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Sixth International Conference on Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences (ERPBSS 2022) - Virtual Conference

ERPBSS 2022

Date

24 - 26 February 2022


Location

Virtual


Deadline for Abstract

1 February 2022

 

Middlesex University Dubai is proud to announce the Sixth Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences (ERPBSS) conference. The international conference will be held from 24th to 26th February, 2022 at Middlesex University Dubai Campus in Knowledge Park, Dubai. ERPBSS 2022 will be a virtual conference.

Over the last 11 years, our biennial conference, one of the highlights of the University’s calendar, has attracted hundreds of delegates from leading institutions in the UAE and more than fifty countries globally. The interdisciplinary conference provides a platform for researchers and practitioners to communicate their findings, spread awareness regarding new advancement, and engage in meaningful discourse with professionals from different fields, and foster local and international collaborations.

ERPBSS-2022 Conference Theme – ‘Towards a Resilient Future’

The theme of the 6th ERPBSS multidisciplinary conference is ‘resilience’ - the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity. As the world emerges from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, we shouldn’t lose sight of the ‘resilience’ lessons we have learned and build on it to be better prepared and confront future uncertainties such as climate change or geopolitical risks. However, this requires a systemic, whole-of-society approach to resilience. The pandemic showed how interdependent we are, and how much we depend on the support of each other and the community we live in to adapt, rebound, and endure. The pandemic provided several opportunities for researchers to study the resilience of the society and its systemic interactions at various levels given that the wellsprings of resilience are equally applicable to individuals, organizations, communities, and countries. The ERPBSS 2022 conference provides a global platform for researchers and practitioners from different disciplines for sharing impactful and use-inspired research on a range of topics including the lessons learned from the pandemic and ideas shaping the post-pandemic world.

General Track

The conference hopes to engage participants from multiple disciplines on a range of emerging topics that engage with conference themes and sub-themes.

Special Tracks

In addition to the general track, the conference invites submission to the following ‘special tracks’.

Track 1 - Trends in Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in Business Applications

Track 2 – Building Agile and Resilient Supply Chains

Track 3 - Fostering Sustainable Development Goals Through Systems Thinking Approach

Track 4 - The Role of Immersive Technologies in Promoting Social Connectedness

Track 5 - Business Process Improvement with Robotics and IoT

Track 6 - Initiatives and Interventions to Enhance Wellness in Work, Academic, and Personal Spaces

Track 7 - Impact-based research on under-represented samples

Track 8 - Transformative Marketing

Track 9 - Technology in Education

Track 10 - The Significance of Innovation in Entrepreneurship

Track 11 - Economics in the post-COVID era

Student Research Track

Middlesex University Dubai has a vibrant student research culture, and we are pleased to announce the inclusion of a Student Research track at the 6th ERPBSS2022 conference. This conference will provide a platform for undergraduate and graduate student researchers from around the world to showcase their research findings to an international academic audience.

 
Conference Chair - Dr. Sreejith Balasubramanian
 
Conference Co-Chairs - Dr. Lynda Hyland, Dr. Supriya Kaitheri, and Dr. Nishtha Lamba
 
Programme Committee - Dr. Cody Paris, Dr. Ajit Karnik, Dr. Fehmida Hussain, and Mr. Rory McConnon
 

Abstract Submission

The conference encourages the submission of completed or ongoing conceptual or empirical research papers, articles, and case studies from both academics and research students. We also welcome results/insights from industry practitioners and creative scholarly outputs.

Authors wishing to present at the conference are invited to submit a structured abstract (approx. 500 words) - see template. Presentation formats include oral and poster presentation. During submission, authors have the opportunity of identifying whether their abstract falls within the ‘general track’ category or one of the ‘special tracks’.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the following easy chair link https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=erpbss2022 by 1st February 2022 for consideration by the programme committee. All authors will be informed on or before 8th February 2022 after the peer-review process whether their abstract has been accepted.

