2021 Conference (June 16-20,2021)

2020 IACMR Conference Call for Submissions

Cultivating Entrepreneurship in China
June 17-21, 2020    Xi’an

Submission Deadline: Midnight October 16, 2019, U.S. Eastern Standard Time

IACMR’s 9th biennial meeting will take place in Xi’an, China, hosted by Peking University and Xi’an Jiaotong University. We invite scholars who work in the field of management, with a focus on China, to submit their work.  By management, we mean the way people and organizations are managed, including topics in Macro and Micro Organizational Behavior, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Employment Relations, International Management, Social Issues, Business Ethics, and Management Education.  Work is China-related if it is done with Chinese study participants or organizations, or Chinese organizations operating globally, or is based on Chinese theoretical perspectives.

We value any high-quality Chinese management research that addresses important questions and reports interesting findings.  We accept studies using various methodologies including survey research, archival data analysis, experimental studies, case studies, qualitative methods, and other creative methods for Chinese management research.

The theme of the 2020 conference is Cultivating Entrepreneurship in China. The past three decades have witnessed remarkable entrepreneurship development in China. Under this background, research on entrepreneurship in China is gaining strong momentum. The theme encourages research work that helps us further understand the various entrepreneurial activities or phenomena in China. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following: psychological characteristics of entrepreneurs, leadership in entrepreneurial ventures, entrepreneurial opportunity, transition environment of entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, institutional entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship and innovation in the Internet era.

The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for scholars from around the world to share the latest research on management and organizations in the Chinese context, with a focus on exploring new concepts, theories and examining empirical findings in rigorous and creative ways.  IACMR is committed to assisting scholars, students, managers, and consultants who are interested in advancing knowledge about Chinese management. As one of world’s top four ancient capitals and the starting point where the ancient entrepreneurial trade route “Silk Road” began, Xi’an is a great place for IACMR’s members to share their ideas and findings about Chinese entrepreneurship.

Important Reminders to All Submitters

Academic Ethics. The IACMR is a nonprofit voluntary association whose operation, growth, and pursuit of excellence depend on cooperation, involvement, and dedication from all members. All forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited, including plagiarism and impropriety with data collection or analyses. Academic ethics also include professionalism in conference participation. Members should honor all professional commitments by presenting accepted papers in either oral presentation sessions or interactive roundtable sessions and by fulfilling scheduled roles as chairs, discussants, or panel members at workshops, scholarly programs, and pre- and post-program meetings. If a member must miss a scheduled meeting because of unforeseen circumstances, the member must contact the relevant program or track chair and make alternative arrangements. All responsibilities and obligations should be performed in a timely, diligent and sensitive manner. Failure to do so violates the general standards of professionalism and disrespects many authors, reviewers, organizers, volunteers, and attendees. All authors must commit to upholding IACMR’s high ethical standards through professional and ethical research, reports, and conference presentations. Please read the full statement of “IACMR Commitment to Excellence.”

Languages of Presentation. Two parallel programs, the English Program and the Chinese Program, have different guidelines for paper submissions, symposium proposals, and professional development workshop proposals. However, authors should NOT submit the same paper or papers with major content overlap as if they were different papers simply because they are written in different languages. Authors must choose whether to submit a paper to the English or the Chinese program, but not to both. Submissions that violate this rule will NOT be reviewed. The Call for Submissions provides guidance for papers, symposia, and professional development workshop proposals written in English. A separate Call for Submissions in Chinese will be posted on the website. Please use that information for submitting papers or proposals written in Chinese.

Submission Limitation. The rule is 3+3+2. Each author (either as a single author or as a coauthor) may submit a maximum of three submissions, including papers and symposia, to the English Program and the Chinese Program. The fourth submission to a single program will be returned to the author without review. Each person (as a presenter or organizer) can participate in ONLY two professional development workshops.

Submission Procedures. We accept electronic submissions only. Detailed information on the electronic submission process will be posted on the website at www.iacmr.org by September 16, 2019 when the website will open for paper and symposium submissions. It will close at midnight October 16, 2019, U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Submissions for the Professional Development Workshop must be received by November 15, 2019. To ensure that your submissions are received and reviewed, read the following guidelines and the online submission procedures carefully and submit as EARLY as possible. Last-minute submissions often incur mistakes and cause authors to overlook important information regarding the process. Because the program chairs have a very short period to review the submissions, we will NOT review any that fail to follow the proper procedures or to finalize the submission.

Acknowledgement of Receipt. Corresponding authors will receive email confirmations that we have received the submissions.

Review and Notification. Papers submitted to the Scholarly Program will be double-blind reviewed. Reviewers will evaluate each paper for research quality, contribution to the field of Chinese management, and general interest to IACMR members. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejections by February 20, 2020.

