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.
Although broad in coverage, the following areas are indicative and nurture the interests of the Conference:
The linkage between international trade and overseas aid
International Trade in the context of the current economic climate
Transparency in government procurement
Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
Remittances and their part in trade and export development
The interplay between the G4 and trade round implementation issues
How trade facilitation is conceptualized and made operational in different emerging markets
The role of the Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM)
The linkages between global trade and corporate social responsibility
The language and rhetoric of import sensitive products
Business ethics and legal issues
Business policies, strategies, and performance
Business and retail research
Emerging advances in business and its applications
Innovation and product development
Management and retail marketing
Retail Management and communication
New venture start-up
Demographics and Retail business, HRM and Retail business
Innovation in retail management
Who Should Attend ?
Faculty members or leaders who wish to develop or enhance programmes of study into international trade
Academics and policy makers seeking to gain a broader insight into the issue of international trade
Academics wishing to elucidate their own academic papers and benefit from subsequent discussions into issued raised.
Faculty members who wish to forge fresh contacts in their field of study.
Policy makers keen to gain a deeper appreciation of the current dynamics of the Global Economy.
Benefits of Attending this Conference
A fabulous opportunity to interact with fellow academics.
An opportunity to see firsthand something of one of the BRIC economies.
The conference will also feature a major International Trade Networking Event being attended by a number of diplomats, NGOs and leading figures from the world of international commerce.
Academics will be able to enhance their research skills.
A chance to present your paper and have it appraised and discussed by fellow academics.
Your paper will be published in a special edition of the Journal of Business and Retail Management Research (listed Cabell's directory)
Conference attendee voting will determine recipients of both the TLC and ABR conference Best Paper awards.
Those who attend will automatically get go on to the priority booking for future conferences.
Attendees will be eligible for an automatic 10% reduction on our next conference.
Notes for Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on our website under ITARC at www.abrmr.com
Draft Submission Deadline: 16th December 2011
Final Paper Submission Deadline: 7th January 2012
Publication Release: 1st February 2012
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.
Papers should be submitted to the Editor-in-chief electronically through the online system as e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Session timing: 15 minutes will be allowed for each presentation.
Presentation equipment: Presentation rooms will be equipped with a laptop and projector screen for PowerPoint presentations (Please note there will not be a transparency projector available.). Be sure to bring your presentation on a flash drive or USB drive.
Republishing A Presentation: Authors are free to publish their presentation elsewhere without fear of copyright problems and without permission from the ABRMR. However, conference papers that are selected for and published in our journals are copyrighted by the Journal of Business and Retail Management Research with the copyright given back to the author. We do this because we need to protect ourselves in case the paper has been plagiarized. Papers are only published in our journal with the consent of the author.
Abstract-Only Publications: Authors often elect to publish only the abstract of their presentation in the conference proceedings. This effectively gives the author until the conference date to complete the paper. This also means that the author is free to submit the paper to another journal without copyright consequences. This is possible because the paper has never been published elsewhere since only the abstract was published in the proceedings. The ABRMR does not copyright the proceedings, which means that authors are still free to do as they see fit with the paper. Consequently, authors can claim academic credit for a conference presentation, a refereed conference proceedings publication, and possibly a journal publication from one piece of research.
CPE Credit: Professionals seeking Continuing Professional Education Credit should contact the conference chair or indicate on the Registration Form that they must receive CPE credit for attending the conference. Necessary paperwork is required and will be available at the conference registration desk.
Dress Code: Lounge suits or whatever you feel most comfortable in.
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