8th International Scientific Conference on IT, Tourism, Economics, Management and Agriculture

ITEMA 2024

Zayed University

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

October 24, 2024 (in person, online and virtually)

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The purpose of the annual ITEMA conference is to support the power of scientific research and dissemination of the research results with the objective to enhance society by advancing knowledge, policy-making, lives, and ultimately, the world. Our objective is to continue to be the foremost annual conference on cutting-edge theory and practice of information technology, tourism, economics, management, and agriculture; encouraging advancement via excellence, and interaction.

Forthcoming ITEMA Conference - October 2024, Zayed University, Dubai (UAE)

Forthcoming ITEMA Conference - October 2024, Zayed University, Dubai (UAE)

Forthcoming ITEMA Conference - October 2024, Zayed University, Dubai (UAE)

All accepted full papers for the ITEMA International Scientific Conference will be placed in the ITEMA Conference Proceedings Pre-draft. Afterwards there will be three circles of full papers’ selection from the ITEMA Conference Proceedings pre-draft:

1st Circle – Selected papers will be published in the publication titled: ITEMA 2024 Selected Papers – the 8th Conference on IT, Tourism, Economics, Management and Agriculture (ISSN 2683-5991, ISBN and DOI numbers will be assigned). This publication will be submitted to indexation and / or publication and / or the listing at the Clarivate Web of Science (WoS) Conference Proceedings Citation Index, Scopus, EBSCO, CiteSeerX, ERA, ProQuest, Google Books, Google Scholar database and so on.

2nd Circle –  Extended and improved versions of the selected papers will be published in a monograph as book chapters. There will be an additional independent peer review process.

3rd Circle – Extended and improved versions of the selected papers will be published in highly esteemed partner journals published in different countries by different faculties and universities.

If the full paper is being published in one of the above named publications from the three circles, its abstract will be published in the ITEMA 2024 Book of Abstracts (ISSN 2683-5991, ISBN will be assigned). 

Other, non-selected full papers, but accepted for the conference, will be published in the ITEMA 2024 Conference Proceedings (ISSN 2683-5991, ISBN and DOI numbers will be assigned).

Full paper and abstract publication does not require an onsite, online, or virtual presentation.

Certificate of presentation/attendance will be sent by e-mail to all registered authors after the conference.

The official language of the ITEMA 2024 conference is English. Papers may be written and presented in English.

In order to avoid high commission of money transfer by bank wire transfer which may go up to 35% of the transferred amount, participants may pay the conference registration fee via PayPal (5% commission).

All received papers prior peer review process will be subject to plagiarism check with iThenticate by Turnitin software. Afterward, papers will be peer-reviewed by reviewers drawn from the scientific committee or external reviewers depending on the topic, title and subject matter of the paper.

Selection of papers which will be presented at the conference day will be based upon quality, originality, and relevance.

Publication of one abstract/paper prior requires payment of one registration fee, regardless of the number of authors (is there one author or two/three co-authors). 

Presentation mode for 8th ITEMA Conference

There are three options: on-spot presentation, virtual presentation, and online (live presentation).

1. On-spot presentation in Dubai (UAE) at the Zayed University. Each presenter will have 7 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for Q&A.

2. Virtual presentation: Participants who would like to join us via virtual presentation should email us their “voice-over PowerPoint” presentation narrated in English in a duration of max 7 minutes.

3. Online (live presentation): Participants who would like to join us via online (live) presentation will be able to present their papers live. Each presenter will have 7 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for Q&A.

Details about these options (software, submission deadline of “voice over PowerPoint” presentation, etc.) will be provided to participants after abstract submission.

Online Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Silva Kostić - Academy of Technical and Art Applied Studies Belgrade, Department School of Information and CommunicationTechnologies, Zdravka Čelara 16, Belgrade, 11000, Serbia Nada Ratković Kovačević - Academy of Applied Technical Studies Belgrade, Department of...

Recent Advances in Fintech: The Case of Italian Challenger Banks

Annalisa Baldissera - University of Brescia, Department of Law, via San Faustino No. 41, Brescia, ItalyKeywords:Financial technology;Emerging finance;Digitalization;Economic performance DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/ITEMA.S.P.2022.61Abstract: Fintech or financial...

