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International Applied Business Conference

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 8:30am to 6:00pm

The Business program at the University of Guelph Humber is hosting an International Applied Business Conference on May 6th - 7th, 2021.

The conference aims at bringing scholars, researchers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and students together for an opportunity to present and discuss case studies and applied research papers, as well as to foster research collaborations. The main theme of the conference is the 'evolution of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the 21st Century' focusing on the impact of the pandemic on SMEs, transformation and survival of SMEs during this pandemic, role of government policies and financial sector in SMEs' survival and growth, AI and other technology-based venturing, sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation, open innovation, etc.  For more information, see the conference website:

Highlights of the conference are:

Research Papers/Case Studies:

75 research papers and case studies have been submitted to the conference from researchers spanning across 25 countries of four continents.

Americas: Brazil, Canada, USA
Europe: Greece, Ireland, Hungary,  Russia, 
East Asia: Japan, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, 
South Asia and Middle East: India, Bahrain, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka
Africa: Ghana, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa

Keynote Speakers:  

  • Prof. Vanhaverbeke on Open Innovation  
  • Prof. Yamori on Japanese Public Credit Guarantee during Pandemic  
  • Prof. Cukier on Diversity Entrepreneurship  
  • Mr. Rossi on Government Support to SMEs during Pandemic  
  • Ms. Spencer on Black Business   

Panel Discussions:  

  • Circular economy and SMEs     
  • Entrepreneurship and COVID -19 


  • Case Writing, The Ivey Publishing Team, Ivey Business School, Ivey Business School Foundation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada  
  • Best Practice of Publishing in an Entrepreneurship Journal, Professor Paul Jones, Editor in Chief: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, Emerald Publishing.  

Publication Opportunities:   

  • Selected papers will be reviewed for a possible publication in a SCOPUS indexed journal of Transnational Corporations Review, Taylor and Francis.   
  • Papers can be submitted for a possible publication to the book ‘Disadvantaged Minorities in Business Entrepreneurship for Everyone’ published by Springer.   
  • Best papers and case studies will be considered for a possible publication in an edited book titled "Impact of the Pandemic on Small and Medium Enterprises: International Case Studies", published by Routledge.   
  • Full paper/abstract proceedings will be published in a digital format on the conference website.   


The best papers will be awarded in each of the following categories:  

  • Applied research   
  • Case study   
  • Student paper