Call for Papers

Business and Societal Transformation: Challenges and Opportunities for Economies on the Move

Submission Deadline
2004 November 1


As with previous conferences, the 2005 conference in Cape Town, South Africafosters an international exchange of management research and practice among scholars and practitioners from around the world. We chose the conference theme, “Business and Societal Transformation: Challenges and Opportunities” at the end of the conference in Porto to signify the complexities, challenges, and opportunities presented by the proliferation of trade and commerce in transitional economies such as South Africa.  The issues for managers around the world have changed, perhaps permanently. This conference is open to a discussion of broad and sweeping new perspectives on economic, cultural, technological, and ethical factors that affect managers in these precarious and unpredictable times. We interpret this theme very broadly and invite papers, sessions, cases, and experiential exercises that explore the challenges of this new environment.  

Papers may focus on different issues of managing in a global economy including, but not limited to, issues of policy and strategy, human resources, management, industrial relations, trade, structure of organizations, productivity, technological innovation, social, and cultural issues. We encourage submissions that explore the complexities of global, national, and regional trade agreements, as well as issues of teaching in a global economy. 

Conference submissions must be in English. Theoretical and empirical papers as well as symposia, panels, and experiential learning sessions on global management are welcome.  All submissions are due on or before 8 October 2004.




1.       Practice & Teaching

This track focuses on three types of submissions that serve as knowledge-based resources for the global manager: Effective Global Management Practices will provide an opportunity for executives to share innovative ways they used to effectively deal with contemporary global business issues.  Business-Case Dialogue will chronicle the successes and/or challenges of global managers and highlights significant lessons learned. Teaching will explore issues of pedagogy and learning across cultures (e.g., distance learning) and demonstrate new classroom teaching methods and exercises that facilitate the acquisition of skills essential to managing in a global economy.


2.       Organization Strategy And Operations

Theoretical and empirical submissions that focus on strategy formulation and implementation in start-up and existing businesses; the management of production systems; the identification and utilization of technology in organizational effectiveness, organizational restructuring, governance, and control.


3.       Organizational Theory And Behavior

This track is for theoretical and empirical submissions that focus on the acquisition, allocation, development, utilization, maintenance, and evaluation of people in organizations and effective design and operation of human resources systems and programs.


4.       Corporate Governance, Ethics & Social Responsibility

Papers should address ways by which organizations, operating in a global environment, deal with the various dilemmas of handling value-adding activities and still fulfill their social responsibility to society.  Examples might include issues of corporate governance, reporting relationships, decision-making, and incentives.


5.    Roundtable Discussions On “Emerging Ideas”

Informal short presentations that engage conference participants through dialogue to test new ideas, streams of research, enhance research design and direction, and improve interpretation of research results that relate to managing in a global environment.



All proposals should be sent electronically to the Program Chair Mzamo Mangaliso phone: 413-545-5698, Fax: 413-545-3858. Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, 121 Presidents’ Drive, Amherst, MA 01003, USA. Files should be in MSWord 6.0 or DOS Text. MAC users please convert. Authors without access to the internet may submit proposals on a 3/5” IBM-PC compatible diskette that has the session title clearly printed on the label along with the author(s)’ names. All papers must be submitted in English. Proposals may take the form of theoretical or empirical papers, panels, symposia, case studies, and experiential learning exercises. Formats will vary with domain and authors must conform to any specific submission criteria listed for the domain descriptions above.

Once a submission is accepted, every author and panelist must register for the conference. Submissions of those who fail to register by the Conference registration deadline will not appear in the Conference Program or Proceedings.



Because there are different submission guidelines for some domains, you should refer to the criteria in the domain descriptions above or contact the appropriate domain chair. If your proposal does not fit any of the domains listed authors should contact Program Co-Chairs Mzamo Mangaliso,, or Tony Butterfield,  Authors in South Africa and neighboring countries should contact Conference Coordinators, Frank Horwitz, or Stella Nkomo,


Cape Town has been identified as one of the Top Ten Destinations for tourists in the world.  It is South Africa’s second largest city, the legislative capital of the country, and home to the country’s famous wineries.  The city dates back to the late15th century when it served as an important halfway station for European traders on their long voyage to the East.  It has since developed to become a vibrant commercial city, filled with beautiful architecture that enjoys rich social and cultural life. Cape Town has direct air links to most major international cities. In June, the weather of this beautiful and historic city is mild with slight breezes from both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans!



The University of Cape Town is one of the most prestigious universities in South Africa. It has consistently ranked among the best South African universities and has gained international recognition both because of the quality of its graduates and of the research activities of its renowned faculty.  For more information visit the UCT Graduate School of Business website at URL


Program Co-Chair: Mzamo Mangaliso, University of Massachusetts, Amherst USA.

Program Co-Chair:Tony Butterfield, University of Massachusetts, Amherst USA

Conference Co-coordinator and Host: Frank Horwitz, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Conference Co-coordinator: Stella Nkomo, University of South Africa




Kathleen Dechant, University of Connecticut, USA; Heidi Vernon, Northeastern University, USA



Theo Peridis, (Chair) York University, Canada; Andreas Budihardjo, Prasetiya Mulya Graduate School of Management, Indonesia; Martin J. Gannon, University of Maryland; Ellen Greenberg, American University in Bulgaria; Eleanor O’Higgins, University College Dublin, Ireland; David Palmer, University of Connecticut; Dilip Mirchandani, Rowan University; Irene Chow, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Irene Chew, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Aiden Kelly, University College Dublin; Rick Mowday, University of Oregon; Rick Moore, EM Lyon, France; Marta Calás, University of Massachusetts; Alberto Castro, Universidade Catolica Portugesa.


A regional affiliate of the Academy of Management, the Eastern Academy of Management holds its annual meeting and conference each May at locations in eastern North America. Competitive papers, symposia, and network groups emphasize the pursuit of excellence in teaching and scholarly research in the field of management. In 1985, the EAM initiated a series of biennial international (EAM-I) conferences titled Managing in a Global Economy. Jointly sponsored by EAM and local universities in international locations, the EAM-I Conferences have become a source of collaboration and learning among academics and practitioners since their inception. The first EAM-I conference was held in Tilburg in the Netherlands in association with Tilburg University. Most recently, the 2003 EAM-I conference was held in Porto, Portugal in conjunction with Universidade Catolica Portugesa, the most prestigious non-state university in Portugal.  See the EAM Homepage at URL for details about EAM and its local and international conferences.




1 November 2004


The International Conference is going 100% electronic! The manuscript submission and peer review process, along with conference registration and payment, will be done entirely on line for the June 2005 EAM-I program in Cape Town, South Africa.
As a result of the expected efficiency of this new process, we have been able to move the conference deadline to November 1, giving everyone a few more weeks to polish up those panel, case, paper or experiential exercise submissions.