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4. Submission Deadlind extended until November 1st, 2017. Submit Now

5. Industrial Tour: Okinawa Yakult Company


Yakult is a world leading company in the daily probiotic drink for the whole family. Established by Dr. Minoru Shirota in 1935, Yakult aims to produce healthing-improving drink by following three principles: “Preventive Medicine,” “A Healthy Intestinal Tract Leads to a Long Life,” and “A Price Anyone Can Afford.” Today, the company operates in 32 countries worldwide. The philosophy of Yakult is based on continuous research and innovation. Its position of leadership is the result of significant investment in R&D and quality control.

In this proposed industrial tour, you will learn about stories about Dr. Minoru Shirota and the history of Okinawa Yakult, the state-of-art laboratory of Yakult Central Research Institute, and the secrets of quality control and manufacturing process. Take a trip through our state-of-art facility, see how Yakult is made, and learn more about probiotics!

Time and date: 10:30-11:30 a.m., January 23, 2018
Venue: Okinawa Yakult Company
Meeting time: 10 a.m.
Meeting point: The Plaza of Okinawa Convention Center
Fee: Free!
Maximum: 20 participants (Participants who completed before the registration deadline have the priority to the tour.)
How to book the tour: To book on the online registration form

6. Call for Papers

2018 International Conference on Business and Information - Winter Session will be held in Okinawa, Japan during January 23 to 25, 2018. We welcome researchers, educators, graduate students and industrial professionals from all over the world to submit full papers or abstracts related to business and information. Detailed topics of interest are available at Conference Scope. Please read our Submission Guidelines and use our Templates for full paper and abstract to prepare your manuscripts.

The submission deadline is November 1, 2017. Submit your manuscript now! We look forward to your presentation in Okinawa.

About BAI-Winter 2018

Responding to permanently evolving information technology and growing challenges and global competition in business and management, International Conference on Business and Information (BAI) is dedicated to provide an international and interdisciplinary platform for researchers, educators, graduate students and industry professionals to share their research achievements and to discuss developing issues in the field of business and information. BAI-Winter 2018 is the best opportunity for delegates to establish business or research relationship and to develop global partnerships for future collaboration.

In addition to the presentation, BAI also offers awards and publication opportunities. About 5-10% of submissions will be selected and awarded as Distinguished Papers. Distinguished papers will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Business and Information (ISSN 1728-8673). All full papers accepted by the conference may be considered to be published in the Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387).

We invite authors to submit full papers or abstracts that match with the scope and topics of BAI-Winter 2018. Detailed topics of interest are available at “Conference Scope.” Listeners who are interested in business, management, and information are also welcome to join this event.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 2 weeks after Submission
Early registration deadline: November 10, 2017
Deadline for Submitting Final Manuscript: November 20, 2017
Registration Deadline: November 20, 2017
Tentative program announcement: November 25, 2017
Conference Dates: January 23-25, 2018

Chair, Local Chair, Speakers, and Invited Guest


Chair: Kiyoshi Ushikubo

The Faculty of Tourism Sciences and Industrial Management
University of the Ryukyus


Professor Kiyoshi Ushikubo is a faculty member of Department of Industrial Management. His fields of interest include human resource management, management of small business, and management in general. His researches and publications are associated with studies of small and medium enterprises in Japan and local management studies in Okinawa.


Local Chair: Keiichi Yamada

Nakamura Gakuen University


Professor, DBA, Graduate School and Under Graduate School of Business, Marketing and Distribution, The former Head of Graduate School of Business, Marketing and Distribution, Nakamura Gakuen University, Fukuoka, Japan. Director, Japan Association for Management System (JAMS), Branch Head of Kyushu & Okinawa Branch, JAMS, Director, Japan Society for Information and Management (JSIM), Vice Chairman of Awards Committee, JSIM, Branch Head of Kyushu Branch, Japan Society for Management Information (JASMIN), President, Japan Institute of Business Science (JIBS). Major and Research Interest: Corporate/Business Strategy, New Venture, Motivation and Career Development, Social Business, Global Management, Regional Development, and CSR, Legitimacy and Reputation Management.


