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‘How to manage change – Challenges of Globalisation, the Digitisation Revolution’ Summer School

Are you up for a new challenge? Do you fancy increasing your academic standing? Are you looking for a new learning experience? Do you enjoy having fun? Then, you are in the right place!

What you have to do to join us?

  1. Apply for one of the 40 available spots by submitting by submitting at your CV and an essay on the eponym topic of our summer school ‘How to manage change – Challenges of Globalisation, the Digitisation Revolution. For more information, visit our webpage Deadline 19th of July 2018.
  2. In the morning, attend and actively engage in the presentations and seminars of our guest speakers, in the afternoon and evening make sure you don’t miss our fun activities and parties.
  3. Prove that you’ve paid careful attention to activities described at point 2) and get your certificate of attendance by showing your thirst for always challenging the status quo.
  4. Perseverance is the key to success so stay a Challenger for the years to come!

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26 August – 4 September 2018


Black Sea Coast, Hotel Ramada – Constanta


Because you have something to say/are a Challenger


Foreign guest speakers from world top universities




Our Summer School programme is designed to ensure you get a holistic experience: here, we will enhance your worldview, you will meet new and exceptional people from all over the Globe, and you will gain considerable knowledge and skills.

During the 10 days you spend in our Summer School, you attend courses for four hours and participate in workshops and teambuilding events. Social events are not to be neglected since we strive for a healthy balance between organised events and free time, which also allows for the independence of the participants.

The package includes 9 nights in a three-star hotel, 3 meals a day, course materials, festive dinner.


Are you up for a new challenge? Do you fancy increasing your academic standing? Are you looking for a new learning experience? Do you enjoy having fun and meeting new people? Then, you are our perfect match!


Name of the organisation: SC AQUA GEOTERMA RESOURCE SRL
Unique Registration Code: RO26249561
Bank account: RO36BTRLEURCRT0298451201
Currency: EURO
Swift: BTRLRO22
Amount: 500 euro
Payment description/details: ASE-FABIZ summer school



In order to register you need to send us your CV and a 500-word argumentative essay on the topic ‘How to manage change – Challenges of Globalisation – The Digitisation Revolution’. Applications should be submitted at the following address:


The participation fee is 500 euro per person and it includes seminars and presentations, workshops and teambuildings, accommodation in double rooms for 9 nights, three meals a day, for the entire stay.

Given that spots are granted in the order of registration, in order to be sure you are going to get a spot, we strongly encourage you to enrol as soon as possible.

The payment is to be done in one instalment upon registration.

Cancelling and refund conditions: to be displayed


  • Developing and enhancing critical thinking and analysis skills
  • Enhance your CV
  • Experiencing an enriching summer in the heart of Constanta near the Black Sea
  • Make new friends and develop your social capital
  • Tap into a new culture


Why is the best digital strategy a human one? In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, digital confidence can only be delivered by combining technology and business acumen with uniquely human insights.

Taught by: Andreea Mihnea | Ilinca Draganescu | Mircea Giurcan | Darian Ursoiu

Smart Data Analytics

Taught by: Professor Wolfgang HÄRDLE, Humboldt University Berlin

Course Description

The SDA course presents tools and concepts for unstructured data with a strong focus on applications and implementations.  It presents the decision analytics in a way that is understandable for non-mathematicians and practitioners who are confronted with day to day number crunching statistical data analysis.  All practical examples may be recalculated and modified: software and Quantlets  are in  The SDA course endows the practitioner with ready to use practical tools for smart data analytics.


Taught by: Professor David S. A. Guttormsen, BI Norwegian Business School

Course Description

Various McKinsey reports and academic studies suggest that managing talent is one of the key challenges faced by Multinational Enterprises (MNEs), especially in emerging and high-growth markets. If you were the international manager, how would you tackle the challenges concerned with acquiring and developing talents? How would you devise the corporate policies and practices associated with the intra-MNE Global Talent Management (GTM) programme? This course introduces the key concepts of GTM and Change Management in addition to the latest trends in managing such programmes and processes within MNEs. A particular focus is placed on the role of digitisation and culture in terms of achieving an effective and purposeful GTM programme. Students are invited to share their own ideas, opinions and experiences, and to engage in managerial problem-solving and critical analysis. This will be achieved by being presented with a real-life case study featuring actual GTM challenges within an MNE. Student learning will also be nurtured through participating in interactive and practical exercises.

