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 International Conference:
Transnational Corporations and China
November 19-20, 2012 (main Conference) Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
November 21-23, 2012 (optional subsidiary seminars & workshops)
On a Yangtze River Cruise
 
Call for Papers
For a PDF File, please click here 2012 Wuhan Conference CfP.pdf 

Jointly Organized by

·   The Economics and Management School, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
·   Transnational Corporations Review, Ottawa United Learning Academy, Canada
·   The School of Business, Hubei University, Hubei, China 

1.  Conference Overview

For over a generation, China has been implementing daring reforms and advancing firmly towards a modern market economy (mixed economy) based on the aspirations of the growing middle class. While still nominally an “emerging market” of the East, it occupies a special place as a G-2 country since the onset of this Great Recession globally. As we all are in the same "Great Recession" boat of the global economy, this global-based Conference at the heart (Wuhan) of the “Middle Kingdom” of the Chinese nation focuses on collaborative and interactive roles of governments and transnational corporations in the modern social and economic development of China and emerging markets in general. In particular, China's rapid integration into the global economy has created tremendous and ill-understood new opportunities for all the global economy and institutional stakeholders. Featuring top experts, this conference, jointly organized by the School of Economics and Management in Wuhan University in China and Journal of Transnational Corporations Review in the Ottawa United Learning Academy in Canada, offers a unique forum for business, government and academia leaders and analysts to discuss and practically assess the existing opportunities and how to optimally advance them in the near future. 

2. Special Advisors

·   Professor Jiyong Chen, Wuhan University, China
·   Dr. Karl Sauvant, Columbia University, USA
·   Professor Oded Shenkar, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University, USA
·   Dr. Yongding Yu, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
·   Professor Sam Zhao, University of Denver, USA
·   Professor Yongnian Zheng, National University of Singapore, Singapore

3. Keynote Speakers (to be confirmed):

·   Professor Oded Shenkar, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University, USA
·   Dr. Yongding Yu, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
·   Professor Sam Zhao, University of Denver, USA
·   Professor Yongnian Zheng, National University of Singapore, Singapore

4. Supporting organizations

·   Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, Columbia University, USA
·   European Working Group on Transnational Corporations, Germany
·   Investment Analysis Center, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Switzerland
·   Economic Research and Policy Analysis, Industry Canada
·   Center for Transnationals’ Studies, Nankai University, China
·   Research Center on Transnational Corporations, MOFCOM, P. R. China

5.  The Conference Theme is on transnational corporations and China, with the major topics as listed but not limited to the following

·   Chinese Firms’ Outward FDI, Global Strategy, and Overseas Merger & Acquisition
·   Chinese Firms’ International Marketing, HR and Operations Management
·   Cross-Cultural Management for TNCs’ Management in China and the World
·   E-Commerce in a Global Context
·   Globalization and Agricultural Development in China and the World
·   Globalization of R&D and Innovation Management
·   International Trade and Investment Theories & Policies in China and the World
·   International Entrepreneurship and SMEs’ Internationalization
·   Service Industry’s Globalization
·   TNCs’ Business Ethics and Sustainability in China and the world
·   TNCs’ Development and Management in China
·   TNCs’ Global Supply Chain Management (Logistics, Sourcing, Purchasing, etc.)

6.  Date, Venue, Registration, Hotels and Languages

Main Conference:
Dates: November 19-20 (Monday -- Tuesday), 2012
Venue: Economics and Management School of Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
-- Sunday, November 18: Registration (9:00 - 22:00); City Tour in Wuhan(13:00-18:00)
-- Monday -Tuesday, November 19(9:00-18:00)- 20(8:30-12:00): Keynote speeches and parallel sessions
-- Tuesday, November 20 (14:00-18:00): Plant visit
 
Workshop on Collaborative Research & Publication on SCI/SSCI Journals (Optional):
Dates: November 21-23 (Wednesday-Friday), 2012;
Venue: A Yangtze River Cruise (5*)
Tuesday, November 20 (18:00-22:00): Coach to Yichang and boarding onto the cruiser
Wednesday-Friday, November 21-23, workshop and Yangtze Cruise Tour (www.yangtzethreegorges.com)
Saturday, November 24 (8:00): Arriving at Chongqing and conclusion of the whole conference
 
Registration and conference hotel: Hongyi Hotel(www.wdhy-hotel.com)
Address: 136, Donghu Road, Wuchang, Wuhan, China
Phone: + 86-27-6781 9888
 
Conference Languages: English and Chinese  

7.  Publications of the Conference

All accepted papers will be published by the journal of Transnational Corporations Review (TNCR) in English and Chinese as a special collection, and requested for the relevant indexes. Excellent papers will be selected by the conference academic committee and recommended to be published in one or two regular issues with SSCI indexing.

8.  Paper Submission

All papers should be submitted to the TNCR editorial office by email at tncr.special@gmail.com. For the submission details on paper format, please follow the “Author’s Guidelines” on TNCR’s website: www.tnc-online.net/page/guidelines/index.php. Each paper should not exceed 30 pages (double spaced with 12pt font Times New Roman, including the paper, reference, tables and graphs). A cover page should be included with the title, authors’ names, affiliations and contact details such as postal address, phone and email address. 