Speaker: H. Keith Edwards

Computer Science and Engineering Department
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo


Dr. H. Keith Edwards is a professor at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. He obtained his bachelors degree in mathematics and creative writing with a minor in comparative literature from the University of Michigan in 1993 and his master's degree in mathematics and computer science from Eastern Michigan University in 1999. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2004 under the guidance of Dr. Michael A. Bauer. During that time, he also served as a research fellowship student at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies in Toronto, Ontario.

Dr. Edwards researchs applied areas of software engineering, health informatics, and implementation issues for management information systems. He spends his summers conducting research with Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario where he is a faculty fellow.


Speaker: George MacLean

Foreign Language Center
University of the Ryukyus


George MacLean is a professor at the University of Ryukyus, in Okinawa Japan. He is also president of the Okinawa chapter of the Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT). His fields of interest include second language acquisition, English Education, Curriculum Instruction, and Technology Education.


Speaker: Fathelalem. F Ali

Meio University


A professor of Information Systems, Faculty of International Studies, Meio University, Japan. He had his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Master’s degree in Electronics and Information Engineering, and obtained his doctorate degree of of Engineering in complex intelligent systems. His research themes include soft computation in optimization, information and networking Technologies and Applications. Some of his recent interests are paradigms and principles of digital information systems, intelligent applications, cyber world and IoT.


Invited Guest: Yuka Kawasaki

Hyogo University of Teacher Education


Yuka Kawasaki is an associate professor of the faculty of promote globalization education leader, Hyogo University of Teacher Education, in Hyogo, Japan.

International Liaisons

  • International Co-chair, Taiwan
    Che-Jen Su, Fu-Jen Catholic University
  • International Co-chair, Japan
    Jinsan Lin, Nagoya Sangyo University
  • International Co-chair, Malaysia
    Beh Loo See, University of Malaya
  • International Co-chair, Israel
    Yacov Kedem, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design
  • International Co-chair, Mauritius
    Hemant Kassean, University of Mauritius
  • International Co-chair, Iran
    Iraj Mahdavi, Mazandaran University of Science and Technology
  • International Co-chair, Sri Lanka
    J.A.S.K. Jayakody, University of Colombo
  • International Co-chair, Australia
    Fredy Valenzuela, University of New England
  • International Co-chair, Turkey
    Nihat Kasap, Sabanci University
  • International Co-chair, Singapore
    Rueylin Hsiao, National Chengchi University
  • International Co-chair, United States
    David Ang, Auburn University Montgomery

International Committee

  • Motohiro Aihara, Hokkaido University, Japan
    Chiraprapha Tan Akaraborworn, National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand
    İlker Akgün, Marmara University, Turkey
    Hsiu-Hui Chang, Chungyu Institute of Technology, Taiwan
    Yong-Sheng Chang, Tamkang University, Taiwan
    Sheng-Hung Chen, Nanhua University, Taiwan
    Ta-Cheng Chen, Asia University, Taiwan
    You-Shyang Chen, Hwa Hsia University of Technology, Taiwan
    Shih-Yu Cheng, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
    Hsin Yi, Chi, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
    Byunghun Choi, Kongju National University, Korea
    Chang-Chien Chou, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
    Laurentiu David, Centennial College, Canada
    Decha Dechawatanapaisal, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    Elena Druica, University of Bucharest, Romania
    Keith Edwards, University of Hawaii at Hilo, U.S.A
    Wei-Shang Fan, Nanhua University, Taiwan
    Fernando Ferreira, University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal
    Darryl Kennedy, Forsyth Massey University, New Zealand
    Peter Harris, New York Institute of Technology, U.S.A

  • Gwo-Jiun Horng, Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
    Tsung-Yu Hsieh, Ming Dao University, Taiwan
    Shou-Ren Hu, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
    Ting-Chung Huang, Ching Kuo Institute of Management and Health, Taiwan
    Sadaya Kubo, Setsunan University, Japan
    Jin-Duan Lai, Jin Wen University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
    Fang-Ling Lin, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
    Jun-You Lin, National Open University, Taiwan
    Meng-Lung Lin, Aletheia University, Taiwan
    Chu-Hsiung Lin, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
    Shang-Chia Liu, Fujen Catholic University, Taiwan
    Olga Makarova, St. Petersburg University, Russia
    Gianmario Motta, University of Pavia, Italy
    Egon Müller, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany
    Lukas Pichl, Interntional Christian University, Japan
    Tsui-Yii Shih, National Taipei University of Business, Taiwan
    Baruch Shimoni, Bar Ilan University, Israel
    Yi-Hsien Wang, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan
    Chia-Hung Wei, Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
    Faizal Bin Yahya, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    Shu Zhang, Chongqing University, China

Awards and Publication Opportunities

Outstanding Paper Awards

About 5-10% of submissions will be selected and awarded as Distinguished Papers. We will announce the list of award winner in conference program.

