Interactive Research Development Workshop and Conference


Internationalization of SMEs in the Digital Age  

-Opportunities and Threats-


Free University of Bozen – Bolzano, Italy

April 29-30, 2019



Submission Guidelines

At first stage, we ask for submitting brief summaries (extended abstracts) that should not exceed two single-spaced pages and are limited to 1,200 words that address a specific SME-related internationalization topic preferably combined with digitalization.

All submission will undergo a review process and those authors whose papers are accepted are invited and expected to present their research at the conference next year.


Deadlines & Dates

Submission of extended abstracts:                    December 20, 2018

Acceptance Notifications:                                  January 31, 2019

Preliminary Program published:                                     February 28, 2019


Keynote Speech

Prof. Farok Contractor

'Distinguished Professor' in the Management and Global Business Department at Rutgers Business School – Rutgers University

“On the importance of international strategic alliances for the success of SME internationalization”


Program Committee                                   

Farok Contractor           (Rutgers Business School)

Timothy Devinney         (Leeds University Business School)

Marjaana Gunkel           (Free University of Bozen)

Antonio Majocchi           (University of Pavia)

Michael Nippa               (Free University of Bozen)

Torben Pedersen           (Bocconi and Copenhagen Business School)

Christian Schwens         (Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf)


Conference Organizers

Katharina Gilli, [log in to unmask]

Marjaana Gunkel, [log in to unmask]

Michael Nippa, [log in to unmask]

Valerio Veglio, [log in to unmask]


Interested scholars may contact Prof. Michael Nippa or any other member of the conference organizers for any kind of request and may already attach a draft of their research idea.


Additional information will be soon available on our website:


We are looking forward to your submission and participation!

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