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Association of Japanese Business Studies Paper Development Workshop


The Association of Japanese Business Studies (AJBS) will hold its annual Paper Development Workshop, on June 28, 2012, in Washington DC.  This special PDW is held in conjunction with the AJBS annual conference (June 28–30), which immediately precedes the annual meeting of the Academy of International Business (AIB, June 30—July 3).  Detailed information on the AJBS and AIB Conferences is located here: .

The AJBS PDW aims to provide advice to scholars who are currently undertaking research in the broad area of Japanese business and who intend to publish their research in international journals. The PDW will offer scholars the opportunity to receive feedback on their work, through round-table sessions with established and internationally active scholars, as well as insights into international publishing, methods and topics, through panel discussions and presentations. The PDW also aims to promote and strengthen research ties between Japan-based and international researchers, and to stimulate discussion on current topics of interest to scholars in the field of Japanese business.

As currently planned, the structure of the AJBS PDW is as follows:
Morning session: Presentations by leading scholars, addressing various topics including publishing strategies, research agendas, and methodologies;
Afternoon session: Participants and senior faculty split up into smaller groups to discuss current research topics and exchange feedback on submitted papers and research ideas.

Submission to the AJBS PDW is open to both faculty (regardless of rank) and Ph.D. candidates. Submissions may be of two types: shorter research proposals (maximum 3,000 words) or longer papers (maximum 40 pages). The shorter research proposals should include specification of a research question, literature review and hypotheses, research design and methods, and expected contributions. Longer papers should be fully developed, including literature review, data and analysis, references, etc. Any topic or empirical focus is welcome, as long as it involves business-related issues relevant to Japan or Japanese companies. Papers do not have to pertain to international business, but must be in English.

The deadline for submissions is April 23, 2012. Submissions should use 12 pt Times New Roman font, 1-inch (2.5 cm) margins and double-spacing. The above word and page limitations include all tables and figures. Submissions, along with the participant’s CV and list of research interests and publications, should be sent to Professor Gary Knight (
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