Publication Opportunities

Authors are given the option to present their works at the conference either with or without an accompanying full written paper. All abstracts and full papers are anonymously reviewed by peers and will be published in the Conference proceedings (ISSN 1729-9322).

Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions of their papers for the following journals:


The International Journal of Business and Information

Distinguished papers will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Business and Information (IJBI, print ISSN 1728-8673, e-ISSN 2520-0151 and DOI 10.6702/ijbi ), an official publication of the International Business Academics Consortium (IBAC). IJBI is dedicated to advancing interdisciplinary and multifunctional academic research and management practices across business and information technology (IT) or information systems (IS).

IJBI is indexed or abstracted in: ABI/INFORM (ProQuest); Australian Research Council Journal List; Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Management, CEPS (Chinese Electronic Periodical Service), EBSCO host Index of Information Systems Journals, TBMC (Chinese Electronic Periodical Service), Taiwan Citation Index, WorldCat and Ulrich's periodicals directory.


Administrative Sciences

You are invited to contribute a research article or a comprehensive review for consideration and publication in Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387). Administrative Sciences is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal, which publishes original theoretical and empirical work on organization studies. Administrative Sciences is published in open access format—research articles,reviews and other contents are released on the Internet immediately after acceptance. The scientific community and the public have unlimited, free access to the content as soon as it is published. We would be pleased to welcome you as one of our authors.

Administrative Sciences is now indexed/abstracted in Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI - Web of Science), EBSCOhost (EBSCO Publishing), ABI/INFORM Global (ProQuest), Business Premium Collection(ProQuest), Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers (NSD), etc.


Starting from 2004, BAI has served as an international forum for scholars, educators and professionals of business and information disciplines to exchange their ideas and share the latest research achievements.

  • BAI 2004 Taipei, Taiwan
  • BAI 2005 Hong Kong
  • BAI 2006 Singapore
  • BAI 2007 Tokyo, Japan
  • BAI 2008 Seoul, Korea
  • BAI 2009 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • BAI 2010 Kitakyushu, Japan
  • BAI 2011 Bangkok, Thailand
  • BAI 2012 Sapporo, Japan

Conference Scope

Papers and presentations regarding the below topics are of particular interest to the conference. However, these suggested topics of research and writing are not meant to be limitations and the conference program is open to all substantive areas of formal and informal research. Authors may present papers documenting relevant activities, pilot studies, feasibility studies or developmental work.

  • Accounting
  • Big Data
  • Business Administration
  • Business and Information Systems
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Business Policy and Strategy
  • Business Research Methods
  • Corporate Finance and Governance
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Data Mining
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Economics
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Enterprise Systems and Industry Solutions
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management
  • Health Care and Social Welfare Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • ICT Management
  • Information Security and Risk Management
  • Information Technology
  • Information Visualization
  • Innovation Management
  • International Business
  • Internet of Things
  • Knowledge Management
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Management Education
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, or Restructuring
  • Mobile Commerce & Services
  • Non-Profit Sector Management
  • Project Management
  • R&D Management
  • Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable Development
  • Tourism Management
  • Web Technology and Management
  • Other Related Topics

Submission Guidelines and Templates

    1. Policy

    By submitting a manuscript to BAI-Winter 2018, authors acknowledge that it has not been previously published or accepted for publication in substantially similar form in any peer-reviewed venue including journals or conferences.

    2. Language

    Authors MUST prepare their manuscripts in English. Either American or British style is acceptable, but authors should use one consistently throughout.

    3. Manuscript format and templates

    The format of citations and references MUST conform to APA (American Psychological Association) style. For more technical specification regarding citations and references, please refer to Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or APA Style Center.

