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First International Conference on Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences

22-24 November 2011
Venue: Hotel Pullman Dubai Mall of the Emirates 


The world as a whole and the UAE in particular has been emerging from the wrenching cataclysm that the Great Recession was. The UAE, however, has shown much resilience and it stands well-poised to take wing as the world economy begins to take flight. Academics can contribute much to this process both in terms of explaining why the world stumbled as well as in charting a path for the future. It is in this spirit that the conference is being held and in the expectation that emerging research paradigms will find expression at the ERPBSS conference.

The objective of this conference is to provide an opportunity for academics to discuss new concepts, progressive methodologies, embryonic approaches and innovative practices within the world of business and the wider social environment. Given that social enquiry is still a maturing field of educational study within this region, it is crucial that business systems, processes and structures are considered in conjunction with contributions from such contemporary fields of social enquiry as media studies, psychology, sociology and tourism education. This is indeed pertinent for understanding service sector economies and societies, as well as comprehending the future role of education as a strategy and contributor to a sustainable learning culture and environment.

Middlesex University Dubai will hold its First International Conference on Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences (ERPBSS) from 22-24 November, 2011 in Dubai, UAE. The theme of the conference is particularly apt for UAE and Dubai at many different levels. The UAE is seen as one of the top ten emerging nations in the world. Starting from its humble beginnings, the country has burst on to the world stage as a dynamic economy boasting of ultra-modern cities such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai, cities capable of being compared favourably in terms of social and physical infrastructure with some of the great cities of the world. The UAE is also an emerging centre in tourism, health, construction and many other areas. More significantly, it is staking its claim to be called a major educational centre in the region. With over 50 foreign universities present, the claim does have much credibility. Equally striking has been the large number of countries represented among the student population and faculty alike.


The Conference includes 6 main tracks


1.     Business and Management

2.     Education

3.     Psychology and Sociology

4.     Media Studies

5.     Tourism and Hospitality

6.     Information and Knowledge Management


Full details can be found at the conference website:


Important Deadlines

  • Submission of Abstract :15 February 2011
  • Acceptance of submission :15 April 2011
  • Submission of Full Paper :30 June 2011
  • Early Bird Registration and Conference Fees :15 August 2011

Student Registration :15 August 2011


 Registration Fees  

Normal Registration  (After August 15th 2011)     

AED 1734 ($475)

Early Registration (Before August 15th 2011)    

AED 1460 ($400)


AED 1186 ($325)


 How to Submit

You are invited to submit your research paper to this conference on any topic under the Tracks listed above.

Submit a one page abstract which should be typed in Times New Roman font with font size of 12. Please do not include Author Name on the abstract page. You may include a couple of key references.  All submission must be sent to

Kindly mention the track number to which you are submitting your abstract. By submitting an abstract, you certify that all co-authors are aware of the submission and consent to presentation of the work. All submissions must be in Microsoft Word or Acrobat PDF format. Include the contact information for all authors on the first page of the document. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission within one week and will contain a submission number that you should include in all further correspondences.

Submitted abstracts
and full papers will be double-blind reviewed. Your acceptance letter will provide detailed information about publishing your paper in the refereed conference proceedings. After receiving acceptance of the abstract, you will be requested to submit your full paper. 


 Keynote Speakers



Professor John Urry
Department of Sociology,
Lancaster University,
Lancaster, UK.

Professor John Urry was educated at Cambridge, with a BA/MA (double first) in Economics and a PhD in Sociology. He has since worked at Lancaster University where he has been Head of Dept, Founding Dean of the Social Sciences Faculty and University Dean of Research. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Founding Academician, UK Academy of Social Sciences, Member (1992) and Chair RAE Panels (1996, 2001), and has an Honorary Doctorate from Roskilde University. He has received recent research funding from DTI Foresight Programme, Dept for Transport, EPSRC, ESRC, and the Forestry Commission. He has published c35 books and special issues, c80 refereed articles and c100 chapters in books. His work is translated into 17 languages, and he has lectured in c30 countries. His is currently Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster that has extensive links throughout the world relating to the study of physical movement and its interconnections with the "virtual" and the "imaginative" (see,). Some recent books include Tourism Mobilities. Places to Play, Places in Play, Routledge (2004), Performing Tourist Places, Ashgate (2004), Automobilities, Sage (2005), Mobile Technologies of the City, Routledge (2006), Mobilities, Networks, Geographies, Ashgate (2006), Mobilities, Polity (2007), Aeromobilities, Routledge (2009), After the Car, Polity (2009), Mobile Lives, Routledge (2010), Mobile Methods, Routledge (2010).  


Professor Peter Checkland
Lancaster University,
Lancaster, UK.

Peter Checkland gained a first in chemistry at Oxford in the 1950s. He joined ICI when it was developing a new industry: making synthetic fibres from nylon and polyester polymers. Working first as a technologist then as a manager, Peter remained with ICI for fifteen years. When he left to start a second career in university teaching and research, he was manager of a 100-strong research and development group.
Joining the postgraduate Department of Systems Engineering at Lancaster University, Peter Checkland led what became a thirty-year programme of action research in organizations outside the university. Initially the research theme was to examine the possibility of using the well-developed methods of systems engineering in management problem situations rather than in the technically defined problem situations in which methods had been refined. This attempt at transfer failed, and the action research moved in a different direction. The work finally established Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) as an approach to tackling the multi-faceted problems which managers face; in doing this, it also established the now well-recognized distinction between "hard" and "soft" systems thinking. SSM is now taught and used around the world. Its development through action research is described in many papers and in five books: Systems Thinking, Systems Practice (1981); Soft Systems Methodology in Action (with J. Scholes, 1990); Systems, Information and Information Systems (with Sue Holwell, 1998) SSM; A 30-Year Retrospective (1999); and Learning for Action (with John Poulter, 2006).

Peter Checkland"s work has been recognized in a number of awards: he holds honorary doctorates from City University, the Open University, Erasmus University (The Netherlands), and Prague University of Economics, also a Most Distinguished and Outstanding Contributor Award from the British Computer Society. He has been awarded the Gold Medal of the UK Systems Society, and the Beale Medal of the Operational Research Society. In 2009 he was made Honorary Distinguished Visiting Professor of South China Normal University.




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