NBMC 2016

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Theme: “Tackling local, national, and regional challenges through responsible management and sustainable business practices”

July 22 and 23, 2016

Ateneo de Davao University, E. Jacinto Street, 8016 Davao City

Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), De La Salle University (DLSU), and University of San Carlos (USC), in collaboration with the Philippine Academy of Management (PAoM) held the 4th National Business and Management Conference (NBMC 2016) on July 22-23, 2016 at the Ateneo de Davao University campus, Davao City, Philippines. The theme of the conference is: “Tackling local, national, and regional challenges through responsible management and sustainable business”.

Key questions

Philippine businesses and other vital organizations such as nonprofits, government units, and educational institutions face an increasingly complex world. Given the reality of ASEAN integration, leaders and managers of organizations are forced to revisit their strategic plans and operations. We can already see industry giants preparing for regional competitors that would like to operate in the country. In the same way, we see SMEs and startups scrambling to find their niche in order to survive.

The availability of technologies ushered by mobile apps and the internet has seen businesses, government, educational institutions, and nonprofits attempting to grasp these to help them fulfill their respective missions. Customers and target beneficiaries are eager for new ways to engage organizations and their leaders. We also see the effects of new technologies in the country’s political landscape, with people consisting of different generations being vocal and expressive of their issues and advocacies.

Although we have seen some of our country’s leaders, entrepreneurs and organizations exhibit creative and innovative solutions, we still face problems so pervasive that quick-fixes will no longer suffice.  World organizations such as the United Nations explicitly recognize that we still have a long way to go before we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals that encompass poverty, hunger, health, education, gender equality, sustainable energy and communities, consumption, to name a few.

As such, the call for responsible management and sustainable practices has never been stronger amidst emerging issues simultaneously arising across local, national, and regional settings. Leaders and managers from different fields recognize that they cannot anymore function in silos—there are lessons to be learned from each other’s perspectives, given the complex problems that we face. Establishing cross-sector collaborations and building stronger ecosystems have become imperative.

Thus, following general questions have driven NBMC 2016’s theme:

  • How can different kinds of organizations address emerging problems across local, national, and regional settings?
  • Given the increasing call for collaborations between sectors, what are the new and important roles of businesses, nonprofits, government, and educational institutions?
  • What strategies, business models, organizational structures, and managerial mindsets should be explored to tackle the aforementioned issues?
  • How can different organizations work together in tackling the Sustainable Development Goals encompassing critical issues such as poverty, hunger, health, education, gender equality, sustainable energy and communities, consumption, to name a few?

Aside from papers that address the above-mentioned questions, the conference accepted paper or poster presentations on the following areas:

  • Accountancy
  • Business ethics
  • Business innovation
  • Commercial law
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family business management
  • Financial management
  • Hospitality management
  • Human resource management
  • Humanistic management
  • Information technology
  • International business
  • Marketing management
  • Responsible management education
  • Sports management
  • Strategic management
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable tourism
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