The Scholarly Program

The Scholarly Program occurs June 17 to 21, 2020, and includes presentations of papers, symposia, and keynote panels.

We seek original papers that address the main theme of the conference and topics from all disciplinary areas of organization and management. Originality means that the paper has not been presented at any other conferences or published in any academic journals or books, even if those other outlets are in different languages.  Once accepted, the list of authors for any paper shall NOT be changed for the conference presentation and/or conference proceedings.

Accepted papers will be presented at the conference as either paper presentations or roundtable discussion sessions. Each paper presentation will be about 20 minutes, with 15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A. In the roundtable sessions, authors will discuss their papers in small groups among the participants, led by the session facilitator.

Paper Preparation and Submission Guidelines

1.    Please follow the submission steps as shown by the system and tick the paper language, macro/micro track, major research area, key topics and research methods, and fill up the paper title, abstract and upload the full paper.

2.    The full paper must include the following components but WITHOUT author’s information

· Abstract Page (including title, up to 200 words of abstract, no more than five key words that identify the content area, methodological area: qualitative, quantitative, or both)
· Main Text
· Figures (if any)
· Tables (if any)
· References

3.    Number all pages of the paper starting from the abstract page.

4.    The maximum length for the paper is 35 pages including all tables, figures, notes, and references.

5.    Use Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch (2.5cm) margins all around for the text, including headers and footnotes.

6.    Papers must be written in English and follow the current style, including references format, of the official journal of IACMR, Management and Organization Review.

7.    To facilitate the blind review process, remove ALL author-identifying information, including acknowledgements, from the text.

8.    Check that the paper prints correctly (i.e., all imported figures and tables appear properly) and ensure that the file is virus-free.

9.    Please convert your file into PDF format before uploading. The Word version is also acceptable where conversion is difficult.


The goal for symposium presentations is to provide a forum for effective exchange and collective learning that will further our knowledge on a topic. With this in mind, we invite submissions of new, creative, and exciting proposals for symposium presentations. We particularly welcome symposia that are related to the conference theme: Cultivating Entrepreneurship in China.  A symposium consists of presentations from three to four presenters. Each symposium will have a total of 90 minutes for presentations, discussions, and Q&A.

Symposium Preparation and Submission Guidelines

1.      A title page that has:
a. The Conference-assigned submission number
b. Title of the symposium
c. Complete full name, affiliation, address, phone number, fax number, and d. email address of all presenters, discussant(s) and chair. Add an asterisk (*) next to the name of the corresponding (contact) presenter
e. No more than five words to identify the content area

2.      A 5-page overview of the symposium (i.e., the objectives, the content, the synergy among the presentations provided by the different presenters, and the significance of the symposium to Chinese management research)

3.      A 2-3 page synopsis of each presentation, including references

4.      The symposium proposal should not exceed 20 total pages. Use Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch (2.5cm) margins all around for the text, including headers and footnotes

5.      A signed statement from the organizer declaring: “I have received signed statements from all intended participates agreeing to participate in the entire symposium.” Symposium submissions will NOT be reviewed unless the statement is included.

Professional Development Workshops

In addition to paper and symposium presentations in the Scholarly Program, we also invite proposals for Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) that will be held on the last day of the conference, June 21, 2020.

PDWs provide a forum for researchers to explore a common topic. Their goals are educational and informational and are generally conducted in an interactive and participative format. PDWs are not a forum for several standard paper presentations on a common theme—such sessions are part of the scholarly paper program. We especially welcome PDWs that are related to the conference theme of how to conduct research on Culture and Chinese management. We are open to proposals that focus on contemporary issues relating to Chinese management research, research methods (e.g., how to conduct quantitative and qualitative research), and professional development topics (e.g., how to help junior faculty in conducting and publishing high-impact research or career development issues). Proposals for workshops dealing with teaching methods and content are encouraged. Creative and novel proposals are particularly encouraged.

If you would like to discuss a PDW idea before submission (in advance of the submission deadline), please contact PDW Chair Yi Tang at msytang@hku.hk. PDW organizers must submit the following proposal items to the conference website by November 15, 2019.

·         Title of the workshop

·         Full name and contact information of the chair or organizer,indicated with an asterisk (*) by thechair/organizer’sname, and all presenters, including affiliation, title (e.g., Associate Professor), address, phone number, fax number, and email

·         Goal of the workshop (i.e., learning objectives)

·         Content of the workshop

·         Intended participants and admission criteria for the participants

·         Time requirement of the workshop

Submitter Pledge and Confirmation Statement

The online submission system will include a confirmation statement pledging: (a) you have not published or presented the paper or symposium elsewhere, (b) you have not submitted another version in a different language to the IACMR conference, and (c) at least one author will attend the conference to present the accepted paper in either the oral presentation or roundtable sessions. You will not be able to complete your submission until you have signed the confirmation statement.

