Submission deadline: March 30, 2018

ABEM invites papers, abstracts, cases studies, and proposals for special sessions and doctoral students on the theme Barriers to Inclusive Growth in Developing Countries and Emerging Markets for the following three tracks:


  • Marketing
  • Education
  • Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Cross-cultural Issues
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Strategy/Entrepreneurship


  • Fundraising
  • Public Policy
  • E-Government
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Genetically Modified Food
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Environment Management
  • Public Sector Management
  • Law, Patents and Inventions


  • Agriculture
  • Eco-tourism
  • Sustainability
  • Micro-finance
  • Rural Marketing
  • Non Profit/Co-op
  • Healthcare/Medical
  • Bottom of the Pyramid
  • Informal Sector Economy
  • Nutrition and Community

  • Sponsors
  • University of Winnipeg, Canada
  • Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Inderscience Publishers, UK

  • Important Dates

  • Submissions
  • Submissions can be made in English as (1) Abstracts (2) Papers (3) Case Studies (4) Work-in-progress and (5) Doctoral colloquium papers. Controversial and/or debatable topics relating to developing countries or emerging markets or comparisons between east and west ways of conducting businesses are particularly invited.

  • All submissions will be double blind peer reviewed.

  • Proposals can also be submitted for organizing a round table, doctoral or panel discussion. These proposals should include (1) Title (2) Objectives (3) Discussion format and (4) list of contributors with their affiliations and full contact details.

  • Submissions should be sent to submissions@abem.ca

    • Initial submissions should be in Word document using Times New Roman Font Size 12, 1″ margin and double-spaced, and must include: (1) Cover page with title of the study, five keywords, author name(s), title, affiliation, full address, tel nos and e-mail; and, (2) First page with the title, an abstract between 200-250 words, followed by body of the paper between 5000 and 6000 words including Tables (3 max), Figures (2 max) and References. No appendices. Please avoid footnotes.

    • Authors must format their revised papers according to the guidelines/template for inclusion in ABEM Conference Proceedings. All revised submissions will also go through the routine editorial editing to conform consistency/house style. Here is the template. pdficon_small

    • Authors must submit the Copyright Transfer Form along with their revised papers. Failure to submit the signed and filled Form along with formatted paper between 5000-6000 words will result in abstract only being published in ABEM Conference Proceedings. Here is the Form. pdficon_small

  • Submission of the paper signifies that at least one author will register and present the accepted paper physically. There is no virtual presentation option. If multiple authors wish to present the same paper, each author must register. To bring diversity at the conference, different author should present/register different paper.

  • Publication Opportunities
  • Proceedings: Authors will have the option to publish their studies as abstracts (by default) or papers in the 4th 2018 ABEM Conference Proceedings with a Canadian ISBN: 978-0-9937342-3-6.

    • ABEM Conference proceedings are submitted for legal deposit to Library and Archives Canada.

    • ABEM Conference proceedings editors and reviewers follow the Code of Conduct guidelines established by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) while reviewing submissions.

  • Book: Selected papers will be considered for publication as an edited book in the “WSPC Series in Business and Emerging Markets,” published by World Scientific Publisher, Singapore, subject to the peer review process. The title of the proposed edited book is “Business Practices, Growth and Economic Policy in Emerging Markets, Vol 1.”

  • Journal: A very few selected competitive papers will be considered for publication in the following peer-reviewed journals subject to their own online submission and normal review process:

  • Awards
  • Based on the recommendations of reviewers, a Best Paper Award — sponsored by Inderscience Publishers — will be presented at the Conference dinner.

  • Keynote Speakers

Dr. Marius PotgieterDr. Marius Potgieter
Professor, Marketing
North-West University
Dr. Marius Potgieter is a Professor of Marketing in the School of Management Sciences at the North-West University (Mafikeng Campus), South Africa in the areas of marketing, tourism marketing and business management. Having worked in the industry for over a decade before joining the academic community, Dr. Potgieter developed keen interests in researching tourism, aviation and African consumer behaviour and its culture and traditions, where surprisingly rights are regarded as more important than responsibilities. Due to his expertise in these specific areas, Dr. Potgieter has widely travelled and consulted various organizations in South Africa and overseas; he strongly believes that networking with role players in the public and private sectors is of utmost importance as this facilitates getting research to whom and to where it matters. Dr. Potgieter is a prolific writer and has published numerous articles in academic journals, book chapters and general magazines.

