*The Association of Japanese Business Studies*

25, 2021 – online Submission Deadline: Sunday, January 31st, 2021*

*Program Chair: TAKASHI SAKIKAWA, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan*
Virtual conference: AJJBS has decided to hold its 34th Annual Meeting
online in line with the announcement that the 2021 Academy of International
Business (AIB) conference will be held as an online event. The AJBS virtual
conference will be held on June 24-25 or June 25. The conference length
depends on how many papers are submitted. We will announce the final
conference date once we have learned the number of paper submissions. We
will keep the existing deadline of submission: Sunday, January 31st, 2021.
Please submit your paper via the AJBS online submission system. The online
submission portal is available now:

Mentoring session and the joint, real and virtual program session with IASM
at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan: We have decided to not have the mentoring
session during the AJBS online conference. Instead, we will have the mixed
online and onsite mentoring session at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan on
September 18 or September 19. This session will be held as a joint program
session with International Academy of Strategic Management or IASM. IASM’s
2021 annual conference will be held at Chuo University on September 18 and
19. The mentoring session will be held in a time slot for the IASM

Two tracks for the mentoring session: The mentoring session is composed of
two tracks. One is for researchers. It will be designed to help doctoral
students, junior and
senior scholars to improve their research and publishing abilities and to
develop a paper for ABM (short for Asian and Business) journal. Other track
is for graduate (on master course) and undergraduate students. It will be
designed to help those students interested in Japanese and non-Japanese
multinational corporations to conduct their research or/and to develop
their career.

To people who have a plan to attend the mentoring session track for
researchers: 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.

To people who have a plan to attend the mentoring session track for
undergraduate and graduate (on a master program) students: Graduate
students on a master program and undergraduate students need to email a
recommendation written by their supervisor to Takashi Sakikawa at
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Authors may submit papers to either AIB or AJBS conference 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.

Paper 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 (

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 Corona virus pandemic, AJBS 2020 conference was cancelled. Papers
accepted to the AJBS 2020 conference will automatically be accepted for
presentation at the AJBS 2021 conference. 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 AJBS 2020 Conference Chair, Prof Yuhee Jung ([log in to unmask]).
Please note that these papers will not be peer-reviewed and will 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.

Conference fee and membership fee: We are considering the online conference
fee that would be different from fees for previous, onsite AJBS
conferences. Once we have decided, we will announce the online conference
fee as well as AJBS annual membership fee.

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’ award at the annual AJBS meetings. The Best Paper
Committee will review the finalist papers and select the winning paper.

Information on the AIB online conference is available at

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]).

Tomoki Sekiguchi, Ph.D.
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Applied Psychology: An International Review
President, Euro-Asia Management Studies Association (EAMSA)
Vice President, Association of Japanese Business Studies (AJBS)
Professor, Kyoto University Graduate School of Management
Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501, JAPAN
TEL: +81-75-753-3470 / FAX: +81-75-753-3492
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