33rd Euro-Asia Management Studies Association (EAMSA) Annual Conference: call for papers


Hosted for the first time by International Business School Suzhou at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, the 33rd Euro-Asia Management Studies Association (EAMSA) Annual Conference explores the theme: ‘combining east and west in business models, organisational governance and management practice’.

Call for papers

Researchers in the areas of international business, organisation studies and management science are invited to explore contemporary issues in the theory and practice of international strategic alliances across and within Europe and Asia.

Authors are encouraged to submit theoretical, conceptual and empirical papers that draw on qualitative, quantitative, mixed and case study approaches to explore, evaluate, critique and debate issues arising from the conference theme and, in particular, ideas surrounding the concept of ‘combining East and West’, especially in the context of international strategic alliances. However, we also welcome paper submissions in the broader fields of international business, economics and area studies that fall outside the main conference theme but deal with issues of international business in Europe and Asia, and business and management interactions within and between the two regions. We invite submissions that make a contribution to business, area studies, economics and management literatures with special focus on how Euro-Asian strategic alliances are used by firms to create value, fulfil strategic objectives, build and maintain relationships, exploit emergent business opportunities, and augment competitive advantage.

Potential topics include, but are not limited, to:

  • International strategic alliances in and between Europe and Asia.
  • Antecedents and determinants of alliance formation, longevity and performance.
  • Co-development of new and/or disruptive business models.
  • Innovatory practices in the joint management of production, marketing, and supply chain activities.
  • Role of alliances in the internationalisation strategies of emerging country firms.
  • Alliances and global innovation networks.
  • Knowledge management, organisational learning and international alliances.
  • Relationships between cross-border M&As and international alliances.
  • Changing institutional, political and economic conditions and alliance development.
  • Protecting and augmenting intangible proprietary assets in cross-border collaborative ventures.
  • International collaboration in higher education, sports, media and entertainment industries.
  • International alliances and regional economic integration.
  • International collaborative ventures and urbanisation, ‘green’ cities, ‘global cities’, ageing and society.

For a full version of the Call for Papers, please contact the conference organiser at [email protected]

Paper submission

  • Competitive papers: fully developed papers should be submitted for consideration in competitive sessions. Competitive papers should not exceed 9,000 words, including appendices and references
  • Interactive papers: papers in progress should be submitted for interactive sessions that are designed specifically to help authors develop their work further through constructive feedback. Interactive papers should not exceed 6,000 words, including appendices and references
  • PhD track: we especially welcome PhD candidates and encourage young scholars to present their work at different stages of progress. Doctoral papers should not exceed 6,000 words, including appendices and references.

All competitive papers will be sent for double-blind review to two reviewers. Interactive and PhD papers will be evaluated by one reviewer. The evaluation of papers will be based on relevance to the conference theme and to international business and management issues in Europe and Asia, analytical rigour, methods applied, originality, and contributions to the area.

Paper submission is managed by Easy Chair. Please visit the EAMSA website for further details.

For more information on the presentation of the paper, please follow the instructions for authors guidelines of the ‘Asian Business and Management’ journal.

Supporting young researchers

EAMSA is committed to promoting excellence in young researchers. To facilitate doctoral researchers' participation in its annual conference, EAMSA will provide financial support (of €100 or RMB 750) towards the conference fee for up to 10 PhD submissions (the corresponding author must be a PhD candidate) to any of the three tracks (competitive/interactive/PhD). A panel of experts will select the doctoral submissions worthy of the award, based on the quality and contribution to knowledge of relevance to Euro-Asia management issues. Doctoral students who have been selected for the award will be notified by early September 2016.

Awards and publications

All papers accepted will be included in the conference proceedings. Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit their papers to a special issue of Asian Business and Management. Awards will be given to the best paper, best reviewers, and best papers submitted by PhD students. Palgrave Macmillan will give the prize to the best paper.


  • Paper submission: Friday 8 July 2016
  • Paper acceptance notification: Monday 22 August 2016

Special session: management geography

In addition, we are pleased to host a special session on management geography to be organised by members of SIEM (Spaces of International Economy and Management), a multidisciplinary group of researchers whose work focuses on actors in geographical space, such as individual managers, groups and organisations. SIEM welcomes submissions in the following issues in relation to Euro-Asian management practice:

  1. Theorising on management practices in geographic space using approaches related to leadership, international human resource management (IHRM), managerial and/or innovative practices, and networking of boundary spanners
  2. Proposing new methodologies for investigating managerial practices, preferences and strategies, capability and capacities for decision-making, managerial appraisal of boundary spanners in private and governmental organisations moulding international spaces
  3. Introducing studies with empirical evidence on the cross-border expansion of managerial practices that contribute to the formation of new emerging communities in metropolitan spaces. In particular, studies that investigate new career and location patterns in an increasingly globalising world are sought
  4. Providing applied decision-making support for international managers in the global and local context
  5. Developing implications for government of city locations on building diversity that promotes international entrepreneurship and attracts management talents.

For more information on SIEM and how to submit papers for the special session, please visit the SIEM website or contact [email protected]. Alternatively, contact the special session organiser and head of the SIEM research group, Rolf Schlunze, directly at [email protected].

Provisional programme

  • Wednesday 26 October: pre-conference welcome reception in the evening
  • Thursday 27 October: opening presentations, keynote speeches and parallel sessions in the morning, followed by a company visit in the afternoon
  • Friday 28 October: parallel sessions and special sessions (including the SIEM session on Management Geography) in the morning, a cultural visit to a UNESCO World Heritage garden and the city sites of Suzhou in the afternoon, followed by the gala dinner
  • Saturday 29 October: parallel sessions in the morning, followed by the EAMSA general assembly and closing remarks, with the conference ending in the early afternoon
  • Sunday 30 October: optional guided sight-seeing trip to Shanghai (including People’s Square, Nanjing Road, the Bund, Pudong and Shanghai Tower, the world’s second tallest building).


The Euro-Asia Management Studies Association is a platform for scholarly exchange on economic and management issues. Annual conferences, held alternately in Europe and Asia, bring together researchers and business executives who discuss their research and experiences, exchange ideas, and establish collaborative networks. The mission of EAMSA is to:

  • promote research and education in the fields of business and management in Asia and Europe, with special emphasis on international comparisons
  • foster an understanding of the role of international organisations and public policies in all matters related to Euro-Asian business activities
  • encourage the exchange of research results, practical experience, and ideas by organising conferences, meetings and developing research networks among members and institutions
  • disseminate research results through various channels.

EAMSA today has about 200 members in 30 different countries around the world. Roughly half of the members are from Asian countries. Members include scholars from leading academic institutions as well executives, business consultants, researchers and PhD students.

About Suzhou

XJTLU is located in the Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District within Suzhou Industrial Park. SIP was formed in 1994 as a collaborative venture between the governments of China and Singapore and is now host to the operations of more than one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies, many of which themselves are collaborative ventures. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China, in terms of gross domestic product.

Find out more about Suzhou or learn how to get to the XJTLU campus. Conference organisers can arrange collection and pickup by taxi from and to Shanghai Pudong International airport (RMB 350 one way per taxi, around 90 minutes subject to traffic).

Organising committee

Adam Cross – IBSS, XJTLU (Chair)
Peter Ping Li – IBSS, XJTLU
Florian Kohlbacher
Zheng Liu – IBSS, XJTLU
Hailu Hou, IBSS, XJTLU