General Submission Guidelines (Applicable to All Types of Submissions: Competitive Papers/Working Papers/Symposia Proposals)
(For submission to the Doctoral Consortium, please see instructions under the section Doctoral Consortium)

  • All submissions must be made no later than August 3 (Monday), 2015 at 11:59 pm Indian Standard Time, on the conference website (EasyChair). The deadline is firm and no extensions will be granted.
  • Competitive Papers/Working Papers/Symposia Proposals should not have been previously accepted, published, presented, or be under review for another meeting or journal. Subsequent publication, with proper acknowledgement, is encouraged.
  • If a competitive paper/working paper/symposia proposal is accepted, at least one author must register and present their work at the conference.
  • Rule of three (for submissions), which implies no author is allowed to make more than three submissions in the conference irrespective of the tracks. Further, no participant is allowed to be included as presenter, session chair, discussant, etc. in more than three program sessions.
  • Academy of Management Journal’s Style Guide (see APA Guidelines) should be followed for all submissions. Nonconforming submissions will be returned without review.
  • Manuscripts should be double spaced with 1 inch margins on all four sides. Manuscripts should be prepared in Times New Roman font, size 12.
  • The entire competitive paper/working paper/symposia proposal must be in a single document created in Microsoft Word/PDF, and should be in the following format:

 Item 1: Cover letter containing the following information

    • a. State whether the submission should be considered for a competitive paper/working paper/symposia proposal.
    • b. Competitive paper will be published in the conference proceedings. And working paper/ symposium proposal will not be published in the conference proceedings.
    • c. In case of a competitive paper only, state whether a doctoral student is the first author of the submission (not required if the first author is not a doctoral student).
    • d. In case of a competitive paper where a doctoral student is the first author, a letter of nomination/recommendation is required from the doctoral student’s advisor.

Item 2: Title of the paper, Abstract (no more than 250 words) (On the same page)

Item 3: Body of the paper,

Item 4: Tables/Figures,

Item 5: References

Competitive Paper/Working Paper submissions will be blind reviewed; thus, no author names or other identifying information should appear anywhere in the manuscript. This does not apply to symposia proposals, which are not blind-reviewed.

Competitive Papers
Competitive papers are manuscripts that address substantive or theoretical topics, and are complete. The maximum length of competitive paper submissions is 25 pages. This limit includes the body of the text, notes, and appendices. It excludes the abstract, references, tables and figures.

At the time of submission via EasyChair, the submitter will be asked to provide complete contact information for all authors including name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail. All details, including the physical mailing addresses, are required.

Confirmation that your paper was submitted successfully will be sent by e-mail to the submitter.

From among the competitive papers, the best papers will be identified in the following categories:

      • 1. Top three papers in the conference in Competitive  category best paper award.
      • 2. Papers that are submitted in the Competitive Paper category by doctoral students only (individuals that are currently pursuing in a doctoral degree) will be considered for this award. In order to be considered for this award, please submit the information as indicated in the above section

Working Papers
Working papers provide an opportunity to share research in the working stage, i.e., with at least part of the data having been collected and analysed, but not necessarily ready for submission to a journal. They are presented as part of working paper sessions. Working paper sessions can be particularly useful for getting input at intermediate stages of a research project. In this case the maximum length is up to 15 pages.

Submit your  working paper through EasyChair.

Confirmation that your paper was submitted successfully will be sent by e-mail to the submitter.


Symposia are intended to provide opportunities for focused attention to critical topics. In order to promote discussion between participants and the audience from which a larger understanding of the topic can emerge, special topic session organizers should have a chair or discussion leader that is an expert in the area. Creative mechanisms for encouraging and managing discussion, beside the traditional discussion leader/chair, are welcome, but must be described in the session proposal.

Symposia sessions can take various formats. For example, a session may feature 3-4 papers and a discussant on a related theme. Another possibility is an interactive panel discussion among several experts. Other creative special session formats are encouraged, particularly those that generate attendee interaction. In this case the maximum limit is 10 pages.

Note that the track options available on EasyChair include all the tracks that are identified under Call for Papers (for the main conference) along with an additional track labelled Symposia proposal. All wishing to submit symposia proposals should submit their proposals through this track only.

Doctoral Consortium

Note that the track options available on EasyChair include all the tracks that are identified under Call for Papers along with an additional track labelled Doctoral Consortium. All doctoral students wishing to submit proposals for the Doctoral Consortium to be held on December 11, 2015, should submit their proposals through this track only.
All proposals should include

    1. A one-page summary resume of the applicant’s career till date.
    2. The document of research proposal which must not exceed 3000 word limit (including abstract, references, tables, figures etc.) and must follow APA guidelines.
    3. Nomination/ recommendation letter from the guide/ supervisor.