How Digitalization is Reshaping Industry and Business Models

Taught by: Professor Marco SAVASTANO, Sapienza University of Roma

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Taught by: Professor Mihai CUCURINGU, Oxford University

Course Description

This course covers a number of topics in Data Science, that will combine both theoretical and practical approaches. The goal of the course is, on one hand, to understand at a high level the mathematical foundations behind some of the state-of-the-art algorithms for a wide range of tasks including organization and visualization of data clouds, dimensionality reduction, network analysis, clustering, classification, and ranking. On the other hand, students will be exposed to numerous practical examples drawn from a wide range of topics including finance, statistics, and social network analysis.

How to assess the customer value in the digital age?

Taught by: Professor Herbert Casteran, EM Strasbourg Business School

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Europe 4.0 – EU-Law and national implementation

Taught by:  Professor Patrick SENSBURG,  University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and management of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Econometric Methods

Taught by:  Professor Andrea Naghi

Course Description

The course will provide an overview of popular micro-econometric methods, both theoretical aspects and practical illustrative applications. I will cover linear panel data models, dynamic and nonlinear panel data models, methods for policy evaluation such as: average treatment effects estimation, regression discontinuity designs, difference-in-differences methods, and instrumental variable methods. Particular emphasis will be given to the recent use of machine learning techniques combined with classical causal inference methods, to recover the causal link between interventions and outcomes.

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Taught by: to be confirmed  Professor Ralf CAERS, KU Leuven, Belgium

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Taught by: Professor Gerhard HAMMERSCHMID, Hertie School of Governance

Managing Innovation and Creativity in the Globalized Business

Taught by: Professor Francesco BELLINI, International Telematic University UNINETTUNO

Course Description

Innovation and creativity are the key drivers of success in many industries today. They fuel the uptake of new technologies, the development of products and services and the formulation of strategies to secure competitive advantage. Truly innovative ideas can create new markets and boost a firm’s value or even transform its entire business model. But how do you propagate a culture of innovation? How do you tell which creative ideas are right for an organization? And how do you manage them effectively? The aim of the course is to introduce the main concepts of innovation management enabling the understanding of innovation processes and the role of creativity within them. After the course, students will be able to apply the basics of design thinking and to identify, analyse and explain an effective, creative concept leading to an innovation success.


Prof. Wolfgang HÄRDLE

Prof. Wolfgang HÄRDLE

Wolfgang Karl HÄRDLE did in 1982 his Dr.rer. nat. in Mathematics at Universität Heidelberg and 1988 his Habilitation at Universität Bonn. He is Ladislaus von Bortkieviecz chair professor of statistics, Humboldt-Universitätzu Berlin.

He is director of the Sino German International Research Training Group IRTG1792 „High dimensional non stationary time series analysis“ (WISE, Xiamen University). His research focuses on dimension reduction techniques, computational statistics and quantitative finance.

He has published over 30 books and more than 300 papers in top statistical, econometrics and finance journals. He is highly ranked and cited on Google Scholar, REPEC and SSRN.

He has professional experience in financial engineering, smart data analytics, machine learning and cryptocurrency markets. He has created a financial risk meter FRMand a cryptocurrency index CRIX and a cryptocurrency index CRIX.

Prof. David S. A. Guttormsen

Prof. David S. A. Guttormsen

David S. A. Guttormsen is an Assistant Professor in International and Cross-Cultural Management for the Department of Communication and Culture, BI Norwegian Business School. David earned his PhD in Politics and International Studies from

The University of Warwick (UK, supervised by Prof Stuart Croft) and obtained an MPhil in International Business from the Leeds University Business School (UK, supervised by Dr Malcolm Chapman).

He also holds an MA in International Relations (University of New South Wales, Australia); a GradCert International Relations (Curtin University of Technology, Australia); a BCom in Public Relations and Management (Curtin Business School, Australia); and a PGCert in Higher Education Professional Practice (Coventry, UK).

Prior to joining BI in 2017, David worked as Lecturer in International Business (equivalent to Assistant Professor/Førsteamanuensis) at University of Exeter Business School (UK) and Lecturer in International Management at Coventry University Business School (UK). He has also taught and supervised MBA (corporate executives) and MSc dissertations at Warwick Business School (UK), The University of Warwick (UK), University of Birmingham Business School (UK) and University of Leicester School of Management (UK) (nearly a hundred dissertations, in total).

