Conference Theme: COVID-19: Learnings & Implications for Management
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Last date to apply: March 28, 2022
Indian Institute of Management Indore, in association with GIZ, Germany, is organizing an online two-day conference on 16th & 17th April 2022. The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and academicians to come together on a common platform, share their experiences and contributions in their field of expertise, and grow their professional network.
In the past two years, the world has faced an unprecedented, once-in-a-century problem, the highly infectious disease COVID-19. Being the second-most populous country in the world globally, India also got immensely affected. The past two years have been the most challenging times for the world, especially in India. Millions of people have lost their lives, and many more have lost their livelihood. All the economic sectors have faced disruptions like never before. Some sectors, like hospitality, faced the harshest times, while for some sectors like pharmaceutical, this problem came as an opportunity. The sectors that usually were not affected by the environment, like education and healthcare, also saw a massive shift in their working methods. Lockdowns, partial lockdowns, odd-even workdays, virtual work, work from home are various innovative ways organizations and governments have used to combat the effects of COVID-19 on economic activities. The two-day conference will give a platform to discuss (1) the problems and challenges faced by various economic sectors and (2) solutions and policy changes made to overcome these problems.
While the central theme of the conference is the ‘Effects of COVID 19 on Various Sectors’, the following are the sub-themes that will be primarily focused on:
The contributions of doctors, nurses, and other staff related to healthcare have been immense in fighting the COVID-19 disease. Papers highlighting their work experiences and the problems they faced will be encouraged.
The sector is impacted due to the suspension of work travel and leisure travel. It is the biggest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sector has faced major pay cuts, job losses, and closure of outlets. However, many organisations have modified their employee policies, work culture, and business models to navigate the COVID-19 storm. Papers highlighting the best practices are invited.
Though the education sector is one of the most resilient sectors regarding economic downturns, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected it enormously. Online classes became the new normal. With the propagation of the online mode of education, conducting exams, evaluations, and proctoring also became a challenge. Papers highlighting the innovative practices in the educational sector are invited.
Real Estate Sector:
The real estate sector had been reeling with aftereffects of RERA, GST, and demonetisation. The COVID-19 pandemic made work from home the new normal, which made people realise the importance of owning a bigger house in a good society. Thus companies had to adopt innovative marketing techniques and change their business models to get the best out of changing scenarios.
FMCG & Retail Sector:
The FMCG sector’s biggest challenge was managing the supply chain during lockdowns, unavailability of unorganised labor, and varying rules across states. With the closure of malls in cities, managing retail outlets also became a challenge. The innovations in the supply chain and various techniques employed to increase customer reach have been the focus of the sector.
Work From Home (Virtual Work)
Most industries had to adopt work from home, which was the only option. This posed unique challenges in managing employee motivation, modifying SOPs, managing virtual meetings, and opening new communication methods. Papers highlighting the best practices are invited.
Over and above the aforementioned sectors, research in other fields related to COVID-19 is also invited.
While the conference is organised to understand the effects of COVID-19 in the context of India, researchers, academicians, and practitioners are encouraged to present their work in other contexts as well.
Paper Submission Guidelines
The conference will accept extended abstracts (word limits 2000-3000 words) only. All kinds of papers, conceptual/theoretical, empirical, and review papers, will be accepted.
The papers should strictly follow the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ) style guidelines (guidelines may be downloaded from the AMJ website). Papers not following the style guidelines will be rejected without any review. The authors’ names should not be identified in the header/footer or the body of the paper.
All papers submitted for presentation must contain original research that has not been previously presented or scheduled for presentation or accepted. If under review, it must not appear in print before the conference.
No request for change of authors, order of authors, titles, abstracts, or rewrites will be entertained after submitting the papers.
A maximum of two papers, either as an author or co-author, are permitted. The papers are to be submitted electronically using the link –
Paper submission link
Awards & Recognitions:
Best Paper Award: Rs. 20000/-
1st runner up: Rs. 15000/-
2nd runner up: Rs 10000/-
Paper Submission Window: 01st March 2022 to 28th March, 2022
Paper Acceptance Notification: 5th April, 2022
Registration Deadline: 11th April, 2022
Conference Dates: 16th & 17th April 2022
Prof. Himanshu Rai Mr. Amit Paliwal
Dr. Sharmishtha Basu Prof. Sushanta Mishra Prof. Mit Vachhrajani
Prof. Vaijayanthee Prof. Sanjeev Tripathi