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Sabaragamuwa University Creates History by Conducting an Indexed Research Conference

Being situated 160 km away from the country’s capital city, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka never gives up its quality of conducting Academic, Research and Extracurricular activities as a Green State University. Being awarded as an ‘A’ graded faculty by the University Grants Commission, the Faculty of Management Studies has been carrying out its duties and responsibilities with the highest student population.
Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (SUSL) will host the 6th Interdisciplinary Conference of Management Researchers (ICMR) 2021 on 16th and 17th December 2021 via both online and off line platforms. The theme ‘Fostering global vicinity today for a resilient future’ will focus on this 6th ICMR 2021. The event would be graced by Prof. John W. Creswell (USA) and Prof. H. Kent Baker (USA) and Prof. Dr. Hartwig Bohne (Denmark), who are renowned Researchers of Academia.
The conference provides a platform in Sri Lanka for local and international Researchers and Academics to disseminate their research findings while exploring global alliances to enhance the quality and strength of the Interdisciplinary Conference on Management Researchers. Further, it intends to strengthen the network among Young Researchers and local and foreign management experts while encouraging multidisciplinary dialogues between Researchers and Practitioners in conjunction with different research findings and implications.
University and Academic Partnerships: ICMR 2021
Academic and research collaborations between two geographically distant and culturally diversified but institutionally comparable Universities may lead both the host University and the partner institutions for several benefits. The initiation of future research collaborations, the introduction of staff and student exchange programs, and enhancement of branding and global ranking are a few to be emphasised.
This conference will create a platform to initiate future Academic partnerships with proposed Universities as those Universities also offer standard programs and expertise in management. In such instances, it is significant to identify specific areas for long-term partnerships where partnership and collaboration will benefit both Universities. Further, such partnerships will lead to organising staff and student exchange programs to share knowledge, advanced technology, and diversified cultures existing around the region. Academic partnerships will also enhance branding and global ranking to get the attention of international academia as they have a collective intellectual wealth.
This time, the Interdisciplinary Conference of Management Researchers (ICMR-2021) is being organised for the 6thconsecutive year and proudly collaborated with Emerald Publishing as the academic partner and remarked a milestone of the faculty history. Emerald Publishing has extended its supportive hands to the research conference in many aspects, including opening opportunities for best manuscripts to be published in renowned journals such as the International Journal of Emerging Markets and the South Asian Journal of Marketing. Further, the faculty have collaborated with the Gulf Medical University (Ajman, UAE), Shaheed Bhagat Sing College of the University of Delhi, and University of Technology MARA, Malaysia, to conduct its management conference on an international scale. It is revealed that the faculty has granted special grants and opportunities for the partner Universities to bring international scholars to the research conference.
Professional Collaborations
This is the first time that a conference is being conducted in association with most of the Professional Institutions in Sri Lanka. For instance, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM), Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL), CFA Sri Lanka Society, CMA Sri Lanka, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka (CIPM) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) joined hand with the Faculty of Management Studies in sponsoring their 6th ICMR. The faculty has granted an exceptional package for the students of the Professional Institutions in making this conference a great success.
Publication Opportunities
The conference’s best papers (12 manuscripts) will be published in Advances in Emerging Markets and Business Operations as an edited book (Scopus indexed) published by Taylor and Francis Group. The other papers submitted and presented at the conference will be published in the Post-Conference Proceedings, subject to their acceptance by the review committee, immediately after the conference. Cambridge Publishing, UK, will publish Post-conference proceedings. In addition, ICMR has collaborated with renowned journals such as FIIB Business Review (SAGE Publishing), South Asian Journal of Marketing (Emerald), International Journal of Emerging Markets (Emerald), Asian Journal of Management Studies, and South Asian Journal of Tourism and Hospitality in providing the participants a variety of publication opportunities across the globe.
Best Paper Awards
The best papers of each track are to be awarded by the International Journal of Emerging Markets (Emerald Publishing), South Asian Journal of Marketing (Emerald Publishing) and FIIB Business Review (SAGE Publishing) in collaborations with the Professional Institutions in providing greater recognition for the efforts made by the Researchers.
Commenting on the conference, Professor Udaya Rathnayake, Vice-Chancellor, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, highlighted the importance of the Research Conference by adding the quote, “Research is to see what everybody else has seen and to think what nobody hasn’t thought.” Prof. Athula Gnanapala, Dean, Faculty of Management Studies, stated the importance of inculcating and promoting a research culture in the new normal, creating a research-based new economy, and laying the foundation stone to uplift the faculty status internationally as few objectives of the conference. Prof. M.S.M. Aslam, Chairman, Research and Publication Unit, said that this is the first time that an indexed conference is conducted in association with all the Professional Institutions in Sri Lanka. We invite all the Researchers across the globe to submit their articles to the conference.
Dr. Jayantha N. Dewasiri, Chairman, ICMR-2021 and the Brand Ambassador of Emerald Publishing, South Asia, stated that organising such an international research conference is purely based on dedicated Researchers’ quality work and a solid commitment to the faculty. He further said that “high-quality research work could open thousands of avenues for any citizen to boost the economy in challenging conditions. We are not just doing a Conference, it is a Conference with a global presence with ample opportunities for the publications”.
Ms. Buddhika Dharmarathna (Co-Chair), Dr. LAC Sajeewani (Co-Chair), Ms. JCRA Sadaruwani (Co-Chair), Malith Amarasinghe (Co-Chair), Dr. Nadee Mahawattha (Secretary), Ms. Shanika Rathnasiri (Co-ordinating Secretary) and Ms. Miuni Shamika (Treasurer) are contributing as the Organising Committee of the conference.
The Submissions
The calling for abstracts will open from the July 12, 2021, and the Researchers can submit their papers to [email protected] . Please visit http://www.icmr.sab.ac.lk/ for more information.

Dr. Jayantha N. Dewasiri
Chairman: ICMR 2021
Brand Ambassador – South Asia: Emerald Publishing

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