Call for papers

South Asian Journal of Global Business Research

ISSN: 2045-4457

Article publication date: 25 February 2014


(2014), "Call for papers", South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, Vol. 3 No. 1.



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Call for papers

Article Type: Call for papers From: South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, Volume 3, Issue 1

South Asian Journal of Global Business Research

South Asian diasporas: facilitators of trade, investment, and national competitive advantage

Guest Editors: Masud Chand, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA

Shaista E. Khilji, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Florian Täube, EBS Business School, Germany

Henry Chung, Massey University, New Zealand

A three-page abstract due: December 1, 2013

Full papers due: April 30, 2014

The countries that make up South Asia have some of the world’s largest and most geographically dispersed diasporas (Chand, 2013). While diasporas have existed for thousands of years, globalization and increasing human and capital mobility have enhanced their importance and left them uniquely positioned to act as facilitators of trade and investment between their countries of origin (COO) and their countries of residence (COR). Modern diasporas have played vital roles in facilitating trade and investments between their COO and COR, including direct activities such as investing in their COOs (Buckley et al., 2002; Chand, 2010), helping with institutional and human capital development in the COO (Saxenian, 2006), driving the "immigrant effect" (Chung and Tung, 2013; Chung et al., 2010), improving the image of the COO in the COR (Chand and Tung, 2011), introducing the culture of the COO in the COR (Chand, 2010), contributing to "soft power" for the COO (Chand and Tung, 2011), and contributing to technology transfer and capacity development in the COO (Lin, 2010).

The roles of diasporas are undergoing important changes as the pressures of globalization on the one hand and the pull of the homeland on the other presents them with a unique set of challenges. While COOs try to leverage them as assets, there is also pressure to become a part of the COR, leading to emerging questions of crossnational and intra-national identity. The rising level of diaspora return to their COO and the increasing importance of brain circulation give this topic special importance in the twenty-first century. An organized diaspora community, particularly when augmented by large numbers and organizational resources, can command considerable political capital in a host country. This political capital can be used to help improve the nation brand of the COO and in improving its image in the COR.

This special issue call especially welcomes papers focusing on South Asian diasporas, but is not restricted to them. We are also open to conceptual/theoretical papers on diasporas that draw implications for South Asia and its relationship with its diasporas, and comparative research on other diaspora communities that can have lessons for South Asian businesses and policy makers.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Comparisons of diaspora management across countries, with implications for the South Asian region

  • The genesis of individual country diasporas (for e.g. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh) and their role in driving trade and investment between the COO and COR

  • Case studies of South Asian diaspora led organizations that span across multiple countries and explain how they help facilitate trade and FDI

  • Conceptual papers dealing with creating and managing diasporas from a COO perspective

  • The geopolitical importance of South Asian diasporas

  • Challenges of diasporas living in CORs, and its effects on transnational trade

  • Social networks of South Asian diasporas, and their effects on crossborder trade and investment

  • Diaspora led FDI and its effects on policy making in COOs

  • South Asian diasporas as agents of institutional and human capital development in their COO

  • The role of South Asian diasporas in driving the COO effect

  • Diasporas caused by "pull" or "push" effects

  • Conceptual papers on diasporas with implications for South Asian countries and their relationship with their diasporas

  • South Asia as "COR" – intra-regional migration and implications for South Asian diasporas

  • Differences between South Asia and the West as COR.

The Guest Editors are happy to discuss initial ideas for papers and can be contacted directly via e-mail.

Contributors should note:

  • This call is open and competitive, and the submitted papers will be double-blind reviewed as per the editorial policies of the South Asian Journal of Global Business Research (SAJGBR).

  • Submitted papers must be based on original material not accepted by, or under consideration with, any other journal or outlet.

  • For empirical papers based on data sets from which multiple papers have been generated, authors must provide the Guest Editors with copies of all other papers based on the same data.

  • The Guest Editors will select a limited number of papers to be included in the special issue. Other papers submitted to the special issue may be considered for publication in other issues of the journal at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.


We invite authors to email their abstracts (up to three pages including references) to Masud Chand (, Shaista E. Khilji (, Henry Chung ( or Florian Täube ( by December 1, 2013 for a review. Authors will be notified of a decision by early January 2014. Those invited to submit a full paper (8,000 words) will be asked to meet the April 30, 2014 deadline. Please note that all full papers are to be submitted via ScholarOne, and subject to a double blind review before being accepted for publication. We are also open to authors submitting full papers without submitting an abstract first.

Anticipated publication date: 2015

About the SAJGBR

SAJGBR is multidisciplinary in scope. We accept submissions in any of the business fields – accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and technology – and are open to other disciplines that enhance understanding of international business activity, including anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology, etc. However, authors must clearly underline how their study relates to the advancement of international business theory and/or practice. We are especially interested in manuscripts that integrate theories and concepts taken from different fields and disciplines.

We aim to publish high quality research articles, policy reviews, book reviews, country/practitioner/personal perspectives, conference reflections and commentaries, which contribute to the scholarly and managerial understanding of contemporary South Asian businesses and diaspora. We encourage authors to study relevance of mainstream theories or practices in their fields of interest, critique and offer fresh insights on South Asian businesses and diaspora, as well as contribute to the development of new theories. SAJGBR is published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited. For more information, please refer to:


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