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International Business Conference 2021

About the conference

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Brundtland Report (1987)

Sustainable development, put succinctly, is a way of organizing a society so that it can exist in the long term. This means taking into account both the present and future needs of society, such as preservation of the environment and natural resources, and social and economic equity. It therefore encompasses maintaining the balance between the often competing concepts of society’s various needs, and the preservation of natural environment. If implemented efficaciously, the society’s current needs are met, while future generations will also be able to meet their needs.

The historic adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 created an opportunity for individual and collective efforts among member states, towards the fulfilment of the SDGs by 2030. The aim of the 2030 UN SDG agenda is to achieve an improved and sustainable future, across multiple sectors in all nations of the world. The SDGs aim to improve social, economic and well-being aspects of our lives, such as achieving quality education, health and wellness, reducing poverty and hunger, clean water and sanitation, affordable energy, work opportunities and economic growth, innovation and infrastructure, sustainable cities and communities, peace and justice, climate action and partnerships. https://sdgs.un.org/goals

While the SDGs are strongly supported by business enterprises, innovative practices and digital technologies, in challenging times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to address sustainable development for the future.

Accordingly, the aim of the HCT International Business Conference, ASD2021, is to contribute to the research and knowledge on sustainable development and the roles of business, innovation and digital technologies in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The SDGs, and the sustainable development agenda, adopted by the UAE have been incorporated as the framework and guideline for the conference, with the theme of “Achieving Sustainable Development through Business, Innovation and Digital Technologies”.


Call for Papers

Interested parties are invited to submit papers for consideration to be included in the conference program. All submissions should be of empirical, conceptual and critical work within the following topics, which address are within the context of sustainability development at the macro level.

The call for paper is available via this Link


Conference tracks

All submissions should be of empirical, conceptual and critical work within the following topics, which address are within the context of sustainability development at the macro level.

Topics of interest

  • Consumption and Marketing
  • Data Analytics and Information Systems
  • Economics and Finance
  • Education and Society
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Human Capital Development
  • Industry and Supply Chain
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Quality and Strategy
  • Tourism and Environment



ABRA Business Research Award

To promote and honour excellence in research, the HCT Faculty of Business introduced the annual ABRA awards, which recognize and reward faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to research in the field of business. The ABRA awards are presented during the HCT’s international business conference to recognize the superior works published in the preceding year.

The awards recognize faculty members who have distinguished themselves among their peers both within and outside HCT. The awards show appreciation for recently published efforts and also provide compensation for research activities of faculty members, who meet their task goals and also contribute to quality research.

ABRA Awards Aims:

  • Recognize and encourage faculty research and scholarship, increasing faculty publication through awarding the best research output.
  • Optimize the publication and dissemination of faculty research through awards, conferences, online repositories, journal citation reports, website and social media channels, to enhance its visibility, citation rate and impact.
  • Provide an enabling research environment to the faculty and student body in order to remain both research-active and competitive.

All HCT Business Faculty members are welcome to self-nominate for the ABRA award.

ABRA Awards Nomination process:

  1. Faculty members can self-nominate for the award
  2. The nomination must include a research statement written by the faculty being nominated as well as his/her most up-to-date CV and a copy of the published work.
  3. The award is given in two categories: Research Paper (2 awards) and Book (1 award)
  4. The nominated paper/book needs to meet at least four of the following conditions:
    1. The research paper was published in a Scopus indexed journal in the preceding year.
    2. The book was published by a reputable publishing house in the preceding year.
    3. The paper/book makes a significant contribution to the field. (i.e. number of citations, adoption of the book as a textbook by an institution of higher learning, etc.)
    4. The author (faculty member) is demonstrating distinction in their own research (serving as a reviewer or editor, training junior researchers, etc.) and leadership in the HCT’s overall research efforts (with quantifiable impact, e.g. h-index)
    5. The faculty member is the primary, or lead, author of the paper/book
    6. The faculty member must also have successfully involved at least one student from the Faculty of Business in his/her research
  • Venue Online
  • Date 18/10/2021