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The 2017 renewal of the MSBM Conference on Business and Management is the third in a series that aims to frame scholars and practitioners as partners in the task of rigorously interrogating the theory and practice of business and management with a particular focus on the challenges faced by businesses in small island developing states. Aside from vigorous engagement between the university and the business community, the two previous conferences have resulted in one special edition of the regional journal Social and Economic Studies and ongoing work towards, among other things, a special edition of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.

The MSBM Conference recognizes that over the years, business scholarship has been characterized by inadequate focus on the challenges of businesses located in small developing economies. The conference will respond to this gap by providing a forum for the sharing of ideas about the role of business and management practice, scholarship and education in the advancement of economies such as those in the Caribbean Region.

For the third conference the School has decided to focus broadly, on the role and impact of finance in enterprise development, especially in the context of small developing economies.

The Conference seeks to attract national, regional and international scholars who are writing and researching on a range of business related issues as well as the practitioners who are grappling with these issues on a daily basis.

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Abstract submission deadline
Abstract notification of acceptance
Draft paper submission deadline

Submission Topics

Below is an indicative list of possible sub-themes. Proposals will be considered for panels or papers that focus on the overall theme of the conference or on any meaningful variations of one of the sub-themes.

1. Wealth Creation

2. Social Entrepreneurship - Financing the third sector

3. Financing small and family-owned businesses

4. Gender and enterprise development

5. Culture, enterprise development and wealth creation

6. External regulation, self-regulation and dynamic changes in the financial sector

7. The implication of new information technology for financing mechanisms (from Microfinance to Crowdfunding to BitCoin)

8. The disruptive implications of new FinTechs (Financial Technology Startups) on the traditional banking and financial sector

9. Financing development in small island developing states

10. Integrity in business finance - corporate governance and ethics

11. The special challenges of sectoral finance

12. The changing landscape of financial intermediation

13. Stimulating enterprise financing (e.g. the role of stock exchanges)

14. Business renewal, continuity and reengineering: The role of the financial sector

15. Exploring the link between finance and other functional areas of management (scholarship and practice)

16. The evolving role of Mutuals (i.e. building societies, credit unions, etc.) for social, economic and enterprise development in the Caribbean financial services landscape.

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  • Conference Date

    Nov 08



    Nov 10


  • May 07 2017

    Abstract Submission Deadline

  • Jun 16 2017

    Abstract Notification of Acceptance

  • Aug 31 2017

    Draft paper submission deadline

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