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International Association for Chinese Management Research
June 18-22, 2014, Beijing

Exploring New Concepts and Theories from Chinese Management

Submission Deadline: Midnight October 18, 2013, U.S. Eastern Standard Time
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As the world’s second largest economy undergoing fundamental transition, China is now well recognized as a legitimate and viable context for management and organization research.  Many scholars have made significant contributions to Chinese management research, yet much more remains to be done.  Extant Chinese management research has relied mostly on questions, theories, constructs, and methods developed in the Western context. Lagging behind are exploratory studies addressing important questions unique to Chinese firms or developing theories that go beyond prevailing Western paradigms. Therefore, the conference committee has chosen the 2014 conference theme: Exploring New Concepts and Theories from Chinese Management.

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 special focus on exploring new concepts and theories.  IACMR is committed to assisting scholars, students, managers, and consultants who are interested in advancing knowledge about Chinese management. As China’s political, cultural, and intellectual center, Beijing is the perfect location for IACMR members to interact.

About the Conference Theme

Broadly speaking, two approaches are common in Chinese management research. The “theory of Chinese management” approach (contextualizing theories in Chinese context) relies on applying established Western-based theories of organization and management in Chinese contexts. Alternatively, the “Chinese theory of management” approach (theorizing about Chinese context) theorizes and explains Chinese phenomena in uniquely Chinese contexts.

Contextualizing theory is the well-trodden deductive exploitation of Western frameworks and methods in the Chinese context.  However, theorizing about context is the road less travelled and is inductive exploration of Chinese context to create specific knowledge. Scholarships in both traditions are necessary and valuable, but we particularly welcome submissions that address new questions, explore new concepts, and propose new theories from the “Chinese theory of management” perspective.

We value any high-quality Chinese management research that addresses important questions and reports interesting findings.  Apart from the conference theme, we also welcome submissions on all topics important to organization and management in the Chinese context, including mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, or to Chinese organizations operating globally. We welcome papers and symposia in all disciplinary areas. 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.

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 the 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 seehttp://www.iacmr.org/ for the full statement on the “IACMR Commitment to Excellence.”

Languages of Presentation. Two parallel programs, the English Program and the China Forum, 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 Submission in Chinese is posted on the website here. 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 China Forum. 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 13, 2013 when the website will open for paper and symposium submissions. It will close at midnight October 18, 2013, U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Submissions for the Professional Development Workshop must be received by November 15, 2013. 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 cause 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 acceptances or rejections by February 14, 2014.

The Scholarly Program

The Scholarly Program occurs June 19 to 21, 2014, 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 content of any paper should NOT be changed or revised for the conference presentation.

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. The entire paper MUST be in a Word 2003 document file (.doc). Word 2007 (.docx) or PDF files will NOT be accepted. The submission must include:
    • Abstract Page
    • Main Text
    • Figures (if any)
    • Tables (if any)
    • References
  2. The abstract page must include NO author information but should include:
    • Title of the paper
    • Abstract (75-100 words)
    • Key words: no more than five words that identify the content area
    • Methodological Area: qualitative, quantitative, or both
  3. Name the file with the electronic submission ID number (e.g., EMi2345.doc).
  4. Record the electronic submission ID number as the page header on all manuscript pages.
  5. Number all pages of the paper starting from the abstract page.
  6. The maximum length for the paper is 35 pages including all tables, figures, notes, and references.
  7. Use Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch (2.5cm) margins all around for the text, including headers and footnotes.
  8. Papers must be written in English and follow the current style, including references format, of the official journal of IACMR, Management and Organization Review.
  9. To facilitate the blind review process, remove ALL author-identifying information, including acknowledgements, from the text.
  10. Check that the paper prints correctly (i.e., all imported figures and tables appear properly) and ensure that the file is virus-free.


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: Exploring New Concepts and Theories from Chinese Management.  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:
    • The Conference-assigned submission number
    • Title of the symposium
    • Complete full name, affiliation, address, phone number, fax number, and email address of all presenters, discussant(s) and chair. Add an asterisk (*) next to the name of the corresponding (contact) presenter 
    • 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 22, 2014.

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 that explores new concepts and theories in 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 Peter Ping Li of the Copenhagen Business School at pli.int@cbs.dk. PDW organizers must submit the following proposal items to the conference website by November 15, 2013.

