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Track 1: Entrepreneurship in Emerging & Developing Economies- Affords an opportunity to examine one of the key drives of economic activity in rural, peri-urban and urban environments. Papers can take as their focus entrepreneurial education, new technology as a vehicle for entrepreneurial activity, the positive and negative roles of regulatory frameworks, the challenges of accessing funding and product development, retail and distribution, gender stereotyping in the realm of entrepreneurial activity and the language and iconography of entrepreneurs in the developing work. • Defining entrepreneurship
        :: Essentials of entrepreneurship education
        :: Funding mechanisms
        :: The role of local knowledge
        :: Knowledge clusters and new technology
        :: Regulations and the role of micro businesses and SMEs.
        :: The role of social entrepreneurs

Track-2: The Financial sector in Emerging economies- Provides the scholarly means to present research on any finance, accounting and organisational structure-related topics. Papers can take as their focus SMEs or larger corporations and multinationals. IT and other innovation is impacting considerable across the board and so this is another aspect that could well provide a stimulating route into these three areas of academic research.
        :: Access to finance & getting credit
        :: Enforcing contracts
        :: Attracting FDI
        :: Support & Growth for SMEs
        :: Accounting practices
        :: Local capacity development
        :: Investment incentives, taxation and investor confidence

Track 3: The Growth and Economic Development in Emerging economies- Provides a forum for faculty and specialists in the field to elucidate some of the challenges formulating policies and overseeing implementation. The Conference is keen to see papers that focus on frontier and emerging markets, as well as exploring regional, national and trade block related topics. Papers related to gender, the environment and sustainable development are particularly welcome.
        :: Seed funding
        :: Infrastructural development
        :: Economic development
        :: Behavioural Economics
        :: FDI, Free trade – theory and practice
        :: Fiscal policy
        :: Monetary policy, Public policy economics
        :: Regional economics
        :: Institutions, and economic development
        :: Microfinance and development

Track 4: The Globalisation and International Trade in Emerging economies: Provides the ideal forum to present papers that explore the core features of globalisation, as well as some of the unforeseen consequences. Papers from all aspects of international trade are welcome and may include, but are not limited to, the trade tariffs, logistics, infrastructure developments and emerging markets.
        :: Market integration
        :: Trade barriers
        :: New technology
        :: Transport and logistics
        :: Price mechanisms
        :: International Business and globalisation
        :: Protectionism

Track 5: Logistics & Supply Chain Management- This track offers an opportunity for scholars to explore some of the pressing issues facing those in key management roles in an era of increasing interdependence and rapid technological change. Solutions orientated papers are especially welcomed, as is research that examines case studies that highlight foresight planning and the importance of training and continuous professional development.
        :: Sustainable supply chain management
        :: Supply chain integration
        :: Collaboration & collaborative forecasting
        :: Supply Chain Information System
        :: Global & ethical sourcing
        :: Operations strategy
        :: 3PL outsourcing
        :: Planning & Replenishment
        :: Procurement Management
        :: Warehousing
        :: Inventory Management
        :: Transportation Modelling
        :: Humanitarian Logistics
        :: Supply Chain Risks
        :: Supply Chain Modelling
        :: Supply chain Security
        :: Retailing
        :: Supply Chain Performance

Track 6: Branding & Marketing in Emerging economies- With each market being unique this track gives scope to examine brand identity and equity (including national and regional branding). Paper related to Intellectual Property are welcome as are those that examine and explore the diverse and innovative ways in which local and international brands are endeavour to capture and retain customers across a wide demographic, not only the lucrative youth market, but also specific market segments such as women and senior citizens.
        :: Brand protection
        :: Find and developing a USP
        :: Social and Cultural Impacts on Product Adoption
        :: Role of Branding in Product Adoption
        :: New Products and Consumer wellbeing
        :: Mobile marketing and location marketing
        :: Aligning message, media, and metrics

