Saturday, February 6, 2016

International Business Center

First Call for Papers
Sixth Aalborg International Business Conference
“Embracing the Opportunities and Challenges of Globalization
-         from the West, the East and the South

DATES: 1 – 3 June, 2016
VENUE: Comwell Conference Center in the beautiful Rebild Hills near Aalborg

HOST: International Business Center
Department of Business and Management
Aalborg University
About the Theme
Globalization is here to stay and it gives us as researchers both challenges and opportunities for generating new insights into the phenomenon. Most often, we talk about globalization as a generic process. This is important in order to reveal the true nature of the phenomenon that has an impact on all corners of the world. It is equally important to discuss how firms from different parts of the world – the West, the East, and the South engage in the globalization process and how this engagement and the interplay between companies from all corners of the world form the very globalization process. The new multinationals from emerging economies are interesting new players that can be seen as a phenomenon on their own or as players in the global interaction between multinationals. We should not forget the importance of other actors – the state, the multinational institutions, the global and local civil society organisations, all of which seem to create new, global dynamics as a crucial platform for growth. If global dynamics is the interplay between firms from different contexts, we have no choice but to discuss this interplay – coming with our views and findings from various contexts and corners of the world. Please, accept our invitation. Without your coming, the discussion and thereby the insights into globalization will be incomplete.

About the Conference and the host
Organized by the International Business Center (IBC), The IBC-conference is a medium-sized international conference where the focus is on deeper discussions on important thematic areas; where renowned scholars have time to meet and discuss with new scholars coming from the East and the South (see also the PhD-programme), and where excellent final research results compete with new ideas – not yet fully documented.

The themes of the conference include (but are not restricted to):
- Internationalization of Companies and Global Strategies
- Culture, Inter-Cultural Management and Leadership
- Consumers, Branding and International Marketing
- Innovation and Creativity Management and Organization
- Industrial Dynamics, Global Value Chains and Institutional Contexts
- E-business

Full papers, working papers, case studies and suggestions for panel sessions relating to international business are invited. For the submission procedure, please refer to the overview table below.

Submission, Review Process and Announcement of Acceptance:
Please submit your paper and cases (excl. slides) by 31. March 2016. For full academic papers and working papers, use the paper template available on our web page. All paper submissions will be double blind reviewed. Paper templates, information on the submission procedure, etc. can be found on our webpage at: Feedback will be provided by 30 April, 2016.

Awards and Conference Proceedings:
The best paper award will be announced for full academic paper submissions, including a separate announcement for the best full paper made by doctoral students. Conference proceedings will be published. All participants will be issued participation certificates.

Important Deadlines:
Full Academic Paper Submission Deadline: 31 March, 2016
Academic Research Working Papers, Case Studies and
Industry Practices Submission Deadline: 31 March, 2016
Acceptance Notification: 30 April, 2016
Registration Deadline: 15 May, 2016

Further Information and Conference Contact Person:
For further information, please visit our webpage. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact our conference secretary:
Michael K. Simonsen
International Business Center at Aalborg University
Phone: +45 99 40 8432

Conference Chairs: Professor Marin A. Marinov and Professor Olav Jull Sørensen
Call for Contributions

Dear colleagues, academics, and researchers:

We are preparing to compile a publication focusing on aspects of marketing management and project based managerial activities in the current African context.  The overall objective is to outline and illustrate how two approaches could be used to stimulate economic and social development by using the Internet as a base for various forms of telecommunication activities that enable development of consumer markets for product and services. The recent economic, social and technological expansions in a number of African countries include innovations such as generation of wind and solar power, which contributes to development of small enterprise; introduction of environmentally sensitive and energy efficient cooking devices; or availability of on demand twenty-four hour healthcare services.  These developments are, in a number of ways, closely aligned with the uses of mobile telephones and the Internet. 

The proposed publication consists of four parts.  Each part examines different aspects of contemporary marketing, managerial practices, and entrepreneurial activities central to recent economic, social, and technological expansions in a number of African countries. More specifically, the proposed publication introduces four unique approaches, corresponding to the four parts of the proposed publication, as means to innovative economic and social development: (1) creative stage of human capital; (2) entrepreneurial and enterprise marketing management efforts; (3) consumption behavior of consumers and formation of market segments, and (4) economic, social, and environmental benefits resulting from project based marketing management efforts leading to incremental increases in personal and socio-economic values.

