Special Issue April 2022

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20th MBAcademy International Conference on Management Businesses Organisation and Innovation


European Journal of International Management

22-24 April 2022

London, UK



The recent rapid technological transformation has changed the playing field for managers and entrepreneurs globally (Uys, Nleya, and Molelu, 2004). The technological advancements made the societal issues in international market increasingly complex and challenging, where the extensive use of artificial intelligence (AI) in everyday businesses creates Big Data which it can be used as a management tool and digital strategy to improve customers engagement (Liu, Shin and Burns, 2019), and boom business performance for a sustainable growth.

Alongside with recent rapid technological advancements other concepts like open innovation, share economy and digital sustainability are also challenging traditional management (Osburg and Lohrmann, 2017) and organisational theories which pushing practitioners to think more digitally innovative (Agmon, 2021).

The digital evolution challenges globalization and made the world smaller and more competitive place (Van Gorp, and Honnefelder, 2015), where socio-cultural and socio-political issues affect businesses at an unprecedented speed. It is inevitable that the development of digital platforms such as social media, crowdfunding/crowdsourcing, Internet of Things, and virtual workspaces has improved innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability with broader managerial, organizational and policy implications globally (Caputo, et al., 2021; Pappas, et al., 2021). Where the emergence of new technologies, awareness of corporate social responsibility and the greater need for digital innovation and problem-solving skills are becoming de-factopart of the recent everyday management agenda. Hence, management education needs to up-skill individual who are required to constantly learning and adapting to the globalised digital business and social environment.

Yet, academic research in the field of International Management (IM) is not evolving fast enough to develop relevant concepts and theories that needed by managers and practitioners, especially where being technologically savvy has become a must to have expertise at all levels in every organisation (Pappas et al., 2021). It is time to create insightful models and measures, to assist corporations to actively promote social agendas such as digital innovation and sharing economy by emphasizing on Big Data analytics and digital design. Furthermore, operating in a dynamic digital environment that cannot be separated from uncertainly does not allow managers to focus on the consequences of digital decision-making. Therefore, a key question to be answered in these turbulent times is, how is it possible for corporations to incorporate safety, security, and ethically with stakeholders in the design of their digital business models while they are struggling to achieve sustainability goals in new and fast-changing digital era? Considering the multidimensionality of technological advancements and sustainability, it will be useful for managers to know how to direct their efforts towards social development issues in international market.

Yet, research studies that discussed the issues related to digital social development have failed to consider the challenges faced by managers. There is scant recognition of the gap that exists between academics and practitioners. It has become a moral obligation for scholars to address the significance of technological advancements and big data analytics in promoting digital innovation and socio-economic development of society. We have limited understanding of how big data will help firms to understand the needs of society, stakeholders, streamline administrative complexities and new business opportunities when the circular and sharing economy has become more pervasive around the world. Therefore, it is important to know how organisations and their stakeholders can improve management practices and organisational strategies, resources and capabilities to succeed in maximizing the business value in digital era. At present, these questions remain unanswered.

We hope that the theme of this call for papers will encourage academics and practitioners in the field of International Management (IM) and International Business (IB) to use a multi-disciplinary approach to boldly bring together bodies of related knowledge to produce new insights and invites them to submit their works in the form of full papers by Sep 10, 2022. In this special issue we aim to link between digitalization and its impacts on digital innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability in international market from the academic and practitioner points of view. We anticipate that the insights proposed will help managers to perform their functions more efficiently in nee normal.

This conference will provide academics and practitioners with the unique opportunity to explore and discuss Digitalization: The Internationalization of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability in an open, friendly and informal atmosphere. This conference also provide workshop for potential papers to be selected for a fast-track review and potential publication in the special issue in European Journal of International Management

We would like to see profound and rigorous theoretical and managerial contributions that substantially advance and challenge existing theories used in internationalisation research and work place performance in competitive world. As such, article must be able to demonstrate clearly a significant contribution to International Management scholarship.

We have no a priori preferences regarding the theoretical stance or methodological approach. We welcome papers using traditional methodologies, survey, qualitative research as well as emerging innovative approaches including the use of algorithms, contrarian case analysis and fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA). However the main emphasis is Internationalisation.

All manuscripts should apply the general author guidelines for the European Journal of International Management. Manuscripts should not have been previously published or be under consideration by other journals.

Submission Deadline: Feb 1, 2022 Mar 1, 2022
Decisions: Decision: Feb 15 2022
Expected Publication: Autumn 2023


This conference will provide academics and practitioners with the unique opportunity to explore and discuss managing diversity, gender, and equality in the workplace: policies, practices, challenges and obstacles for effective continuous professional development in international context in an open, friendly and informal atmosphere. Best papers will be selected for a potential publication in the European Journal of International Management.

Format for Extended Abstract

Papers should follow the Conference style. English is the language of the Conference and all related publications.


Extended abstract 3000 words.


  • Purpose and objectives of the paper
  • Originality – what is new about it?
  • Research methodology
  • Findings and discussion
  • Theoretical and practical implications
  • Research limitations
  • Conclusion

Format for full Papers

Papers should follow the European Journal of International Management style. English is the language of the Conference and all related publications.


Full-length articles: 6,000 words in total, including references and a maximum of 5 tables/figures.

Journal requirements for submitted papers:

Before submitting your paper to the journal special issue, you MUST ensure that you have fulfilled all of that journal’s style requirements. Consider hiring a professional copyeditor to assist with your revision if necessary. Please see the guideline for authors by clicking here.

Copyediting is mandatory for acceptance for publication in elite international journals. The ISI-ranked journal Editor-in-Chief and/or publisher will reject any paper that does not meet the journal’s style requirements.


Submission of papers and registration opens: Sep 1 2021
Deadline for the submission of abstract/papers: Feb 1 2022  Mar 1, 2022
Paper acceptance/rejection: Feb 15 2022
Deadline for submission of full papers: TBC



Dr Javad Mahmoodi
Conference Director

Dr Alireza Nazarian
Conference Director

Dr Pantea Foroudi
Conference Advisor



Dr Peter Atkinson
Conference Associate Director

Dr David Fuschi
Conference Associate Director



For further information, please contact:
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Conference Fees and Registration             

PRICES (in Pound Sterling) Early bird registration till 15 Dec, 2021
Normal registration till 1 Feb, 2022 Late registrationafter 25th May 2019









Ph.D. student





A selection of papers presented at the Conference will be invited to be reviewed for fast-track review and potential publication in one of the following journals and/or an edited book:

European Journal of International Management



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