A Warm Welcome From the IBSEN Partners

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Welcome to the IBSEN Network

We welcome you to IBSEN – The International Business Studies Exchange Network. Continue scrolling down to read our latest announcements and feel free explore our other pages. Read more about IBSEN and its goals on the about IBSEN page. Get to know our network partners on the partner pages. You can also contact us to get in touch or subscribe to our latest announcements from IBSEN.

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“Before we get married, we need to be engaged“

The November Meeting took place virtually again on November 15th and 16th. The Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences hosted it. After the welcome speeches by the IBSEN president Alessandro Spano, Vice President Armand van Oostrom, and the Dean of the BUAS Business Faculty Riza Öztürk, the meeting started by presenting IBSEN member universities current status and discussing the to-dos from the last May 2021 meeting. The Head of the BUAS Department of International Affairs, Judith Peltz, gave an excellent overview of the E+ Generation (2021-2027). She pointed out that one Erasmus program for the entire IBSEN network would be very complicated. Her suggestion was to work on a bilateral/ trilateral/ four// five lateral basis and include other members through workshops and publications. Furthermore, she signalized that ERASMUS projects need “high maintenance projects”, reports and bureaucracy and are usually not fully funded, so additional resources are required. She also introduced us to the new features regarding the “Next Generation E+”.

Finally, Judith Peltz announced the International Week that her department is organizing from 2-6 May next year.

Riza Öztürk presented the International Conference of the Business Faculty of BUAS called “Bielefeld International Conference on Applied Business (BIcab)“, which will take place on the last day of International Week 6 May 2022. Both events can therefore be combined very well.

Intensive work was done in two workshops over two days. In the IBSEN Summer Schools Workshop, the individual points that belong to a Summer School were discussed, and the basics were determined, such as the name, period, format and credits. The IBSEN Summer School is to be called “Go IBSEN School”. The IBSEN Summer School is to be held in rotation by all member universities. The minimum number of participants should be 12 students.

In the other workshop, joint projects and teaching were debated. It was determined that before developing a double degree, shared history is needed. You have to get to know each other and already have a common student and staff exchange. “Before we get married, we need to be engaged”, president Alessandro Spano said. The focus was, therefore, on what we could offer for the students. The core theme should be on international business and intercultural aspects. When students from different nations work together, they develop these skills. Possible attractive topics for students could be: Data analytics and Big data, Blockchain. Both workshops concluded that the combination of face-to-face and online activities is the best way to proceed.

At the next meeting in The Hague in May 2022, both groups will make concrete proposals on how to proceed.

IBSEN Meeting: 15th to 16 November 2021

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Third time IBSEN Meeting virtual

The first conference of 2021 for the International Business Studies Exchange Network (IBSEN) was held on May 20-21. Due to the covid pandemic, the event was hosted virtually again, by Valenciennes with the help of Indian River State College for the virtual platform. 29 people attended virtually.

On day one of the conference, after the welcome words, each participant gave information about recent developments in their universities. There were a few specific presentations. Jessica Dinstel (UPHF) presented the european project Peer-IR-View, where Ibsen is an expert advisor. Bernard Wach (Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences) presented “Ibsen Entrepreneurship Workshop in February 2021 – Results and Collaboration”. Then there was a discussion about the new Ibsen agreement document, which needs to be signed by all members. At last, there was a plenary discussion on Ibsen current working topics : internationalization@home, summer schools, international internships, staff and student exchanges.

On day two of the conference, Önder Filiz (Izmir University) presented “Conquer the market by marcade: an online marketing simulation for undergraduate / postgraduate students”. Then all Ibsen members went to breakout rooms to carry on exchanging ideas on Ibsen current working topics. After the break, all groups explained what they had come up to, and participants could ask questions and propose a few ideas. There were quite a lot of proposals about Internships (virtual internships, hybrid internships) and how each university could contribute for the sake of all Ibsen members. The consensus was that each group would carry on working together on their subject until next Ibsen meeting in order to make a practical proposal which should be “test-able” by the whole group.

President Alessandro Spano expressed everybody’s whishes that even if these online meeting are highly productive, next meeting could possibly be hosted physically again by a university.

Next Ibsen Meeting should take place at IRSC, on November 15-16.

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The second conference of 2020 for the International Business Studies Exchange Network (IBSEN) was held on November 19 through the 20th. The event was hosted by one of the IBSEN Network’s newest members, Indian River State College (IRSC) in the United States. Though the restrictions of the Coronavirus Pandemic caused the international conference to once again be hosted entirely on the virtual platform, ZOOM, it did not however impede the goal of the IBSEN conference. Which has long been to increase intercultural competence and support professional growth on a multicultural level. Furthermore, the virtual conference enabled even more staff engagement and innovation of over 40 participants in 10 countries worldwide.

On day one of the conference attendees were welcomed by our IBSEN President Alessandro Spano of the University of Cagliari in Italy, and Vice-president Armand van Oostrom of The Hague University of Applied Science in the Netherlands. Greetings were also received from the Dean of the IRSC Business Division Dr. Prashanth Pilly; and IRSC’s Vice President of Applied Science & Technology Dr. Pamela Welmon.