Other Important Information

Conference Proceedings

We will publish Conference paper abstracts and full proposals online in a secured website for conference attendees only. We will only publish paper abstracts after the conference. Publication in the online Proceedings does NOT preclude authors from publishing their papers elsewhere in journals or books. However, all accepted paper abstracts and symposium proposals will be posted in full on a conference-secure website before the conference for participants to read and prepare for the meeting.

Best Paper Awards

We will present four Best Conference Paper awards in the following categories: micro topics (individual and group level analysis), macro topics (organization-level analysis and strategy focus), conference theme, and best student paper. The Conference Theme Best Paper Award recognizes a paper that best captures the theme of the 2020 Conference—Cultivating Entrepreneurship in China.

Meeting Venue and Registration

The conference will be held at the Xi’an Campus of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University and its neighboring hotels in Xi’an, China. Registration for the conference will be open on December 1, 2019. Detailed information on conference registration procedures, fees,and hotel reservations will be available on the conference website http://www.iacmr.org/ beginning November 10, 2019.


For questions about this Call for Submissions or the conference, please contact Program Chair Runtian Jing at rtjing@sjtu.edu.cn. Questions about the IACMR may be directed to Zhijun Yao, Executive Director of IACMR at zhijun.yao@gsm.pku.edu.cn. General information about the IACMR may be found on our website: www.iacmr.org.

Call for Reviewers Sign-up

As usual, IACMR needs quality reviewers for the 2020 Conference in Xi’an. We encourage you to sign up as a volunteer reviewer for the track in which you submit your paper or the track in which you are knowledgeable. In addition to supporting track chairs in their acceptance decisions and helping authors improve the quality of submissions, being a reviewer exposes you to the cutting-edge issues in Chinese management research and connects you and your institution to scholars interested in similar topics. Please sign up at www.iacmr.org, where the Reviewer Sign-up system will open on June 1, 2019, and choose your areas of expertise (i.e., keywords) for the track you want to review. Once you sign up, you may be asked to review up to four submissions for the track (English or Chinese) you selected. Thank you in advance for volunteering to be a reviewer.

2020 Conference Committee 

Founding President:
Anne S. Tsui, Arizona State University and Peking University
Past President:
Neng Liang, China Europe International Business School
Ray Friedman, Vanderbilt University
President Elect:
Zhi-Xue Zhang, Peking University
Vice President and 2020 Program Chair:
Runtian Jing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2020 Program Co-chair, Local Arrangement Committee Chair:
Wanjun Jiang, Peking University
Gengzhong Feng, Xi’an Jiaotong University
Macro Track Chair (English Program):
David H. Zhu, Arizona State University
Micro Track Chairs (English Program):
Zhaoli Song, National University of Singapore
Fuli Li, Xi’an Jiaotong University
Macro Track Chair (China Forum):
Ling Chen, Zhejiang University
Micro Track Chairs (China Forum):
Lirong Long, Huazhong University of Science & Technology
PDW Chair:
Yi Tang, The University of Hong Kong

2020 Conference English Program Committee

Runtian Jing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2020 Conference Program Chair)
David H. Zhu, Arizona State University (Macro Papers Track Chair)
Zhaoli Song, National University of Singapore (Micro Papers Track Co-Chair)
Fuli Li, Xi’an Jiaotong University (Micro Papers Track Co-Chair)
Yi Tang, The University of Hong Kong  (PDW Chair)
George Chen, National Australia University
Tony Fang, Stockholm University School of Business
Yaping Gong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Peter Hofman, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Can Huang, Zhejiang University
Xu Huang, The Hong Kong Baptist University
Ho-Kwong Kwan, Tongji University
Haiyang Li, Rice University
Peter Ping Li, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Sali Li, University of South Carolina
Yong Li, State University of New York at Buffalo
Jianqiao Liao, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Leigh Anne Liu, Georgia State University
Jun Liu, Renmin University of China
Wu Liu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Yan Liu, Wuhan University
Li Ma, Peking University
Christopher Marquis, Cornell University
Peter Murmann, University of New South Wales
Amy Y. Ou, National University of Singapore
Shameen Prashantham, China Europe International Business School
Wei Shen, Arizona State University
Jianmin Sun, Renmin University of China
Eric Tsang, University of Texas at Dallas
Heli Wang, Singapore Management University
Xin (Cindy) Wei, University of International Business & Economics
Steven White, Tsinghua University
Katherine Xin, China Europe International Business School
Haibin Yang, City University of Hong Kong
Xiaohua Yang, University of San Francisco
Qingyuan (Lori) Yue, USC
Anthea Yan Zhang, Rice University
Zhen Zhang, Arizona State University
Zhixue Zhang, Peking University
Yue Maggie Zhou, University of Michigan