 For more details, including submission guidelines and templates for submission, please visit the  conference’s web page at: https://www.mdx.ac.ae/erpbss2022

 

General Track

The conference hopes to engage participants from multiple disciplines on a range of emerging topics that engage with conference themes and sub-themes.

Areas of interest for the submission include, but not limited to:

  • Accounting and Finance

  • Business and Management

  • Education

  • Engineering

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Fashion and Graphic Design

  • International Relations & Global Governance 

  • Journalism

  • Law

  • Leadership Studies

  • Film, Media and Communication

  • Psychology

  • Science and Technology

  • Sustainable Development

  • Tourism

Authors wishing to present at the conference are invited to submit a structured abstract (approx. 500 words) - see template. Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the following easy chair link https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=erpbss2022 by 1st February 2022 for consideration by the programme committee. All authors will be informed on or before 8th February 2022 after the peer-review process whether their abstract has been accepted.

 

Student Track  - Student Research Committee, Middlesex University Dubai

Track Chairs – Dr. Fehmida Hussain, Dr Anita Kashi, Dr Daphne Demetriou and Dr Lynda Hyland.

Student Research Track

Middlesex University Dubai has a vibrant student research culture, and we are pleased to announce the inclusion of a Student Research track at the 6th ERPBSS2022 conference. This conference will provide a platform for undergraduate and graduate student researchers from around the world to showcase their research findings to an international academic audience.

We invite students of all academic levels - from freshmen to PhD students (enrolled on a programme of study at the time of registration) and recent graduates (graduated in 2020 or 2021) from all disciplines to present at the conference. This track aims to be truly multidisciplinary, and we look forward to welcoming students from diverse academic specializations. We can learn much from each other’s disciplines and we hope that this track will encourage productive discussion and debate. As this is a multidisciplinary track, we are open to submissions across a range of different topics, methodologies, and academic fields.

The student research track will have two streams- poster presentations and oral presentations. Students presenting their research as an oral presentation will have 15 minutes to do so, followed by 5 minutes for questions. For poster presentations, a dedicated 60-minute slot will be allocated. Guidelines on formatting your poster are available at:

Those interested in presenting their research should submit a structured abstract (500 words) - see template. They should indicate their mode of presentation in their submission.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the following easy chair link https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=erpbss2022 by 1st February 2022 for consideration by the programme committee. All authors will be informed on or before 8th February 2022 after the peer-review process whether their abstract has been accepted.

 

Special Tracks

In addition to the general track, the conference invites submission to the following ‘special tracks’.

Track 1 - Trends in Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in Business Applications

Track 2 – Building Agile and Resilient Supply Chains

Track 3 - Fostering Sustainable Development Goals Through Systems Thinking Approach

Track 4 - The Role of Immersive Technologies in Promoting Social Connectedness

Track 5 - Business Process Improvement with Robotics and IoT

Track 6 - Initiatives and Interventions to Enhance Wellness in Work, Academic, and Personal Spaces

Track 7 - Impact-based research on under-represented samples

Track 8 - Transformative Marketing

Track 9 - Technology in Education

Track 10 - The Significance of Innovation in Entrepreneurship

Authors wishing to present at the conference are invited to submit a structured abstract (approx. 500 words - see template. Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the following easy chair link https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=erpbss2022 by 10th January 2022 for consideration by the programme committee. All authors will be informed before 20th January 2022 after the peer-review process whether their abstract has been accepted.

 

Insight LabSpecial Track 1 - InsightsX Lab, Middlesex University Dubai

Track Chair – Dr. Krishnadas Nanath

Email: k.nanath@mdx.ac.ae

Trends in Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in Business Applications

The special track on “Trends in Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Business Applications” will focus on the use of data in conjunction with analytics, data mining, machine learning, and AI for business applications in various sectors. Prospective authors in this track are encouraged to think of analytics as an enabler for problem-solving in organizations and research. The track aims to go beyond the quote “Data is the new oil” and explore the trends that could drive the future of analytics. Authors can submit the papers from any vertical, including marketing, IT, human resources, e-commerce, finance and accounting, strategy, and sustainability. The track's goal is to showcase analytics and AI-related research that has practical applications in solving complex, real-world problems facing today’s businesses. This will expand public interest in AI by demonstrating that it can be commercially valuable in addition to being an area of active research in academia. As techniques in analytics and AI become mainstream in the industry, this track will promote the development of AI best practices. The following topics (and several related ones) can be explored:

