Call for Papers


The Faculty of Arts of Palacky University Olomouc and the Department of Economics and Managerial Studies would like to invite you to the 19th anniversary of the international scientific conference KNOWCON 2023: Knowledge on Economics and Management that shall be held in Olomouc December 7-8, 2023.

Keynote speaker: Professor Chris Brown (University of Warwick): Educational change agents and human capital: examining findings from a systematic review

Change agents are individuals who can successfully transform aspects of how organisations operate. In education, teachers as change agents are increasingly seen as vital to the successful operation of schools and self-improving school systems, due to the human capital they help develop. To date, however, there has been no systematic investigation of the nature and role of teacher change agents. To address this knowledge gap, we undertook a systematic review into five key areas to consider when we think about teachers as change agents. After reviewing 70 outputs we found that current literature predominantly positions teacher change agents as the deliverers of top-down change, with the possibility of bottom-up educational reform and human capital development currently neglected. Although centred on education, our findings have implications in other fields and in terms of management more generally.

Professor Chris Brown is Professor in Education and Director of Research at the Department of Education Studies, University of Warwick. Chris is seeking to drive forward the notion of Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) as a means to promote the collaborative learning of teachers. The aim of this collaborative learning is to improve both teaching practice and student outcomes, not only in individual schools, but also in the school system more widely. Alongside his research into PLNs Chris also has a long-standing interest in how research evidence can and should, but often doesn’t, aid the development of education policy and practice. Over the course of his career, Chris has written or edited 19 books, and led research projects to the value of £6m in these two areas.


We invite all researchers, experts, and practitioners dealing with the issue of profit and/or purpose, to participate in this event and to join the discussion.

The conference takes place under the auspices of Assoc. Prof. Jan Stejskal, M.A., Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Palacky University Olomouc.

Conference proceedings will be published electronically with an ISBN and sent to Web of Science to be evaluated.

Conference languages is English, contributions to the conference proceedings are accepted also in English only.

The conference will be held on-line as well as on-campus, if possible. With regards to the acctual pandemic situation, all participants will be able to decide between personal attendance or online attendance. All registered participants will be asked by the organizers to choose the form of their participation a few weeks before the conference. Instructions for the technical provision of the transmission will be available on the conference websites on time.

The conference program is divided into the following panels:

P1) Soft Skills in Business, Management and Management Education

The current challenges of the world place demands on the development of skills that will enable success in the labour market. Papers that expand our understanding of soft skills, comment on the managerial implications, the relationship between soft skills and development, learning, education, knowledge management of organizations are welcome.

P2) Business and Management

The panel of Business and Management focuses on current issues of different types of businesses and all types and parts of business management. Papers that focus on current topics in knowledge management, change management, risk and crisis management or in management general are welcome.

P3) Social Entrepreneurship

In this panel studies focused on social entrepreneurship in a broad sense are welcome. Given the current situation, research on the impact of the related crisis on social enterprises (e.g. crisis management of social entrepreneurs, changes in the motivation of social entrepreneurs) is of particular interest.

P4) Business Analytics 

This panel focuses on the use of analytics in various areas of business and finance as well as on the development of new instruments and models for business and data analytics. Papers covering operations research, intelligent systems, machine learning and soft-computing methods, their development, analyses and use in the business and financial setting are welcome. 

P5) Public Economy

The area of public economics includes all types of allocations and distributions of public money from certain levels of public budgets. The state and its finances play an increasingly important role in economic policy, which is evident especially in the last year. Active economic policy is a key tool in preventing and dealing with the consequences of crises, so it deservedly occupies the forefront of economic policy. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, research on the role of economic policy in tackling the related issues is of particular interest in this panel.

P6) General Economics

Restarting economy and economic recovery are one of the main challenges for today. The economic crisis that all states are currently facing is one of the deepest ever. This is the main task for households, sole traders, companies and the state. Only thoughtful and effective action by all trade mechanism subjects can return the economic performance to pre-crisis levels in a relatively short time. Research on these topics is of particular interest in this panel.

P7) Young Researchers

We welcome all contributions of BA, MA and PhD students from all fields of economy and management that have potential to open fruitful discussion.


Scientific Committee of the Conference:

Prof. Chris Brown (Department of Education Studies, University of Warwick) 
Prof. Mgr. Dagmar Cagáňová, Ph.D., (Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava)
Prof. PhDr. Jana Geršlová, CSc. (VŠ PRIGO Havířov)
Prof. Kai Hockerts, Ph.D. (Copenhagen Business School)
Prof. Pasi Luukka, (President of NSAIS; LUT School of Business and Management)
Prof. Bogdan Oancea, Ph.D. (University of Bucharest, Bucharest)
Prof. Heli C. Wang (Singapore Management University)
Prof. Ing. Richard Pospíšil, Ph.D (Palacký University Olomouc)
Prof. Heli C. Wang (Singapore Management University)
Assoc. Prof. Anita Atanasova, Ph.D. (University of Economics Varna)
Assoc. Prof. Ing. Jaroslava Kubátová, Ph.D. (Palacký University Olomouc)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Raphael Lissillour, Ph.D., (IPAG Business School Paris)
Assoc. Prof. Ing. Ludmila Mládková, Ph.D. (University of Economics, Prague)
Assoc. Prof. Mgr. Pavla Slavíčková, Ph.D., (Palacký University Olomouc)
Assoc. Prof. Radoslaw Walczak, Ph.D. (Opole University, Institute of Psychology)
Dr. Echo Liang Shang, (Lingnan University Hong Kong)


Organizational Committee of the Conference:

Assoc. Prof. Jaroslava Kubátová, Ph.D.
Assoc. Prof. Pavla Slavíčková, Ph.D.
Ondřej Kročil, Ph.D.
Michal Müller, Ph.D.

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