9.  Important Dates

·   Paper submission: September 30, 2012
·   Notification of Paper Acceptance: June 1 – September 30, 2012
·   Final Paper (print-ready) Submission: October 15, 2012
·   Main Conference Dates: November 19 - 20, 2012
·   Workshop on Yangtze Cruise Tour (Optional): November 21-23, 2012

10.  Conference Fees

·         Conference Registration Fee: USD300/ RMB2000 (early registration before August 31, 2012 receives 20% discount: RMB1600/USD240), this covers conference materials, 5 conference lunches/dinners, coffee and tea, refreshments, plant visit, and transports between the hotel and conference site. Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses.

·         Publication Fee: USD150/RMB1000 This is to cover the expenses for reviewing, editing, publishing and indexing the paper(s) on the special issues of TNCR journal. The paper is limited within 10 pages and there will be an extra charge of RMB300/USD50) for per extra page.

·         Workshop Registration Fee (Optional): USD680/RMB4300 This is to cover the fees for the workshop on Collaborative Research and Publication on SCI/SSCI Journals, the visit to Three Gorges Dam and the Yangtze Cruise Tour (5* cruiser with room and board, based on 2 people sharing one standard room. Room upgrades for single occupancy on request depend on availability at the registration and payment time, and the price might be doubled or more).

11.  Conference Secretariat

·   WU, Xianming, Wuhan University, Secretariat General
·   DANG, Hugh, Secretariat General, Overseas
·   YANG, Yanlin, Wuhan University Conference Adviser
·   LIU, Xueyuan, Wuhan University, Acting Secretariat General
·   YUAN, Gloria, Overseas Coordinator
·   LEI, Hao, Wuhan University, International Coordinator
·   ZHAO, Qiwei, Wuhan University, Domestic Coordinator

12.  Conference Website & Contact Information:

Conference Website: For any news or updates about the conference, please go to the following website for details:
·         The Economics and Management School of Wuhan University: http://ems.whu.edu.cn/trc
·         The Transnational Corporations Review: www.tnc-online.org
 
For registrations and information of the Conference and workshop, please contact:
School of Economics and Management, Wuhan University (Website: http://ems.whu.edu.cn)
Luojiashan, Wuhan, Hubei, P. R. China (Post Code: 430072) Attn: Professor Xueyuan Liu (Email: x.liu@whu.edu.cn) or: Dr Hao Lei (email: haolei@whu.edu.cn)
 
For paper submissions, please contact:
Transnational Corporations Review (www.tnc-online.net). Add: 58 Rideau Heights Dr. Ottawa, ON K2E 7A6 Canada, Attn: Professer Jennifer Ma (Email: sino@tnc-online.org)

13.  About Wuhan and the Yangtze River Cruise

Wuhan, situated in the heart of China, is the capital of the Hubei province with a population of about 9.1 million (per 2006 census). It is a modern and energetic metropolis with unlimited possibilities, and a commercial center of finance, industry, trade and science, with many international companies located here. Having scientific, technological and educational institutions such as Laser City and the Wuhan University, the city is also known as an intellectual and innovation center. Located at the crossroads of central China, Wuhan is also a transportation hub for air, railway as well as ferry traffic. The distance from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou is more or less equal. And the giant Yangtse River (Chang Jiang), the world's third longest river, and the Han River pass through the city, and divide the cities into 3 towns: Hankou, Hanyang, and Wuchang.

Pearls of this excellent city, the city of the “White Clouds and Yellow Crane” legend With a history that dates back more than 3,500 years, Wuhan is one of the “Chinese Famous Cities of History and Culture”. It became a busy port during the Han Dynasty about 2000 years ago. At around 223 AD, Yellow Crane Tower, one of the symbols of the town, was first constructed as a military watch tower, and in the early 8th century became the most famous building in Central China through the poetry of Cui Hao during the Tang Dynasty. It was later destroyed and rebuilt over ten times.

                           

The Chime Bells - the world’s 8th wonder is the most famous treasure of the town. It is the largest bronze musical instrument ever discovered in the world and was widely regarded as the 8th wonder in the world. With a set of bells of different sizes, it can play various tones of the musical scale, and the timbre is quite beautiful. In the Music Hall of the Hubei Provincial Museum, musicians wearing ancient clothes play a replica of the Chime Bells from 11:00 to 16:00 every day. You will surely be enchanted by the ancient beautiful music, which has been played overseas on many occasions.

The East Lake is the largest lake within a city in China, and is six times the size of the West Lake (Xi Hu) in Hangzhou. Visitors can enjoy many varieties of fish, water birds and plants. Orchids, lotus, cherry bay and plum blossoms also highlight the marvelous lake. 78 cherry blossom trees donated by the former Japanese Premier Minister Tanaka Kakueiare are growing prosperously in this area.

                  

Yangtze River Three Gorges Cultural Exploration Tour The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and third longest in the world, stretching almost 4,000 miles from its humble beginnings on the Tibetan Plateau to its end at Shanghai where it flows into the East China Sea. Your days on the cruise will be filled with sights of stunning scenery of the Three Gorges through mountains, nature reserves and farmlands. The Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydropower dam in the world, uses water for generating power which is vital to the Chinese people. Consisting of 32 primary generators, this dam has stamped a place in history specific to engineering. The massive turbines are specially designed to help navigate the flow of the river, improve electricity production, lower risk of downstream flooding, and even reduce greenhouse gases. Unfortunately, the construction of the dam displaced more than one million people from a number of nearby towns and cities.

[Note: this document is based on Dr. Adrian Liu’s version from Wuhan University on February 24, 2012]

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