  • Business cases using analytics and AI
  • Issues of using data, analytics, and AI in business applications
  • Data privacy and ethical issues in analytics
  • Future trends of analytics and AI in business and research
  • New methods of scaling data for novel applications
  • Integration of technologies like IoT, Cloud computing, and edge computing with analytics to deliver value-added services in businesses
  • Customer analytics approaches for the future

 

Supply ChainSpecial Track 2 - Organized by Centre for Supply Chain Excellence

Track Chairs - Dr. Sreejith Balasubramanian, Dr. Vinaya Shukla & Dr. Janya Chanchaichujit 

 Email: s.balasubramanian@mdx.ac.aev.shukla@mdx.ac.aejanya.chanchaichujit@gmail.com

Building Agile and Resilient Supply Chains

The ongoing supply chain disruptions due to the pandemic have threatened the supply of a whole range of goods, from food and beverages to consumer electronics. It revealed the vulnerabilities of production and supply chain strategies across the world. Bottlenecks was seen in every link of the supply chain. For instance, clogged ports, widespread shortages of shipping containers and warehouse capacity, and a lack of truck drivers to move goods have led to record order backlogs across major supply chain hubs. Supply chain experts have warned that supply chain issues could stay longer than expected. On the other hand, the demands have skyrocketed, economists have warned that the ongoing supply chain constraints - a source of accelerating inflation, will cause inflationary risks that will affect the speed of the global economic recovery or may even spiral into catastrophe. This has forced both governments and businesses to rethink and transform their local and global supply chains to overcome the current pandemic and be prepared for future disruptions. The deployment of agile and resilient approaches is expected to enhance supply chain performance and competitiveness. This special conference track brings together academics and practitioners to discuss the ongoing supply chain challenges and propose strategies for creating agile and resilient supply chains. The special track topics include but not limited to:

  • Supply Chain Resilience and Risk Mitigation
  • Lean and Agile Supply Chains
  • Supply Chain Visibility
  • Supply Chain Analytics
  • Industry 4.0 Technologies in Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Modelling and Optimization
  • Sustainable and Green Supply Chains
  • Construction and Manufacturing Supply Chains
  • Tourism, Hospitality, and Retail Supply Chains
  • Medical, Health Care, and Pharmaceutical Supply Chains
 

ISDSpecial Track 3 - Organized by Institute of Sustainable Development

Track Chair – Rory McConnon

Email: R.McConnon@mdx.ac.ae

Fostering Sustainable Development Goals Through Systems Thinking Approach

The Middlesex Institute of Sustainable Development fosters the advancement of sustainability into the university, community and global practices. Through outreach, research and training, ISD is a thought leader in sustainability advocating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Through the Sustainability Track of ERPBSS2022, we are inviting contributions that address the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.  The focus should be on enabling and embedding the SDGs in organizational strategy, especially where a systems thinking or interdisciplinary approach is involved.  The SDGs call for integrated approaches to achieve the targets and systems thinking is essential to this. Systems thinking involves identifying interactions and patterns over time and understanding the underlying drivers of these.

