The theme of the conference is ‘Transforming knowledge into action: Towards sustainable development in emerging economies’.

Knowledge is undoubtedly a critical force in economic development. Knowledge is all the more important today as we live in an increasingly knowledge-rich world where new ideas, new modes of thinking and new discoveries push the boundaries of our understanding on a daily basis. Yet knowledge by itself adds little value to development efforts. The emphasis is on transforming knowledge into action so that novel projects are implemented, products and services are created, and tangible outcomes achieved. To do so, new knowledge must be created as well as existing knowledge be disseminated and shared. This knowledge must then be transformed into relevant action. Thus, to drive economic growth and competitiveness, countries must not only promote reliable and useful knowledge creation and assimilation but also harness and transform this knowledge effectively into policy and practices. United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emphasise creating shared prosperity across countries by ending extreme poverty and achieving sustainable development. We believe that the creation of knowledge and effective transformation of knowledge into action are essential antecedents for achieving SDGs.

Yet many countries in the world still struggle to harness the power of knowledge for achieving sustainable development. Emerging economies in particular with their weak institutions and low resource base, often lag behind in relevant and useful knowledge production as well as in transforming such knowledge into wealth and development. This conference aims to explore the many pathways that enable emerging countries to transform knowledge into action to achieve economic and sustainable development. We take a holistic approach to ‘transforming knowledge’ that goes beyond the mere ‘application of knowledge’ i.e., knowledge created in one context applied as it is to another context. Instead our definition of transformation includes the assimilation, adaptation, and contextualization of knowledge to suit the unique contexts, needs and conditions existing in emerging countries.


12-14 December 2019


Who Should Attend

The conference aims to showcase the current research in management by bringing together academics, practitioners, policy-makers and interest groups from diverse regions and perspectives.


Benefits of Attendance

In particular, the conference addresses some of the more pressing themes in developing countries, with a special focus on emerging economies. This will provide the arena to discuss and debate how knowledge created through current research and theories can be transformed to tangible actions to address contemporary challenges. In doing so, the conference facilitates knowledge sharing between countries of distinctive cultures and political styles, and an opportunity to learn from each other in building our capacities and cementing even closer ties in the region at sub-government level.



Monash University is one of Australia's leading universities ranking among the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide.

Established in 1958 and named after Sir John Monash, a celebrated Australian engineer and military commander in the first world war, the university is the second oldest public university in the state of Victoria and the most internationalised.

Monash is part of the Group of Eight Universities in Australia making it a world class research and teaching institution. The university has four campuses in Victoria and a campus in Malaysia. It also has teaching and research partnerships in Prato, Italy, Mumbai, India and Suzhou, China.


Paper Submission Details

The theme of the Conference is ‘Transforming knowledge into action: Towards sustainable development in emerging economies’.

We invite submission of extended abstracts on the themes listed in the 'Call for Papers'. Please refer to and comply with the Author Guidelines when formatting and submitting your abstracts.








Provider Information

Monash Business School, in partnership with the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ), and the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) will hold the 16th International Conference on Business Management (ICBM) in December, 2019 at Monash University's Caulfield campus in Australia.




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The booking deadline of this event is: 1 April 2019 Call for papers 31 July 2019 (5pm AEST) Deadline for paper submission 30 September 2019 Notification of acceptance 15 October 2019 Deadline for early bird registration 31 October 2019 Deadline for authors to register
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12th December 2019 through 14th December 2019
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