Resource Scarcity, Natural Disasters and Business: Present and Future Challenges for Management and Entrepreneurship

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    Two years after the global financial crisis global development prospects remain seriously constrained. Concerns are about spiraling food and energy prices, growing commodity demand, population pressures and high rates of out-migration, security concerns, sovereign debt crises and threats of currency wars. Climate change remains essentially unaddressed, and the frequency and impacts of natural disasters seem to be on the rise.

    How will this global situation unfold in the near future and what does it imply for management and entrepreneurship? Can private sector driven solutions be found to overcome constraints and improve the vulnerability of groups and individuals? What are the requirements for innovative entrepreneurship and responsible management to promote sustainable business models?

    In light of this the purpose of MSM's 1st Annual Research Conference is to deliberate on the challenges and opportunities of a more crowded and fragile planet where good management and innovative entrepreneurship may be more needed than ever.

    Information on keynote speakers, and updates about the programme will be posted on this site in due course. More information about Maastricht School of Management can be found at More information about the City of Maastricht, the Province of Limburg, and accommodation in Maastricht, can be found here :


    • Climate change, business and development
    • Managerial and entrepreneurial responses to global development challenges
    • Managing commodity and energy markets
    • Natural disasters and business (including tourism)
    • Energy efficiency and competitiveness
    • Green growth, consumer preferences and changing global value chains
    • Evolving forms of entrepreneurship and new partnerships in sustainable development
    • Resource conflicts and entrepreneurship
    • The future of multinationals and FDI
    • Coping with Global Supply Chain Standards
    • Multi-stakeholder Initiatives and Global Governance
    • Ethical business and new roles for corporate leadership
    • High performance organisations and their environmental impact
    • Low-carbon industrialization and green growth


    The deadline for abstracts is 30 July 2011. Abstracts, accompanied by a CV, should be submitted to Preference will be given to original papers since all selected papers will be considered for a special publication. Applicants will be notified by end August 2011 whether or not their submissions have been successful. For accepted abstracts, full papers will be required by 20 October 2011. There is no registration fee. For a limited number of applicants from developing countries financial assistance may be available for travel and accommodation.


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