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    4. File format

    Authors are required to submit manuscripts in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

    5. Paper length

    Full paper: within 30 pages, including abstract, keywords, main text, tables/figures, references, and acknowledgement.

    Abstract: within 1 page for regular abstract or 2 pages for an extended abstract.

    6. Abstract and keywords

    Immediately following the names of the author(s), type ABSTRACT in all capitals, centered, 12-point Times New Roman. Include a one-paragraph abstract of approximately 150 to 300 words in 12-point Times New Roman, summarizing the purpose and findings of the research. At the end of the abstract, include a line with 3 to 5 keywords.

    7. Main text and paper size

    All text paragraphs should begin flush left. The text throughout should be in 12-point Times New Roman, single-spaced, and right-justified. Use black for front color.

    The manuscript should be A4 [i.e., 21.0 centimeters (8.27 inches) by 29.69 centimeters (11.69 inches)], and the margins should be set to Word's default: top and bottom 2.54 centimeters (1.00 inches), right and left 3.17 centimeters (1.25 inches). The layout should be one-column portrait.

    8. Tables and figures

    Tables: Tables should be numbered sequentially using Arabic numerals (e.g., Table 1, Table 2), and each table should have a descriptive title. The table number and title should be typed in bold type, single-spaced, and centered across the top of the table, in 12-point Times New Roman.

    Figures: All figures in the manuscript should be numbered sequentially using Arabic numerals (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2), and each figure should have a descriptive title. The figure number and title should be typed in bold type, single-spaced, and centered across the bottom of the figure, in 12-point Times New Roman.

    9. Page numbers, header, and footer

    Do NOT insert any page number, header, and footer.

    10. Author(s) identifying information

    The author(s), affiliation(s), and corresponding author’s e-mail address should be single-spaced and centered on the lines below the title, in 12-point Times New Roman. Please do not add titles (e.g., Dr., Professor, or Dean) before the author name(s).

    Keep author(s) identifying information in the manuscript (including acknowledgement). We will remove it before your manuscript is sent to anonymous peer review.

    11. Online submission

    Use Conference Management System to submit your manuscript.

Submission Deadline

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Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017. Get ready to submit in...


1. No matter the paper is single authored or multi-authored, if you would like to have the paper published in the conference proceedings, you need to pay registration fee for each paper.
2. If your submission is multi-authored and additional authors would like to attend the conference, each additional author has to register and pay the registration fee separately.
3. Registered authors will receive a copy of conference proceedings in USB format, admission to all conference sessions, coffee breaks, and lunch for 2 days.
4. Cancellation Policy for the Conference
Cancellation Policy: If we receive your written cancellation before 23:59 (GMT+8), November 20, 2017, the registration fees will be refunded, deducted by an administrative fee of US$100. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after 23:59 (GMT+8), November 20, 2017. All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing to the Registration Secretariat (

Information: Venue, Visa and About Okinawa



BAI-Winter 2018 will be held at Conference Hall B of Okinawa Convention Center (Address: 4-3-1 Mashiki, Ginowan City, Okinawa 901-2224, Japan)

The Convention Center is about 40 minutes ride (14 kilometers) from the Naha Airport and about 30 minutes ride (10 kilometers) from the center of Naha City. Detail information about public transportation is available at Maps and Directions.


Japan Visa

Please look at the list of the countries that are eligible for the visa exemption agreement with Japan. If your country is included in the list, you usually do not need to apply for an entry visa to Japan.

If your country is not included in the list, you need to obtain a short-term stay visa (“tanki-shouyou visa” in Japanese) from the embassy of Japan in your country.
Read carefully the Japanese visa guide provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Please be informed that it is the embassy of Japan in your country that makes a decision on issuing a visa. Usually, the procedure takes considerably long, it would be recommended that you begin the procedure as early as possible.

About Okinawa

Located in the East China Sea between Taiwan and Japan's mainland, Okinawa is a Japanese prefecture comprising more than 150 islands. The tropical climate, broad beaches, and coral reefs, as well as its cultural heritages, make Okinawa a popular travel destination in the world. When the main island of Japan is covered by snow between January and February, the earliest cherry blossom has arrived in Okinawa!

Visit Okinawa convention & Visitors Bureau
for more travel information.