5th International Conference
on Contemporary Issues in Business Management
March 21-22, 2018 Lahore, Pakistan


Conference Theme: Entrepreneurial Thinking for Strategic Excellence

The conference aims to explore and illuminate different aspects of sustainable business practices in South Asia. Sustainability is one of the major challenges affecting emerging economies in the 21st century, and the 4th ICIBM focuses on this issue with the intention that the conference will further contribute towards creating and fostering theoretical and applied knowledge in this field. We seek to attract the interest of scholars, practitioners and researchers from all over the world to nurture and develop constructive debates within this field of business and management.

Conference Sub-Themes

1. Corporate Governance in Entrepreneurial Settings
Sub-Theme Coordinator: Dr. Irfan Saleem (irfan.saleem@ucp.edu.pk)

Research positioned in the intersection of entrepreneurship and corporate governance has grown substantially in scope and scale during past few years. Although a wide range of scholarly work has been presented for business firms operating in formal economies regarding governance principles, systems and processes which directly or indirectly influence the firm’s performance and in entrepreneurial settings. But little is known about, governance role for informal economies like Pakistan. In wake of this scenario, the governance track this year at UCP is intended to explore interdisciplinary stream of corporate governance and corporate entrepreneurship in terms of practices, theory development and research approaches. Specifically, this sub theme will consider papers that may pursue empirical studies including meta-analyses, reviews of contemporary concepts, and methods in the intersection of entrepreneurship and corporate governance. In general, we encourage submission of unpublished papers, literature reviews and case studies addressing topics of critical importance for institutional investors, Small and Medium‐Sized Firms (SMEs), Family Business experts, Entrepreneurs, Corporate Leaders, Boards of Directors, and the society at large. Submissions can follow, but are not limited to the following sub-themes:

  • Board Composition in small firms.
  • corporate entrepreneurship in different organizational forms
  • Dynamics of family boards.
  • Strategy of corporate social responsibility by SMEs.
  • Family network and its acceptance towards corporate entrepreneurship.
  • Corporate scandals and role of corporate director in informal economy.
  • Convergence and Divergence corporate governance models in informal ec
  • onomies.
  • Non-family CEOs in family firms.
  • Duality debate of CEO and Chairman in smaller organizations.
  • Regulatory governance and the informal economy.
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2. Strategic Human Resource
Sub-Theme Coordinator: Dr. Salman Iqbal (salman.iqbal@ucp.edu.pk)

Human resources are said to be the most valuable for an organization. This area looks at practices, and theories that relate to managing the human workforce (employees). Employees play a critical role in organisations. Up to 80% of an organization’s costs are associated with employees. This has the effect of focusing managerial attention on the effectiveness of the way people are managed. One of the important differences between human resources and all other resources is the variability of not just all human resources, but also individual human resources. People are different from each other in terms of knowledge, skills, commitment, and attitude. Hence, most organizations strategically plan through training and other Human resource activities to retain the skilled and talented employees. Retaining skilled work force can also help to improve the human capital pool of organisations. Organisations can minimize outsourcing by recognizing the organisational human capital pool. Consequently, such human capital pool can provide a competitive advantage in terms of innovation in Business. Hence, Strategic HRM may lead to innovation in the current dynamic business environment.The conference will bring together leading academics, researchers and scholars. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Best practices to manage Human Capital
  • Knowledge management initiatives
  • Human behaviour in organisations
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Employee Motivation through collaboration
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3. Marketing, Advertising and Branding of Innovative Products
Sub-Theme Coordinator: Dr. Osman Khan (osman.khan@ucp.edu.pk)

Innovative products and services are the driving force of many developed economies. Moreover, innovative products and services help developing countries to prosper. Innovations in both the products and services sector have helped companies to grain greater market share, increase shareholder value and improve profitability. Innovations, however, don’t always involve the latest technology, sometimes it is an innovative approach to solving problems. This track will focus on research, case studies, and best practice examples from industry that explore and examine the impact of good marketing techniques for innovative products and services. The track welcomes both academic research as well as industry cases. The track is open to all types of research methodology for academic research papers. We also encourage papers that are a result industry-academia collaboration. The track is open, but not limited, to the following sub-themes:

  • Customer life-cycle of innovative products
  • Consumer acceptance of innovative products
  • Developing brand image for innovative products
  • Impact of culture on innovative product marketing
  • Use of social & digital media in advertising innovative products
  • Innovative product marketing and entrepreneurship
  • Customer loyalty for innovative products
  • The relationship between innovative products and customer experience
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4. Operations and Supply Chain Management
Sub-Theme Coordinator: Dr. Hassan Rauf (hassan.rauf@ucp.edu.pk)

The process of value creation begins from the initial point in the supply chains. Value creation at every node in the chain, whether operationally driven within individual entities or logistically driven, adds up to determine the success of a network. With chains competing against chains, spread across the globe, the process has become so dynamic, that achieving sustainable competitive advantage is becoming something impossible to achieve. The speed of technological evolution and the ever-increasing importance of using data, to coordinate and manage the end to end chain, is creating unique challenges as well as opportunities in the emerging economies within global value chains. The Operations and Supply Chain Management track at UCP is intended to be focused towards exploring innovations along the value chain for achieving competitive advantage. Submission of research papers, literature reviews and case studies along (but not limited to) following themes is encouraged

  • Data driven value chains
  • Technology in Value Chain
  • Supply Chain relationships
  • Value creation along the chain
  • Supply Chain Logistics and Sourcing
  • Manufacturing Management
  • E-commerce delivery management
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5. Leadership, Innovation and Change Management
Sub-Theme Coordinator: Dr. Nadeem Dogar (nadeem.dogar@ucp.edu.pk)

Leadership, Innovation and Change are integral components of today’s organizations. Organizations (business, public and non-profit) have to embrace change to remain competitive. Entrepreneurial leadership can introduce innovative thinking, products or systems that ultimately require changes in organizations. Organizations are spending billions of dollars each year on their innovation and change programs, however, their success rate remains around 30 percent. This very low success rate indicates that innovation and change programs are complex, ambiguous and uncertain. Therefore, organizations need well-groomed leadership in these fields to enhance their success rate. This also indicates that researchers need to work in this area of research with innovative research designs in order to address their complexity, ambiguousness and uncertainty. Hence, this sub-theme invites papers that are exploratory or explanatory (indigenous case studies) in nature aiming to share leadership’s entrepreneurial initiatives in order to introduce innovative organizational designs and strategies. Therefore, we will accept papers in the following thematic areas:

  • Organization Development
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Change Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • Organizational Culture
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6. Managing Creativity and Disruptive Innovation
Sub-Theme Coordinator: Dr. Abdul Waheed (a.waheed@ucp.edu.pk)

The role of creativity and then innovation resulted by the creativity is very important nowadays, for growth of enterprises in particular and overall business in general. The business requirements in today’s knowledge-based economies are changed, and the technology-driven innovation is one of the main factors of success in most of the businesses. The companies should focus more on how they can initiate and manage creativity and innovation activities, for gaining and sustaining competitive advantage. The threat of new entrants with radical and disruptive innovation forces the incumbents to invest more on creativity and knowledge building and then effective management of innovation. The incumbents should device such strategies by which they can avoid the threats of radical innovators, mostly the new entrants. The conference theme managing creativity and disruptive innovation focuses on the above mentioned issues related to creativity and disruptive innovation. The theme is intended to discuss the paradigm of creativity and disruptive innovation in the small, young firms with entrepreneurial intentions. The theme also welcomes the paper discussing the topics on innovation management and strategies by the large, incumbents firms, to neutralize the uncertainty attributable to disruptive innovation by the new entrants. The topics covered by the theme are related to, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Creativity and disruptive innovation dynamics in small, young firms
  • Creativity and disruptive innovation dynamics in large, established firms
  • Role of disruptive innovation in the growth of business
  • Innovation management and innovation strategies
  • Strategies to manage creativity effectively
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7. R & D, Start-ups, Spinouts and University-Industry Linkages
Sub-Theme Coordinator: Dr. Bilal Mirza (bilal.mirza@ucp.edu.pk)