Digitalization as an Emergent Process: Evidence from Italian Museums

Enrico Cori - Università Politecnica delle Marche, Department of Management, piazzale Martelli 8, 60121 Ancona, Italy Costina Andreea Calota - Università di Pisa, Department of Economics and Management, via Ridolfi 10, 56124 Pisa, ItalyKeywords:Digital skills;Work...

Successful E-learning: Wishful Thinking or Reality?

Zoran Ježić - University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics and Business Department of National Economy and Development,Ivana Filipovića 4, Rijeka, 51000, Croatia Renee Škulić - University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics and Business Department of National Economy and...

Potential and Need of Tourism Cluster Organizations in Slovakia

Jozef Gáll - University of Economics in Bratislava, Faculty of Commerce, Department of Tourism, Dolnozemská cesta 1, 852 35 Bratislava, Slovak RepublicKeywords:Tourism;Tourism cluster organizations;Destination management;Tourist regions of Slovakia DOI:...

Anxiety Due to COVID-19 and the Role of Obsession, Job Location Selection and the Number of Children in Hospitality Employees

Konstantinos Krikonis - Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece Ioannis Konstantaras - Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, GreeceKeywords:Coronavirus anxiety;Obsession with...

Sustainability Reporting Practices of Real Estate Companies from Germany, Austria and Switzerland – First Insights from 2020

Dominika P. Gałkiewicz - University of Applied Sciences Kufstein, Andreas Hofer-Str. 7, Kufstein, AustriaKeywords:Sustainability;Report;ESG;Directive;NFRD DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/ITEMA.S.P.2022.81Abstract: In the last twenty years, sustainability became a strong...

Capital Structure and Profitability: Panel Data Evidence from the European Tourism Industry

Rezart Demiraj - American University of the Middle East, Kuwait Suzan Dsouza - American University of the Middle East, Kuwait Enida Demiraj -American College of the Middle East, KuwaitKeywords:Capital structure;Profitability;Tourism industry;Europe DOI:...

Testing the Causal Relationship between Central and Eastern European Capital Markets: Evidence in Periods of Uncertainty in the Global Economy

Paulo Alexandre - School of Business and Administration, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal Rui Dias - School of Business and Administration, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal; Center for Studies andAdvanced Training in Management and Economics...

Virtual Reality Experience Marketing (Nissan Sakura Case Study in Vrchat Application)

Marcin Gurtatowski - Poznan University of Economics and Business; Al. Niepodległości 10, 61-875 Poznań, Poland Doris Antczak - Poznan University of Economics and Business; Al. Niepodległości 10, 61-875 Poznań, Poland Natalia Gluza - Poznan University of Economics and...

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ITEMA Conference partner institutions

FEB’s Mission

“The Faculty of Economics and Business contributes to the holistic development of individuals and participates in the development of the economy and community at both the national and wider European levels through its synthesis of economics and business research and education.”

FEB’s Vision

“FEB will be recognized nationally and throughout the wider European Region as an excellent research-oriented and globally-connected school of economics and business.”

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The Faculty of Organization and Informatics is one of the constituent units of the University of Zagreb. It is located in the northern part of Croatia, in the very heart of the beautiful city of Varaždin.

Established in 1962, the Faculty of Organization and Informatics is an institution that reaches back more than half a century, which is a comparably long tradition when modern technologies studies are concerned.

Over the decades, the Faculty has been providing education to future experts in the field of information sciences and technologies, economics, organization, communication and other related fields.

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The Faculty of Geography, University of Belgrade, Serbia has developed dynamically throughout all its phases, with its share of ups and downs. The ups were related to the peacetime living and working circumstances and the downs to the wartime years. The Second World War was followed by staffing and financial consolidation of this institution which evidently led to rapid development of scientific geography in terms of theory, methodology, personnel and organisation, as well as in the application of its results in various areas of social practice. New departments were formed in undergraduate and postgraduate studies: Tourism, Spatial Planning, Demography and Environment.

The studies of geography have been continuously improved by studying new educational and scientific disciplines, using the most advanced methods in scientific research and teaching, as well as in terms of organization, personnel and all other possible ways.

