PRESENTATION

The scale of change businesses will face in the next decade or so is likely to surpass that of the past half-century. This increasing pace of change is challenging our old assumptions and changing the way we do business, creating an environment where uncertainty has become the new normal.

Thus, leading and achieving success in globalized markets in the near future—where exponential change, volatility, uncertainty, and disruption are the new norm—could be a challenge for managers and executives..

We have seen that the continued decline in commodity prices and sluggish growth in the global economy pose several economic, social, and political challenges for the Caribbean and Latin American region.  These uncertainties, coupled with the region’s volatility and over-reliance on a small number of foreign markets, are compelling governments and businesses to seek market expansion opportunities across national borders. In light of these challenges, the interest in diversification has gained increased momentum in the region, where numerous stakeholders have voiced their appeals for the inclusion of diversification, innovation, and entrepreneurship within the region’s developmental agenda.

Effective diversification, a risk-reduction strategy that involves adding product, services, location, customers and/or markets to your company’s portfolio to set you apart from the competition should help MNEs and SMEs alike to pursue pioneering and effective expansion strategies to capitalize on the opportunities in today’s globalized and uncertain environment. Though diversification firms can propel the region’s competitive advantages and reduce the management complexities managers are facing today.

To address these and other related issues, the Latin American & Caribbean Chapter of the Academy of International Business (AIB-LAC) announces its 10th Annual Conference “Diversification in the Era of Non-Normal”, to be held in Trinidad and Tobago, hosted by The Department of Management Studies, The University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus) from March 11-14, 2020.

We cordially invite you to submit your research related to the conference theme. But research more broadly based on international business, Latin America and the Caribbean regions will also be welcomed. The review of manuscripts will be coordinated by the conference Program Chair Professor Ronaldo Parente (Florida International University), with support from the track chairs listed below.

IMPORTANT DATES

SUBMISSIONS AND REGISTRATION

All submissions will be handled through the AIB online submission system.

Submission Instructions 

Competitive sessions are more formal and allow longer presentations at the conference. Papers submited to competitive sessions must be mature and fully developed.
Manuscripts submitted to competitive sessions may end up in an interactive session because of lack of space on the program or lack of fit with any of the existing competitive sessions.

Interactive sessions are primarily designed for shorter manuscripts (in research note formats) or work-in-progress pieces which could benefit from informal feedback from other participants. Interactive sessions are held in a roundtable discussion format with shorter oral presentations allowing for an engaging interaction with other researchers with similar interests.

Panel discussions serve as forums for issues of contemporary interest to IB scholars. Panels are complete sessions organized as a single submission by a panel chair around a common theme. Panels may have a variety of formats, including roundtables discussions, keynote and discussion with very senior scholar(s) not normally involved in AIB, pro and con debates, and professional development workshops.
Panels are expected to allocate substantive time to a genuine interchange between the panelists, and/or between panelists and the audience.

Poster sessions are dedicated to work-in-progress, or for highly specialized issues of limited appeal, which nonetheless represent important areas of research. Poster session submissions are reviewed by two referees under more flexible criteria than for other categories.

Teaching cases sessions or teaching IB tracks are designed to provide the opportunity to share innovative approaches to making teaching IB more effective, more engaging and more rewarding.

Detailed Submission Instructions

All proposals must be submitted directly to each track via the AIB 2020 Online Submission System. All manuscripts and proposals must be submitted by October 10, 2019 in your time zone. Please make sure to get your submissions in early, to avoid any connectivity problems as the submission site could be extremely busy towards the deadline.

AIB enforces a Rule of THREE for the annual conference. No person may be associated (as author, co-author, or panelist) with more than three submissions for the AIB-LAC 2020 Conference. This rule does not apply to appearances in pre-conference activities (e.g., workshops, consortia, or chapter meetings), invited appearances at plenaries or special sessions by the Program Committee, session chairs, or listings resulting from AIB officer roles.

Scholars submitting papers to AIB-LAC 2020 are expected to act professionally in their research and conference participation, following relevant professional codes of ethics and showing respect to our diverse members. This requires adhering by the following standards:

Conflict of Interest

Authors who have a conflict of interest relationship with a track chair shall submit their paper to another track, or to the “Special Submissions” track. Conflicts of interest arise from author relationships with current and former PhD students, current and former PhD advisors, members of the same department, co-authors, family members, and the like.