Track 7: HRM issues in Emerging economies- Affords a splendid opportunity to examine central elements to the efficient working of any organisation. Papers from all aspects of HRM are welcome and should largely focus on how an organisation optimises its’ greatest resource. Papers that elucidate cultural awareness and the role that plays will add particular depth and meaning to this track.
        :: Contemporary HRM issues
        :: Capacity building and key skill sets
        :: Training, motivation and remuneration
        :: Staff engagement for innovation
        :: Organisational structure
        :: Gender, ethnicity and inclusive work environment
        :: Cultural sensitivity and acknowledgement

Track 8: Education and teaching for the Life Long Learning Sector- This track offers considerable scope to examine of themes that impact on all seats of learning, as well as general capacity building. Whilst the main focus of this track relates to andragogy, it is keen to embrace education in its broadest sense, as well as through continuous professional development (CPD) and the role of the autodidact. Papers related to both theory and practices are most welcome.
        :: Bended learning, reflective learning
        :: Technical and vocational education and training
        :: ICT and Education
        :: Strategies for tacking disruptive classroom behaviour
        :: Use of technology in teaching & learning,
        :: Student centred teaching and learning
        :: Quality assurance and assessment
        :: Partnership between faculty, industry and community

Track-9: E-Business, Cloud Computing & Cyber SecuritCloud Computing, Big Data & Cyber Security: Offers academics and subject specialists an opportunity to present research in areas that are having a profound effect upon all our lives. The conference is eager to see papers that focus on the ways organizations and institutions collect, manage, store and protect data. Innovation and foresight are of particular relevance, as is ensuring organizational awareness of levels of risk and dependency.
        :: Cloud Computing
        :: Big Data
        :: Business Intelligence
        :: E-Applications
        :: Web Tools and Technologies
        :: Virtualization
        :: Data acquisition & data management
        :: Data & Legal obligations
        :: Critical infrastructure protection
        :: Risk awareness & mitigation

Track-10: Tourism & Hospitality management- Emerging trends in tourism, travel and hospitality sector, Marketing Management in Tourism and Hotel Operations, Travelers perspective and marketing strategies, Service Quality, Eco-Tourism, Sustainable Destination Management, and Marketing Tourism & Hospitality product development, positioning, branding and management Sustainable marketing and tourism growth Tourism Business Strategies and Revenue Management.

Track-11: Maritime Crime and Security: Pivotal issues in a globalised worldThe seas and oceans cover 70 percent of the earth’s surface, and 90 percent of world trade by volume travels by sea. Maritime crime is a growth area, both in terms of its profitability in a world where the volume of maritime trade is increasing year-by-year, but also a subject for professional and academic study. However, of all disciplines, the study of crime, criminology, has neither actively presented itself as relevant for, nor has it been paid attention to by maritime (security) studies, whereas their intersection makes total sense. The special session will address some of the issues within this discipline. 

The focus of this special session will be on the following, broadly constructed and interpreted, aspects of maritime security:
          ::  The ‘North-East Passage’ – the Northern Sea Route and potential crime and security 
          ::  challenges;
          ::  Social, geographical and political dimensions of maritime crime and security, to include Ocean governance and
              the law of the sea;
          ::  illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing;
          ::  Illegal dumping, pollution, and environmental damage;
          ::  Offshore energy exploitation, whether fossil fuels or renewable, and mineral exploitation;
          ::  Environmental security;
          ::  Resilience and Disaster Management;
          ::  Human security, human factors, and psychology;
          ::  Utilisation
of Private Maritime Security Companies
          ::  Developments in international relations and maritime partnerships involving, in 
          ::  Brazil, China, or India;
          ::  Challenges posed by illegal migrants, stowaways and smuggling;
          ::  Port security;
          ::  Cyber security and the vulnerability of increasingly automated vessels to cyber 
          ::  attack.
All other submissions relevant to the overall themes of the Conference will be considered.