Title: Marketing Management Perspectives and Project Based Economic and Social Development: An African Emphasis

Suggested focus of contributions:

Part I: Stages of creative human capital
1.      Inductive or deductive sources of potential market value
2.      State of nature (deductive process)
3.      View of the world (inductive process)
4.      Value creating activities—market contributions
5.      Scientific feasibility
6.      Entrepreneurial skills
7.      Empirical verification
8.      Support material

Part II: Entrepreneurial and enterprise marketing management efforts
1.      Dispersing value created products and/or services
2.      Enterprise level action
3.      Technological feasibility
4.      Marketing techniques
5.      Environmental and market conditions
6.      Economic feasibility
7.      Social awareness
8.      Technological ability
9.      Support material
Part III:  Consumption behavior of consumers and formation of market segments
1.      Consumption of value creating products and/or services
2.      Personal life styles (consumption)
3.      Collective social and economic behavior (markets)
4.      Individual post consumption processes
5.      Individual post consumption behavior
6.      Collective post consumption behavior
7.      Technological values
8.      Social values
9.      Economic values
10.  Support material

Part IV:  Economic and social benefits
1.      Incremental increases in personal and social values
2.      Support material

Contributors are asked to select any topic or a combination of topics listed in an individual part of the content of the publication.  Contributors are asked not to combine topics from individual parts.  The topic ‘Support Material’ refers to studies, research cases, or results of recent observation or participatory studies.

Content and format of contributions:

Contributions are requested from individuals who are familiar with and have had direct experiences with the topics listed above through their own research or consulting activities.  More specifically, the contributions may be reports on theoretical, conceptual, or empirical research, research case studies, or reflections of senior academics on any of the above topics related to the application of telecommunication technology to economic and social development ongoing in Africa.

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word using Times New Roman with font 12.  The documents should be double spaced with standard margins (for 8.5” x 11” paper size margins should be 1 inch), under thirty (30) pages in length including any references, tables, diagrams, or any addenda.  The abstract should be less than one thousand (1,000) words in length.  The submitted manuscript will be double-blind reviewed.  Language adjustments, editing, and revisions are responsibilities of the authors and should be made before the manuscripts are submitted.

All manuscripts should be submitted to Professor Steven W. Anderson at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater .

Abstracts and intentions to submit a manuscript are due by mid February 2016.  Manuscripts are due for reviews by July 15, 2016 and final manuscripts by October 15, 2016.  For additional information or questions please contact Steven W. Anderson or George Tesar


George Tesar, Professor Emeritus, Umeå University (Sweden) and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Steven W. Anderson, Professor of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Hassimi Traore, Professor of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Jens, Graff, Academic Advisor, Denmark

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Call for contribution

Call for contributions
Business Perspectives on Sustainable Development Goals 2030
Deadline for Abstracts: 1st May, 2016

                   Samuel O Idowu, London Metropolitan University, UK                                        Rene Schmidpeter, Cologne Business School, Germany
Since the Brundtland Report 1987 on “Our Common Future”, the United Nations in its drive to encourage and propagate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been involved in a number of CSR related activities. In the organisation’s attempt to combat global warming, climate change, human rights abuses, poverty etc the UN has championed many CSR focused events and activities worldwide. We are all too aware of several UN Climate Change Conferences, Paris 2015 being the latest, the UN Global Compact which has the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative, the 8 UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2000 – 2015 and now the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 which was agreed in 2015. The field of CSR is of increasing importance in all areas of our existence – in business, politics, academia and the civil society in general. Issues relating to CSR are discussed, researched and propagated in all economies around the globe. There is practically nowhere in the world today where issues relating to CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance are not debated, researched, encouraged, practiced and perceived as being desirable. In fact, it is a core part of corporate strategies of many companies in most economies.
The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target the 5Ps (People, Planet, Prosperity (originally Profit), Peace and Partnership and encompass seventeen goals which are of importance to everyone in the world. They are all about CSR. What effects will the achievement of these goals have on corporate entities – small medium or large everywhere? How are businesses going to help the United Nations in meeting the 2030 target year of achievement of these goals? All good corporations are going to have to expand their strategies to embed many if not all these seventeen goals into their strategies. How are we going to measure whether or not the goals have been achieved? What effect will the SDGs have on Corporate Governance? A few of the 8 MDGs have also been included in the 17 SDGs, are we to assume that these were not achieved satisfactorily between 2000 and 2015? How will government of the 196 countries that make up our world going to assist in meeting these goals? These and many other relevant SD issues are what we expect contributors to this book to explore in their chapters.  
The intention of the book will be to add to knowledge by exploring issues relating to the new UN SDGs and perhaps the old MDGs if there are pertinent issues relating to the eight goals of the old MDGs. If there are issues relating to the new SDGs and different dimensions of CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance and how they will affect practitioners, scholars and stakeholders in general worldwide, contributors are encouraged to bring them into their proposed chapters.
Thus, these editors seek original contributions that explore different CSR aspects of the SDGs 2030.
Contributors should be broadly familiar with various aspects of CSR in either their country of interest or in their country of abode.
Each of the Chapters should be about 8,000 words.
Main deadlines:
·         1st May 2016:
Deadline for abstracts (max. 300 words)
·         31st May 2016:
Notification of acceptance of contributions
·         1st October 2016:                               
Deadline for full paper (max. 7,000 words)
·         31st December 2016:
Reviewers feedback
·         1st February 2017
Final revised contribution