Responsibility to Review

Authors submitting papers to the conference commit to reviewing papers for the conference.

Responsibility to Present

For sole-authored papers that are accepted, authors commit to register for the conference and present the paper, and if co-authored, at least one of the authors will do so. No personal requests for variation of time slots will be accommodated and authors will present in the time slots allocated.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Authors assure that submitted papers are their own work and appropriate credit is given to sources, including any previous work of the authors themselves.

The conference organizers reserve the right to reject papers by authors not acting professionally. A random selection of papers will be submitted for plagiarism checks, and any paper will be rejected if it is assessed to violate professional standards.

You will be asked to choose from Five kinds of sessions: panel discussions, competitive sessions, interactive sessions, poster session and teaching cases session.

Panel Discussion

Panel discussions serve as forums for issues of contemporary interest to IB scholars. Panels are complete sessions organized as a single submission by a panel chair around a common theme. Panels may have a variety of formats, including roundtables discussions, keynote and discussion with very senior scholar(s) not normally involved in AIB, pro and con debates, and professional development workshops.

Panels are expected to allocate substantive time to a genuine interchange between the panelists, and/or between panelists and the audience.

Competitive Session

Competitive sessions are more formal and allow longer presentations at the conference. Papers submitted to competitive sessions must be mature and fully developed.

Manuscripts submitted to competitive sessions may end up in an interactive session because of lack of space on the program or lack of fit with any of the existing competitive sessions.

Interactive Session

Interactive sessions are primarily designed for shorter manuscripts (in research note formats) or work-in-progress pieces which could benefit from informal feedback from other participants. Interactive sessions are held in a roundtable discussion format with shorter oral presentations allowing for an engaging interaction with other researchers with similar interests.

Poster Session

Poster sessions are dedicated to work-in-progress, or for highly specialized issues of limited appeal, which nonetheless represent important areas of research. Poster session submissions are reviewed by two referees under more flexible criteria than for other categories.

Teaching Cases Session

Teaching cases sessions or teaching IB tracks are designed to provide the opportunity to share innovative approaches to making teaching IB more effective, more engaging and more rewarding.

Panel proposals should be no more than 6,000 words inclusive of all materials, and must be submitted by the panel chair. Each proposal must include:

  • Title Page that includes the panel name, the session format (e.g., pro and con debate, moderated roundtable discussion, keynote and commentary, professional development workshop, etc.), names and contact information for all participants and their roles in the panel (please identify the chair, discussants (if any), and the panelists).
  • An Abstract, not to exceed 150-200 words, that summarizes the panel (to be used in the Conference Proceedings and in the Conference App).
  • A detailed overview statement of the main issues addressed or arguments to be made in the panel.
  • Any special room setup or technical requirement that the panel requires (please note that the feasibility of these requirements will be part of the evaluation criteria).
  • Copies of emails or letters from each participant, indicating agreement to participate at the panel if the proposal is accepted.

While designing the panel, please keep in mind that sessions at AIB conferences are constrained to 75 minutes. Please also note that only panelists that plan to appear in person at the conference should be listed in the submission and the cover page.

Competitive and Interactive Papers

  • All paper submissions must be fewer than 12,000 words inclusive of all materials, including appendices and references. Papers exceeding these limits will be returned to the authors.
  • Each submission must state, on its front page at the top right, the requested Track (number and title) and Session Format (competitive or interactive).
  • Each manuscript should include an abstract, not to exceed 150-200 words. Please note that the full manuscript should accompany the abstract, AIB only accepts full paper submissions.
  • All manuscripts must be in English.
  • The document must have no author identifying information: None of the pages (not even the first page) should list any author information and the File Properties for the documents should be cleaned to remove identifying information.
  • Submissions must follow the JIBS Style Guide.
  • The manuscript should preferably be saved in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format to ensure that reviewers see it in the intended way. A free PDF conversion tool for most file formats is available at DocuPub PDF Converter. However, Microsoft Word files will also be accepted.
  • If submitting a Microsoft Word file, the document must be checked for viruses using an updated anti-virus software utility before submission.

Please Note: The Teaching IB Special Track has its own submission guidelines. Please follow those specific guidelines if you are submitting to that track.

