June 29-30, 2021 – Miami, Florida


Submission Deadline: Sunday, January 31st, 2021


Program Chair: TAKASHI SAKIKAWA, Chuo University


AJBS will hold its 34th Annual Meeting in cooperation with the Academy of International Business (AIB) in Miami, Florida. The combined conference will run from June 29th through July 3rd. The AJBS conference is June 29-30 and the AIB conference is June 29-July 3, 2021. The Program Chair for this year’s conference is Takashi Sakikawa, from Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan.


About AJBS: From its genesis as an informal network in 1982, AJBS was officially organized and held its first conference at the Wharton Business School in January, 1987. AJBS holds annual conferences at venues throughout the world, providing an opportunity for discussion of current developments and research on a range of business, public policy and teaching issues related to Japan. Papers for AJBS conference presentation are double blind peer reviewed. Accepted papers are considered for publication in the journal, Asian Business & Management (ABM). AJBS welcomes scholars, students and practitioners from all disciplinary backgrounds who are interested in Japanese business issues.


Why should you participate in both (AJBS and AIB) conferences? With one trip, you can attend both the most prestigious professional meeting in international business and an intimate conference that focuses specifically on Japanese business issues. The AJBS conference provides additional opportunities for journal publication and best paper awards, as detailed below.


Submission types: AJBS welcomes papers and panel proposals. Earlier stage papers may be submitted for inclusion in interactive sessions. Later stage, fully developed papers should be submitted for competitive sessions. Please note that final assignment to interactive or competitive sessions depends on reviewer inputs and other considerations. 


Authors may submit papers to either or both conferences. AJBS will consider submissions that have already been presented elsewhere, but not published in a journal or book. Authors are encouraged to consider submitting a paper tailored to the specialized audience at the AJBS conference as well as a modified version appropriate for a wider audience at AIB. As done in past years, we also plan to have one session run by AJBS at the AIB conference.


Panel proposals are also welcomed. Panels should be focused upon topics relevant to Japanese business. Also included in the topics welcomed are those relating to what the rest of the world can learn from Japanese business. The panelists must have relevant expertise or background to inform the proposed topic. Panel proposals should include the names and affiliation of the panelists, a brief bio for each panelist, a description of the purpose of the panel, and an overview of the topics to be addressed. In contrast to paper submissions, panel submissions are not blind.


Submission Deadline: Sunday, January 31st, 2021.  Please submit your paper or panel proposal via the AJBS online submission system. We will announce the day of online submission start as soon as we learn when the 2021 conference, submission system is opened. We kindly ask you to upload your paper in MS-Word format. Submissions must be on letter paper (8.5"x11" or 216x279 mm), with double-spaced text and a font size of 11 points or larger. For papers, please follow the JIBS style guide (http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jibs/style_guide.html).


Please submit papers in MS-Word format (if MS-Word format is not available, please use a basic text format that can be easily converted to MS-Word. Please do not submit papers in PDF format.). To facilitate the blind review process for paper submissions, remove ALL author-identifying information from the papers. Papers will be double-blind reviewed, with the conference papers selected and authors notified by the middle of March 2021.


Submission of an accepted, AJBS 2020 conference paper:

Due to Coronavirus pandemic, AJBS 2020 conference was cancelled. Papers accepted to the AJBS 2020 conference will automatically be accepted for presentation at AJBS 2021. If you would like to present your AJBS 2020 paper at the AJBS 2021 conference, please send an email, using “AJBS 2020 paper” as the subject, along with your paper (same or revised paper) to AJSB 2020 Conference Chair, Prof Yuhee Jung ([log in to unmask]). Please note that these papers will not be peer-reviewed and not be published in the AJBS 2021 proceedings. If you have completely revised your AJBS 2020 paper, you may submit it as a new submission (see above). The submission deadline is Sunday, January 31st, 2021.


Mentoring Session: This is a special session to be held during the 2021 AJBS annual meeting in Miami. This session is aimed not just at providing junior scholars with an opportunity to interact with senior, prominent scholars but also at helping them to advance their ongoing research projects and, ultimately, to pave the way for the submission of a paper to Asian Business & Management (ABM). AJBS senior, prominent scholars will attend the session and play a role of mentoring. AJBS junior scholars who will attend the session will be regarded as a mentee and receive mentoring advice from senior scholars with whom they share research interests. Although the junior researchers who will participate in the session can receive mentoring advice from AJBS senior scholars and will complete and submit their papers to ABM, it will not be guaranteed that their submitted papers will be accepted by ABM reviewers.

We particularly welcome doctoral students and junior faculty members to apply for the mentoring session. It’s a great opportunity. To apply, please contact Takashi Sakikawa at [log in to unmask] by January 31st, 2021, with the following documents: (1) a one-page CV, and (2) a one-page description of the applicant’s research program, highlighting a current paper or ongoing research project on which she or he would like to receive input. If available, please also attach a working paper for which you would like to receive feedback.


Conference Registration: Registration for the conference is handled through AIB and registration for AIB and AJBS can be done at one time. Membership is required in both AIB and AJBS, and AJBS membership includes a one-year subscription to Asian Business & Management.


Asian Business & Management: In 2003, AJBS established a partnership with the journal Asian Business & Management (ABM), published by Palgrave Macmillan in the U.K. As in recent years, the editor of ABM, together with the AJBS conference committee, will select several papers from this year's conference program to be considered for publication in ABM.


Palgrave Macmillan – AJBS Best Paper Award:  Palgrave Macmillan has sponsored a ‘Best Paper’ prize at the annual AJBS meetings. The Best Paper Committee will review the finalist papers and select the winning paper.


For further information: Information on Miami, Florida, the meeting venue and AIB conference is available at  https://www.aib.world/events/2021/


For questions regarding conference papers and submissions, please contact Takashi Sakikawa ([log in to unmask] ). For questions or comments regarding AJBS or conference registration, please contact [log in to unmask] or the AJBS President, Fabian Jintae Froese ([log in to unmask]).

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