Academy of Business and Emerging Markets (ABEM), Canada and Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED), Costa Rica are pleased to invite papers, abstracts, cases studies, and proposals for special sessions and doctoral students on the theme Sustainable 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
  • Universidad Estatal A Distancia (UNED), Costa Rica
  • Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Important Dates
  • Submission Deadline: March 30, 2019
  • Result Notification: May 30, 2019
  • Revised paper deadline: June 30, 2019
  • Early Registration Deadline: May 31, 2019
  • Regular Registration Deadline: June 30, 2019
  • Conference Date: August 7-9, 2019
  • 5th ABEM 2019 Conference Brochure pdficon_small
  • Submissions
  • Original submissions can be made in American 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 following the Code of Conduct guidelines established by Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE).
  • 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
    • 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 150-200 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 guidelines/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 and 6000 words will result in abstract only being published in ABEM Conference Proceedings. Here is the Form. pdficon_small
    • Authors of case studies on a brand or firm need to submit the signed Case Release Form along with their submissions. 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 and inclusiveness at the conference, ABEM has a one author-one paper-one presentation policy; i.e. different author should register and present different paper. No shows or non presenters without valid explanation will be communicated to their respective deans or vice-presidents.
  • Publication Opportunities
  • Proceedings: Authors will have the option to publish their studies as abstracts (by default) or papers in the 5th ABEM 2019 Conference Proceedings with the Canadian ISBN: 978-0-9937342-4-3.
    • 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 — may 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. Koichi NakagawaDr. Koichi Nakagawa
Associate Professor, Economics
Osaka University
Dr. Koichi Nakagawa is an associate professor of economics at the Graduate School of Economics at Osaka University, Japan. His research interests lie in the management of innovation and the key success factors for innovation in emerging situations such as university-industry collaboration, post-corporate acquisition in developing countries and emerging markets. Dr. Nakagawa has published in prestigious Journals; e.g. Technology Innovation Management Review, Cross-cultural Management Journal, and International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, among others. He is also an international consultant who has assisted entrepreneurs in developing sustainable businesses in Cambodia, and in accelerating technological start-ups in Japan. Dr. Nakagawa has a personal mission to make a bridge between academy and industry and thus has dedicated his life to supporting people that seek management knowledge – academic or practical.

  • 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
  • South 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. Kamel Fantazy, Assistant Professor, University of Winnipeg, Canada
Dr. Velia Govaera, Associate professor, Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED), Costa Rica
Dr. Michael Pasco, Professor, San Beda University, Philippines
Dr. Julio Ramirez, Professor, UPB-Colombia, Colombia

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 and Airlines

5th ABEM 2019 Conference will take place at

UNEDUniversidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED)
San Pedro de Montes de Ocs
San Jose
Tel: +506.2224.1689

For assistance with accommodation or general inquiries, please contact Dr. Luis Camacho at +1.347-695.9604 or email Dr. Luis Camacho (https://www.abem.ca/conference/

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