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Special Session
Special Session on
21st Century Leadership for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Concept and Practice
 - INNO 2019

3 - 5 May, 2019 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Within the 8th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems - SMARTGREENS 2019

INNO is a shared event between SMARTGREENS and ICEIS.


Anna Nikina-Ruohonen
Grenoble Ecole de Management

Brief Bio
Author: "Areas of Innovation in a Global World", Published scholar on innovation management, entrepreneurship and female entrepreneurship.Ambassador, Education Innovations,, Finland. Affiliated Professor, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France.Over 15 years of professional experience across Europe and globally in the development of international partnerships in business, education and innovation ecosystems. Anna has collaborated with International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation, Skolkovo Innovation Center, Nokia, Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce, Trainers’ House and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. Doctoral Dissertation is on women entrepreneurs in Scandinavia. Received an award by United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship for practical contribution to entrepreneurship.


Innovations and entrepreneurship are increasing in their significance in shaping our societies worldwide. Managing and leveraging complexities, creativity and innovation call for vision, proactiveness and effective tools across all stakeholder groups. In this session innovation management scholars and practitioners are invited to share their professional insights and inspiring cases that would contribute to developing an understanding of the innovation and entrepreneurship focused leadership in schools, universities, science parks, corporate world, investor, entrepreneur and startup communities.


Fostering and leveraging innovations:
- Fostering entrepreneurship and creativity within smart city concept;
- Areas of innovation in a global world, cases of establishing and managing innovation ecosystems;
- Cases and effective methods of working with key stakeholders of innovation ecosystems: startups, students, investors, VCs, corporations, universities, science parks, international partners and others;
- Startup community development - bringing key elements together to tackle contemporary world challenges;
Offering contemporary education for innovation and entrepreneurship:
- Leveraging e-skills for innovation in the knowledge society;
- Entrepreneurship education is K12 and higher education;
- University education in fostering entrepreneurial and creative thinking, providing modern tools on management of innovations;
Promoting innovative products and services:
- Evolving business models for innovative products and services;
- Social entrepreneurship; 
- Marketing of innovative products and services;
Leading innovation:
- Leadership and management practices in managing innovation processes;
- Female entrepreneurs and their role in high-tech, startups and smart green technology development;
- Research into entrepreneurship intentions, motivation, attitudes, identity
- SMEs entrepreneurship as an innovation driver.




Paper Submission: March 7, 2019 (expired)
Authors Notification: March 15, 2019 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: March 25, 2019 (expired)


Lasse Berntzen, School of Business, University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway
Rania El-Gazzar, Department of Strategy and Finance, University College of Southeast Norway, Norway
Mohamed Jemni, University of Tunis, Tunisia
Sanja Lazarova-Molnar, Faculty of Engineering, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Iván Razo-Zapata, IT for Innovative Services (ITIS), Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg
Huasong Shan, American Technologies Corporation, United States
Sanjeewa Witharana, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany

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Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support - and submitted for indexation by DBLP, Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index, EI, Microsoft Academic, SCOPUS, Google Scholar and Semantic Scholar.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


SMARTGREENS Special Sessions - INNO 2019