Featured Panelists

picture of Kevin Clark Kevin Clark Villanova University

picture of Aldas Kriauciunas Aldas Kriauciunas Purdue University

picture of Marjorie Lyles Marjorie Lyles Indiana University

picture of Hemant Merchant Hemant Merchant University of South Florida - St. Petersburg

picture of Peter Moran Peter Moran University of New South Wales

picture of Miguel Rivera-Santos Miguel Rivera-Santos Babson College

picture of Hector Rocha Hector Rocha IAE Business School

Extension 4: Vilnius, Lithuania
Thursday October 11, 2012




picture of Modestas Gelbuda Modestas Gelbuda ISM University of Management and Economics

picture of Aldas Kriauciunas Aldas Kriauciunas Purdue University

The organizing committee for the Extension Day in Vilnius, Lithuania is excited to be a part of the first SMS meeting in Central Europe. In developing our program, we considered both the challenges facing strategy scholars and practitioners as well as topics that can best be discussed in a small transitional economy. Our chosen theme is “Strategic Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Transitioning and Emerging Economies”. This question goes to the heart of how smaller, dynamic economies are trying to carve out a niche in a global economy. Given the location of the extension day, the extension day theme integrates transitional economy, emerging economy, and EU themes.

The participating panelists reflect the diversity of work and views on our selected topic. In addition to intense academic discussions and networking, after lunch, we will incorporate a walk around the historic Old Town of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The breaks will allow you, the participants, to interact with each other and form bonds that can continue beyond the extension day.

One additional innovation for the Extension Day is that we plan to invite private sector representatives to join the panel for one or several of the sessions. This would allow the panelists and audience see how managers are dealing with the challenges under discussion.

Vilnius workshop program

Thursday, October 11th, 2012
8:15 – 9:00
Registration and Welcome Coffee
9:00 – 9:15
Opening Remarks
9:15 – 10:45
Plenary session 1: Strategic and Entrepreneurship Innovation in the Context of
Economic and Societal Development
10:45 – 11:15
Coffee break
11:15 – 12:45
Plenary session 2: Strategic and Cooperative Alliances in Emerging Economies
12:45 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:30
Vilnius Tour
In 1994, the Old Town of Vilnius was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is a beautiful and very walkable part of the capital. The largest Old Town in Eastern Europe is architecturally the richest part of Vilnius. Almost every style of architecture can be found: from Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicism to Post-Modernism. Vilnius Town Hall and its square, once the center of the city, now hold annual fairs, festivals and many other events maintaining the life and energy of the square. From the majestic Gediminas Tower, which has been glorified in many legends, a spectacular view of the Old Town opens. Many know very well the Gates of Dawn (only remaining gate of the walled city) and its painting of Mother of God, which is said to have miracle-working powers. Vilnius University, founded in 1579, is one of the oldest and most famous higher schools of Eastern Europe. The President's Office is a notable piece of Lithuanian Classicism. The Cathedral, dating from the times of Mindaugas (1200s) stands in the area of the Lower Castle. The residence of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania that remembers famous and noble rulers.
15:30 – 17:00
Plenary session 3: Organizational Knowledge and Innovation in a Strategic Context
17:00 – 17:15
Farewell notes
Gala dinner

Travel and Hotel Information

  • Travel to Vilnius by plane:

    (Please note, that there is no direct flight from Prague
    to Vilnius on October 10th):

    There are daily direct flights from London and Warsaw to Vilnius.

    There is also international airport in Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania, which is situated 100 km away from the capital Vilnius. Ryanair offers direct flights to Kaunas from London, Dublin, Frankfurt, Brussels, Oslo, Stockholm and other European cities.

    Our suggested flights from Prague to Vilnius:

    • Prague – Brussels (1h 25min), Brussels – Vilnius (2h 30min)
    • Prague – Vienna (1h 00min), Vienna – Vilnius (1h 55min)
    • Prague – Frankfurt (1h 10min), Frankfurt – Vilnius (2h 05min)
    • Prague – Warsaw – Vilnius (duration - 3h 45min). There is both a morning flight and a late evening flight on October 10th
    • Prague – Helsinki – Vilnius (duration – 4h 55 min)
  • Travel to Vilnius by bus:

Hotel Accommodations:

The following hotels offer special rates for SMS 2012 conference participants:

  • Conference hotel is Europa Royale **** single room special rate: 80 EUR, double room 85 EUR. To book the hotel with the special rate, please email your reservation directly to the hotel: sales.erv@europaroyale.com and note “ISM University conference”

Other hotels within walking distance from conference venue (ISM University):

  • Ramada Hotel ***** single room special rate: 85 EUR, double room 95 EUR
  • Hotel Conti **** single room special rate: 55 EUR, double room 61 EUR
  • City Gate *** single room special rate: 38 EUR, double room 60 EUR

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