Technological change and development

Technological change and development

4th Central European PhD Workshop
Doctoral School in Economics, University of Szeged
5-6 April 2019, Szeged, Hungary

Recently, rapid (and radical) technology development and digitalization characterizes the economy, industrial competitiveness and general development. Industry 4.0 has become a well-known concept reflecting that we arrived at a new phase, and there is a new industrial revolution. Our PhD workshop – supported by the project EFOP-3.6.2-16-2017-00007 “Aspects on the development of intelligent, sustainable and inclusive society: social, technological, innovation networks in employment and digital economy” – targets these issues (in a direct and indirect way) and is open to all PhD students from Central European doctoral schools, working in the fields of economics and business. The workshop is held in parallel with the international conference ‘Readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution in the European Union’ organised by the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the University of Szeged, and supported by the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES). This offers PhD students a special training and provides an opportunity for interaction amongst senior and young researchers.

We invite papers that aim at a better understanding of the impacts of technological change, industry 4.0 on the economy and development. We call for papers in particularly (but not restricted to) the following fields:

  • de- and reindustrialization processes;
  • new business models;
  • governmental policy toolkit for supporting industrial changes;
  • impacts of technological changes;
  • restructuring and economic development;
  • monetary and fiscal policy as preconditions of structural changes;
  • reactions of the competition regulation.

Keynote Speakers

Kadri UkrainskiKadri Ukrainski, Professor of Research and Innovation Policy (University of Tartu, School of Economics and Business Administration):
Innovation policy and dynamic capabilities in the public sector: challenges for CEE countries in the context of 4th industrial revolution

Enzo ValentiniEnzo Valentini, PhD in Political Economy (University of Macerata, Department of Political Science, Communication and International Relations):
Structural change, robotisation, productivity and labour markets in advanced economies

Hiroshi TanakaHiroshi Tanaka, Specially Appointed Professor of Economics (Ritsumeikan University, Graduate School of Economics):
Industry 4.0: View from a Japanese Manufacturing Perspective


The programme is available in PDF format.

Important Deadlines

The PhD-workshop will follow a discussant-system: each paper will be evaluated by another participant according to a guideline. The discussant should express the evaluation not only in a written but in an oral form, too, after the certain presentation. In line with these, the following deadlines need to be strictly kept:

Submission of application and abstract:
20 January 2019
Notification of acceptance:
1 February 2019
Payment of conference fee:
1 March 2019
Submission of paper in version suitable for discussant:
15 March 2019
Written evaluation of the paper:
31 March 2019


Authors are requested to submit applications and abstracts of their papers in via the application form.


Registration fee: 50 EUR or 16,000 HUF
The fee includes the conference package.

Payment in EUR:
Name: University of Szeged
Bank name: Hungarian State Treasury
Bank address: H-1054 Budapest, Hold utca 4.
Bank account number (IBAN): HU79-1000-4885-1000-2010-0012-0335
Swift code: HUSTHUHB
Please write in the notice section: 14 14 1S918

Payment in HUF:
Name: Szegedi Tudományegyetem
Bank name: Magyar Államkincstár
Bank address: 1054 Budapest, Hold utca 4.
Bank account number: HU91-1002-8007-0028-2802-0000-0000
Please write in the notice section: 14 14 1S918


Selected papers will be published after peer review process in an online proceeding with an ISBN number.

Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Éva Voszka
  • Beáta Udvari, PhD
  • Anita Kéri


University of Szeged, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
6722 Szeged, Kálvária sgt. 1, Hungary

Further information

Ms Beáta Udvari

Ms Anita Kéri

Széchenyi 2020

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