In line with the theme of the conference, the special track aims to bring researchers and other stakeholders together to explore challenges to, and opportunities for, moving ‘Towards a Resilient Future’.  We will welcome papers that provide insights into the interactions between standard disciplines and the SDGs.  These may include, but are not limited to, scientific, technological, social, financial, health, educational, legal, artistic, or strategic contributions to the systematic achievement of the SDGs. Some of the indicate topics include:

  • Environmental Pollution and Climate Change
  • Inclusiveness
  • Social Inequality
  • Hunger and Poverty
  • Health and Safety
  • Empowering Women
  • Sustainable Cities
 

Souq EconomicsSpecial Track 11 - Organized by Souq Economics

Track Chair – Professor Ajit Karnik

Email: A.Karnik@mdx.ac.ae

Economics in the post-COVID era

The COVID19 pandemic was such a cataclysmic event there is hardly anyone or any society that escaped its dark shadow. Not only was there an immediate and extreme amount of suffering, but there have been lingering and long-lasting adverse effects. The suffering can be seen along various dimensions. In this track, we consider the economic dimension of the pandemic, which led to the destruction of livelihoods and brought many a nation down to their knees. It is still a matter of investigation how many of the lost livelihoods will be regained. The question that confronts the world is how difficult and how long the road to economic recovery is going to be. Economic resilience requires that economic activities that had ground to a halt need to be resurrected to get them to play their useful role in society. In this context, the following topics may be explored:

  1. Economic costs of the pandemic

  2. Policies for economic revival

  3. Economic inequality in the post-COVID world

  4. Impact on labour/poverty

  5. Post-COVID changes in International trade/FDI

  6. Long-term impact of COVID

  7. Employment patterns in post-COVID world

  8. Country case studies of economic resilience

 

immersive-vrSpecial Track – Organised by the Immersive VRx Lab, Middlesex University Dubai

Track Chair – Dr. Sameer Kishore

Email: s.kishore@mdx.ac.ae

The Role of Immersive Technologies in Promoting Social Connectedness

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth of immersive technologies, such as Virtual and Augmented Reality. With people staying at home and remote work becoming a viable option, the role of this technology in letting us stay connected with each other has become even more critical. When compared with more traditional forms of online communication, VR/AR devices allow users to have a much more immersive experience. Several applications and experiences have been developed, for professional interaction as well as for entertainment purposes. It's increasingly clear that VR/AR appears to provide a viable platform for promoting social connectedness. Given the availability and convenience of accessing this technology, there is great potential in developing such networked experiences, with multiple people interacting with each other in the same virtual space.

While these applications allow people to connect in a virtual space, several aspects of this interaction need to be understood better. In this context, this special track welcomes submissions on the use of immersive technologies, such as VR and AR, specifically related to their role in advancing social connectedness. This multidisciplinary track focuses on various factors, including, but not limited to:

Potential Applications

  • Multi-user applications in VR/AR for specific use-cases, such as education (virtual classrooms), professional interactions, recreation, etc.

  • Cross-platform applications, which allow multiple users to connect via VR/AR devices, mobile devices, and desktops/laptops.

  • Potential applications of single-user VR/AR experiences that facilitate social connectedness.

Technical Challenges - Hardware, Software, Networking

  • Approaches for tracking user movements in VR.

  • Methods for ensuring a smooth visual experience - Focusing on graphics quality, variability in hardware, network latency issues, etc.

  • Design and evaluation of consistent user interfaces and user interactions in VR/AR.

  • Design and evaluation of virtual characters that represent the users in VR (e.g., animation, perceptual evaluation)

  • Methods for synchronising various sensory streams (audio, visual, haptic, etc.).

Human Factors and Psychological Impact

  • Theoretical perspectives of understanding the use of VR/AR for social connectedness.

  • Potential impact (socio-economic, cultural, environmental) of using VR/AR in the workplace.

  • Challenges in applying VR/AR in the workplace (employee motivation, cost-effectiveness, productivity, and efficiency)

  • Methods for measuring and understanding the impact of human factors for interaction in VR/AR.

  • Approaches for tackling issues related to biases, diversity, and inclusion with user representation in VR/AR.

