12th Annual International Business Conference – Call for Papers

WORD OF WELCOME

The 2018 IBC conference will be hosted on the beautiful island of Mauritius between 23 to 26 September 2018. Your academic expertise and presence is welcomed and we therefore kindly request you to peruse the content of this call for papers and submit your papers on or before the due date.

AIM OF THE CONFERENCE

The 12th IBC 2018 conference has three main goals. The first goal is to provide an international platform for the presentation, discussion and debate of different academic and professional approaches and research on recent developments in an ever-turbulent business and political arena. The second goal is to provide the opportunity for academics, practitioners and post-graduate students to have their work validated and benchmarked within the benevolent academic and professional community. Thirdly, the final goal is to create a pleasant and enjoyable environment to serve the first two goals where delegates can also relax, get to know their fellow academia informally, and truly build their networks.

CONFERENCE ACCREDITATION

All the previous IBC conferences have met the criteria for subsidy set by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). At present, the 2017 conference, which was held at the White Sands Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is undergoing the rigorous process to qualify for a subsidy. (We positively await the outcome; however, take note that this is normally a two-year process at DHET.)

THE CONFERENCE THEMES WILL COVER THE FOLLOWING AREAS

Agricultural Management Human Resource Management
Applied Business School Research Information and Knowledge Management
Business Education Investments and Management Accounting
Business Ethics Managerial Economics
Business Management Marketing Management
Entrepreneurship Operations and Supply Chain Management
Environmental Management Tourism Management
Financial Management

VENUE

Mauritius is the selected destination and the venue will be announced once confirmed.

CONFERENCE DATES

23 to 26 September 2018

PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

23 September 2018 Welcome function: 19h00
24 September 2018 Conference day 1 (Opening, keynote address & parallel sessions)
25 September 2018 Conference day 2 (Parallel sessions) Conference dinner: 19h00
26 September 2018 Conference day 3 (Networking)

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

1 March 2018 Registration and submission of full-length papers and abstracts (WIP) open.
31 May 2018  Early-bird registration fee ends. Take note: Deadline for payment to qualify for early-bird registration.
 30 June 2018  Deadline for the submission of competitive papers (only full-length competitive papers will be published in the conference proceedings). Delegates are encouraged to make early submissions.Notification of acceptance of abstracts and full-length competitive papers will be provided to authors via e-mail as soon as possible after the double-blind peer-review process.
Deadline for the submission of abstracts for the work-in-progress stream.
 15 August 2018  Final submission of corrected full-length competitive papers for publication in conference proceedings. (Papers received after this date is at serious risk of not being published in the proceedings.)
1 September 2018 Deadline for registration. Please note that all fees must be paid by this date to ensure participation in the conference.

PLEASE NOTE:

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Delegates are encouraged to upload their papers on the website (www.ibc-conference.com) or alternatively email them to IB-Conference@nwu.ac.za before 30 June 2018 (earlier submissions are highly encouraged).PLEASE NOTE:

  • Receipt of your paper will be acknowledged. Reviewed abstracts and papers will be returned as soon as possible.
  • The payment of the conference fees does not guarantee the publication of the papers in the proceedings.
  • Papers should be presented by one of the contributing authors at the conference in order to ensure publication in the conference proceedings. Delegates cannot read the paper on behalf of the authors.
  • Papers submitted will be double-blind peer-reviewed by a panel of expert international and local reviewers.
  • Papers should not have been previously published or accepted for publication.
  • The IBC Board strictly adheres to the principle of academic integrity and therefore holds the right to request a turn-it-in report for a full paper or a WIP submission.
  • The conference proceedings will be formally published with an ISBN number and submitted to the Department of Higher Education for accreditation and subsequent subsidy purposes.
  • At least one author must register for and attend the conference to present the paper. All conference attendees must register.
  • Authors will not be allowed to present more than two papers.
  • Very important: All manuscripts should be proofread and edited before submission. A desk edit will be done on all contributions before they are sent out to reviewers and will be returned to the author if not developed according to the guidelines of the IBC conference requirements, or fall within the academic themes of the conference. Please make sure that your paper’s technical and language standards comply.

GUIDELINES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF FULL (COMPETITIVE) PAPERS

  1. The competitive stream papers are in line for Best Paper Awards.
  2. Submissions should include a title page that clearly indicates: Title(s), name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s); Complete postal address(es); Telephone numbers and email address(es). The next page should only include: Title of paper; Abstract (150 words); Four keywords (terms) that describe the paper best.
  3. Take note that the competitive papers should be submitted as full papers (not abstracts).
  4. Note that it is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that the information on the title page, as well as the title of the paper, is correct and complete. The IBC Organising Committee will take no responsibility for information wrongly submitted.
  5. The following sections should be in the paper: Introduction; Problem investigated; Research objectives and/or hypotheses; Literature review; Research methodology; Results/Findings; Managerial implications; Conclusions, and Reference list.
  6. Please note that only competitive papers qualify for subsidy purposes at the Department of Higher Education.
  7. Technical requirements:
    • Competitive papers are restricted to 25 pages content.
    • Abstracts should not be longer than 750 words.
    • MS Word documents only.
    • Font: Times New Roman; Font size: 12; Spacing: 1.5-line spacing.
    • Margins: 2.5 cm left margin and 2 cm top, bottom and right margins.
    • Referencing technique: Harvard method or APA style only.

