The Academy of Business and Retail Management (ABRM) in collaboration with International Management Research Academy (IMRA) will organise their 2014 International Conference of Restructuring of the Global Economy (ROGE) in Cambrdige, United Kingdom on June 23 – 24.06.2014.
Ever since the publication of the BRIC [ Brazil, Russia, India , China ] report by Goldman Sachs in 2001, the debate about the role of emerging countries vs. the developed countries in shaping global business has gathered momentum. A revised version of the same report entitled “BRICs and Beyond” by the same authors, with upward revision of certain growth projections, has added further fuel to the debate so much so that by now, most countries have accepted that the world economy is in transition. In other words, the countries as above joined by others such as South Korea, Mexico and to some extent the major Arab countries and Iran and Indonesia will exert a much greater influence in world affairs aided by their increasing economic power. The developed countries, led obviously by the major economies of USA, Japan, Germany, Britain , France and others [ the so-called G-7/8 group of nations ] have accepted that their dominance in shaping world opinion will be shelved as the growth gradient of the emerging economies becomes increasingly steeper. Nowhere has this been more reflected than in the G-20 [Group of 20 countries – developed and emerging] meet last year  in calling for fiscal stimulus to induce growth to beat the recessionary forces.
It is but natural that such a changing economic scenario calls for fresh thinking towards development of policies examining macroeconomic stability as well as framing of strategies by firms irrespective of their sizes. Multinationals and SMEs, all will be involved in formulating strategies to compete effectively and grow – whether they belong to agriculture, industry or service sectors. There is intense pressure on both governments and businesses to perform and deliver. In such a scenario, alternative –and may even be controversial-policies and strategies will need to be thought out and placed before the decision making bodies.
Many experts have predicted the end of US dominance of world markets following the current business cycle. Needless to say, this will have strategic significance for the businesses at large as well as for those responsible for country management. The basic objective of the conference would then be to expose the participants to the challenges that lie ahead as a result of the shift in the purchasing power of countries in the east and the west. This could best be achieved by bringing together experts from various fields-academics and professionals– to discuss and evaluate the options opening up on a common platform namely, the conference proposed. It is expected that at the end of this exercise, the participants would be in a position to develop actionable strategies to put their organisations on a higher gradient of growth.
Example of topics appropriate to the conference includes:
- Business and retail research
- Business management
- Business policies, strategies, and performance
- Care in community
- Consumer behaviour, Customer relationship management
- Creativity in Internet management and retailing
- Future of business education, assessment methods and techniques
- Globalisation, regional integration, international business, cross cultural management
- Governance practices in health care sector
- Health and social care management, regulating in a changing health and social care sector
- 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
- 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
- Language and rhetoric of import sensitive products
- Linkage between International Trade and Overseas Aid
- Linkages between global trade and corporate social responsibility
- Management and retail marketing
- Marketing management and strategies
- Multinational Corporations, transfer pricing, export and economic growth
- Petroleum and Industrial Engineering
- Private and public healthcare in 21st century
- Productivity and global sourcing
- Promoting patience safety in hospital, mental health
- Public relations and retail communication
- Regional integration
- Remittances and their part in trade and export development
- Role of tariff barriers and agro-subsidies
- Role of the Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM)
- Structure and curricula of current and future business education
- Teaching and learning for life long learning sector
- Telecommunication and Mechanical Engineering
- Trade and economic liberalisation
- Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
- Transparency in government procurement
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.