Call for Papers

Under the Patronage of
H.H. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al-Nahayan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research,
The Academy of International Business - Middle East North Africa Chapter
Cordially invites you to participate in their annual Conference entitled
"Managing in Uncertain Times"
at Zayed University, Dubai between January 13-15, 2012.

The AIB-MENA Committee officially invites you to the 2nd Annual Chapter Conference in Dubai, UAE to discuss research pertinent to the topic “Managing in Uncertain Times”. The research published in the fields of Business, Marketing and Accounting from the Middle East North Africa region is less than 1% of all published research. There is a lot of opportunity for the international community to get involved, see what's happening in this region, and also get a chance to listen to industry and government leaders.

Last year’s conference participants had an opportunity to meet prominent industry personalities like Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman, Jumeirah Group (renowned for Burj Al Arab and now the leading UAE International Hospitality Service); Fredric Sicre, Executive Director, Abraaj Capital (the largest private equity firm in MENA); and Sudhir Shetty, Managing Director, UAE Exchange (one of the largest money exchange companies in this region). Some participants visited JAFZA, the world’s largest free trade zone. We published our first case study book “Actions and Insights” which was given to all delegates. Its official launch is May 4th, 2011 and the book launching ceremony is being graced by Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan al Qassimi, UAE Minister for Foreign Trade. In 2010-11, we ran our first AIB-MENA teaching case competition with Emerald’s Emerging Market Case Study Centre and the winner, Dr Gwendolyn Rodrigues received a cash prize of USD 1000.

Our host for 2012, will be Zayed University, College of Business, United Arab Emirates. Our Program Chair is Dr Victor Huang (Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE) and our Conference Chair is Dr Ian Michael (Zayed University, Dubai, UAE). We are accepting papers in the following tracks:

  1. Economic, Finance & Accounting
  2. International Business & Strategy
  3. MMarketing & Supply Chain
  4. Management: People, Knowledge & Organizations
  5. Education
  6. Student Paper Consortium (For Bachelors and Masters Students). Doctoral students are encouraged to submit in the regular tracks.

We are also encouraging specialist tracks on the following topics: Islamic Finance; Entrepreneurship; Tourism & Hospitality Management; Operations Research, Security & MIS and Case Studies using case study methodology.

All papers must be submitted as a full paper and undergo a double-blind peer review process. There are three types of papers – competitive, interactive and practitioner papers.

Important Dates for you to remember:

Full Paper Submission: 10 September, 2011
Paper Acceptance Dates: 20 October, 2011

The AIB-MENA Committee looks forward to seeing you in sunny Dubai!


Dr Melodena S Balakrishnan
Founder and Chapter Chair - AIB-MENA
Affiliation: University of Wollongong in Dubai


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