4th International Conference
on Contemporary Issues in Business Management
March 21-22, 2017 Lahore, Pakistan


Conference Theme: Sustainable Business Practices in South Asia

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

Globally every firm is led by board members called Directors. In some economies, directors have greater power and responsibilities to exercise; while in others, directors are powerless. Additionally state’s rules, regulations, and continuous monitoring by outsiders are the norm for most governance solutions, but they are often costly and inflexible. In the wake of this scenario, we intend to explore changes in how corporate governance is perceived or understood — in terms of practices, theory development and research approaches. Specifically, we will consider papers that pursue empirical studies including meta-analyses, reviews of existing governance research streams or presenting contemporary concepts, and methods of corporate governance. In general, we encourage submission of unpublished papers, literature reviews and teaching case studies addressing topics of critical importance in 2017 for institutional investors, leaders, boards of directors, and the society at large.

Submissions can follow, but are not limited to the following sub-themes:

  • Dynamics of Family Board and Businesses
  • Board Process and Tasks
  • Behavioral Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Governance Mechanism, Systems and Practices
  • Directors and Self-Governance
  • Effective Boardroom Performance
  • Boardroom Leadership and Board as Team
  • Corporate Scandals and role of Corporate Board
  • Re-examination and application of Governance Models
  • Director Diversity including Women Directors and Corporate Performance
  • Executive compensation and CEO succession
  • Duality Debate of CEO and Chairman
  • Self and State Regulations for better Corporate Governance in firms

Note: The papers accepted in governance track can be considered for publication in 'International Journal of Governance and Financial Intermediation'.

2. Organization Development: Strategy & Change

In the 21st Century, organizations or institutions have to embrace timely change to remain competitive and sustainable. Organizational change may include incorporation of new technology, human resource or a new strategy. Change is not an option any more. Instead, it has become a necessity for survival. Organization Development is considered as one of the most widely used change management approach in organizations or institutions. It is also known as planned approach to change management. This perspective provides well designed tools and techniques to organizational consultants, researchers and practitioners aiming to bring alignment between organizational internal and external environment. Further, organizational strategy plays a pivotal role in bringing a change in an organization. If external environment changes then organizations have to change. Since strategy and change are part and parcel of organizational life, organizational leadership and management change or modify their strategy to remain competitive and sustainable.

We welcome research submissions in the following areas:

  • Organization Development
  • Culture
  • Strategy
  • Organization Structure
  • Change Management
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

3. Financial Practices

The Sustainable Development Agenda adopted by UN members in September 2015, recognizes the immense sustainability challenges faced by developed and developing economies alike.

The objective of this sub-theme is to invite original research articles and case studies that address, but are not limited to, the following challenges:

  • Transformation of financial services industry to address Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Innovations in microfinance, SME finance, rural finance, and Islamic finance to develop a sustainable financial system
  • Development of regulatory frameworks to encourage responsible and sustainable financing
  • Financing and investing for transitioning to a green economy
  • Deliberating approaches to entrench sustainability practices in the organizational culture of financial institutions
  • Role of financial intermediaries in creating sustainable economies
  • Identifying and evaluating prospects in green industries like renewable energy, green real-estate, sustainable infrastructure and similar ingenuities that support the transition to a sustainable economy

4. Human Resource Practices

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). Since the employees play a critical role in organizations and about 80% of an organization’s costs are associated with employees, this certainly calls for the managerial attention on the effectiveness of the way people are managed. One of the most 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 manage people 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 organizations. Organizations can minimize outsourcing by recognizing the organizational human capital pool. Consequently, such human capital pool can provide a competitive advantage in terms of innovation in business. Investing in  human capital may lead to innovation in the current dynamic business environment.

We expect contributions within the fields listed below. However, papers with a broader view shall also be entertained:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Best Practices to Manage Human Capital
  • Knowledge Management Initiatives
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Human Behaviour in Organisations
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Human Resource Analytics

5. Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) Practices

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have transformed many aspects of our lives and are considered an important enabler for global business operations. ICT offers unique opportunities and challenges for education, health services, transportation and many other sectors. ICT transformational power is essential to make our society smarter and increasingly sustainable. This year’s sub-theme provides an opportunity for IT/IS researchers – including academics and practitioner researchers – to discuss effective uses of ICT to promote sustainability across its economic, social and environmental dimensions.

We encourage submissions that present theoretical or applied research with results that demonstrate one or more of the following themes:

  • Information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D)
  • Green ICT
  • IS-enabled smart cities and sustainable communities
  • IS-enabled sustainability of educational campuses and institutions
  • Case Studies
  • Contemporary issues related to ICT
  • Methods for assessing social, technical, ethical and other impacts of ICT
  • Governance and strategy in Green IS and Sustainability

6. Public & Nonprofit Management

Public and nonprofit organizations majorly operate for the benefit of the public or private community. Research on public and nonprofit organizations, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, military, faith-based organizations, advocacy organizations, cultural, religious and other charitable organizations created, and continue to shape, a large share of modern management. The Public and Nonprofit Management sub-theme aims at providing a forum to discuss major developments in the area of management of public interest.

