6th Global Strategy and Emerging Markets Conference

Simon Fraser University’s Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies is pleased to announce the 6th Global Strategy and Emerging Markets Conference, in partnership with Cornell University Emerging Markets Institute, Northeastern University Center for Emerging Markets, and The University of Texas at Dallas Center for Global Business.

This conference provides a platform to bring together senior and junior scholars, doctoral students, practitioners, and policymakers in the fields of international business, strategic management, cross-cultural management, technology strategy, and global entrepreneurship with shared interests in global strategy, emerging markets, and emerging market multinationals.

Previous GSEM conferences have been held in Miami (2016), Boston (2017), Miami (2018), Dallas (2019), and Ithaca (2020)


The theme of GSEM 2022 is “Geopolitics, Emerging Markets, and Global Strategies.” The global world order – a system of rules, norms, and practices driving business activities – has been under pressure as exemplified by the growing rivalry between China and the United States, a rise in protectionism and investment restrictions, and the enhanced nationalistic sentiments triggered by COVID-19. Multinational enterprises (MNEs) have been challenged to navigate in an uncertain world characterized by increased political, economic, environmental, and health risks.

This year’s conference seeks to not only understand the impact that these changes have on companies but also outline the strategies that companies pursue to navigate this environment. Given that this year’s conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, we encourage scholars to address these questions in reference to the Asia-Pacific region but also welcome submissions focusing on other regions and countries.


Submission Dates

  • Submission Deadline: January 23, 2022

  • Notice of Acceptance: February 6, 2022

  • Registration deadline*: April 15, 2022
    * One author for each accepted paper/proposal must register

We invite you to submit papers (≤ 40 pages all-inclusive with double-spaced text following Academy of Management Journal guidelines) OR proposals (5 single-spaced pages all-inclusive following Strategic Management Society conference guidelines). In particular, we encourage the submission of work by scholars residing in emerging markets.

You can find more information on the conference's themes in our call for papers page.

Venue and format

While we hope that the conference will be held in person in Vancouver, Canada with some online components, the venue for the conference will be determined in early 2022 on the basis of Covid-19’s trajectory and the ability of our global community to tackle the pandemic.

In addition to research presentations, the conference will feature keynote speeches, paper development sessions, and industry, practitioner and policymaker panels. Selected attendees will have an opportunity to record a podcast or a video featuring their research that will be posted on the Jack Austin Centre website.