Universities are recognized as centres for knowledge creation and innovation, which are drivers for technological advancement in societies. Through partnerships and linkages with external stakeholders, universities endeavour to identify opportunities, societal needs and challenges that can be addressed through the application of their knowledge and competencies. Through collaborative research and development, universities across the globe have not only achieved the academic and professional excellence but have also attained entrepreneurial accomplishments of international recognition. The sub-theme intends to invite papers that are applied in nature, and highlight the role of indigenous and collaborative research and development, venture creation and university-industry linkages. We specially encourage researcher, academics, students, corporate leaders to present their research/discussion papers in the following areas:

  • Triple Helix Model with focus on government, academia and industry collaboration
  • China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the emergence of entrepreneurial opportunities
  • University-Industry Cooperation, networking and regional Innovation
  • Co-working spaces, and the development of incubation
  • Technology and Product Transfer
  • Resource mobilization and management
  • Emergence of Entrepreneurial Universities
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8. Entrepreneurship in Public and Non-Profit Sectors
Sub-Theme Coordinator: Dr. Aisha Azhar (aisha.azhar@ucp.edu.pk)

Entrepreneurship is a topic of growing interest to academics and policy makers. Scholars in the field of public administration have been slower than academics in other fields (e.g., business administration and economics) to embrace the study of entrepreneurship. That is not surprising since entrepreneurial activity has traditionally focused on the private sector and the pursuit of profit. However, in recent years, a substantial rise in entrepreneurial initiatives has been witnessed in the public and nonprofit sectors. These initiatives involve numerous government and nonprofit entities, including federal agencies, universities, foundations, and state and local governments. Entrepreneurship in the public and nonprofit sectors has broader social goals than conventional forms of entrepreneurship, such as the more rapid commercialization and use of inventions and new technologies arising from federally funded research, enhancement of regional economic development, sustainability and other environmental objectives, and remedying other market failures with innovative solutions. These new initiatives also have important implications for the “entrepreneurial” behavior of public sector managers. The proposed theme seeks to bring together papers that address these issues. Another key goal of the theme is to foster stronger links among entrepreneurship researchers in a variety of social science disciplines (including the field of management) and public administration scholars. Considering the specific theme of the 2018 Conference at UCP, we especially welcome submissions focusing on following sub themes.

  • Public entrepreneurship and public sector entrepreneurship
  • Public policies and programs to promote entrepreneurship
  • Small Business Innovation Research Program
  • Social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector
  • Academic/university entrepreneurship, including technology transfer offices and property-based institutions, such as incubators/accelerators and science/technology parks
  • The contribution of entrepreneurship to regional economic development
  • Social and ethical dimensions of public and nonprofit entrepreneurial activity
  • Creation of public value through networks between public, private and nonprofit networks
  • Entrepreneurial initiatives in Emergency (Disaster) management
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9. Financial Challenges for Start-ups and New Products and Services
Sub-Theme Coordinator: Dr. Nasir Malik

This sub-theme aims to provide an opportunity to discuss issues related to the financing of innovation, technology and entrepreneurial ventures. While start-ups enjoy many regulatory exemptions, their perpetuation requires that investors and entrepreneurs understand each other’s financial considerations. The financial challenges for entrepreneurial ventures are reshaped by the regulatory tightening of institutional investors, post-financial crisis, that has curtailed the traditional funding sources but at the same time technological developments have led to crowd funding platforms emerging around the globe. The conference looks to explore various institutional, legal, and financial sector developments that affect the entrepreneurial ventures and their contribution to innovation and economic development. Submissions can follow, but are not limited to the following sub-themes:

  • Globalization and technological factors affecting capital access and start-up process
  • Optimal financing strategies for new ventures
  • Role of policy makers in enabling an efficient market for entrepreneurial finance
  • Financier’s impact on firm innovation, wealth creation and competitiveness
  • Institutional and regulatory issues in entrepreneurial finance practices
  • Role of the stock market in financing new ventures
  • Microfinance and Fintechs
  • Models for predicting small firm success
  • Innovations in capital markets for small and medium enterprises
  • Sustainable finance through entrepreneurship and innovations
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