Aston India Centre for Applied Research: Inaugural Conference

AICAR inaugural conference 2017

15th and 16th September 2017, Aston Conference Centre, Aston University

The inaugural conference will allow scholars and India related research centres’ representatives to come together and share their ongoing projects and key findings. The conference will also create avenues for development of doctoral researchers and junior faculty, and create opportunities for research collaborations to enhance research impact. 

  • Submit full paper by 1st September (Please refer to full paper requirements below)
    Send papers to Dr. Sudeshna Bhattacharya: s.bhattacharya1@aston.ac.uk
  • Please note: the last date to book is 25 August 2017.
  • View map and directions and find out more about Birmingham 

Call for Submissions

Managing and Organising in the New Indian Economic and Institutional Context

The rapid pace of social and economic developments in the Indian economy are well documented in popular press. Further there is a wide ranging interest across the spectrum which includes government bodies, third sector charities, economic and labour forums like the ILO and World Economic Forum amongst others. 

Coupled with the interest there has been a surge in India related research. This growing interest in India is indeed timely and most welcome, as India is now considered the second most important emerging market (after China) in the world. With forecasts from world bodies like the World Bank that by 2020 India could become the world’s fourth largest economy, there is huge interest in both academic and practitioner oriented research. 

The aim of this conference is to provide a common platform to bring the diverse India related research together in order to facilitate future collaborations as well as dissemination of the research. It is key to create such common ground as it will germinate interest in further interdisciplinary research and collaborations that contribute to the body of knowledge as well as creating links with key practitioners and stakeholders in India and abroad.


  • Full papers need to be no more than 3500 words, including references.
  • Papers need to have a clear methodology, theoretical underpinning and contributions section
  • Where evidence (data) is available it needs to be inserted within the main text of the paper
  • A full reference section is included within the word count
  • All papers need to be sent by 1st of September 2017, for feedback to be provided. 
  • Send papers to Dr. Sudeshna Bhattacharya: s.bhattacharya1@aston.ac.uk

Since this is a developmental conference, feedback will be provided to all participants for taking their papers forward for publication.

Keynote speakers

Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Marketing and Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. 


Jaideep Prabhu is a Professor of Marketing and Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. 

He has published in leading academic journals and his work has been profiled by the BBC, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist, The Financial Times, Le Monde, The New York Times, and The Times. He is the co-author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, described by The Economist as “the most comprehensive book yet” on the subject of frugal innovation. His most recent book, Frugal Innovation, was published in February 2015 and won the CMI’s Management Book of the Year Award 2016.


Delegate: £120.00 
Doctoral Student: £90.00

Book your place

Please note: the last date to book is 25 August 2017.


The conference will be chaired by Professor Pawan Budhwar from the Department of Work and Organisational Psychology. 

A member of the Work and Organisational Psychology Group, Joint Director of the Aston India Centre for Applied Research and Joint Co-Editor-in-Chief of British Journal of Management, Pawan is globally renowned for his research into the international aspects of HRM, and has held many visiting professorships worldwide. 

Pawan’s research interests lie mainly in the linkages between HRM and performance in different international contexts. He conducts the majority of his empirical work in emerging markets, especially in India. Pawan’s work is of great significance given the links with developments within the Indian economy and the scarcity of research in the field within this context. His previous work has been extensively used by academics, especially his three-level framework of factors influencing HRM in a given context. He has examined HRM systems in emerging markets and established links with social, cultural, political and legal contexts, and this is increasingly being referenced by other researchers. 

He has received  funding from a variety of funders such as the ESRC, Society for HRM (USA), British Academy, and ERDF to investigate a variety of HR aspects in different set-ups such as in Indian Call Centres, wherein he highlighted many people management related issues and challenges, and the problems emerging in this sector. 

Download the conference plan here

This includes the schedule for the day and detailed individual session information. 

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