Considering the specific theme of the 4th ICIBM, we especially welcome submissions focusing on the following:

  • Public administration and policy
  • Social and ethical dimensions of public and nonprofit activity
  • Administrative behavior in public and nonprofit organizations
  • Creation of public value through networks between public, private and nonprofit networks
  • Emergency (Disaster) management
  • Citizen participation
  • Public service motivation
  • Public Health
  • Managing for Accountability (MFR): Performance measurement in public organizations
  • Institutions and society
  • Collaborations among public, private and nonprofit organizations (Public-private partnerships)
  • China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

7. Entrepreneurial Practices

Sustainable Entrepreneurial Practices is the creation of new ventures based on understanding the ways social, financial, and ecological systems intersect. Developing the ability to analyze these systems in depth strengthens entrepreneurial skills in environments ranging from enterprises attempting to create social change to companies trying to implement more sustainable business practices. Entrepreneurs play the role of change agents in the social sector by:

  • Adopting a mission to create and sustain social value (not just private value)
  • Recognizing and relentlessly pursuing new opportunities to serve that mission
  • Engaging in the process of continuous innovation, adaptation, and learning
  • Acting boldly without being limited by resources currently in hand
  • Exhibiting a heightened sense of accountability to the constituencies served and for the outcomes created.

To help open up the variety of issues connected to the main theme of the conference, the session would welcome original contributions covering any of the following or related themes:

  • Entrepreneurship, Social Cohesion and inclusiveness
  • Social Innovation, Social Development and Economic Prosperity through Entrepreneurship
  • Community Enterprise and Inclusive Development
  • Innovation Clusters, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Women Entrepreneurs’ Education and Development
  • Entrepreneurial Behavior in Large Organizations versus SME
  • High Tech Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation
8. Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is defined as “actions on the part of the firm that appear to advance or acquiesce in the promotion of some social good, beyond the immediate interests of the firm and its shareholders and beyond that which is required by law” (Waldman, Siegel, and Javidan 2006: 1703). Due to extensive involvement of corporations in CSR activities, it has become a mainstream topic in organization and management science. For this conference, we seek contribution from scholars that enhance our understanding of CSR in the Asian context. In particular, we invite papers that explore determinants, mechanisms, conditions of involvement of Asian companies in CSR activities. We also seek contributions in the field of micro CSR that enhance our understanding on how employees perceive and react to corporate social responsibility (CSR) of their organizations.

Submissions in the fields listed below and related areas shall be entertained:

  • Micro CSR which includes (i) CSR and Employees & (ii) CSR and Consumers
  • CSR and corporate reputation
  • CSR for SMEs and micro-enterprises
  • Diversity, inclusion at work and CSR
  • Institutions and CSR
  • CSR and Stakeholders
  • Environment, energy and sustainable resource management
  • Ethical perspectives on CSR
  • Innovation, strategy and CSR
  • International CSR
  • Knowledge management and CSR
  • Responsible and transparent CSR reporting
  • Stakeholders, capital markets and responsible investment
  • Sustainability and corporate strategies

9. Social Marketing & Consumer Behavior

Societies at large are beginning to realise the importance of having organisations that not only work towards making a profit, but are doing so in a socially responsible manner. This is a relatively new field within the domain of marketing, and hence much research is needed. In order to promote research and development in this area, we have created a special sub-theme on social marketing. We are interested in research papers that look at both how societies and consumers view social marketing, as well as from a corporate perspective.  Papers that use all types of methodologies are encouraged, and are not limited to Case Study Research, Triangulation, Surveys, Interviews, or Focus Groups etc. This sub-theme would also like to explore social marketing from a developing country's perspective along with practitioner focused papers and case studies looking at best practices. Furthermore exploring this topic from a cultural perspective is also encouraged.

We invite you to discuss your proposals with the session chair in case you need guidance. The conference welcomes papers that focus on the following topics:

  • Social Marketing
  • Ethics in Marketing
  • Cultural Aspects of Marketing
  • Marketing in the Developing World
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Sustainable Marketing
  • Islamic Marketing
  • Digital Marketing and Social Responsibility

10. Teaching Methods for Business Education

Teaching Business as a subject has become ever demanding. Therefore professionals and academicians are updating their tools and techniques to make business education more interesting and applied for the next generation. For this sub-theme, we seek to discuss effective methods of teaching business education from seasoned teachers.

We welcome teaching tips, simulations, case studies, and experiential exercises that have been used to convey important concepts and relationships in the following subjects. Papers focusing on related research areas will also be entertained:

  • Marketing and Consumer Behavior
  • Finance and Auditing
  • Corporate Governance
  • Leadership
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Information & Communication Technologies
  • Public & Nonprofit Management
  • Management Information System
  • Business Communication
  • Business strategy or Strategic Management
  • Organizational Development
  • Macro and Micro Economics