Extension of submission deadline for paper presentation and the 
researcher-track, mentoring session

June 24-25 or June 25, 2021 – online
Original submission deadline: Sunday, January 31st, 2021
New submission deadline for paper presentation and the research-track, 
mentoring session: Sunday, February 14th, 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, February 14th, 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 conference. 

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] Sunday, February 14th, 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 

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 saki@ no later than the end of August, 2021.

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 (hopejung@ 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, 
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 
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 
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 AJBS.
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