Each participant gave a brief introduction about their respective colleges and universities, their various business programs, clubs, internships, and professional development opportunities. This segment of the conference provided a platform for the dissemination of information on the recent developments in the business community and any innovative approaches that have been made to combat the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic. As its impact on higher education and the economic climate has been felt worldwide.

During the next segment, a series of workshops launched to explore the following conference topics: Internationalization at Home, Planning for the Future, International Travel during a Pandemic, International Internship Opportunities, and Increasing Staff and Student Exchanges. The workshop sessions allowed for a guided two-day conversation and collaboration dedicated to the pursuit of tangible solutions that were both actionable and also sustainable as a joint venture by all IBSEN partners. At the close of day one of the IBSEN conference, the President of Indian River State College Dr. Timothy Moore, gave the final address for the day.

Day two of the IBSEN conference began with a series of special presentations. The first presenter was Tom Kindred, the director of the Small Business Development Center, and the Corporate and Community Training Institute at IRSC. He shared about his partnership with the local community and the college and how it has generated economic mobility for entrepreneurial development. The second speaker was Pete Tesch, the president of the Economic Development Council (EDC) of St. Lucie County, Florida of the United States. The EDC partners with local governments and the private sector to create a high skilled high-quality workforce and enrich the economic vitality of the community. The last presentation was made by Wach Bernhard of Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Germany. He spoke on the exciting developments of their Center for Entrepreneurship and the upcoming courses it will offer for new students.

After the presentations, the second portion of the previous day’s workshops began. Day two of the breakout sessions focused on generating and consolidating solutions to the obstacles faced in each topic of discussion. Upon reconvening, each workshop speaker gave a brief synopsis of their proposal to the group, intending to actualize the proposals agreed upon in the foreseeable future.

Lastly, an award was given to Dr. Carol Steinhaus of Northern Michigan University, in the United States. She was awarded the title of “Honorary President of IBSEN”.

The IBSEN president Alessandro Spano then concluded the conference with closing remarks and propositions for moving forward. Major topics of consensus were that of proposals on virtual internships that would be hosted by participating IBSEN members. They would serve as a means to circumvent some of the restrictions placed on students finding professional internship opportunities during the pandemic. Another major proposal, to be decided in the near future, was that of the building of Joint-Venture Internships that would partner with large-scale international companies and the cooperation of its local college or university. The IBSEN conference closed, in agreement, that further and more frequent collaboration in the form of “micro-meetings” would be fruitful leading up to the next scheduled conference.  This event is set to take place in The Hague, Netherlands on May 20th and 21st of 2021.


Call for participation to IAE 1st International Week 1-5 February 2021

 Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France (UPHF) and IAE School of Management are pleased to host the 1st edition of the IAE School of Management International Week (IAE-IW 2021) in Valenciennes from 1st to 5th February, 2021.

This event will host approximately 20 different courses, attracting around 400 UPHF Master and early PhD Stu- dents.

The purpose of IAE-IW 2021 is to gather scientists from partner universities to share their knowledge while providing an excellent international learning environment for our students and promoting networking among participants and students. Scholars, researchers, higher education academic members, and officials from orga- nizations are welcome to submit their courses and talks in the International Week.

Important dates

30 September 2020: Proposal submission deadline

13 October: Notification

Topics and format

Participants are invited to propose courses and/or talks in Areas 1 and 2 below. Cross-disciplinary and innova- tive topics are particularly encouraged.

  • Area 1 – Corporate Strategy, Human Resources and Innovation Management
  • Area 2 – Corporate Finance, Accounting and Corporate Governance


Area 1 : Corporate Strategy, Human Resources and Innovation Management Area 2 : Corporate Finance, Accounting and Corporate Governance
Strategy Innovation and business growth / Digital innovation/manufacturing 4.0


Management of information system / Data manage- ment / Big data / supply chain management,


Conflict resolution / resilience Business Ethics and innovation

Business model transformation / Design thinking SMEs management / Health Care Management


Corporate Governance : modes, mechanisms and tools


Accounting quality / Audit quality / Financial reporting



Financial Disclosure / Non-financial disclosure – ESG Ethics and CSR

Corporate Finance / Corporate payout policy / Finan- cial entrepreneurship


International financial market / Financial crisis (subprime crisis, credit crunch, …)



Each course consists of 8 hours, delivered on a specific two-day period : either on period a) Monday February 1st and Tuesday February 2nd, or on period b) Thursday February 4th and Friday February 5th. Proposals for one course on each period are welcome.


We invite researchers to contribute to the Wednesday research seminar (February 3rd), whose objective is to further develop research collaboration with UPHF’s IAE School of Management and CRISS Research Laboratory. A talk (Research presentation, innovative learning experience, feedback on experience, …) includes a presentation time (20 minutes) and a time for questions and answers (10 minutes). Participants will be asked to communicate the topic of their presentation and the main Area (1 or 2) they would like to join. Two or more parallel sessions will be organized.

Proposal guidelines


Course proposals should closely follow these guidelines to ensure full consideration.

