Workshop on Quantitative Methodology: Measuring Illicit Financial Flows - Profit Shifting by Multinational Enterprises (Case Study)

Facilitator: Dr Bojan Nastav

Wednesday, 7 June 2023, 11.30-13.00 (Pre-Conference Day) 

The workshop will present participants with the process of developing methodological guidelines for the measurement of a particular topic, in this case study the profit shifting by multinational enterprise groups (MNEs). This starts with providing a conceptual framework for the measurement of the topic, addressing relevant definitional aspects that dictate further methodological work: not merely methodology to be applied, but also (and above all) data sources. Participants will explore the methodological considerations in proposing a methodology for statistical measurement of the phenomenon, but also partake in the practical exercise of collecting publicly available data, pair these with made-up case study data to apply certain elements of the method to compile preliminary statistics, and evaluate methodological relevance of the data sources, methods and results.

Dr Bojan Nastav is an acting Chief of Statistical Analysis at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). His work evolves around methodological guidance for measuring tax and commercial illicit financial flows. In the past, he has worked as a researcher at the University of Primorska (Slovenia), focusing on statistical and economic analysis of the phenomenon of the shadow economy. He then worked as a statistician at UN Statistics Division and UNCTAD, and more recently as a director general of the national statistical office of Slovenia.


You can download slides from the workshop HERE

Workshop on Qualitative Methodology: Getting Started with Text Analysis

Facilitator: Dr Annamaria Tuan

Wednesday, 7 June 2023, 14.15-15.45 (Pre-Conference Day)

Researchers, marketers and consumers swim in a sea of language, and more and more of that language is recorded in the form of text. Text is indeed produced by organizations through reports, ads, social media posts and website copy as well as by consumers through word of mouth, complaints, and status updates. Despite the unstructured nature of this kind of data, texts can be coded and analyzed in order to test the relationship between or among the constructs or variables of interest, creating vast opportunities for researchers. 

This workshop will introduce the basic skills of text analysis. We will begin by reviewing the theoretical perspectives important for studying the text. We will then cover automated text analysis techniques, primarily dictionary-based analysis, by showing the steps needed to answer a range of management questionsby means of real examples. The workshop will conclude with a Q&A session. 

Dr Annamaria Tuan is Senior Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Department of Management of the University of Bologna. Her research interests focus on the intersection between Corporate Social Responsibility communication and Social Media Marketing with a focus on text analysis. She has published in various marketing and management journals including the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of Interactive Marketing, Psychology and Marketing, and the Journal of Business Ethics 

The “1X3” Research Hackathon Project 

Facilitator: Dr Guido Bortoluzzi

Wednesday, 7 June 2023, 16.00-18.00 (Pre-Conference Day)

During the research hackathon, PhD students will be divided in 3 groups and will be challenged to produce 1 proposal for 1 empirical research to be carried out by combining 1 topic out of the 3 conference topics (green; inclusive; digital growth) and 1 theory out of 3 mainstream theories proposed by the evaluation committee. Students will work together and will have 30 minutes to produce 1 presentation composed by 3 slides that they will pitch in 3 minutes.

Special Session - The Politics and Policy of the Green Transition

Moderator: Dr Andreja Pegan, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management

Thursday, 8 June 2023, 10:15 - 11:45

The MIC conference will host a special session dedicated to political science issues. In line with the main conference theme, we invite established and young scholars to submit abstracts for the MIC Conference in Trieste, Italy. We welcome diverse theoretical and empirical contributions addressing the politics and policy of the green transition. Research on the local, regional, national and European level of government are welcome. Abstracts may address the following issues:

  • Public support for the green transition
  • Political debates framing the green transition (e.g. traditional media, social media, parliamentary debates, etc.) and green growth discourse
  • Public value/s of the green transition
  • Lobbying and interests representations in the green transition
  • Green, digital and politics of human rights
  • Democracy, citizen and community participation/deliberation (collaborative governance and co-creation, deliberative and participative democracy)
  • Democracy and digital technology (e-democracy)
  • Public value/s of the green transition
  • The planning and management of EU funds in the regions and cities for a greener and more inclusive society and economy
  • International relations, geopolitics and the green transition 


Special Session – Legal and Management Challenges for Open Innovation in the Digital Society

This session in organised in collaboration with the ZOOOM Project

Moderator: Dr Elizabeta Zirnstein, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management

Friday, 9 June 2023, 11:30 - 13:00

The MIC Conference in Trieste, Italy, will host a special session organised in collaboration with the '3Os and IP awareness raising for collaborative ecosystems' (ZOOOM) EU-funded Project. It aims to analyze intellectual property (IP) generation and management in collaborative innovation ecosystems which rely on various types of open knowledge: open software, open hardware, and open data (the “3Os”). The Project is managed by the Hub Innovazione Trentino (HIT), Italy, and University of Primorska, via the Faculty of Management, is participating as a project partner. More information about the ZOOOM Project is available at

This special session aims to raise awareness on key issues related to emerging technologies and open innovation, emphasizing on both the 3Os’ challenges and benefits, namely:

  • Intellectual property aspects related to open software, open hardware and open data
  • Legal and business aspects of using free/open source licenses in innovative projects
  • EU regulatory framework and digital ecosystems
  • Valorisation challenges for business models embedding open-source software, open hardware, and open data

All researchers and practitioners interested in knowing more about open licensing strategies are welcomed to joint this very special session on the legal and management challenges for open innovation. By joining us in discussing the 3Os and the challenges related to open licensing will not only bring forward the importance of the issues in question but will also give us additional insights and thus contribute to the findings and further development of the ZOOOM Project.

MIC 2023