Authors will be sent an automatic email confirmation message upon successful uploading of their paper on the website acknowledging receipt of their submission. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours of submitting your manuscript or proposal, please email the program chair at lac@aib.msu.edu  for further directions.

All paper submissions will be subject to a double-blind review process and will be evaluated using the following criteria: interest to AIB-LAC members, analytical rigor, appropriateness of research methods utilized, innovativeness, and significance of conclusions.

Panel proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: interest to AIB-LAC members, quality, innovativeness, fit with conference theme, participants from multiple universities.

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PRE CONFERENCE ATTRACTIONS

The expanded two-day pre-conference (March 11-12) on the island of Tobago will feature academic events specifically designed for Ph.D. students and scholars who want to receive developmental feedback from experienced researchers on their current research projects. In the first day, pre-conference will focus on academic and teaching development through (i) Research Crowdsourcing and (ii) Teaching and Global Exchange sessions. The second day includes more traditional sessions as JIBS PDW and Doctoral Consortium.

Additional information and application procedures for each session will be available soon.

We invite you to visit Trinidad and Tobago EARLY and enjoy these majestic experiences

HOST UNIVERSITY  

The UWI is the leading provider of higher education in the English-speaking Caribbean. With four campuses across the Caribbean region (Cave Hill in Barbados, Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus), the UWI serves over 45,000 students and over 120,000 alumni. Rated as the number one Caribbean university, the UWI is respected internationally for its quality in higher education and pioneering efforts in innovation, research, and knowledge creation.

The UWI is ranked among the top 5% of universities worldwide in teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook by the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. The UWI St. Augustine campus offers several undergraduate and postgraduate programs in a wide range of disciplines including Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Food and Agriculture, and Social Sciences. As a beacon of the Caribbean, the UWI is committed to the region’s development and improving the economic and social welfare of the Caribbean people.

More information on the UWI is available at https://sta.uwi.edu/

HOST COUNTRY

Trinidad and Tobago is one of the Caribbean’s most vibrant and culturally distinctive countries. Located just off the northeastern coast of South America, Trinidad and Tobago is the most southern island in the Caribbean. The twin island republic is admired for its economic prosperity, cultural diversity, and innovativeness. The country has a relatively small population of just over 1.4 million people and according to the World Bank reports, has one of the highest income per capita in the Caribbean and Latin American region. Trinidad and Tobago is the land of festivals. Its rich cultural diversity is reflected in the unique blend of different ethnic groups. Trinidad and Tobago the birthplace of the steel pan, has gained international accolades for its world-famous carnival. Information on Trinidad and Tobago is available from http://www.tourism.gov.tthttp://www.tourism.gov.tt

Videos on Trinidad and Tobago

VISA APPLICATION T&T

Notes on visa information
• Each participant will need to apply for a visa if it is a requirement from their home countries (the list attached).
• Visa application form and visa requirements-specific to Nigeria are also attached
• Each participant will have to apply to the T&T Diplomatic Missions or Consulars nearest their homes. They can simply google this information. I have also included the link https://foreign.gov.tt/missions-consuls/tt-missions-abroad/diplomatic-missions/

Visa Application Form | Visa Requeriments for Countries | Visa requeriment for Nigeria

TRAVEL INFORMATION – TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Details on Trinidad  

Name of Airport: Piarco International Airport (POS)

Trinidad’s airport is located just over 25 km from the capital city – Port of Spain. The airport is the primary hub for our national carrier – Caribbean Airlines. Please visit the POS website: http://www.piarcoairport.com/maps.html

Taxi Service

Taxis are available outside Airport’s International Arrivals area. Bookings for taxi service should be made with the Dispatcher at the Custom’s Exit or with a registered Airport Taxi Driver.

Taxi Drivers are uniformed in white shirt jack, black or blue trousers with a yellow photo identification pass. Taxi services are available 24 hours daily, and Tariff Board information is available from the Dispatcher.

  • Piarco Airport Taxi Cooperative Society: 868-669-1689
  • Dispatcher Contact Number: 868-669-0282

You can also consult with your hotel for airport-hotel transfers.

How can you get to Tobago?

We recommend flying to Tobago with our national airline – Caribbean Airlines. There are several daily flights, BUT bookings should be made before you arrive in Trinidad.  The flight duration is typically 25 minutes. See Caribbean Airlines website for further details

https://www.caribbean-airlines.com/

Examples of departure and return flights are listed below.