  • Title of the workshop
  • Full name and contact information of the chair or organizer, indicated with an asterisk (*) by the chair/organizer’s name, 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 Proceedings online in a secured website for conference attendees only. We will publish the full papers presented in the paper sessions and the abstracts of the roundtable papers. Publication in the online Proceedings does NOT preclude authors from publishing their papers elsewhere in journals or books. Authors may choose to have only the abstract published in the online Proceedings by checking the relevant box when submitting their papers. However, all accepted papers 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 is a new award recognizing a paper that best captures the theme of the 2014 Conference—Exploring New Concepts and Theories from Chinese Management.

Meeting Venue and Registration
The conference will be held at a five-star hotel in Beijing, China. Registration for the conference will be open on November 1, 2013. Detailed information on conference registration procedures, fees, and hotel reservations will be available on the conference website http://www.iacmr.org/ beginning November 1, 2013.

Student Scholarships
Conference scholarships will be available to students on a competitive basis. Please watch for the scholarship announcement on the conference website in late 2013.

For questions about this Call for Submissions or the conference, please contact Program Chair Neng LIANG atliangIACMR@CEIBS.EDU. Questions about the IACMR may be directed to President Chao CHEN (chaochen@business.rutgers.edu)General information about the IACMR may be found on our website:www.iacmr.org.

Call for Reviewers Signup

The IACMR needs quality reviewers for the 2014 Conference in Beijing. 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 Signup system will open on June 1, 2013, 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.

2014 Conference Committee

Founding President and Keynote Sessions Chair: Anne S. Tsui, Arizona State University and Peking University
Past Co-President: Jia Lin Xie, University of Toronto
Past Co-President: Jing Zhou, Rice University
President: Chao Chen, Rutgers University
Senior Vice President and President Elect: Jiing-Lih Farh, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Vice President and 2014 Program Chair: Neng Liang, China Europe International Business School
2014 Program Co-chair, Local Arrangement Committee Chair: Zhihong Yi, Renmin University of China
Macro Track Chair (English Program): Weiru Chen, China Europe International Business School
Micro Track Chair (English Program): Hui Liao, Maryland University at College Park
Macro Track Chair (China Forum): Liangding Jia, Nanjing University
Micro Track Chair (China Forum): Kai Zhang, Renmin University of China
PDW Chair: Peter Ping Li, Copenhagen Business School

2014 English Program Committee

  1. Neng Liang, China Europe International Business School (2014 Program Chair)
  2. Weiru Chen, China Europe International Business School (Macro Papers Track Chair)
  3. Hui Liao, University of Maryland at College Park (Micro Papers Track Chair)
  4. Vishwanath V. Baba, McMaster University
  5. Garry Bruton, Texas Christian University
  6. Shu-Cheng Chi, National Taiwan University
  7. Tailan Chi, University of Kansas
  8. Daniel Han Min Chng, China Europe International Business School
  9. Carolyn Egri, Simon Fraser University
  10. Tony Fang, Stockholm University
  11. Crystal Farh, Michigan State University
  12. Yaping Gong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  13. Xu Huang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  14. Quy Huy, INSEAD
  15. Tae Yeol Kim, China Europe International Business School
  16. Simon SK Lam, The University of Hong Kong
  17. Jean S.K. Lee, China Europe International Business School
  18. Kwok Leung, City University of Hong Kong
  19. Haiyang Li, Rice University
  20. Dong Liu, Georgia Institute of Technology
  21. Jarder Luo, Tsinghua University
  22. Xiaowei Luo, INSEAD
  23. Wei Shen, Arizona State University
  24. Bilian Sullivan, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  25. James Jian-Min Sun, Renmin Unviersity of China
  26. Riki Takeuchi, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  27. Stephen Tallman, University of Richmond
  28. Markus Taube, Universität Duisburg-Essen
  29. Lois Tetrick, George Mason University
  30. Dean Tjosvold, Lingnan University
  31. Weichi Tsai, National Chengchi University
  32. Eric Tsang, University of Texas at Dallas
  33. Steven White, Tsinghua University
  34. Jianfeng Wu, University of International Business and Economics
  35. Jia Lin Xie, University of Toronto
  36. Dean Xu, China Europe International Business School
  37. Xiaohua Yang, University of San Francisco
  38. Michael Young, Hong Kong Baptist University
  39. Qingyuan (Lori) Yue, University of Southern California
  40. Anthea Yan Zhang, China Europe International Business School
  41. Xiaomeng Zhang, American University