Call for Papers

IBA School of Business Studies International Conference, 2023
Sustainability: Global & Local Challenges

Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Main Campus)
May 26 - 27, 2023

The IBA-SBS International Conference (IBA-SBSIC), bringing together scholars, professionals, and policymakers from across the world, offers a learning and networking platform for the latest research to address burning questions facing businesses in today's globalized world.

The IBA-SBSIC scope encompasses research from the disciplines of Management, Marketing, Finance, Accounting and Law.

The conference theme for this year is Sustainability: Global and Local Challenges. Sustainability entails the ability to maintain or support processes or conditions over time, often used in the context of natural resources, such as the ability to maintain or support the use of resources without depleting them. It is also used in the context of social and economic systems, such as the ability to maintain or support the well-being of people and communities over time. This complex concept involves balancing economic, social, and environmental factors to ensure long-term viability.

Given the increasing importance of sustainability in the current socioeconomic climate, the IBA-SBSIC 2023 aims to provide a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges sustainability presents businesses. The IBA-SBSIC 2023 invites contributions from scholars working in this area to the following four tracks:

The conference, with an intended focus on sustainability, offers an opportunity for scholars with diverse backgrounds and interests to present their work that explores and investigates issues in each of the four tracks.

The Management track at the IBA-SBS International Conference 2023 invites contributions to topics in the domain of management, with emphasis on sustainability. Potential research steams include, but are not limited to, organizational behavior, supply chain management, management education, entrepreneurship, and human resource management. The following list suggests a range of topics for prospective contributors.

Given widespread climate change and the events triggered by Covid 19, sustainability is now the lynchpin for all future planning. There is a surge in the efforts to investigate and explore sustainable ways to co-exist with the evolving natural and commercial environments; People are looking for options at all levels, individual, familial, organizational, and global. Moreover, rapid technological advancement presents unique opportunities and challenges to us and the upcoming generations. These challenges are irrevocably shaping the future of marketing, and we, market researchers, need to understand what this means for us.

Sustainable principles have gained momentum in academic discourse in finance. Businesses are required to disclose their positions on environmental, developmental, social, and governance dimensions. Similarly, major investment institutions are required to report on environmental, developmental, social, and governance factors within their portfolios. These initiatives require wider commitments, including understanding environmental management, corporate governance, social equity, and how globalized financial markets have managed associated risks. Such concerns are important, providing unique opportunities and challenges to further the knowledge and understanding of businesses and policy connections needed to progress toward sustainability.

Establishing a resilient organization involves cognizance and an active response mechanism to a range of risks often referred to under the broad banner of sustainability. Incorporating environmental, social, and governance issues into the DNA of business is essential for value creation. Undoubtedly, the global climate is disrupting continents, economies, and lives. The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, aims to strengthen countries' ability to deal with climate change's impacts through appropriate financial flows and new technology frameworks. Pakistan is among the top ten countries affected by climate change.

Paper Submission Deadline: April 30, 2023
Acceptance Notification: May 10, 2023
Registration Deadline: May 15, 2023
Presentation Submission: May 20, 2023

Fees Structure:

- Local student fees: PKR 5,000
- Foreign student fees: USD 100
- Local faculty member or other participants: PKR 10,000
- Foreign faculty member: USD 150

Submission Policies

  • You may submit a full paper, a working paper, or an extended abstract (atleast 4 pages including figures, tables, and references).
  • At least one author of the submitted abstract/paper(s) needs to register for the conference to present the paper. Any abstract/paper not presented at the conference will not be published in the conference proceedings.
  • Only abstract will be published in the online conference proceedings
  • An abstract/paper may only be submitted to a single track of the conference.
  • An author may only author or co-author a maximum of three abstracts/papers submitted to any of the tracks of the conference. Authors/Co-authors risk their work not being considered for review if they exceed this number.
  • A cancellation fee would be charged in case an author is unable to travel to the conference to present his/her work.

Guidelines for submitting manuscripts

The deadline for submitting manuscripts to the conference is April 15, 2023. Please use the following link to submit your manuscripts.

You will need to create an account for the conference and will be guided through the submission process. Please keep the following points in mind while submitting your paper(s):

  • All abstracts/papers must be submitted in MS Word, with paragraph spacing set at double-space, and a 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Word range is 5,000 - 10,000 words for all submitted papers. If your accepted paper does not fulfill the word range criterion, you will receive a request from the conference review committee to comply with the word limit.
  • The first page of your manuscript must include the following information:
    • TITLE (bold, all capital letters)
    • Author Names, University Affiliations, Email Addresses
    • Keywords: 4-5 keywords
  • The second page of your manuscript should start with the heading: ABSTRACT, centered and in capital letters. This should be followed by an abstract of not more than 200 words.
  • The Abstract should be followed by the heading INTRODUCTION, left-aligned in capital letters.
  • In the text, use the following heading structure:
    • MAJOR HEADING (bold, left-aligned, all capital letters)
    • Secondary Heading (bold italics, left-aligned, title style capital letters)
  • All text must be left-aligned in the main body of the paper.
  • REFERENCES: Please ensure that:
    • All references mentioned in the paper are provided in the reference list, and there is no reference in the list that is not mentioned in the main text of the paper.
    • All references should follow the APA style guidelines.
  • All tables and figures must be sequentially numbered and placed within the main document.
  • Additional tables can be put in an annexure.

Conference Chair


Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh

Dr. Abdullah Zafar Sheikh

Professor and Dean School of Business Studies

Dr. Irum Saba

Dr. Irum Saba

Associate Professor and Program Director

Tracks & Track Chairs

Dr. Amber Gul Rashid


Dr. Amber Gul Rashid
Assistant Professor

Dr. Syed Sharjeel Ahmad Hasnie

Accounting & Law

Dr. Syed Sharjeel Ahmad Hasnie
Assistant Professor and Head of Testing Services

Dr. Fawad Ahmad


Dr. Fawad Ahmad
Assistant Professor and Head of ELP (Experiential Learning Project)

Dr. Muhammad Ayaz


Dr. Muhammad Ayaz
Assistant Professor
Management Department


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