Extended Deadline Call for Papers:

Forum on Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in Emerging Markets

Organized by the Business School, Renmin University of China

Now ONLINE, Sep 19-20, 2020

Please note the following reminder for call for papers with a new deadline. Due to Covid-19, this conference will be held online in its entirety.

The Business School at Renmin University of China (RMBS) and collaborating partners invite academics and PhD students from around the world to submit their scholarly papers to our first international forum on Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation (SESI) in Emerging Markets. The aim of this forum is to promote and encourage researching, learning, and teaching subjects related to SESI. While we encourage submission of papers around the theme of the conference, emerging markets, we also welcome academic manuscripts that provide new and fresh insight into SE and/or SI in general or compare SE and/or SI in emerging markets and developed economies.

RMBS' collaborating partners for this forum are the School of Management and Economics of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China Social Enterprise Services Center, Institute of Entrepreneurship & innovation of Renmin University of China, and Nanyang Center for Emerging Markets.

Opportunities for Publication

Select high-quality scholarly papers will be recommended to the Social Enterprise Journal and Frontiers of Business Research in China for publication in a special column or regular edition. Interested authors are encouraged to refer to these journals' websites (listed below) for information about them, scopes and aims of them, and the type of scholarly papers suitable for publication in these two journals.

Social Enterprise Journal:

Frontiers of Business Research in China:

Suggested Topics

The forum and its partnering journals are all multidisciplinary in nature and accept qualitative and quantitative as well as conceptual papers in the areas of sociology, economics, management, finance (micro and macro), accounting, marketing, and other related disciplines. We would also welcome and encourage cross-disciplinary papers that provide new perspectives, for example, in financial issues of social enterprises from a management or sociological perspective.  Topics of interest are, but not limited to, the followings:

-        Comparative within and between emerging and developed economies, or regional studies of social enterprises from any aspect such as financing, accounting, growth, advertising, outreach, product development, human resources, business model, networking, social capital, and management among other topics.

-        Emerging markets social enterprises' specific traits and/or their impact on social innovation, corporate innovation, socio-economic development, political or economic change, and other broader regional or national level subjects.

-        Emerging market or country level specific issues and their impact on SE and/or SI. For example, the impact of political system, macro/micro economic issues, banking and financing standards, national and regional culture, laws and regulations and other institutions on SE and/or SI at macro or micro level.

-        The spirit of SE/SI and how to promote or foster them in different emerging economies. Theories of SE/SI in different countries. The need and potential for theory development in SE/SI.

-        The effectiveness and impact of SE and/or SI on social issues prevalent in emerging markets such as poverty eradication, equality, urban-rural divide, orphans and left behind children, persons of special need, women's right, domestic violence, urban agriculture, safety and crime, emigration and immigration, pollution and environmental issues, education, social services and justice, elderly care, and other related issues.

-        Special approach to business by SE such as networking and collaboration with for-profit firms, corporations, government entities, not-for-profit and NGOs, communities, and other related stakeholders.

Yunus Awards

The inaugural Yunus Award for the Best Social Business Research will be awarded to two outstanding papers submitted to the conference. In 1983, Professor Yunus founded Grameen Bank, which was the beginning of a micro-finance revolution and facilitated establishment and growth of social enterprises and social businesses around the world. For this, Professor Yunus was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. The inaugural award is established to celebrate Professor Yunus' great contribution and further promote the studying of social enterprise and social business.

Submission and guidelines

All submissions must be written in fluent English, single spaced, font size 11 or 12, with margin of 2.5cm (1 inch) on all sides.

To be considered for the presentation in the forum, authors should submit their manuscripts to [log in to unmask].

The deadline for submission is the end of 20 August, 2020, Beijing time (GMT +8:00).


Paper Submission

Papers submissions can be quantitative or qualitative research, including case-studies, and conceptual in nature. Submissions must be 6,000 to 10,000 words in length inclusive of all parts: title page, abstract, main text, tables/figures, references, and appendixes. The first page must include the paper's title and authors' names, affiliation, and contact information that at least includes an e-mail address that is regularly monitored. On the first page, please also suggest a recommended discipline such as finance, accounting, economics, strategy, human resources, organization behavior and management science or appropriate combination of these terms for cross-disciplinary studies.

The second page must repeat the title again followed by an abstract of up to 250 words and up to six keywords.

Unfinished papers are not accepted for the purpose of the conference presentation.

To facilitate blind reviews, we request the authors to only submit their manuscripts in Microsoft Word Format. Area chairs will remove the title page, convert each manuscript to PDF format, and send them to reviewers for evaluation.

For other detailed formatting and referencing, please follow the guidelines provided by Frontiers of Business Research in China: please click here for details or copy and paste the following link into your browser:  


Symposia and Panel Proposals

We accept a limited number of symposia. Symposium proposals could be in the format of panel or presentation. The maximum acceptable length for symposium and panel proposals is 7000 words. Due to their nature, symposium proposals are not blinded and the identity of organizers and participants are known to reviewers. For the purpose of symposium proposal, authors can follow the guidelines provided by the Academy of Management and view sample symposium proposals: please click here for details) or copy the following link and paste it to your browser:

Tentative Conference Schedule

19 Sep, Saturday, Academic Paper Presentations and symposia, and Yunus Paper Award ceremony

20 Sep, Sunday, Practitioners and Academic Symposia and keynotes

Important Dates

Conference submission deadline: 20 Aug, 2020

Decisions and acceptance decision: 1 Sep, 2020

Conference registration deadline: 18 Sep, 2020

Conference: 19-20 Sep, 2020

Tentative publication in SEJ or FBRC: mid 2021

Conference Fee

At least one author for each presenting paper must be registered for the conference before the registration deadline. Papers of author(s), who fail to pay the registration fee before the deadline, will be withdrawn from the conference.


Early bird registration, before 10 Sep, 2020, Beijing time: USD50 or RMB 350

Normal conference fee, 10-18 Sep, 2020, Beijing time: USD75 or RMB 500.


The meeting will be held online and no accommodation will be needed in Beijing. The Beijing government currently has applied a travel restriction and it is likely that the same restrictions will be in effect at the time of the meeting. We strongly discourage all participants to make travel arrangements.

Contact Information

Questions and suggestions should be directed to:

Ms. Jing YANG, (+86-10) 8250 1009, [log in to unmask]

Professor Jianying WANG, (+86) 138 0131 2499, [log in to unmask] (for Chinese)

Professor Majid GHORBANI (+89-10) 8250 0573, [log in to unmask] (for English)


To submit your forum submission, please send your manuscripts to:
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Local Conference Chair

Ziliang Deng, Associate Dean of Renmin Business School


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