Details on Tobago

Name of Airport: ANR Robinson International Airport (TAB)

The airport is located in the southwestern most part of the island, about 10 km from Tobago’s capital, Scarborough. It is also a short distance away from several beaches and hotels. Please visit the TAB website http://tobagoairport.com/maps.html

Taxi Service

Taxis are available outside the airport’s arrivals area. A Taxi Dispatcher will be there to assist you. Bookings for taxi service should be made with the Dispatcher at the Custom’s Exit or with a registered Taxi Driver.

Taxi Drivers are uniformed in white shirt jack, black or blue trousers with a yellow photo identification pass to take you to any destination of choice. Taxi services are available 24 hours daily, and Tariff Board information is available from the Dispatcher.

  • Tobago Taxi Owner and Driver Association
  • Tobago Taxi Cab Society Limited 

You can also consult with your hotel for airport-hotel transfers.

Planning your trip to Trinidad and Tobago

The following website will provide some useful information for planning your trip to Trinidad and Tobago

https://www.discovertnt.com/getting-here

CONFERENCE HOTELS

Trinidad

Address: 30 St Augustine Circular Road, Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: +1 (868) 662-9635
Website: http://www.theuniversityinn.com

The University Inn and Conference Centre is a Boutique Bed & Breakfast hotel and a conference centre, located on the lush, historical and scenic Campus of the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine), near the foothills of the majestic Northern Range in Trinidad. The University Inn and Conference Centre blends the tranquility of suburban living with the vitality of Campus life making it a perfect home away from home in Trinidad.

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel’s Reservations Department at (868) 662-9635 or contact theuniversityinn@sta.uwi.edu

Address: Lady Young Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: +1 (868) 624-3211
Website: www.hiltontrinidadhotel.com

The Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre is located on a hilltop overlooking Trinidad’s iconic Queen’s Park Savannah. The hotel offers an ideal location, spacious accommodations, and breathtaking views of the city of Port of Spain and the Northern Range mountains. Beautiful surroundings give guests a truly unique Caribbean experience, just minutes away from the busy city center. Nearby sights include Royal Botanical Gardens and Emperor Valley Zoo.

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel’s Reservations Department at 1-868-624-3211 Ext. 6011 or contact reservations.trinidad@hilton.com.

Address: Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: +1 (868) 625-3366
Website: www.Radisson.com/Trinidad

The hotel is situated in the city center of Port of Spain, the island’s capital and also the heart of the financial and commercial districts.  It is located 15 miles from the Piarco International Airport and is close to the Brian Lara Promenade, trendy Ariapita Avenue with chic restaurants and bars, and the Queen’s Park Oval, one of the world’s famous cricket stadia. Also nearby are the Queen’s Park Savannah – the focal point of the country’s renowned Carnival celebrations – 19th century historic buildings known as the Magnificent Seven, and the President’s House.  The celebrated Maracas Beach is a 45-minute drive, while there are 2 golf courses – Chaguaramas and St Andrews – which are less than 30 minutes away.

Guests can book rooms by email at bookings@rposthotel.com. The hotel also offers the opportunity to make online reservations by way of the hotel’s website www.Radisson.com/Trinidad

Tobago

Address: 78-86 Grafton Road, Mount Irvine, Tobago
Tel: +1 868-639-8871
Website: http://www.mtirvine.com/

Just 5 miles from the ANR International Airport, the recently renovated hotel is located on a former sugar and coconut plantation overlooking the Caribbean Sea. It is adjacent to a world-class 18-hole championship golf course.

Clients can call 1-868- 639-8871-3 or email  info@mtirvine.com to make bookings.

Host Representatives

 Acolla Lewis-Cameron
Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr. Shellyanne Wilson
 Head of the Department of Management Studies

Dr. Meena Rambocas
Lecturer, Department of Management Studies

Further Information

Program Chair
Ronaldo Parente, Florida International University (FIU)

Conference Host Chair
Meena Rambocas, The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Chapter Chair
Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia.

Pre-conference Chair
Cyntia Calixto, FGV, Brazil.

Visit  http://www.lac.aib.world or https://aib.msu.edu/events/chaptermeet.asp   for more information in the coming weeks.