They can be submitted by no more than one lecturer, and (s)he must possess a PhD or equivalent degree by the submission deadline.

They should mention explicitly the intended Area (1 or 2) and should indicate the intended level and specify the prerequisites.

Please provide a) an abstract of up to 150 words, b) a course description and tentative outline (up to two pages) c) expected level and prerequisites (free text), and d) appropriate references (e.g. journal articles, textbooks, monographs, proceedings, surveys).


Please provide an abstract of up to 150 words and appropriate bibliography.

Submission portal and questions

Please submit your proposal here.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask us by sending an e-mail to: veronique.sanguinetti@uphf.fr

Program Committee

IAE Director and Program Directors and CRISS (Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Sciences de la Socié- té) Research Laboratory staff members

Payment and expenses

Compensations for teaching one course (8 hours) will be 500 euros. In addition, room & board expenses will be covered as follows:

  • Guest teachers will be housed in a hotel in the center of Valenciennes. Tramway tickets will be
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails will be organized during the International A dinner will follow the Wed- nesday research seminar. Lunch buffets are planned for the courses’ two-day periods.
  • A grant based on travel distance will be allocated to each participant, to cover for their travel Travel distances will be calculated using the European Commission distance calculator.

IAE-IW 2021 is eligible for funding under the Erasmus mobility KA1 programme. Participants should contact the Erasmus Office and request to cover their mobility expenses through teaching (need for a signed agreement and presentation is mandatory).

Call_IAE-IW-2021 (PDF)

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IBSEN zooms the May meeting – record number of participants

The IBSEN-Meeting, that was scheduled for May 2020 in The Hague, could not take place in person. This is regrettable for all IBSEN-Members, as IBSEN is enriched mainly by the face-to-face contact, that makes the network’s cooperation so successful. Despite this unfortunate situation the new presidents Alessandro Spano (Cagliari) and Armand van Oostrom (The Hague) made the best out of it and organised a Zoom-Meeting. Changig Jo from South Korea was responsible for the Zoom-Meeting’s technical support. The Meeting extended over two days, in which an overall of 35 people attended. Never before have so many people from the network universities actively participated in an IBSEN meeting.

The first day was split into a general section (Opening Plenary Session) and a Workshop section (Group works). In the first section, the To Do’s from the last session in Izmir and the status and future development of IBSEN were discussed in a large group of people. Furthermore, it was determined that the next meeting is scheduled to take place in November at Indian River State College, IBSEN’s newest member, in Florida. The Hague University will host the meeting in 2021. For the subsequent workshops, the participants were assigned to the group, which they had previously registered for. In the following five workshops small groups discussed:

  1. IBSEN summer schools
  2. Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  3. New Technologies
  4. Legal status of IBSEN
  5. How IBSEN can help students from partner universities when hosting them

The results were then placed in a shared folder so that each member had access to the documents at all times.

The next day’s session included the presentation of the results from the workshops, each of which was presented by a workshop speaker. Finally, the results from the entire IBSEN meeting were summarized and the To Do’s for the next session in Florida were compiled. Hoping to finally see each other again in person in Florida, the members said goodbye to each other. Everyone agreed: It’s better to have seen one another digitally than not at all!!!

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First IBSEN meeting in Izmir, Turkey

IBSEN meeting, November 2019 in Izmir

For the very first time, the Izmir University of Economics (IUE) hosted the meeting of the IBSEN- Network and welcomed the members with joy and pleasant 23 degrees (during November!). The Izmir University of Economics joined the Network in 2018 and constitutes three particularities, defining them as a charitable university. They were established by the foundation of the chamber of commerce for education and health in Izmir and have been distinctly internationally orientated ever since. Exemplary for this are the full English-taught course offerings (except Law). Furthermore, the outstanding adaptation of business-related subjects to real economic demands, based on the close cooperation with the chamber of commerce in Izmir.

Main focus of this IBSEN meeting was the exchange on three distinct topics, namely Entrepreneurship (Entrepreneurship and Innovation), Digitalization (Future of Business Education on a digitalized World) and Sustainable Economics (How to generate a more sustainable business environment?). It was decided that a concept for joined ventures regarding the topic of Entrepreneurship shall be pursued by all members and developed together. Therefore, several work packages have been assigned. Additionally, further extensions of existing cooperation have been discussed. Particularly, well-established double-degree programs shall be extended to Master-Degree level. It was of high importance to witness the colleagues of IUE and interact with them personally. The event was perfectly complemented by the organization of exhibition stands of IBSEN Members, where students of IUE had the opportunity of informing themselves about possible semesters abroad. It was due to the presence of the university representatives that the fair was a success for the students, the Members (Sadly, France was not able to participate) and the IBSEN-Network itself.

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PhD call, Cagliari (Italy)

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PhD programmes – Cycle XXXV

Competition for the admission to the PhD programmes of the University of Cagliari – Academic Year 2019/2020

The University of Cagliari has opened a call for a paid phd position reserved for non italian students. The call is available here: https://unica.it/unica/it/studenti_s01_ss05.page

Deadline to submit applications and upload evaluable documents: 27th August 2019, 12.00 p.m. (local time)

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