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1st International Conference on Management of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises


Rediscovering Business Practices in the Era of Disruptions 26-27th September 2020 to be organized by the Indian Institute of Management Amritsar in collaboration with FICCI.

Call for Extended Abstracts

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) contribute significantly to the world’s economic growth and development. MSME’s employ more than 460 million people alone in India. However, in the 21st century, organizations, battered by an increasing rate of disruptions, finding traditional and incremental approach of managing businesses irrelevant. MSMEs are more susceptible to such forces as they are also plagued by other ‘traditional’ challenges, like lack of innovation, poor infrastructure, inadequacy of funds, technology knowledge gaps, lack of proper skill and training, inability to attract talented workforce. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to study the challenges faced by the sector and search for new theories, tools, and frameworks to help MSMEs to tide over these turbulent changes. 

In such a backdrop, IIM Amritsar announces the 1st International Conference on Management of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises with a theme of Rediscovering Business Practices in the Era of Disruptions to be held on 26-27th September 2020 in Amritsar, Punjab. This conference will provide a platform that will bring together the policymakers, professionals, academicians and researchers to share and discuss the knowledge and research ideas to help MSMEs to take advantage of various emerging trends in business practices. 

IIM Amritsar calls for the extended abstract submissions for the same in the form of case studies, conceptual, empirical and practitioner papers in the following (but not limited) areas:

General Management

  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Communication
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Information Technology and Systems
  • Human Resources Management/ Organizational Behaviour
  • International Business
  • Legal Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Decision Sciences
  • Strategic Management

Guidelines for Extended abstract submission:

  • Please submit an extended abstract of your paper/case study in minimum 1500 words (excluding references) clearly explaining the objectives, methodology and findings using EasyChair (
  • Title of the paper and authors’ full names with affiliation should be clearly mentioned.
  • Alternative email id and contact details of authors should be provided.
  • Every accepted abstract shall be allowed to be presented at the main conference provided the author concerned or at least one of the co-authors, as the case may be, gets registered.
  • Last date for submission of abstract is 30th June 2020
  • Confirmation mail of acceptance will be sent by 31st July 2020.

Formatting Instructions:

  • Use 12-point Times New Roman (TNR) font and 1.5 spacing in MS Word format. References may be single-spaced.
  • For figures, graphs, tables, appendices, and references, follow either the American Psychological Association (APA) or HARVARD guidelines.

Publication opportunities:

Selected papers (subject to a peer-review) will be published in an international journal and/or in an edited book with ISBN number by a renowned publishing house (to be announced soon).

Best Paper Awards:

In order to be considered for best paper award and best paper student award, the authors are required to submit full paper before 15th August 2020. The scientific committee will select the best paper & best student paper based on blind peer review system. A paper is eligible for best paper student award if the first author is a full-time student. This must be indicated in the submission process.

Full paper submission:

  • Authors who are interested in having their papers published in the edited book or to be recommended for journal submission need to send their full papers for the peer-review process.
  • There should be a declaration clearly stating that the paper has not been published/ sent for publication/ accepted for publication anywhere.
  • The paper should be in English, not exceeding 10000 words, with an abstract of 250 words, and 5 keywords.
  • The cover page should include title, authors’ names, affiliating institutions, and contact details (email as well as postal address).
  • Plagiarism of any kind will lead to the rejection of the paper.
  • Copyrighted materials, including those taken from any website, should be clearly identified, and the copyright holder’s explicit permission to reproduce it must be submitted separately.
  • No changes will be allowed in the paper title, abstract, and authorship after the submission.

Important Dates:

  • Extended abstract submission begins
    1st March 2020
  • Extended abstract Submission Closes
    30th June 2020
  • Communication for acceptance
    31st July 2020
  • Full paper submission deadline (optional)*
    15th August 2020
  • Early-bird registration deadline
    15th August 2020
  • Registration deadline
    1st September 2020
  • Conference
    26th-27th September 2020

Conference Fee

The registration fee for the conference including GST for various categories is given below:

    Early-bird Regular
National Doctoral Students INR 3500 INR 4500
Academics INR 5500 INR 6500
Industry Participants INR 6500 INR 8500
International Doctoral Students USD 200 USD 250
Academia/Industry Participants USD 250 USD 300


Conference fee includes conference kit, admission to the conference, technical sessions, plenary sessions, lunch, networking breaks with refreshments and Gala dinner.   Doctoral students must upload a certificate of student status from the head of the department with a seal, on the letterhead of the institute. Alternatively, the Student ID card can also be uploaded (both sides).


Prof. Santosh Kumar Tiwari
Assistant Professor
(Strategic Management)
IIM Amritsar
Prof. Harpreet Kaur
Assistant Professor (Operations Management and Quantitative Methods)
IIM Amritsar
Prof. Surender Rao Komera
Assistant Professor
(Finance, Accouting, and Control)
IIM Amritsar