IACMR, the International Association for Chinese Management Research, is a professional, academic organization that serves scholars, students, managers, and consultants who are interested in advancing knowledge and promoting scholarly studies about management of organizations operating in the Chinese context. After years of development, IACMR has grown to be the world’s largest academic association for Chinese management research, with over 7,000 registered members, most of whom are from universities and research institutes. We have successfully hosted the past seven biennial conferences since the foundation of IACMR and confidently anticipate an attendance of 1,000 from all over the world in 2018.
The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for scholars from around the world to share the latest research on management and organizations in the Chinese context, with a special focus on exploring new concepts and theories. IACMR is committed to assisting scholars, students, managers, and consultants who are interested in advancing knowledge about Chinese management. As China’s political, cultural, and intellectual center, Beijing is the perfect location for IACMR members to interact.
The program will include three full days of refereed paper presentations and keynote panels. The keynote speakers are distinguished scholars, including several past Presidents of the Academy of Management and editors of top management journals. There will also be a Deans’ Forum where you may meet deans from business/management schools to promote your books. The fourth day will be the professional development workshops for young scholars. Famous scholars will be invited to share their research experience with young faculty members and doctoral students. A grand conference with over 100 sessions and 1,000 participants from various universities around the world, it is surely an excellent occasion for you to display your publications and products to scholars.
The theme of the 2018 conference is Meeting Challenges of Continuous Transformation. China’s GDP growth was 6.9 percent in 2015, which reached the lowest since 1990. The GDP growth in 2016 is expected to be lower than that of 2015. The term “new normal” has been used to characterize the future economy in China: the economy has shifted from the previous high speed to a medium-to-high speed growth, the economic structure is constantly improved and upgraded, and the economy is increasingly driven by innovation instead of input and investment.
The economic slow-down in China requires new driving force for development. While Chinese companies have to adapt to the new environments, they need to change their growth pattern and take effort to focus on not only business model innovation, but also technology-based innovation. China is now enthusiastic about mass entrepreneurship and innovation, and hope to successfully transform its economy, society, industries, companies, organizations, and practices of business operation in the coming years. The transformation will not be completed in a short time. It is necessary for management scholars to get close to the real phenomena that are happening during China’s transformation. Management scholars are encouraged to examine these phenomena at/cross different levels, to conceptualize them into well-developed theories, and to test these theories in the field settings. Research findings and the developed theories will not only advance Chinese management theories and make unique contributions to international communities, but also create rich practical implications for policy-making and business operations.
Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
1. Innovation & creativity, such as individual and team creativity, facilitating innovations, organizational changes aligned for new environments, strategic leadership driving for organizational transformation, developing innovation capacity, and entrepreneurship;
2. Adapting to changing business landscapes, such as social and ethical dilemmas in new business environments, new looks at business leadership, releasing and leveraging human resources, learning and adaptation at multiple levels, institutional environment and business development.
3. Globalization, culture, and diversity, including international business and cross-cultural management, contemporary perspectives on MNEs in China.
You are also encouraged to submit papers addressing methodological issues in management research.
The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for scholars from around the world to share the latest research on management and organizations in the Chinese context, with a focus on exploring new concepts theories and examining empirical findings in rigorous and creative ways. IACMR is committed to assisting scholars, students, managers, and consultants who are interested in advancing knowledge about Chinese management. As the most populous city in central China and a major transportation hub in China, Wuhan is a great place for IACMR’s members to share their ideas and findings about Chinese management.