Call for Papers

IIM Amritsar calls for extended abstract submissions in the form of case studies, conceptual, empirical, and practitioner papers consistent with but not necessarily limited to the conference theme. The tracks are listed below.

The importance of MSMEs to the economy has once again come to the fore because of the pandemic. Specifically, the enterprises took a serious blow because of the lockdowns and their employees, who were majorly migrants, had to undergo deep distress because of the pandemic. The track invites quality research papers that address the challenges and prospects in the MSME sector. The following topics are illustrative, but not exhaustive list, of topics that are invited: government policies, policy support during pandemic, MSMEs and economic growth in the post-pandemic era, migration and employment, impact of fiscal and monetary policy, inflation, labor issues, GST compliance, challenges in conducting research on MSMEs, make in India and MSME, and constraints on MSME growth. We encourage submissions from a breadth of methodological approaches and perspectives.

The track invites submissions aiming to understand the role played by various aspects of business communication. Topics may include but are not limited to crisis communication, risk management, digital communication, perception, and reputation management, liaising and negotiation, and cross-cultural communication. The track is method-agnostic: all quantitative and qualitative approaches are welcome.

This track invites submissions dealing with accounting and financial aspects of corporate decision making. Papers are likely to introduce problems and prospects of SME IPO listing, quality of financial reporting, financial risk management, investment decisions, financing choices, family businesses, institutions, regulation, corporate governance, and ownership structure. This track is open to both empirical and theoretical papers.

Digital transformation is sweeping the world of businesses. The track invites research that focuses on contributing new insights to this rapidly growing field. Contributions may include but are not limited to, business value of IS in MSMEs, ICT adoption, IT and sustainable development, ICT4D perspectives, digital transformation, e-governance, innovation and knowledge network, digital innovation, entrepreneurship and new business models, user behaviour, engagement and consequences of IS, emerging technologies, digital platforms, fintech adoption and consequences, blockchain and modern supply chains, ICT and migrant workforce, social technologies and urban market spaces. This track welcomes both empirical and conceptual papers and is open to a variety of methods, including qualitative methods, surveys, observation, experiments (lab or field) as well as econometric methods, social network analysis, text mining, machine learning, deep learning, and other non-traditional techniques.

The track invites academicians, research scholars, and practitioners to submit research papers that will contribute to an ongoing and constructive dialogue on the role of human resource management in MSMEs. In today’s dynamic environment, MSMEs must manage the changing work environment, technological advancements, generational cohorts in the workforce, engage in continuous improvement processes, etc. Thus, the track invites conceptual, qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research papers on topics including, but not limited to, high-performance work systems; designing a digital organization; challenges for HR in the age of disruption; organizational agility; organizational innovation; resilient workforce and workspace; diversity, equity and inclusion challenges; entrepreneurial leadership; entrepreneurial behaviour; human and social capital; HR bundles; employee well-being; and role of socio-economic conditions, and cultural variables in determining HR practices.

The track invites research aiming to understand the marketing for MSME products and services from the following themes centered around, but not limited to, marketing capabilities and competitiveness, digital technologies and digital disruptions, data driven decision-making, designing and developing advertising and promotion strategies, branding, consumer behavior, sustainable relationship with consumers, international/global marketing, new product development, ethical and sustainable, digital marketing and social media marketing, role of AI in marketing, social marketing, pricing, retailing, sales and distribution, service channels. This track welcomes both empirical and conceptual papers and is open to a variety of methods, including qualitative methods, surveys, observation, experiments (lab or field) as well as econometric methods, social network analysis, text mining, machine learning, deep learning, and other, non-traditional techniques.

The track invites submissions that investigate the theoretical and practical aspects of operations management and decision sciences. Topics may include, but are not limited to, redesigning the value chain in times of disruption, inventory and warehouse management, humanitarian operations, environmental disruption, logistics and transportation, behavioural operations, healthcare operations, sustainability and risk management, service operations, dynamic pricing and revenue management, multi-objective optimization, resource allocation and scheduling, performance measurement and productivity analysis, machine learning and or applications, supply chain resilience, lean and agile manufacturing, optimizing business processes using artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0, IOTs, and blockchain technology, project management, operational challenges and strategies in MSMEs, decision making under uncertainty. The track is open to both empirical and conceptual papers.

This track considers papers that study forward-looking business activities involving the formulation, evaluation, selection, and implementation of strategies that assist a company to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage and fulfil business objectives. Also, we seek to address the large-scale environmental, social, and economic problems to advance our understanding of ethics from business perspectives. We invite submissions that can expand our knowledge and understanding of decision making in this exciting and relatively underexplored area of research. All theoretical, disciplinary, and empirical work that adapts extant theories or introduces new perspectives on business problems are most welcome in this track.