Research theme Management Geography

Special Session: Management Geography – A Euro-Asia Management Perspective

The Research Group on Management Geography (ManGeo) organized a Special Session at the 37th EAMSA Conference on Management Geography bringing a Euro-Asia Management Perspective to the fore. Many thanks go to the local organizer, Professor Tomasz Dorożyński, who supported our Special Session when organizing the 37th Euro-Asia Management Studies Association Conference”Europe-Asia Trade & Investments: Does distance matter?”. He has awarded our leading member Professor Rolf D. Schlunze for his pro-active participation joining the conference on the spot from October 21–23, 2021 in Łódź, Poland. 

Our Special Session at the online EAMSA annual conference commemorating the establishment of the new field of Management Geography has been conducted last Saturday, 23rd October 2021 (08.00 – 10.15 MESZ) Special Session on Management Geography – A Euro-Asia Management Perspective by the conveners: Rolf D. Schlunze (Ritsumeikan University, Japan); Piotr Pachura (Czestochowa University of Technology, Poland) and Lech Suwala (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany). The detailed session program featured distinguished speakers and their topics as follows.

Part 1: Formation of managerial and innovative spaces -Euro-Asia management perspective

1.Petr Hájek & Viktor Prokop (University of Pardubice): The Role of Global-Focused Innovation Collaboration in Innovation Performance of European SMEs

2.Piotr Pachura (Czestochowa University of Technology): The research on the structure of organizational space -fromhypothesis toempirical knowledge

3.Lech Suwala (Technische Universität BerlinManagement): Geography-sketching the contours of a new subdiscipline

Part 2: Embeddedness of TNCs and Intercultural Management

1.Milena Ratajczak-Mrozek (Poznan University of Economics): Network embeddedness -the importance of space for business performance

2.CHI, Cheng (Cindy)(Ritsumeikan University): Dual Embeddedness and the ambidextrous stakeholder engagement approach of Chinese Central SOE’s overseas branches insub-Saharan Africa

3.Vasylyna Sepyk (Częstochowa University of Technology): Managing Communication in a Cross-cultural Space

During the conference everybody enjoyed the presentation but time to discuss was too short to deepen the talk. Piotr and Lech provided a theoretical foundation. Milena and Cindy offered the methodological advances by their attempt of operationalize theoretical concepts and constructs. Petr and Vasylyna convinced with empirical evidence for innovation and diversity advantages within European workspaces. Our ambition is now to cooperate with our research, advancing theory and methodology for the creation of a unique research approach for joint research projects. Therefore, we will conduct a workshop ManGeo Workshop in the beginning of February 2022 at Poznan University.

A video and presentation material will be made available to ManGeo research group members at our this platform by the end of 2021.

Recommended references on Management Geography:

Schlunze, Rolf D., Nathaniel O. Agola and William W. Baber (eds), Spaces of International Economy and Management: Launching New Perspectives on Management and Geography, Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.

Taira, Atsushi and Rolf D. Schlunze (eds), Management Geography – An Asian Perspective. Springer Verlag, 2021 (forthcoming).

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