ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

From the time that Clayton Christensen (1997) highlighted the concept of disruption due to innovation, and its impact on businesses and economies, practitioners and researchers have diverted their attention to the evil it casts and the opportunities it presents. Innovations and improvements in technologies have more often than not resulted in disruption of business models prevalent at that time. The three industrial revolutions have marked definitive shifts in performance and perspectives, and now the world awaits the outcome of the industrial revolution 4.0. Disruptions do not come only from revolutions. This is evident from the very recent incidence of the Coronavirus variants taking over the world and causing disruptions not only in commerce but in every walk of life: businesses have suffered, nations have faced considerable economic losses, and the social life, as we knew it, had come to a standstill. Studies into the various modes of disruption show that businesses that proactively face the challenges that disruptions present, and prepare themselves for the outcomes, have a greater chance of survival than those that wait to ride the wave (Maxwell and Christensen, 2012).

Following up on Gans' (2016) observation that management academics had not really researched on the main issues of disruption, a steady stream of interest has been diverted towards studying the concept as a phenomenon (Gans, 2016) as well as a process (Cozzolino, Verona, and Rothaermel, 2018) in areas such as technology (Skog, Wimelius, and Sandberg, 2018), education (García-Morales, Garrido-Moreno, & Martín-Rojas, 2021; Mishra, Gupta, and Shree, 2020), global disasters (Crick, Crick, and Chaudhry, 2021), service industry (Pemer, 2021), management (Volberda, Bosch, and Heij, 2018), finance (Bussmann, 2017; Jiafu & Rau, 2021), and marketing (Dev, Shankar, Zacharia, & Swami, 2021), to name a few.

IBA-SBSIC 2022 is set to further the discussions on "Decision Making in a Disruptive Age" by providing a venue where academicians and researchers can showcase their research and findings. There will be networking opportunities, with likeminded scholars, to facilitate collaborative transnational research, thereby furthering our understanding of disruption in the fast-paced digital economy. The tracks are designed to focus on the topic within the disciplines of marketing, management, accounting, finance, and law, and a special interest event is organized to discuss critical issues in Islamic finance, law, and governance. A workshop on neuroscience examines the role of technology in understanding human behavior and its applicability in business research. Doctoral scholars and early researchers can also benefit from a special session, "Meet the Editors", where tips and procedures on passing through the editorial and review process and getting published in top tier journals will be discussed.