Conference date: November 4, 2022

Submission deadline: September 5, 2022

Authors notified by September 12, 2022

Final detailed program by September 14, 2022


In a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) provide an overarching framework in mitigating the grand challenges of the “modern world.” From pressing issues of climate change and global outbreaks to social struggles to trade wars to oppressions of culture, these challenges call for transdisciplinary scholars to network, develop collaborative research ideas and plans, and provide insights to inform decision- and policy-making bodies. In this conference, we plan to share the best and unsuccessful practices of global companies in instilling sustainability and resiliency in global business and supply chains and map a cutting-edge research agenda. We invite submissions from scholars and practitioners who study the crucial questions related to this conference theme. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to,

  • How does the management paradigm change within a VUCA business landscape?
  • What are the key strategic decisions for sustainable global business in a VUCA world?
  • How do sustainability imperatives change global business and supply chains?
  • What did COVID-19 teach us about resiliency in global business and supply chains?
  • How can UNSDGs be utilized in enhancing sustainability and resiliency in business?
  • How do Canadian companies fare in a VUCA world?
  • What are the current key challenges and research issues facing global and Canadian companies?

Submissions with diverse research methodologies, such as empirical studies, analytical modelling, and multi-methodological approaches, are welcome.

Please submit a 5 to 7-pages (double-spaced, plus abstract and references) long structured proposal by September 5, 2022.

Name your filename as follows [YOUR-NAME]_AIBCANADA_COMPETITIVE.

Send your submission to:

The purpose of the PDW is to provide scholars with developmental feedback on their international business research. We invite original papers from authors who have not previously published in the Journal of International Business Studies or the Journal of International Business Policy. We particularly encourage submissions from Ph.D. students and junior scholars who seek feedback on their research projects, or scholars who are trained in disciplines associated with the field (e.g., supply chain management, management science, economics, geography, innovation studies, political science) but are interested in targeting international business journals. The paper does not need to be connected to the AIB-Canada Chapter Conference theme. PDW participants will receive feedback on their work from experienced international business scholars on the JIBS or JIBP Editorial Board. Authors will then be paired with experienced scholars to discuss their papers. We encourage a broad range of submissions, both empirical and conceptual.

Scholars who join the PDW are:

Ans Kolk- International Sustainable Development

Rosalie Tung – Cross-cultural and comparative management, International human resource management

Eileen Fischer – Qualitative research methods

Ari Van Assche – JIBP

Walid Hejazi – Finance

Others TBA

Format your paper using the style guide of JIBS.

Please submit your paper with a maximum length of 20 pages (excluding references) by September 5, 2022.

Name your filename as follows [YOUR-NAME]_AIBCANADA22_PDW].

Send your submission to:

For registration, send an email to including your full name, affiliation, email/phone number, address, and one line explaining why you are attending this conference.

Registration is free, but you must have an active AIB membership through November 5, 2022, to participate.

AIB membership can be subscribed at

or renewed at


Registration and Coffee


Opening Remarks:

Kimberley Brooks, Dean, Faculty of Management

Anthony Goerzen, Chair, Academy of International Business- Canada

Binod Sundararajan, Interim Director, Rowe School of Business


Competitive Paper Session-I


Keynote: Circular Economy and Sustainable Supply Chains: Building Long-term Resilience

Joseph Sarkis, Prof. of Business & Management Engineering

Business School, Worcester Polytechnic University


Lunch Break


Competitive Paper Session-II


Paper Development Workshop, moderated by select JIBS and JIBP editors


Coffee Break


Panel Discussion: Global Business and Pressing Issues

Leo Paul Dana, Prof. of Entrepreneurship, and Innovation, Rowe School of Business

Giovani J. C. da Silveira, Prof. of Operations & Supply Chain Management, Haskayne School of Business

Mike Davie, Vice-President, Operations and Technology, Port of Halifax

Paul Sislian, Executive Vice President, Operations, Bombardier


Concluding Remarks by Conference Co-chairs

Shamsud Chowdhury, Prof. of Strategy, Rowe School of Business

M. Ali Ülkü, Prof. of Supply Chain and Decision Sciences, Director of CRSSCA, Rowe School of Business


Dinner (Optional, self-paid)- Details to be shared by email to those registered and attending in person

Kenneth C. Rowe Building

6100 University Ave.


NS B3H 4R2, Canada

No hotel is reserved for the conference. However, there are numerous lodging options in Halifax that are within walking distance of the conference venue (Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University, 6100 University Ave., Halifax, NS B3H 4R2). Atlantica Hotel and The Lord Nelson Hotel are the two closest major ones. The attendants should arrange their accommodation depending on their own needs and budget. Some attendants may also take advantage of possible member discounts available to affiliates of Canadian universities (see the website of CAUBO for more info.)