Call for Papers
Competing in China: Local Firms, Multinationals, and Alliances

A research conference sponsored by the George Mason University School of Management

April 5, 2013, Mason Inn, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A.

Submission Deadline: January 7, 2013
Registration Deadline: March 5, 2013

Conference Program Co-Chairs: Professors Yan Ling, Ning Li, Ling Lisic

Conference Organizer: Center for Global Business, School of Management, George Mason University

Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Business Research.

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW: Over the past decade, interest in business practices in China has been gaining momentum. China's fast growing economy presents numerous opportunities to businesses in China as well as to Western businesses desiring to enter China. However, with its rich and influential culture, many business practice phenomena in China are unique and potentially indigenous to China's dynamic market. Among others, guanxi, informal norms, state-owned enterprises, and government regulations all present opportunities as well as challenges when China pursues a capitalistic market economy within a socialistic political regime. Understanding these phenomena and their impact on the behavior of the firm, the manager, and the employee is crucial to help businesses successfully compete in China and successfully collaborate with partners in China.

TOPICS: Our goal is to foster the development of a coherent, cumulative body of knowledge regarding business practices in China across multiple disciplines, including accounting, finance, management, marketing, and operation systems. We invite submissions that adopt, but are not limited to, the following approaches:
(1) China-specific approach: Contextualizing research and developing constructs and models that are distinctive from the prevailing Western ones.
(2) Universal approach: Extending and enriching the Western constructs and models with China-related constructs and models, with the aim to develop more universal theories.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- The role of informal institutions, formal institutions, or their interaction
- The application of Chinese traditional cultural values (e.g., Confucian and Taoist) to the contemporary issues of strategic management, organizational structure, strategic alliances, and leadership
- The regional differences within Mainland China that affect business practices
- The influence of dual-boss structure (political and administrative bosses) that is prevalent in many Chinese businesses
- The role of guanxi in the evolving Chinese economic, social, and cultural context
- The new consumption patterns among China's young and affluent consumers
- International partnership strategies that enhance performance
- Collaborating with state owned enterprises in China
- Leveraging Chinese firms' competitive advantages in global competition
- Business ethics and corporate social responsibility of firms competing in China
- Marketing strategy of China's firms going global
- Accounting issues in China
- Political/regulatory influence on the accounting issues in China
- China's security markets
- Corporate governance of firms in China
- Cross-country studies including firms in China
- Other issues related to the conference topic

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Business Research subject to the regular review process. Please submit your papers to Dr. Yan Ling at: On the cover page please indicate which of the following disciplines your paper fits in: accounting, finance, management, marketing, operation systems.

Please submit papers in English. Prepare and submit electronic documents in both Microsoft Word and PDF (both versions required). All submitted manuscripts should have less than 30 double-spaced pages of text, with 1 margins, and 12 pt fonts, not counting the title and abstract pages, references, and tables. Tables and references should be typed on separate pages. The title page should contain title, authors, and affiliations, including contact information (email, phone, fax, and address) for correspondence. An Abstract of 150 words or less and a list of four-six keywords should follow the title page.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Questions on this conference and special issue can be sent to any of the Organizing Committee members:
Robert Grosse,
Hun Lee,
Ning Li,
Yan Ling,
Ling Lisic,
Changqi Wu,

Posted 6/23/12