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Institute of Marketing at the Poznan University of Economics and Business has four departments: Department of Marketing Strategies, Department of Commerce and Marketing, Department of Market Research and Services Management and the Department of Product Marketing. The research interests of the Institute’s employees are concentrating on following areas: business marketing, non-profit organizations marketing, consumer behavior, consumption patterns, commerce strategies and structures, new product development, market research, marketing innovations and business relationships.

The Institute of Marketing has several laboratories that allow to conduct state of the art research. These are:  The Consumer’s Research Laboratory, ShopLab, ConsumerLab. Apart from these, the Institute of Marketing has professional facilities to conduct Focus Group Interviews.

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Faculty of Agriculture, Banat’s University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine ”King Michael I of Romania” in Timisoara has a tradition of over 40 years in the Romanian academic environment. Since its establishment in 1945 until today, the Faculty of Agriculture has established itself as a standard institution, which has developed progressively in line with the evolution of scientific knowledge and of society as a whole. Until 1989, the faculty functioned with the specialization Agriculture alone; the others were established later, in response to the needs of Romanian agriculture, as well as for the purpose of meeting the demands of the knowledge-based society.

Currently, the faculty functions with the following specializations: Agriculture, Plant Protection, Managing Machinery and Equipment for Agriculture and Food Industry, Biology, Environmental Engineering and Protection in Agriculture, Land measurements and cadastre, Machinery and Equipment for Agriculture and Food Industry.

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The ITEMA Conference is Organised by

Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans (Udekom Balkans) headquartered in Belgrade – Serbia is a non-governmental and non-profit association, founded in 2014 to support the development of scientific thought in the region, development of management and economics profession, as well as education of its members and the general public.

The objectives of the UdEkoM Balkans are:
1. The development of science and education in order to promote the economic development of the Balkans, the increase of the GDP and raising of living standards;
2. Preservation and development of the general fund of knowledge and overall scientific and professional personnel in the social sciences, especially in economics and management …

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ITEMA 2023 Keynote Speaker: Ilijana Petrovska

Program Leader of Digital Marketing MSc at Northumbria in Qatar and Full-Time Professor at University American College Skopje, North Macedonia

ITEMA 2022 Keynote Speaker: Kornelije Rabuzin

Full-time professor at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics, Varaždin, Croatia

ITEMA 2021 Keynote Speaker: Victor-Alexandru BRICIU

Associate Professor at Transilvania University of Brasov, Faculty of Sociology and Communication, Department of Social Sciences and Communication, Romania

ITEMA 2021 Keynote Speaker: Bobyleva Alla

Full-time professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

ITEMA 2020 Keynote Speaker: Jasmina Gržinić

Full-time professor, Department of Tourism at the Faculty of Economics and Tourism «Dr. Mijo Mirković», at the Juraj Dobrila University in Pula, Croatia.

ITEMA 2020 Keynote speaker Ulas Akkucuk

Associate Professor at Bogazici University, Department of Management, Istanbul, Turkey.


Preliminary conference proceedings content of the ITEMA 2023 conference


More than 200 authors gave their contribution to the conference with the abstract/paper from 26 different countries:

  1. Albania
  2. Austria
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Croatia
  5. Czech Republic
  6. Ethiopia
  7. Germany
  8. Greece
  9. Hungary
  10. India
  11. Italy
  12. Luxembourg
  13. Montenegro
  14. Morocco
  15. Mozambique
  16. North Macedonia
  17. Poland
  18. Portugal
  19. Romania
  20. Russia
  21. Serbia
  22. Slovakia
  23. Slovenia
  24. Spain
  25. Turkey
  26. United Arab Emirates

Latest publications

ITEMA 2022

Conference Proceedings

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ITEMA 2022

Selected Papers

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ITEMA 2022

Book of Abstracts

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8th International Scientific Conference on IT, Tourism, Economics, Management and Agriculture

ITEMA 2024

October 24, 2024

Zayed University, Dubai (UAE)

Organized in the hybrid form: online, virtually and in-person

Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans – UdEkoM Balkan
179 Ustanicka St, 11000 Belgrade, Republic of Serbia

ITEMA conference publications are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.