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1.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 October 1, 2017. Sumbit 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 partnership for future collaboration.

In addition to 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 Contemporary Management Research (ISSN 1813-5498).

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: October 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 and Speaker


Chair: Professor 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.


Speaker: Professor 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.

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 University of Singapore
  • International Co-chair-United States
    David Ang, Auburn University Montgomery

International Committee

  • Yong-Sheng Chang, Tamkang University
    Hsiu-Hui Chang, Chungyu Institute of Technology
    Sheng-Hung Chen, Nanhua University
    Ta-Cheng Chen, Asia University
    Hsin Yi Chi, National Chung Hsing University
    Byunghun Choi, Kongju National University
    Chang-Chien Chou, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology
    Laurentiu David, Centennial College
    Wei-Shang Fan, Nanhua University
    Darryl Kennedy Forsyth, Massey Univeristy
    Shou-Ren Hu, National Cheng Kung University
    Ting-Chung Huang, Ching Kuo Institute of Management and Health

  • Sadaya Kubo, Setsunan University
    Jin-Duan Lai, JinWen University of Science and Technology
    Fang-Ling Lin, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology
    Jun-You Lin, National Open University
    Meng-Lung Lin, Aletheia University
    Olga Makarova, St.Petersburg University
    Gianmario Motta, University of Pavia
    Tsui-Yii Shih, National Taipei University of Business
    Baruch Shimoni, Bar Ilan University
    Yi-Hsien Wang, Chinese Culture University
    Chia-Hung Wei, Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology
    Faizal Bin Yahya, National University of Singapore

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 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), 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.


Contemporary Management Research

All full papers accepted by the conference may be considered to be published in the Contemporary Management Research (CMR, ISSN 1813-5498). CMR is listing/indexing in EBSCO host, ProQuest ABI/INFORM, Ulrich's periodicals directory, Cabell's Directory, and the Index of Information Systems Journals.


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

Authors are invited to submit full papers or abstracts related to all aspects of business and information including but not limited to the following topics:

  • 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

    1. Policy

    Contributors must confirm that manuscripts are UNPUBLISHED and NOT under review anywhere else. Plagiarism is NOT acceptable in submissions.

    2. Language

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

    3. Manuscript format

    Manuscripts should 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.

    4. File format

    Contributors are required to submit manuscripts in Microsoft Word format. Please download manuscript template for full-paper or abstract to prepare your manuscripts.

    5. Paper length

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

    Abstract: less than 800 words within 1 page or 2 pages for an extended abstract.

    6. Keywords

    List 3-5 keywords below your abstract.

    7. Front

    12-point Times New Roman in black color.

    8. Paragraph and layout

    Single-spaced and one-column Portrait.

    9. Margin

    Normal (Top :2.54 cm , Bottom: 2.54 cm; Left : 3.18cm , Right: 3.18cm).

    10. Page numbers

    Do NOT insert any page numbers.

    11. Author(s) identifying information

    Keep your Author(s) identifying information in the manuscript and formate it in accordance with the setting in the templates. We will remove it before your manuscripts are sent to anonymous peer review.

    12. Template

    Download templates for Full paper or Abstract.

    13. Online submission

    Use Conference Management System to submit your manuscript.

Submission Deadline

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


1. Please use your account to log in to Conference Management System to process your registration. Only registered authors’ manuscripts will be published in the proceedings.
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 ([email protected]).

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 (kilometer) form the Naha Airport and about 30 minutes ride (10 kilo meter) from the center of Naha city. Detail information about public transportantion 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.