9th of May 2019

Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences (EUAS) is pleased to announce that the 7th annual Entrepreneurship conference

Intuitive & Scientific Management & Decision-Making

will be held on the 9th of May 2019 at 10A Suur-Sõjamäe, Tallinn, Estonia

Registration is now closed. Conference participation is free of charge (seats are limited). Coffee breaks and lunch are included.

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The conference seeks answers to the following questions: Do effective management decisions come from experience, intuition, genes or from analytical data-driven approaches? Supposedly, it takes nearly 10 thousand hours of practice and learning to gain expert knowledge and skills. Can such experience be replaced by scientific analysis of big data, personality traits, or psychology in decision making?


Conference moderator: Ergo Metsla

09:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Welcome address
10:15 Eugene Sadler-Smith (University of Surrey, UK)
Intuition: Friend or Foe in Managerial Decision Making?In this talk he will consider: (1) what intuition is and what it isn’t; (2) the situations in which intuition works well and situations where it doesn’t work well: (3) how we can make intuition work better for us in areas such as creativity, business venturing, and innovation.
11:15 Maris Zernand-Vilson (Tallinn University of Technology)
Options for management and choices by Estonian managers
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Kaire Põder (Estonian Business School)
Central or decentral decision mechanisms – is market smart? Application of school market
13:30 Maria Milovzorova (Baltic State Technical University “VOENMEH”, Russia)
The Algorithm for Strucuring Information in Decision-Making
14:00 Tõnn Talpsepp (Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences)
Why aren’t investors able to learn how to make better decisions?
14:30 Coffee break
14:50 Valeria Kiisk (Redgate Capital)
Learning from business partners – choosing the right ones
15:20 Panel discussion Eugene Sadler-Smith, Mait Rungi (EUAS), Valeria Kiisk
When to use intuition, data or other scientific methods for decisions with high monetary effect?
16:00 – 17:00 Closing Cocktails

Registration is now closed. Conference participation is free of charge (seats are limited). Coffee breaks and lunch are included.

Keynote speaker

Eugene Sadler-Smith is Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Surrey Business School.  He has a B.Sc. from the University of Leeds and a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham.  Before moving into academia he worked for British Gas plc (1987-1994).  His main research interests are intuition (in organizational decision making) and hubris (in leadership).  His research has been published in various international peer-reviewed journals such as Academy of Management Perspectives, Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Learning and Education, British Journal of Psychology, Business Ethics Quarterly, Human Relations, Organization Studies, Organizational Research Methods, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, etc.  He has written four sole-authored books: Learning and Development for Managers (Blackwell, 2006); Inside Intuition (Routledge, 2008), The Intuitive Mind (John Wiley and Sons, 2010; translated into Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian); and Hubristic Leadership (Sage, 2019).  His research and consultancy work has included projects with various public and private organizations and government departments; his intuition research has featured in the media including BBC Radio, Sky TV, The Times newspaper, Forbes (Korea), etc.  Eugene Sadler-Smith is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).