The Academy of Business and Retail Management (ABRM) in cooperation with the Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce is kindly inviting you to participate in the 2015 edition of the International Conference on the Issues in Emerging Economies (ICIEE) to be held on January 29 – 31, 2015 in Kalyan, Maharashtra, India.
Characteristics of emerging-market countries are that they are fast growing economies, have a large and burgeoning middle class, huge investments in infrastructure, increasing trend in international trade, attractive FDI destinations and a conducive policy climate that results in profitability for the investor. In the post-2008 financial crisis period and in the subsequent recession, emerging markets have proved to be the most resilient, measured by GDP and trade volumes.
Economic progress in emerging markets has been taking place at an accelerated pace partly due to advances in technology, sound economic policymaking, and reduction in poverty as a result of health, education, and other social reforms. During 1996 – 2010, emerging economies grew at more than twice the rate of developed countries — about five percent versus two percent annual GDP growth, respectively.
In the very recent period this scenario has been changing. There are fears about an asset bubble due to excessive capital flow into these markets. Apart from that the inflationary pressure is increasing what with the inflation in most countries being well above the Central Bank’s target. Moreover some economies are experiencing a credit boom and the same could fuel the inflationary situation. A need for monetary tightening in the circumstances seems inevitable. A fall in the growth rate will then be the resultant outcome.
The tapering by the Fed is yet another concern for emerging markets. Ever since the U.S. Federal Reserve announced its intent to reduce its bond-buying program, investors have fled emerging-markets assets. The slowdown of the Chinese economy and China’s ‘blood change’ amongst the current régime and positive projection for developed economies contributed to the flight. Some emerging market economies have seen investors shying away from them. In the case of countries such as Argentina, Turkey, Ukraine and South Africa investors who are cynical about the capability of authorities to avoid an economic turmoil. There are analysts who suggest that investors must do their due diligence and examine each country for its strengths and weaknesses rather than group them as emerging economies.
Another issue which of has proved a particular impediment to Foreign Direct Investment has been the persistence of confirmation bias, especially in the business media and amongst financial analysts and policy advisors. The fifty four countries of Africa are routinely lumped together and stigmatized as high risk, with little or no real understanding of the current business dynamic or market potential. It would appear that preconceptions and misconceptions are never very far away when it comes to issues appertaining to emerging economies.
Example of topics appropriate to the conference includes:
- Access to an appropriately skilled workforce
- Business and retail research
- Business management
- Business policies, strategies, and performance
- Confirmation bias as an impediment to trade and investment
- Consumer attitudes to ecological and ethical issues
- Consumer behaviour, Customer relationship management
- Creativity in Internet management and retailing
- Customer Relationships marketing (CRM)
- Customer satisfaction, customer loyalty and retention strategies
- Ease of doing business e.g. starting a business, enforcing contracts etc.
- Globalisation, regional integration, international business, cross cultural management
- How trade facilitation is conceptualized and made operational in different emerging markets
- Human Resources Management Practices and policies
- Information technology, Management Information Systems
- Innovation and product development, Business strategies
- Innovation in retailing, ethical produce procurement and development
- International retailing, all aspect of retail management
- International Trade in the context of the current economic climate
- Interplay between the G4 and trade round implementation issues
- Linkage between international trade and overseas aid
- Linkages between global trade and corporate social responsibility
- Management and retail marketing
- Market liberalisation and impact on supply chain
- Marketing management and strategies
- Multinational Corporations, transfer pricing, export and economic growth
- Productivity and global sourcing
- Public relations and retail communication
- Regional integration
- Remittances and their part in trade and export development
- Role of tariff barriers and agro-subsidies
- Trade and economic liberalisation
- Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
- Transparency, bribery, corruption and the rule of law
Please note that this list is only indicative of possible topic areas that contributors may wish to consider while they develop their papers for the conference.
Authors are invited to submit original research papers, case studies, reviews, work in progress reports, abstracts, students’ papers or research proposals within the broad scope of the conference. All submitted paper will be double blind peer reviewed for consideration in the conference. Papers should follow the required style and format. All manuscripts should be professionally proofread before the submission. The best papers from the conference will be recognised and will be considered for publication in one of the journals, The Journal of Business and Retail Management Research (JBRMR) and The International Journal of Business and Economic Development (IJBED).
Authors submission will be published in the conference proceeding under “the Business & Management Review” and also online. Please note papers with more than three authors will not be permitted and no paper can exceed more than fifteen (15) pages in orders for it to be published in the conference proceeding. However, if a paper exceeds fifteen (15) pages then the full paper will be uploaded online and only the abstract will be published in the conference proceeding.