Dr. Sungsoo KimDr. Sungsoo Kim
Professor, Political Economy
Hanyang University
Dr. Sungsoo Kim is a Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. He is also a Director of the Hanyang University Institute for Euro-African Studies (IEAS) which aims at expanding the cooperation with African countries to provide guidelines for Korean enterprises on issues related to urbanization, infrastructures, official development assistance, appropriate technology, Korean culture (Korean wave) and public diplomacy. Professor Kim completed his PhD program at the University of Southern California (USC) in USA majoring in comparative politics as well as political economy. While in graduate school, he was granted a Korea Heritage Foundation Fund and USC Graduate School Fellowship. He was also recognized and selected as a recipient of research grant by Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Professor Kim also worked as a researcher at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in USA. His areas of interest include rationale for mediating conflicts between democracy and capitalism. Currently he is carrying in-depth research on national political, sociological and economical characteristics of major Africa emerging markets by analyzing opportunities and risks in accordance with cooperation of Korea for seeking desirable exchanges. Professor Kim authored several books and journal articles. Recently, he was awarded the 2017 best achievement scholar commendation from Minister of Department of Korean Education.

  • ABEM Regional Chairs
  • Africa
    • Dr. Humayun Kabir, University of Swaziland, Swaziland
    • Dr. Peter Lewa, United States International University (USIU), Kenya
  • Asia
    • Dr. Michael Pasco, San Beda University, Philippines
    • Dr. Krishanu Rakshit, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), India
  • Caribbean
    • Dr. Luis Camacho, SUNY Empire State College, USA
  • Europe
    • Dr. Xiaozheng Zhang, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • Middle East
    • Dr. Boaz Barak, Western Galilee College, Israel
  • North America
    • Dr. Ven Sriram, University of Baltimore, USA
    • Dr. Isaac Wanasika, University of Northern Colorado, USA
  • Latin America
    • Dr. Jose Brache, Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile

  • Conference Chairs and Committees

Conference Chair
Dr. Satyendra Singh, Professor, University of Winnipeg, Canada

Conference Co-Chair
Dr. Darina Saxunova, Associate Professor, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia

Communications Chair
Dr. Luis Camacho, Assistant Professor, SUNY Empire State College, USA

Organizing Committee
Dr. Nassef M. Adiong, Associate Professor, PUP, Philippines
Dr. Tapas R. Dash, Professor, Build Bright University, Cambodia
Dr. Kamel Fantazy, Assistant Professor, University of Winnipeg, Canada
Dr. Rodrigo Licayan, Lecturer, Monkayo College of Arts, Philippines
Dr. Michael Pasco, Professor, San Beda University, Philippines

Program and Awards Committee
Dr. Fabrizio DiMuro, Associate Professor, University of Winnipeg, Canada
Dr. Renata Korsakiene, Associate Professor, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania
Dr. Irina Vashko, Associate Professor, Academy of Public and Business Administration, Belarus
Dr. Junwook Yoo, Assistant Professor, Marshall University, USA

Proceedings Editors
Dr. Luis Camacho, Assistant Professor, SUNY Empire State College, USA
Dr. Satyendra Singh, Professor, University of Winnipeg, Canada

  • Conference Venue

4th ABEM 2018 Conference will take place at

Hotel H2O Hotel H2O
Manila Ocean Park Complex

To get a substantial discount on your hotel booking, please contact Angela Marie Gutierrez, Senior Sales Manager (Tel: +63-917-592-2863 or +63-915-794-5586 , E-mail: a.gutierrez@hotelh2o.com) and mention ABEM 2018 Conference.

  • About Manila city

Manila is the capital of the Philippines with thousands of islands, rendering the country with the vast seashore, green parks and recreational activities. Although the Philippines is one of the richest countries in the world for minerals such as copper, gold and zinc, and has recorded an impressive economic growth rate of 7% with a GDP of USD 800b, the growth in not inclusive. About 30% of the population still remains below poverty and unemployment ranges at about 7%, contributing to inequality in wealth distribution. Consistent with the Philippines government’s commitment to pursue good governance, sustainable development, and inclusive growth, and the Academy’s own mission to serve islands, particularly this year’s theme on the barriers to inclusive growth in developing countries and emerging markets, Manila proves to be an ideal location to hold ABEM 2018 Conference.

Here is a 2-minute clip on Manila city.