 

RobotechxSpecial Track - Organized by RoboTechX Lab, Middlesex University Dubai

Track Chair – Judhi Prasetyo

Email: j.prasetyo@mdx.ac.ae

Business Process Improvement with Robotics and IoT

In the era of Industry 4.0, machines in the manufacturing systems are interconnected, communicate with each other, analyze the data gathered from their surroundings, and use information to drive further intelligent action back in the physical world. The special track on “Business Process Improvement with Robotics and IoT” is seeking for high quality and high impact papers related to the use of Robotics and Internet of Things to improve business processes. We welcome authors of interdisciplinary research to submit their papers covering technology applications, mainly robots and Internet connected devices, to increase business productivity, efficiency, and profitability. Some topics relevant to this track including, but not limited to:

  • Innovative automation systems
  • Electronics/electromechanical designs
  • Robotics algorithm and programming
  • Low power computing/edge computing techniques
  • Machine to machine communication, IoT security
  • Kinematics study
  • Sensor fusion
  • Kinematics
  • Robotics safety systems
 

Special Track 6 - Organized by Wellness Office, Middlesex University Dubai

Track Chairs – Mariam Abonil and Dr. Lynda Hyland

Email: M.Abonil@mdx.ac.ae; l.hyland@mdx.ac.ae

Initiatives and Interventions to Enhance Wellness in Work, Academic, and Personal Spaces

The Wellness Office at Middlesex University Dubai promotes and delivers wellness initiatives for staff and students across a range of domains, through content integration, information sharing, research, and collaboration. All Wellness Office initiatives have a strong evidence base, and this informs our ERPBSS-2022 conference track. We are pleased to announce the ‘Initiatives and interventions to enhance wellness in work, academic, and personal spaces’ track for ERPBSS-2022. This will be of interest to those researching wellness in a variety of contexts and who are using evidence-based practices to inform early intervention and enhance well-being. This track will consist of a round table discussion with invited practitioners from the field of wellness, along with an oral presentation session.

We invite researchers from diverse disciplines, who share an interest in wellness topics and integration to submit an abstract for consideration for the oral presentation session. Presentations can reflect different stages of the intervention process, from assessing the need for change through to the measurement of wellness outcomes. We hope this track will provide attendees with ideas and encouragement for the implementation of future wellness initiatives in settings including workplaces, education, and the wider community.

 

SSocial Psychologypecial Track 7 - Organized by Social Psychology Research Lab, Middlesex University Dubai

Track Chairs – Dr. Nishtha Lamba, Dr Anita Srivastava, and Ms Olga Khokhlova

Email: n.lamba@mdx.ac.ae

Impact-Based Research on Under-Represented Samples

For this special track, we encourage submissions of impact-based research administered on populations which are usually under-represented in social sciences. Majority of the scientific attention is drawn by Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and developed (WEIRD) nations. Our current knowledge in psychological sciences is based on 11-15% of the global population. This narrowed understanding of human behavior limits opportunities for growth and resilience in under-studied or marginalized communities.

Therefore, in line with the vision and mission of Social Psychology Research Lab, we invite submissions which encourage research in the context of non-WEIRD samples, foster resilience in under-represented communities, address intentional or unintentional structural inequalities, support inclusivity through research, and contribute towards gradually shifting our ‘normative’ understanding of human behavior. Researchers should – submit studies which include primary data collection, highlight the context of the research in the title of the study, and report implications of the findings in the abstract.

The special track topics will explore topics related to:

  • Psychological well-being
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Implicit biases
  • Social processes
 

 Special Track 8 - Transformative Marketing

Track Chairs – Dr. Jeongsoo Han; Mr. Federico Triolo          

Email: j.han@mdx.ac.ae; f.triolo@mdx.ac.ae

Transformative Marketing

The special track on “Transformative Marketing” will focus on the confluence of a firm's marketing activities, concepts, metrics, strategies, and programs that are in response to marketplace changes and future trends to provide customers with superior value offerings over the competition in exchange for profits for the firm and benefits to all stakeholders. The track aims to embrace and envision a better marketing for a better World. This special track invites papers that study how marketing can serve the well-being of consumers, families, communities, and their environments, regardless of methodology. If your work relates to topics such as food and consumer health and sustainability, sharing economy, the negative effects of financial insecurity and deprivation, social inequalities, addiction, materialism, or the positive effects of art, food, nature or mediation on consumer well-being and happiness, we invite you to submit your work to this track.