David remains External Associate at Warwick Business School and Visiting Researcher at Leeds University Business School (UK). David has previously held visiting research positions at Seoul National University (South Korea), Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong), Helsinki Business School (Finland) and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO, Norway).

He has also been an invited speaker at Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Newcastle University Business School (UK), BAU International Berlin – University of Applied Sciences (Germany), University of Essex Business School (Dec 2017), in addition to the institutions where he has held visiting positions.



Marco Savastano, Ph.D. in Innovation Management at Sapienza University of Rome, with a thesis investigating the Digital Transformation of the Manufacturing Sector. Master’s Degree in Technology and Innovation Management

with a thesis focused on the omnichannel strategies in the Retail Sector carried out at the TUe University of Eindhoven (NL). Teaching assistant at Sapienza University for the subjects of

Technology and Innovation Management and Multi-channel Management. Visiting research fellow at the University of Baltimore (UB) in the AY 2016/2017, within the Center for Digital Communication,

Commerce and Culture. He actively participated in international conferences presenting several competitive researches, obtaining multiple publications as conference proceedings, book and encyclopedia chapters.

Prof. Patrick Sensburg

Prof. Patrick Sensburg

Since 2008 Professor of Public Law and European Law at the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and Management of North Rhine-Westphalia (FHÖV NRW) in Münster • Lecturer at the Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration • Since 2016 Lecturer at the University of Vienna

• Since 2017 Member of the Board of trustees of the German Society for Mediation (DGM) • Since 2017 Member of the Board of trustees of the German Society for Mediation (DGM)

• Since 2018 Visiting Professor at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies

Andrea Naghi

Prof.<br />
Andrea Naghi

Andrea Naghi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Econometrics (Econometric Institute), Erasmus University Rotterdam. She obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick. During her PhD,

she spent two academic years at the University of California San Diego, as a visiting PhD student. As part of her PhD research, she also worked at the European Central Bank. Her research interests are in the fields of Econometrics and Applied Econometrics. In particular, she is interested in topics related to performing estimation

and inference with models affected by identification deficiencies, predictive accuracy assessment, optimal forecasts, identification in DSGE models.

For her research, she was recently awarded the European Union Horizon2020 Grant: Marie Skłodowska-Curie and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Funds.

Prof. Herbert Casteran

Prof. Herbert Casteran




Research director and founder of Eurokleis he trained as an economist (Degree in Economics, MAs in Economics and Management of Technological Change, PhD in Innovation management). He is professor of Finance at the International Telematic University

UNINETTUNO and Technology Management professor and research fellow at the Department of Management of University of Rome La Sapienza. He is responsible of the Research & Innovation in Eurokleis and he is scientific consultant for a number of private and public

bodies. During his professional carrier he worked in more than 30 EC projects coordinating 4 of them. He is author of 3 books and about 70 publications.

He has an extensive experience in project management and coordination, business and financial modelling of  innovation and impact assessment.

Prof. Mihai Cucuringu

Prof. Mihai Cucuringu

I finished my Ph.D. in Applied and Computational Mathematics (PACM) at Princeton University in June 2012, where I was extremely fortunate to be advised by Amit Singer. My thesis was on the low-rank matrix completion problem and several distance geometry

problems with applications to sensor network localization and three-dimensional structuring of molecules. During Fall 2014, I was a Research Fellow at the Simons Institute for Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley, in the program Algorithmic Spectral Graph Theory.

During Spring 2014, I was a Research Fellow at ICERM, at Brown University, in the Network Science and Graph Algorithms semester program.

(TBC) Prof. Ralf CAERS

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Prof. Gerhard Hammerschmid

Prof. Gerhard Hammerschmid

Gerhard Hammerschmid is Professor of Public and Financial Management at the Hertie School of Governance. His research focuses on public management reform, comparative public administration, public sector performance management

and personnel management. Hammerschmid also serves as academic head at the Institut für den öffentlichen Sektor e.V. and is coordinator and partner of various EU-funded research projects (COCOPS, LIPSE, EUPACK) on

public management reform. He has been guest professor at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and the Copenhagen Business School. Before joining Hertie he was assistant professor at the Institute

for Public Management at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) and spent three years in a federal ministry in Austria coordinating a major restructuring and administrative reform.

Hammerschmid studied business at the University of St. Gallen and received his PhD from the WU Wien.

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