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Collegium of World Economy
SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
The World Economy Research Institute’s 14th Annual Conference

Fostering Innovation and Competitiveness:
Towards Smart Manufacturing and Services in Europe
Warsaw, June 25th and 26th, 2020

The World Economy Research Institute (WERI) together with the Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics (Poland) are pleased to announce the 14th Annual Conference on Innovation and Competitiveness. The conference will also be an occasion to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Collegium`s distinguished Professor Elżbieta Kawecka-Wyrzykowska.


In contemporary economy, we observe the growing importance of service sector, with the simultaneous expansion of service functions in industry and agriculture. In many respects, the traditional boundaries between services and manufacturing are becoming less clear. On the one hand, there is the industrialisation of services and, on the other hand, an increasing emphasis on the service component in manufacturing activities, which is often linked to the development of new technologies. The above observations indicate the growing importance of the service sector for socio-economic development. Therefore, the following question arises: how may smart manufacturing and services contribute to a competitive advantage in contemporary world economy? The World Economy Research Institute’s 14th Annual Conference on competitiveness will seek to answer this question.

We invite papers related to the following topics:

·     theoretical and practical aspects of international competitiveness in particular with focus on service sector, especially knowledge intensive business services;

·     competitive position of selected economies, taking into account the development of service sector;

·     economic policy, in particular in the area of service sector development.


Authors are invited to submit abstracts electronically (up to 250 words in MS Word or PDF format) to:

Submissions should contain: the title, name(s) of the author(s), affiliation(s), address(es), telephone number(s) and e-mail address(es).

Templates can be downloaded here:

​Call for papers in pdf file is available here​​: 2020_conference CFP_21012020.pdf2020_conference CFP_21012020.pdf

Papers may be submitted by the authors to International Journal of Management and Economics. They will be published in this journal if accepted accordingly to double-blind review procedure.


The deadline for abstract submissions is May 11, 2020.

Notifications on acceptance will be sent to the authors by May 28, 2020.

Participants presenting a paper during the conference are asked to submit their full papers by June 12, 2020.

Registration deadline: June 12, 2020.


Conference fee

The conference is free of charge.


Anna Maria Dzienis, PhD

WERI, SGH Warsaw School of Economics

Al. Niepodległości 162, 02-554 Warsaw, Poland

tel. +48 22 5649370, email: