AIB South Asia Conference 2022 is the Conference of the South Asia Chapter of Academy of International Business to provide AIB members with opportunities for the exchange of ideas, for the presentation of research, for professional contacts, and for discussion of matters of mutual interest and concerns.


IIM Visakhapatnam is the host institute. IIM Visakhapatnam would host this conference as a knowledge transfer forum, experience-sharing platform and best-practice dissemination stage on building intellectual, infrastructural and institutional capacities towards realizing the economic targets.

Key dates for submission:
Call for papers November 5, 2021
Last date for Paper/ Extended Abstract Submission December 12, 2021
Acceptance notification December 19, 2021
Registration last date January 20, 2022
Registration last date
  • AIB South Asia Conference
  • City sight-seeing
  • Case Teaching Workshop
January 23-25, 2022
  • January 23-24, 2022
  • January 24, 2022
  • January 25, 2022

International business plays a significant role in enabling and sustaining the aspirational growth. Emerging country multinationals or EMNEs (as they are popularly known), have already made a mark for themselves in the global business environment.

However, it has now become important to find out their contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for their economies. SDGs, popularly known as AGENDA 2030, was set by UN in the year 2015. With COVID-19 seriously disturbing the targets set by UN, can EMNEs/international businesses contribute to achieve them for their economies?

COVID-19 pandemic has escalated trade tensions and slowed global economy leading to stress on SDGs achievement by the economies, with special reference to South Asian Economies. In addition, the pandemic has impacted growth in emerging markets and developing economies have also been weak amid softening external demand as trade conflicts heighten uncertainty and delays productivity-enhancing investments by businesses. Can the emerging economies align itself with the mission of SDGs, as envisaged by UN, that is to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all people and world by 2030?

International business will play a significant role in helping UN to meet the targets for 17 SDGs that are also known as Global Goals. The 2022 AIB – South Asia Chapter Conference will explore these exciting issues on poverty and hunger, health, education, gender equality, clean water and energy, innovation, infrastructure, sustainable communities and cities, climate change, peace and justice and strong institutions. Taken together, these shall have an impact on public policies, innovation, firm strategies, and business models in domestic as well as the international markets. The path ahead is arduous, but positive moves towards the stated objective are gaining traction.

With emerging economies in South Asia working towards realigning and rearranging policies and strategies; reforms and regulations; knowledge and skills inventories; and management and governance frameworks post COVID-19 through relevant and rigorous research and empirical evidence, using qualitative and quantitative methods, are these economies instrumental in helping UN meet the SDGs targets?

Thus, the conference aims to usher in and broaden insights in creating synergies, increasing value-add and producing positive results for all the stakeholders. More specifically, it will focus on what external and internal factors would inspire the South Asian economies to formulate strategies and approaches to translating the challenges into timely opportunities that foster social progress, economic advancement, balanced development, inclusive growth for its people and indirectly contributing as partners for SDGs.

Conference Tracks:

Submissions addressing the conference theme may pertain to the following potential topics including and not limited to:

  • Impact of COVID-19 and sustainable development

  • Failures and survival strategies during COVID-19

  • International entrepreneurship

  • International finance

  • Impact on SMEs, MSMEs and new ventures

  • Atmanirbhar Bharat or Make-in-India initiatives

  • Internationalization and human resource management

  • Politics, culture, sustainability, and internationalization

  • International marketing

  • International trade and supply chain management

  • How digitalization helped economies survive?

Call for Papers:

The Conference format is combination of interactive paper sessions, plenary speaker sessions and case teaching workshop.

Interactive sessions are primarily designed for extended abstracts, shorter manuscripts (in research note formats) or work-in-progress pieces that could benefit from informal feedback from other participants. Interactive sessions are held in a roundtable discussion format with shorter oral presentations allowing for an engaging interaction with other researchers with similar interests. The guidelines for the paper submission for interactive session are as under:

  • Original extended abstracts written in English are invited.

  • The extended abstract, shorter manuscripts or work-in progress pieces shall not be more than 5-7 pages including references, double spaced, 12 size font Times New Roman,

  • The document must have no author identifying information: Any information identifying the authors should not be included on the title page or elsewhere in the paper.

  • Submissions must follow the JIBS Style Guide.

  • Each submission must state, on its front page at the top right, the requested Track title and specify the session format as Interactive Session

  • The manuscript should preferably be saved in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format to ensure that reviewers see it in the intended way.

  • Microsoft Word files, while not preferred, will also be accepted. If submitting a Microsoft Word file, the document must be checked for viruses using an updated anti-virus software utility before submission.

  • All the submissions shall be selected through blind review process and the authors shall be notified about the outcome of the review.

  • The authors can choose to present either these papers as submitted or full papers (if possible and done) in the Conference

Case Teaching Workshop:

Date: January 25, 2022

Venue : IIM Visakhapatnam

Case Teaching Workshop shall be coordinated by:

Prof. Rajesh S Upadhyayula
Professor, Strategic Management,
Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, India

Conference Fee:
Registration fees (including applicable GST as applicable)
Students Faculty and Others
India (₹) Foreign ($) India (₹) Foreign ($)
AIB- South Asia Conference ₹ 1,500 $ 20 ₹ 4,000 $ 50
Case Teaching Workshop ₹ 1,000 $ 10 ₹ 1,000 $ 10

Note: In order to register for the conference, you must be a member of the Academy of International Business; see https://www.aib.world/membership/ for information.

Note that students are eligible for the concessional membership. Please check the website for details.

Conference Website:

Here is the link for the conference website: https://www.iimv.ac.in/aib-sac2022/

Organizing Committee:

Prof. Deepika Gupta

Conference Chair,
Indian Institute of Management, Visakhapatnam

Prof. Mohammad Tayeenul Hoque

Conference Co-Chair,
North-South University, Dhaka,

Contact Details for queries about submissions
Ms. C. Shankari
AIB- SOUTH ASIA Chapter Office
Phone: 6380338272, 9500032495