy for a prestigious Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Matt regularly attends, and presents papers at, the annual conferences of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics and the Academy of International Business (UK and Ireland Chapter). He is one of the coordinators of Network F within SASE on Knowledge, Technology and Innovation. Between 2012 and 2015, he was the Communications Officer for the AIB (UK and Ireland Chapter). A paper he co-authored with Florian Becker-Ritterspach and Knut Lange was nominated for the Florida International University/Academy of International Business Best Theory Paper Award in 2020.

Professor Adrian Wilkinson, Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources, Griffith University, Australia

Professor Adrian Wilkinson is Professor in the Business School at Griffith University, Australia and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield, UK. He founded and directed the Centre for Work, Organization and Wellbeing at Griffith University from 2006-2020. Adrian has authored/co-authored/edited 30 books and over 150 articles in academic journals and numerous book chapters. Recent books include The Oxford Handbook of Management (OUP, 2017), The Routledge Companion to Employment Relations (Routledge, 2018), The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management, 2nd edition (Sage, 2019), Case Studies in Work, Employment and Human Resource Management (Elgar, 2020), The Handbook of Research on Employee Voice (Elgar, 2020) and Human Resource Management at Work (CIPD, 2020). He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He is a former editor in Chief of Human Resource Management Journal and the International Journal of Management Reviews. He has been shortlisted by HR magazine for the award of HR (Most Influential International Thinker)

Professor Matthijs Bal, Professor of Responsible Management, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom.

Matthijs Bal is a Professor of Responsible Management at the Lincoln International Business School. He has worked at the University of Bath, VU University Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam prior to joining Lincoln. His research interests concern workplace dignity, individualization, workplace flexibility, psychological contract, fictional narratives and critical approaches to HRM and management studies. He has published research in top-tier international journals namely: Human Resource Management Journal, Human Relations, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Journal of Management, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Management Studies to name a few. Matthijs Bal has published a book on Workplace Dignity book with Palgrave MacMillan in 2017. Matthijs is also active around the theme of the Future of Work and Organizational Psychology.

Professor Robin Williams, Professor School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Robin Williams is Professor of Social Research on Technology and Director of the Institute for the Study of Science Technology and Innovation at The University of Edinburgh. His interdisciplinary social science research into the ‘the social shaping of technology’ has focused upon the design, implementation and use of information technology systems and infrastructures across numerous settings. Building on collaborative studies of health information technology with Kathrin Cresswell and Aziz Sheik (Usher Institute) he led the Independent Evaluation of the NHS England’s flagship Global Digital Exemplar programme.

Richard T Harrison ,Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Edinburgh Business School.

Richard T Harrison is Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Edinburgh Business School. He researches the nature of the entrepreneurial process – in social and corporate as well as new venture contexts – as it is reflected in business development (particularly in the financing, by business angels ands VCs, of innovation and growth), and in the implications of research and theorizing for practice and public policy.  Current research includes the entrepreneurial response to climate change, entrepreneurial identity and identity work, entrepreneurial finance (he is founding co-editor of Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance), entrepreneurial learning and leadership, family business dynamics, entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging economies (eg China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia), the nature of peace entrepreneurship in conflict societies (including Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo), and the analysis of gender and entrepreneurship. In recognition of the importance of his angel finance research he was the 2015 recipient of the UK Economic and Social Research Council Award for Outstanding Research Impact on Business, and 2018 recipient of the US Academy of Management award for Impact on Entrepreneurial Practice.

Professor Till Becker, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer, Germany

Dr. Till Becker is Professor of Information Systems at the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer in Germany. His research focuses on complex networks in manufacturing and logistics and ongoing digitization in industry. His work has been published in leading international journals such as International Journal of Production Economics and Journal of Manufacturing Systems. He is Research Affiliate Member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). Before joining University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer, he was the Head of the Junior Research Group ‘Production Systems and Logistic Systems’ at the Department of Production Engineering and at the Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH (BIBA) at Universität Bremen, Germany.

Dr. Ahad Ali, Associate Professor, Lawrence Technological University Southfield, Michigan, USA

Ahad Ali is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Director, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) Program at the Lawrence Technological University. He is the Director of Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group. He earned B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, Masters in Systems and Engineering Management from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and PhD in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Ali was Assistant Professor in Industrial Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, Visiting Assistant Professor in Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Toledo, and Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Bangladesh Institute of Technology, Khulna. He has published journal and conference papers. Dr Ali has done research projects with Chrysler, Ford, International Automotive Component, DTE Energy, Witham Label Company, Progressive Metal Manufacturing Co., New Center Stamping, Whelan Co., Delphi Automotive System, GE Medical Systems, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, International Truck and Engine Corporation (ITEC), National/Panasonic Electronics, and Rockwell Automation. His research interests include manufacturing systems, modeling, simulation, optimization, six sigma, production planning, artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance, e-manufacturing, lean manufacturing, product development, design, and supply chain management. He is member of IIE, INFORMS, SME and IEEE. Dr. Ali is chairing IEOM Conference (www.iieom.org): IEOM Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 8-10, 2016.