Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Call for papers: Conference on Regulation and Competition Policy for Development

Call for Papers on international conference
Regulation and Competition Policy for Development: Challenges and Practice
27 – 28 January 2010
The University of Jordan

The papers (of maximum 25 pages, in English or Arabic) can cover any area of regulation and competition policy and practice in developing and emerging economies, including the transfer or relevance of developed country practice for developing countries. Please note that the deadline for the submission of papers is 15 October 2009.

There is a US $100 nominal conference fee for academic participants submitting papers at the conference. The conference fee for other non-academic participants is US $250. All registered participants will receive the conference case with all relevant conference papers, CDs, and other materials.

The University of Jordan can assist participants in reserving hotel rooms at discounted rates, although participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Registration information and the application form can be found at the University of Jordan web site at the following address:

For more information, please call:
Faculty of Business
The University of Jordan
Phone: +962-6-5355000 Ext. 24200
Fax: +962-6-5355510
Amman 11942 Jordan

Guidelines for Conference Papers
- Only papers in Arabic or English can be accepted
- The abstract of the paper should not be more than one A4 size sheet
- The complete paper must be printed on A4 paper using- Time News Roman 12pt font. The full paper should not exceed 25 pages
- Final version of papers must be received either on CD by post or via e-mail to the address indicated above.

Invited Participants
- Academic faculty members from national, regional, and international universities
- Public sector managers especially of public utility and privatised organisations
- Representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations interested in regulation and competition policy.

14th Annual International Management Conference (AIMC)

14th Annual International Management Conference (AIMC)
November 24-26, 2009

We are pleased to announce the 14th Annual International Management Conference that is organised by the School. MUBS is the premier institution in research and business practices in the country. It addresses problems of business start up, improvement and survival through small business development and management training programmes.The Conference attracts leading scholars, consultants and business people in the region and will be a 3 day event that addresses topical business, management and economic issues. It will be held between November 24-26, 2009 in Kampala-Uganda. The Conference theme is “Trading Out Of Poverty under the Current Economic Crisis; Strategies


The global financial crisis, brewing for a while, really started to show its effects in the middle of 2007 and into 2008. Around the world, stock markets have fallen, large financial institutions have collapsed or been bought out, and governments in even the wealthiest nations have had to come up with rescue packages to bail out their financial systems.
On one hand many people are concerned that those responsible for the financial problems are the ones being bailed out, while on the other hand, a global financial meltdown will affect the livelihoods of almost everyone in an increasingly inter-connected world. Could the problem have been avoided?
The conference under the theme “Trading out of poverty in the current global economic crisis; Strategies” will address issues causing and arising from the financial crisis and its impact especially on developing countries and strategies on how countries can deal with the recession.
Authors should explore the following major areas for discussion and presentation but specifically focusing Africa’s plight under the recession.

  • · § Africa and International Partners / Multilateral Organizations
    · § Agricultural Development, Agribusiness/economics, Ecology & Environment
    · § Networks and Inter-firm Linkages
    · § Economic Development Policies and Strategies
    · § Entrepreneurship, Small Business and the Informal Sector
    · § Family business
    · § Finance, Exporting, Internationalization and Foreign Direct Investment
    · § Gender and Economic Development
    · § Global Political economy, Human Rights, & Criminology
    · § Health Care, social work and the Human Conditions in Africa
    · § Human Resources, Management and Organization
    · § ICT, E-Business and transformation
    · § Infrastructure and Business
    · § Law, Social Responsibility and Ethics
    · § Logistics and Supply Chain Management & Urban Planning
    · § Marketing and Consumer Behavior
    · § The African Diaspora
    · § Leisure Industry, Tourism and Sustainable Development

Submission of Abstract and full papers

  • Please submit an abstract of not more than 200 words of your paper in Microsoft
    Word to the Conference Editor on . The abstract must give as much information about the paper as possible, including objectives, a brief explanation about the importance of the topic, methodology, etc. with details of name, professional title, place of employment, complete address, telephone and fax numbers

Submission of abstracts and papers
Send abstracts and papers to the Conference Editor by September 15, 2009 and October 5, 2009 respectively. All submissions should be done electronically.
Papers should be prepared in Microsoft Word and sent to the Conference Editor as listed above. Please note the following:

  • File Names should contain the full name of one of the Authors.
  • Whereas research-in-progress papers are invited as well, only full, competitive papers that are accepted will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Only working papers may be eligible for presentation.
  • Each paper should include a separate title page that clearly indicates the title of the paper, author(s) names and titles (e.g. Dr., Miss, Ms., Professor), institutional affiliations, complete mailing addresses, email addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and name of the author to whom all correspondence should be addressed.
  • All papers should be prepared in Microsoft Word
  • All papers should have an Abstract (maximum of 200 words), as well a:
  • Introduction.
  • Conclusions and Implications: each paper should have major conclusions and implications
  • References: All papers should have references and proper citations should be observed.

Please get in touch with us on 041(4)338112 or,or to confirm your participation before October 30, 2009.

Yours Sincerely,
Ms. Serina N. Ateenyi
Conference Coordinator

Monday, August 3, 2009

Call for Papers: Critical Perspectives on Fair Trade

Special Issue of critical perspectives on international business
“Critical Perspectives on Fair Trade”

Guest Editors: Jane Gibbon & Martyna Śliwa

For some years now, fair trade has been typically spoken and written about in solely positive terms, as a ‘trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect, which seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South’. (FINE, 2001 in Moore, 2004: 73). However, the current global economic recession has brought with it the need to reflect upon the way in which trade activities are carried out across the world, including those practices associated with fair trade. For example, questions have been asked whether, indeed, the ‘Fair Trade Project’ is entirely beneficial to all involved parties and whether, in the present economic climate, we can actually afford to engage in fair trade.
Responding to Goodman (2004: 910), who sees a need for fair trade to continue to ‘become more politically and economically threatening’ by opening up ‘the definition of “fairness” contra its economic logic to facilitate a broader constituency from which to construct a less privileged, more sustainable, and more just sense of development….plantation workers, growers with lower quality products, and coffee servers can and should become a moral and politicized goal for fair trade…a re-centering of Northern identities around notions of global citizenship rather than those of a one dimensional consumer’, we seek contributions to the critical exploration of the practices and discourses of fair trade.
Contributions to the special issue may take theoretical or empirical approaches to the nature, dysfunctions and/or possibilities of fair trade. They might, for example, include discussions of:
· How fair is fair trade?
· Ethics of consumption and fair trade
· Marketing and fair trade
· Power and identity issues in fair trade
· Mainstreaming of fair trade
· Environmental and sustainability issues of fair trade
· The fair trade status of a city / university
· Fair trade as business strategy
· Political economy of fair trade
· Accreditation and cost of fair trade to producers
· Accountability and impact of fair trade on producers
· Co-operative and collective business models for fair trade
Those wishing to contribute should submit an extended of 1,000 words to Jane Gibbon or Martyna Sliwa by 30th November 2009. Feedback on the abstracts will be provided by December 30th 2009. Full papers of 5,000 - 8,000 words should be submitted to the Guest Editors by 30th April 2010.
Suitable articles will be subjected to a double-blind review; hence authors should not identify themselves in the body of the paper.
The special issue is scheduled for publication in February 2011. Papers submitted must not have been published, accepted for publication, or be under consideration for publication. For additional information about the journal please see the journal’s webpage:
Goodman, M.K. (2004), ‘Reading fair trade: political ecological imaginary and the moral economy of fair trade foods’, Political Geography, Vol. 23, pp. 891-915.
Moore, G. (2004), ‘The Fair Trade Movement: Parameters, Issues and Future Research’, Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 53, pp. 73-86.

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Call for Papers: International Business and Economy, Environment, and Education

Call for Papers for IBEC 2010, January 7-10
Standard Submission Deadline for Decision Response by October 1st: SEPTEMBER 7th
Dear Colleague:
The 2010 International Business and Economy Conference will be held in Prague, The Czech Republic. The host institution is the University of Economics and Management ( The standard submission deadline is September 7th, 2009, and the web site for the conference is

Given the current fiscal environment, we have arranged a very affordable rate at the conference Hotel: Hotel Ibis Praha [Malá Strana Plze_ská 14, Praha 5] TELEPHONE: +420 221 701 700, E-MAIL:, FAX: +420 221 701 800; Internet address:; Conference room rate: 45 EUR a night (single), 50 EUR a night (double).

The Editors of the Journal of International Business and Economy (which is listed in Cabell's Directory-E&F) will provide additional opportunities for those papers presented at the IBEC2009 to be considered for publication. Please visit the website at
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Themes and topics: the general theme of the conference is IBE3: International Business and Economy, Environment, and Education; all topics are considered that are associated with the rapid changes in the global economy which present continuing challenges for educators, as well as for business and government leaders. The political and economic rules of the game are changing: the development of stronger regional cooperation in several parts of the world, the advent of e-business and the widespread use of the Internet, and the challenges in governance and corporate behavior. Strategic alliances, networks and partnerships span political and geographical borders. The objective of this conference is to provide a forum for scholars analyzing the strategic challenges faced by firms in the global arena. In addition, cross-disciplinary submissions are encouraged. Manuscripts developed from dissertations are encouraged.

Refereed submissions: Submissions should be sent via e-mail as an attachment in Microsoft Word for Windows format, before or on September 7th, 2009, to Bruce Heiman, the Program Chair, at Awards will be given to the best competitive paper and the best case study. Please contact the program chair, Bruce Heiman, if you have any questions about submission or the deadline. E-mail: Program Chair Bruce Heiman, San Francisco State University, USA:; Co-Conference Chairs: Pavel Strach, University of Economics and Management, Czech Republic:, and John Manley, Iona College, USA:

Registration: Conference registration fee: Before November 28: US$450; Late and on-site registration: US$495.
Reduced fee for full-time students and emeritus members: US$100 without the awards or hosted luncheons, US$125 with both the awards and hosted luncheons.