3 - 5 September 2019
Global developments over the past decade have made the world of business and organisations increasingly uncertain and challenging, yet still offer opportunities for those able to innovate and tap evolving niche areas. Core contributory factors responsible for this include the last financial crisis, developments in the Arab world leading to mass migration, Brexit, and the rapidly changing policies of the USA since the election of President Trump. These are compounded by both human-created developments, such as artificial intelligence and social inequality and unrest, and nature-created disasters such as catastrophic floods, storms and forest fires. All this has not only created a major challenge to successful provision of basic amenities to a rapidly growing global population, but also for organisations and institutions to develop new skills needed to work with technological advancements. As a result, there is a pressing need to push for the sustainability agenda on all fronts, and to support entrepreneurship and growth and development of SMEs.