[SIGCIS-Members] CfP: Special Issue: Social Media & Business Practices in Emerging Markets

P. VIGNESWARA ILAVARASAN evignesh at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 04:48:53 PST 2017

Apologies for the cross posting!
Special Issue: Social Media & Business Practices in Emerging Markets
Special issue call for papers from Journal of Advances in Management

*“Social Media & Business Practices in the Emerging Markets”Journal of
Advances in Management Research Special Issue*

Journal of Advances in Management Research of Emerald Group Publishing
invites high quality manuscripts for a special
issue entitled 'Social Media & Business Practices in Emerging Markets’.
Businesses use social media platforms in all the
possible domains – marketing, customer relationship management,
recruitment, brand management, market research
and new product development etc. The extant management research is
predominantly focusing on the developed
markets, apart from abundant research on political activism or governance
in the developing world. Out of the
management research, digital marketing, with a special focus on social
media platforms, are relatively numerous than
other areas. There is a need for going beyond marketing and the developed

The emerging and developing markets offer different challenges while
deploying social media for various
business functions. The ownership and usage of social media platforms in
these markets differ significantly than the
developed ones. Though the reasons are known - differential penetration
rates, content availability, cost of broadband
access, affordability of devices, weaker network externalities and
regulatory frameworks, state-of-the art of social media
strategies in the developing world is still emerging. The knowledge in this
domain also seems to be sparse. Businesses,
both local and multinationals, compete with each other in winning the
emerging markets. The proven frameworks and
social media strategies are from the developed markets of better wired
consumers. They need to be customized or
adapted, and subsequently disseminated. The proposed special issue is an
attempt in this direction.

The special issue invites high quality manuscripts that are grounded in
empirical data and should be focused on
the developing and emerging markets. The analysis of the data can be from
traditional research methods and from
social media analytics. Following are the possible questions (not

How do firms in low-networked markets select and use specific social media
platforms?; Is there a distinct social media
strategy among the developing market firms?; Whether firms exploit the
selected features of social media platforms?
Whether firms differentiate between home grown and global social media
platforms?; Is there a different device
strategy adapted by the firms?; Whether CEOs in emerging markets think
differently of social media platforms? Why?;
What are the implications of introducing social media functions on the
organizational structure?; Whether social media
platforms are exploited in functions beyond marketing?; What is the impact
of regulatory environment on the
businesses’ use of social media?; How are firms handling social media skill
deficiencies?; How are social media activities
measured, and investments are evaluated?; What kind of insights and
opportunities do social media data provide? What
are the challenges of managing social media data?

*Important Dates:*
Call for notifications - 1 Dec 2016; Submission Deadline - 1 April 2017;
Decision on submission - 1 June 2017; Revised
Paper Submission – 1 Aug 2017.

*Guidelines on Submission:*
The papers submitted for this special issue shall be filtered by a Guest
Editors first before sending for blind review by the
experts. Please visit the Journal of Advances in Management Research author
guidelines pages to find out more about
the manuscript requirements. Submissions to the journal are made using
ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online
submission and peer review system.* The link is here:

*Guest Editors:*
Please feel free to discuss your manuscript ideas with any of the following
guest editors:

   -   Dr. P. Vigneswara Ilavarasan, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi,
   India. vignes at iitd.ac.in

   -   Dr. Arpan Kumar Kar, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India.
   arpankar at dms.iitd.ac.in

   -   Prof. M. P. Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India.
   mpgupta at iitd.ac.in


Best Regards,
Associate Professor
Dept. of Management Studies
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 India
M:+91 9910230407 (India); O: +91 11 2659 1174
E: vignes at iitd.ac.in  W:http://web.iitd.ac.in/~vignes/
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