GUIDELINES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS (WORK-IN-PROGRESS)

  • Submissions should include a separate title page that clearly indicates the following: Title(s), name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s); Complete postal address(es); Telephone numbers, and email address(es); Up to four keywords describing the paper to be presented.
  • Abstracts should include: An introduction providing a brief background to the nature of the problem or case study under investigation; Clear formulation of the main problem(s) or issue(s) to be investigated or scrutinised; Preliminary literature review; Envisaged research design and methodology; Preliminary findings; Conclusions and managerial implications/ recommendations; Reference list (if applicable).
  • Note that it is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that the information on the title page as well as the title of the abstract is correct and complete. The IBC Organising Committee will take no responsibility for information wrongly submitted.
  • Take note of the 750-word limitation on abstracts.

CONFERENCE FEES

Delegates:

Early-bird registration fee is R5 000 – valid until 31 May 2018. After that date, the amount of R5 500 is payable.

Post-graduate student’s fee:

Registered students who wish to participate in the non-competitive post-graduate research forum qualify for a discount of R1 000.

Accompanying person’s fee:

R2 500 (The fee provides access to the conference welcoming function, gala evening and refreshments and lunches served during the conference days.) The accompanying person’s fee is payable with registration.

Take note:

Accompanying persons are not delegates attending the conference. All delegates should pay the full conference fee.

ACCOMMODATION & TRAVEL

The venue will be announced as soon as possible.

Take note:

The IBC is not involved in travel and accommodation arrangements of delegates. Delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements at their hotel and airline of choice.

CONFERENCE WEBSITE

Please consult the conference website to register and view updated conference information. The website is available at www.ibc-conference.com.

REGISTRATION

Register by:
  1. Completing the registration form on the conference website www.ibc-conference.com.
  2. Paying the registration fee into the designated account, using your name as reference.
  3. E-mailing proof of payment to Johan Jordaan at ibconference.register@gmail.com.
  4. A formal invoice can be obtained from the website (www.ibc-conference.com).
  5. Registering an accompanying person on the website when completing the registration form and add the name as a reference to your own (see point 2 above).

PAYMENT OF CONFERENCE FEES

The conference registration fee is to be deposited at ABSA taking into account the following very important details:

Bank: ABSA
Branch code: 632 005
Account name: International Business Conference
Account type: Cheque Account
Swift code: ABSAZAJJ
Account number: 40 928 163 60
Reference: Your name and surname (most important)

Please take note that delegates pay ONLY the conference registration fees and accompanying person’s fees (if applicable) to the IBC. Bookings and payments towards travel and accommodation are made directly to the hotel and travel agent of your choice. The organisers are not involved in the travel arrangements of the delegates. The IBC registration form is available on the conference website www.ibc-conference.com.

REGISTRATION OPENS ON 28 FEBRUARY 2018

IBC COMMITTEES

CONFERENCE CHAIR

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Prof Stéphan van der Merwe (NWU)

Prof Stéphan van der Merwe (Chair &

Research Director)

Dr Cobus Oosthuizen (Organising Director)

Prof Mornay Roberts-Lombard (Marketing

Director)

Dr Johan van Zyl (Finance Director)

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Prof Stéphan van der Merwe (Chair) Prof Christo Bisschoff

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Dr Cobus Oosthuizen (Organising Director) Mr Shaun Berry (Organising Coordinator)

IBC BOARD

Prof Stéphan van der Merwe (NWU)

Prof Kobus Jonker (NMU)

Prof Christo Bisschoff (NWU)

Prof Mornay Roberts-Lombard (UJ)

Prof Eileen Mazibuko (NMU)

Prof Geoff Bick (UCT)

Dr Johan van Zyl (UFS)

Prof Edward Rankhumise (TUT)

Dr Cobus Oosthuizen (MBS)

Prof Deon Nel (RU)

Prof Jo Nel (UL)

Prof Charlene Gerber (USB)

Prof Kai Wellner (Nurnberg, Germany)

ORGANISING COMMITTEE CONTACT DETAILS

Dr Cobus Oosthuizen (MBS)

Email: IBC@milpark.ac.za

Tel: +27 11 718 4000

Mr Shaun Berry (MBS)

Email: IBC@milpark.ac.za

Tel: +27 11 718 4000

PAPER REVIEW PROCESS CONTACT

DETAILS

REGISTRATION PROCESS CONTACT

DETAILS

Prof Stéphan van der Merwe (NWU)

Email: IB-Conference@nwu.ac.za

Tel: +27 18 299 1414

Mr Johan Jordaan (NWU)

Email: ibconference.register@gmail.com

Tel: +27 18 299 1338