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15th South Asian Management Forum

Friday, September 27, 2019


15th South Asian Management Forum (SAMF)




Theme: Challenges of Inclusive Growth and Sustainability: The South Asian Context

Organized by: Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA)

Hosted by: Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur Pakistan (SIBAU) and Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP)

Venue: Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur, Pakistan.

Dates: September 27-29, 2019.

South Asian Management Forum (SAMF) is a biennial conference organized by the Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA) which is a SAARC Recognized body. The 15th SAMF is being hosted in Pakistan by the Sukkur IBA University (SIBAU), Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP) and University of Management and Technology (UMT). It will be held on September 27-29, 2019 at Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur, Pakistan.

The theme of 15th SAMF is “Challenges of Inclusive Growth and Sustainability: The South Asian Context”. South Asian populace need the management intellect to address the issues and problems those fall around the intersect of inclusive growth and sustainability. All three dimensions of inclusive growth economic, institutional and social with a direct focus on sustainable development goals will be of interest. Topics including analysis of problems, their plausible solutions and lessons learned from the past strategies related to inclusive growth and to make it sustainable would be encouraged.

15th SAMF invites the scholars, thinkers, researchers, academicians, practitioners, and business leaders to join the forum to share their philosophical thoughts, conceptualization of ideas and empirical evidences. All scholarly work either in the shape of a well-structured research paper, manuscript, working paper, case study or a concept note may be submitted on mentioned theme and its dimensions.

Best Paper and Case Award

To promote research culture, a cash prize of PKR20,000 or equivalent amount in USD, along with best paper/case certificate will be awarded to five best papers and five best cases. Best papers and cases will be selected based on reviewers’ evaluation and ranking. Presentation in the conference will be mandatory for the eligibility of cash award. Online presentation facility will be offered to international speakers.

Theme of 15th SAMF

Challenges of Inclusive Growth and Sustainability: The South Asian Context”.

Sub Themes




  • Theoretical Models for growth and development
    • Concept of inclusive growth and measurement
    • Framework for inclusive   economic growth
  • Global and regional dimension of growth & sustainability
    • FDI & FII
    • Export-led growth and sustainability
    • Contracts and market regulations
    • Economic dimensions of CPEC and South Asia
  • Micro fundamentals of macro growth
    • Physical capital, human capital and long-term growth
    • Savings, investment and growth
    • Taxation system
    • Fiscal deficit and debt servicing
    • Central bank and monetary policy
    • Stock market and regional growth
    • Imbalanced growth
  • Financial institutions and banking system
    • Financial inclusion,
    • Financial innovation
    • Fintech and branchless banking
  • Role of Governance
  • Strategic management
  • Market development and strategies
  • Evaluation of interventions 
  • Institutions – capacity and role
  • Role of private sector and corporate social responsibility
  • Indigenous rights
    • Creating social cohesion
    • Building peace in the pursuit of justice
  • Institutional and organizational diversity
    • Impactful leadership
    • Global commerce
  • Community diversity and governance
    • Gender equity
    • Interfaith harmony
    • Immigration/Refugees
    • Social citizenship and cohesion
  • Education and learning in a world of differences
    • Inclusive education
    • Role of educational institutions in growth
    • Collaborative education
    • Quality assurance in education
    • Research and development
    • Education and digitalization
    • Man, machine, big data
    • Artificial intelligence
  • Social safety nets
  • Conditional and Unconditional safety nets
  • Entrepreneurship, venture creation and business development
  • Social security and skill development
  • Microfinance and Microcredit
  • Minorities’ rights
    • Survival and existence
    • Promotion and protection of the identities
  • Human rights
    • Peace and violence
    • Education
    • Employment
    • Human Resource Management
    • Health
    • Migration
    • Poverty
  • Diversity and inclusion
    • Culture and media
    • Social justice and tolerance
    • Multiculturalism
  • Gender equity
    • Women empowerment
    • Equality index,
    • Rights of transgender
    • Glass ceiling
    • Social and organizational harassment
    • Gender specific barriers and work opportunities

Publication Opportunities

Abstracts of all accepted papers will be published in conference proceedings book. In addition to that, selected papers will be published in regular/special issues of following journals with the consent of authors:

  • Pakistan Business Review (X-Category)
  • Journal of Education and Social Science (Y-Category)
  • International Journal of Experiential Learning and Case Studies (Z-Category)
  • Journal of Management Research (Z-Category)
  • Journal of Management and Business (Z-Category)
  • Journal of Quantitative Methods (under evaluation)

(These categories are assigned by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan).

Review Process

All abstract will be reviewed by desk review committee. Full papers and cases will undergo double blind review process. Every paper will be reviewed by at least one local and one international reviewer. You may register yourself as reviewer by writing to [email protected]

Submission Guidelines:

  • All manuscripts must be submitted in MS-Word format as attachment.
  • Title of the manuscript must be the name of file.
  • Subject of the email must be “Submission 15th SAMF – (Title of Paper)
  • Name of the author/s, their affiliation and contact details must be mentioned on the title page.
  • All tables, graphs, images, models must be placed within the body of text on their relevant places.
  • APA style must be followed with font: Times New Roman; size: 12, double spaced; with proper referencing.
  • manuscripts must be submitted to: [email protected]

Important Dates and Deadlines

Abstract Submission

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Response on Abstract

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Full Paper Submission

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Decision on Full Paper

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Last Date for Registration

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

SAMF Dates

September 27-29, 2019

Fee Structure

AMDISA Members

              Faculty from AMDISA Member Institutions

US $100

              Research Scholar/Student from AMDISA Member Institutions

US $50

              AMDISA Corporate Members

US $ 150

Non-AMDISA Members International

              Faculty Members from Non-AMDISA Member Institutions

US $150

              Research Scholar/Student from non-AMDISA Member Institutions

US $ 75

              Corporate Non-Members of AMDISA

US$ 200

Non-AMDISA Members Local

              Faculty Members from local Non-AMDISA Member Institutions

PKR 10,000

              Research Scholar/Student from non-AMDISA Member Institutions

PKR 5,000

              Corporate local Non-Members of AMDISA

PKR 10,000


Registration fee will cover accommodation, local transportation, gala dinner, cultural visit, food and drinks, conference kit and proceedings.

Further queries or questions may be addressed to:


Dr. Waqar Akram

Manager – 15th SAMF

Professor of Economics, Department of Management Sciences,

Sukkur IBA University,

Airport Road, Sukkur, Sindh, Pakistan.

Ph: +92 (071) 5644000 Ext: 4084

Mobile: +923239643876

Email: [email protected]



Ms. Memoona Zareen

Secretary/Manager – 15th SAMF

Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP)

C-II, Johar Town, Lahore-54770, Pakistan

Ph: +92 42 35211061

Mobile: +92 322 4801558

Email: [email protected]

[email protected]




Mr. T. Ganeswara Rao

Manager - Membership Services and Programs

Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA)

Central University Post Office, Hyderabad-500046, India

Ph: +91-(0)40-6454 5226/6454 3774

Mobile: +91-957 329 5004

Email: [email protected]

[email protected]



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