All papers shall be peer-reviewed by contributors. The submission deadline for initial expressions of interest in the form of abstracts of approximately 300 words is Thursday 1st May 2016. Abstracts should be sent as e-mail attachments to the Editors: Samuel O Idowu, and Rene Schmidpeter,

The book will be published by a major European publishing company.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Exploring Foreign Tourists’ Image of Tanzania: A Factorial Analysis Approach

Journal of African Business

Volume 16Issue 1-2, 2015

Exploring Foreign Tourists’ Image of Tanzania: A Factorial Analysis Approach


In the last decade, the economy of African continent and Tanzania in particular has witnessed a business boom of the tourism sector. While the sector has continued to grow and become a dependable source of direct and indirect employment to youths in urban and rural areas, the sector has been awash with challenges. These challenges include terrorism attacks, energy crises and poor infrastructure. However, the impact of these challenges on the image of Tanzania as a tourist destination has not received the deserved attention. This study explores the perception of visitors towards Tanzania as a tourist destination after they have completed their tourist visit. This study employs factor analysis technique to explore country destination image. Questionnaires were administered to visitors at some of the tourists’ hotels and Julius Kamabarage Nyerere International Airport (as a major exit point) in the country. Frontline employees, various tourist sites and access to services emerged to be strong tourist destination image factors. This implies that the efforts of marketing tourism destination should focus on promoting all the sites the country has.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Retail Internationalization in East Africa

Retail Internationalization in East Africa: What Did the Media Say?

Felix Adamu Nandonde


The purpose of this paper is to assess the long-term opportunity or lack thereof for retail internationalization which is rising in Africa. To achieve that objective the reviews and analyses of retail internationalization were carried by relying on media coverage. International and local respected media were used for data gathering. Thematic framework analysis was used for data analysis. The parameters of the framework were developed from eclectic theory to predict future expansion of retailers in east Africa. Four major issues emerged in the coverage of retail internationalization: Perceived risk of African retailers, management crisis, infrastructure problems, and policy challenges. It is contended that, on the basis of this analysis, the future growth of retail internationalization in the region will depend on government policy intervention. These interventions must take into account a number of coexisting realities coexist in interpretation of retail business.
This paper presented at 5th Aalborg University Conference, Organized by International Business Centre at Comwell Hotel, Korping, near Aalborg, Denmark, 4-6 June 2014.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Business Negotiations in Tanzania

Analysis of Women Small Scale Entrepreneurs Practices during Business Negotiations in Tanzania Agribusiness

Felix Adamu Nandonde, and Pamela John Liana


There is a growing interest in the women participation in business ventures in Africa. The move has seen huge endorsements of capital from donors, governments and private sector to entrepreneurial development among women. Despite these efforts business growth among women entrepreneurs seems to be slower than is the case with their male counter parts. Studies that have so far been conducted in Africa have been focusing much on emancipating women from various social cultural and economic barriers. Negotiation is very important in business success. This article explores women entrepreneurs’ business negotiations practices in Tanzania agribusiness. Purposive sampling technique was used for selection of the respondents to participate in the study. The study employed interview-administered questionnaire and 131 women small-scale entrepreneurs involved in selling of agri-food participated in the study. Descriptive analysis employed and data were analysed by using the Statistical Package of Social Science (SPSS) window 16.0. In general study indicates that women lack soft skills during business negotiations and feel shy when negotiate with their male counter parts. For the growth of the business owned by women some advice were provided for building business negotiation skills of entrepreneurs.
Key words: Tanzania, negotiation, and women small-scale entrepreneurs 

This article published by:
Journal of Language, Technology & Entrepreneurship in Africa.   ISSN: 1998-1279
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Monday, March 3, 2014

SMLA 2015
Strategic Management in Latin America Bi Annual Conference.  San Jose, Costa Rica 

INCAE Business School and The Journal of Business Research


Program Chairs: Esteban R. Brenes and Arnoldo Camacho - INCAE Business School

The Sixth International Conference on Strategic Management in Latin America, co-sponsored by INCAE Business School and the Journal of Business Research, will be held on January 8 and 9, 2015, in San José, Costa Rica. The theme for this Conference is: “Strategies for Growth, Regional Expansion and Global Competition”
Extended abstracts of no more than 1500 words must be submitted no later than March 17th, 2014.
Acceptance of abstracts will be notified before April 21st, 2014.  If your abstract is accepted you can submit your full paper starting as soon as April 22nd, 2014 but no later than July 29th, 2014.

Abstracts and papers must be submitted electronically to  and attached to this mail you can find extended information about tracks. .