Call for Papers – 2018 International Conference on Business and Management Dynamics



Jointly hosted by:

Cape Peninsula University of Technology | South Africa

University of Namibia Business School | Namibia

Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration Ghana

Management & Commerce Faculty | University of Fort Hare South Africa

Economics & Management Sciences Faculty | North West University | South Africa

Higher Institute of Management of Sousse-Tunisia | Tunisia Economic University of Bratislava | Slovakia


Theme: Managing business competitiveness in times of glocalization

Cape Town | South Africa | 29 – 31 August 2018


Globalization has been the order of global business for a while, as firms have sought to expand into markets far afield. Technological advances and improvements in global infrastructure have made the global firm very competitive. The rewards for this strategic approach have been increased profits derived from areas that would normally not be accessible. Many firms have, therefore, retuned their strategies to give them global orientations. This is also the time when Africa is touted as “the next big thing” in global business. The economic liberalization that underpins globalization calls for opening up markets and minimizing the role of government in business. Africa seems to have swallowed this hook, line and sinker and the “Africa Rising” theme has become a common refrain.

In the face of the recent backlash against globalization, manifest most significantly in the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, the uncertainty at Korean Peninsula and Iran nuclear deal with United Nations to the historic and divisive U.S. presidential elections, have brought large- scale change and uncertainty to international business and its competiveness. Many are rushing back to regionalization, as opposed to the dominant globalization. This does not portend well for Africa as we have come to rely too much on global sources of products/services for our basic needs. African firms face a particularly difficult situation given that our local economic blocs may not be competitive enough.

Toward this end, “Managing Business Competitiveness in Times of Glocalization” will be the theme for ICBMD-2018. Business leaders and governments have expressed concerned with the impact of this trend toward glocalization and its underlying political, social, economic, and other environmental issues. These range from knowledge management, digitalization, and cost accounting to shipping methods/supply chain issues to universal payment methods/currency to cultural differences. The conference invites works in the form of scholarly papers (empirical or conceptual), rigorous case studies and technical reports addressing contemporary and development issues in all aspect of business management.

The conference seeks to provide an avenue to discuss these emerging trends and their implications for business competitiveness, especially for African enterprise. A key guiding question is: how has these emerging trends altered the way we think about business and the firms, and the new constraints that such alterations may present. Thus, papers for presentation should provide some nuanced understanding of the concept of glocalization and its underpinnings. Papers may also consider how the ambiguities and uncertainties presented by growing glocalization may be neutralized. Papers are welcome from all business disciplines e.g., Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Operations, Information Technologies, Law, and Supply Chain or from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Note: There will be a colloquium for Doctoral students