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Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to share details of the 16th International Conference on Business Management (ICBM) 2019 to be held at Monash University, Australia. 

ICBM 2019 is a partnership between Monash Business School, Monash University, the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ), Sri Lanka, and the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA). The Conference will be held under the theme of 'Transforming knowledge into action: Towards sustainable development in emerging economies'. In our increasingly knowledge-rich world where new ideas, new modes of thinking and new discoveries push the boundaries of our understanding, having up-to-date knowledge and using it effectively, is critical for sustainable development, especially for emerging economies with their weak institutions and low resource base. The Conference theme emphasizes  transforming knowledge into action so that novel projects are implemented, products and services are created, and tangible outcomes achieved. To do so, countries must not only promote reliable and useful knowledge creation and assimilation but also harness and transform this knowledge effectively into policy and practices. 

The Conference aims to showcase current research in management by bringing together academics, practitioners, policy-makers and interest groups from diverse regions and perspectives. In particular, the Conference addresses some of the more pressing themes in developing countries, with a special focus on emerging economies. In doing so, the Conference facilitates knowledge sharing between countries of distinctive cultures and political styles, and an opportunity to learn from each other in building our capacities and cementing even closer ties in the region at sub-government level.

Two Special Issues in high ranking academic journals have been secured for the Conference. The journals are Journal of Business Ethics and Public Administration and Development. Conference participants are invited to submit their papers to these Special Issues. 

Key details of the Conference

Conference Dates:      12-14th December 2019

Conference venue:      Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Australia

Conference chairs: 
Associate Professor Ramanie Samaratunge (Monash University, Australia)
Dr Nilupama Wijewardena (RMIT University, Australia) 
Dr Anura Kumara (University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka)
Conference website:   https://www.monash.edu/business/icbm/home
Important dates:
Paper submission deadline: 31st July 2019 (5:00pm AEST)
Notification of acceptance: 30th September 2019
Deadline for early bird registration: 15th October 2019

Conference Tracks:

Democratic Governance
(Co-chairs: Dr WA Wijewardena, Dr Willy McCourt and Professor Sampath Amaratunge)
(Co-chairs: Professor Alex Newman, Associate Professor Tui McKeown and Dr M D Pushpakumari)
Disaster Management
(Co -chairs: Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga and Professor J. Edirisingha)

Human Resource Management
(Co-chairs: Professor Cherrie Zhu, Professor Rowena Barrett and Professor HDNP Opatha)
Managing Sustainable Organisations
(Co-chairs: Professor Felix Mavondo, Professor Priyan Mendis and Professor KD Gunawardena)

Supply Chain Management
(Co-chairs: Professor Daniel Prajogo, Professor Véronique Ambrosini and Dr STWS Yapa)
Organisation Studies
(Co-chairs: Professor Julie Wolfram Cox, Dr Candy Lu, Professor Kathleen Riach, Professor Gavin Jack and Dr PDHD Gunathilaka)

Ethical Organisations
(Co-chairs: Associate Professor Michelle Greenwood, Dr Fahreen Alamgir and Associate Professor Hari Bapuji)

Health Policy and Healthcare Management
(Co-Chairs: Professor Brett Inder, Professor Surangi Yasawardena and Dr Sisira Kumara)
Spirituality and Management
(Co-Chairs: Professor Rohana Ulluwishewa and Dr Anura Kumara)

We look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne.   

Ramanie Samaratunge


Associate Professor


Monash Business School
Monash University
20, Chancellors Walk

Menzies Building, Level 11

Clayton Campus

VIC 3800



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