International congress on the importance of time in social and economic processes.
This is the concept of a comprehensive approach to the notion of time in social and economic processes, taking into account the needs of the individual, business, and also society and the state. Ubiquitous economization and financialization in economic processes are no longer sufficient as such; we see the growing importance of the right place and time for achieving one’s goals.
The Congress is intended to be a platform for interdisciplinary discussion between representatives of various circles and the elaboration of conclusions and recommendations in the field of the importance of time in the social and economic development of Polish companies, local communities, and the country, in the light of international change factors, innovation, and commercialization of research.
The subjects of the meetings will be divided into six thematic groups: from regional economy, economics of the future, and international business and marketing, through the growing financialization of economic processes to decision-making processes at the strategic and operational levels. The project aims to show that Lower Silesia, Poland and Europe are the right places for business and its environment at the right time to pursue development in the contemporary globalized economy.
Organizers: Wrocław University of Economics and Dolnośląski Fundusz Rozwoju.
Honorary patrons: Cezary Przybylski – Marshal of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship and Prof. Andrzej Kaleta – Rector of the Wrocław University of Economics.
Wrocław University of Economics
The University was established in 1947 as a private Higher School of Commerce. Its teaching and scientific staff was composed mainly of former employees of the Jan Kazimierz University and the Academy of Foreign Trade in Lviv as well as the Stefan Batory University in Vilnius.
In 1950 the school was nationalized and transformed into the Higher School of Economics. In 1974, the University became the Oscar Lange University of Economics. In 2008 the Sejm of the Republic of Poland decided to change its name to Wrocław University of Economics. This change came into force on May 6, 2008.
Over 12,000 students study at four faculties within the University. The University employs 581 research and teaching staff, including 144 professors.
In the “Perspektywy” Ranking of Higher Education Schools 2016, it was ranked 34th in Poland.
Dolnośląski Fundusz Rozwoju sp. z o. o. (DFR) is a local government company which has been operating since 2012, the sole shareholder of which is the Lower Silesian Voivodeship (Marshal Office of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship).
It is a specialized regional financial institution tasked with building a sustainable multiannual system of financing micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises through repayable financial instruments, i.e. loans, guarantees, as well as quasi-equity and equity instruments. In short, it can be said that DFR supports standard businesses with debt instruments, while – in order to support innovative or pro-development projects – it also offers a model of equity financing. The most important challenge for DFR is to build a sustainable, broad, and accessible offer of enterprise financing, from debt to equity.
The company is not limited to the provision of financial support to businesses, but also conducts networking activities, and has and develops a network of contacts in local, business, and academic communities.
To sum up, DFR supports structural changes in the Lower Silesian economy, including an increase in investment and the development of entrepreneurship.