In the addition to the above topics, further topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Transformative marketing in a digital world
  • Transformative green marketing 
  • Ethical issues in marketing
  • Transformative marketing practices
  • Future trends of transformative marketing
  • Sustainable branding strategies
  • Marketing and consumer well-being
  • AI and marketing
 

Special Track 9 – Technology in Education

Track Chair – Mr. Philip Anderson

Email: p.anderson@mdx.ac.ae

Technology in Education

The demands of the current educational landscape, especially with the shift in learning environments, have been unparalleled.  In adverse circumstances, educational institutions built resilience, adapting to the continuing challenges of virtual and hybrid learning and teaching.  The track on ‘Technology in Education’ in ERPBSS2022 invites contributors to address the role technology has played in transforming pedagogies, while exploring opportunities to create a better future.  The focus of this track should be on examples of collaboration, innovation, and driving of standards in educational institutions.  The vast changes that the pandemic has brought on has shifted the way we think about learning and teaching.  This track will allow us to share experiences and reflect on effective best practice.

Building upon the conference theme, we are looking for papers that show contemporary challenges and the solutions posed in education.  Educators and researchers are encouraged to discuss how learning and teaching practices and values have been shaped by the evolving environments, be they physical, blended or virtual.  We welcome papers from a variety of disciplines and theoretical perspectives.  Potential topics to explore can include:

  • Resilient learning communities
  • Re-evaluating our approach to learning and teaching
  • Lessons learnt from the hybrid teaching environment
  • The impact of the pandemic on inclusive learning
  • The continued integration of sustainable development issues in the curriculum
  • Student engagement and disengagement
  • Changing modes of assessment
 

 Special Track 10 – Organized by Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Track Chairs – Dr. Jeongsoo Han & Dr. Vijay Pujari

Email: j.han@mdx.ac.aev.pujari@mdx.ac.ae

The Significance of Innovation in Entrepreneurship

This special track in the 2022 ERPBSS conference aims to highlight and improve our understanding of business management, innovation and entrepreneurship. Innovation and entrepreneurial knowledge are integral parts of a sustainable business, particularly for competitive and rapidly changing business environments. We have witnessed how innovation changes the world to a better place by defying traditional business practices. Entrepreneurship is a driver of social and economic participation and it needs to be supported by development of entrepreneurial knowledge and innovation.

This special track for welcomes submissions from researchers, innovators, students, entrepreneurially minded industry leaders and innovation stakeholders and practitioners from diverse fields. The special issue welcomes innovative and novel ideas, such as new pragmatic and theoretical perspectives and evolving methodologies

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship during COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Human Resources for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Finance and Financial Constraints for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Innovative Business Management Practices
  • Strategies and Business Models for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Ethics in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Digital World
  • Innovation in Entrepreneurship Education 
 

Post-Conference Publications Opportunities

Selected papers will be invited to submit to Special Issues. A number of Special Issues will be edited for select SCOPUS Indexed journals around core themes of the conference.

 

Important Dates

 

Extended Deadline for Submission of Structured Abstracts or Full Papers (Optional):

01 February2022

Notification of Decisions:

08 February2022

Early Bird Registration Closes (only applicable for submissions before 10 January 2022):

24 January 2022

Normal Registration Closes:

12 February 2022

Student Registration Closes:

12 February 2022

Conference

24-26 February 2022

 

Registration Fees

Normal Registration (Online)

AED 500

Student Registration (Online)

AED 250

Late Registration after 12th February (Online)

AED 750

 

Register Here

 

After registration, you will receive instructions on your email to complete the payment process

**All Middlesex University staff, students, and alumni across all campuses are eligible for full conference fee waiver.
 

For further information, please contact:

ERPBSS 2022 Conference Team

Email: erpbss@mdx.ac.ae

Website: https://www.mdx.ac.ae/erpbss2022

We look forward to virtually welcoming you to ERPBSS 2022 at Middlesex University Dubai.

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