Call for Papers

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Theme: Manara - A Call to Reignite Growth
Types of Papers: Competitive Papers (Academic/Practitioner and Student Papers)
Due to public demand, Extended Submission Deadline: October 15th, 2010
Local Host: Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development: An Agency of the Department of Economic Development - Government of Dubai, Business Village, P.O. Box 66166 Dubai, UAE.

The Organising Committee of the Academy of International Business - Middle East North Africa Chapter is proud to present its inaugural conference in the beautiful, sunny city of Dubai during December 10-12, 2010. Dubai is a fast developing global city and renowned for its trend setting companies like Emirates Airline (the world,s fastest growing airline), JAFZA (the world's largest free trade zone), Jumeirah Group, and its tourist attractions like the Burj Khalifa (the tallest tower), Dubai Mall (the world's largest mall) and is a stones throw away from Abu Dhabi the capital city renowned for the Grand Mosque (the world´s largest carpet), Masdar City (carbon neutral city) and Yas Island (the Formula 1 circuit). Dubai is really two Cities, Dubai and Deira. Divided by the Creek, they are a paradise for sightseeing and both have their unique characters. You will be amazed at the diversity of architecture and cultures to be found here, ranging from traditional Arab houses with wind towers to the magnificent modern towers of steel and glass.

'Manara' is an Arabic word for a Beacon. The Conference theme, "A Call to Reignite Growth" reinforces the renewed focus of the world on innovative methods to do business globally, as traditional methods gradually becomes irrelevant in a highly interconnected world. Particularly the AIB-MENA Committee would like research to shed light on a promising region - the Middle East North Africa that often gets overlooked in international business research.

The market focus for the paper should be towards the MENA region, specifically the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen; however articles that are applicable to the region are also encouraged if the authors can show how their findings will benefit the region. Awards will be presented for best papers in each academic category and for best practitioner papers. Of particular interest will be submissions of cases that can be used to introduce students/academics to the unique aspects of business in the Middle East or North Africa and which highlight some of the innovative efforts of local entrepreneurs. The winning academic papers will be invited to contribute to a special issue of the International Journal of Emerging Markets that will showcase the submissions of this conference. There will be several breakout panels where participants will have a chance to interact with some of the finest business leaders of this region.

Each full paper submission should be addressed to only one specific track (details given below) and must be classified as an academic paper or a practitioner paper. The rule of two will be applicable, meaning that each individual may submit one paper as a lead author, and a second as a participating author. Student papers must be submitted separately.Please select the track closest to your paper and see the submission criteria

Conference Tracks Track Chair & Affiliation
International Business Dr. Arijit Sikdar
University of Wollongong in Dubai
Global Marketing Management and the Value Chain Dr. Nnamdi O. Madichie
University of Sharjah, UAE
Management: People, Knowledge and Organizations Dr Payyazhi Jayashree,
University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE
Finance, Economics and Accounting Dr. Declan McCrohan
Zayed University, Dubai Campus, UAE
Education in the MENA Region Dr Payyazhi Jayashree,
University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE
Student Papers Dr. Monica Gallant
Dubai Women's College, UAE

You can also download the Call for Papers.

Also the following are Awards:

  • IJoEM Best overall best academic paper
  • Best Paper Award for each track
  • Best Reviewer Award
  • IJoEM Best Business Case Study Paper Award
  • Best Student Paper Award

Please find the Submission instructions on the AIB-MENA Website at:,1,2 For any clarifications write to Look forward to seeing you in Dubai.

Dr. Payyazhi Jayashree
Program Chair
AIB-MENA 2010 Inaugural Conference

Dr. Ian Michael
Conference Chair
AIB-MENA 2010 Inaugural Conference

Dr. Melodena Stephens Balakrishnan
Chair & Founder
AIB-MENA 2010 Inaugural Conference

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