||The 2017 Academy of International Business (AIB) Southeast Asia Regional Conference is organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Business Studies (HKIBS), Lingnan University, during 7-9 December 2017, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The theme of the 2017 conference is "Sustaining Growth in Emerging Markets amid Aging Populations". Emerging market economies, especially those in Southeast Asia, have been some of the fastest growing regions in the world over the past decade. However, the underlying demographic shifts are likely to pose significant challenges to the region’s growth prospect. Ranked third behind China and India, the region’s population has reached a point where growth is expected to slow down, resulting in an aging labor force and more elderly consumers. An aging population, which has gripped the Japanese economy over the past decades, now is spreading throughout Asia, affecting countries like Singapore and Thailand, China and South Korea the most and, to a lesser extent the Laos and Philippines. A shrinking population means slower economic growth and weaker purchasing power, but also presents opportunities and challenges in developing products and strategies to adapt to the shifting population profiles, such as healthcare and robotics, human resource management in light of an aging workforce, greater roles for women; redesigning of workplaces and work processes, just to name a few. Adapting to the challenges of this inevitable trend will inspire scholars and business leaders in their investigations and deliberations for the years to come. Among the common topics in international business, we especially welcome completed empirical works and theoretical papers that examine aging populations in the ASEAN Economic Community in terms of business challenges, opportunities, and measures to adapt to this inevitable trend.
We invite papers for presentation related to the conference theme from scholars, business executives, professionals, and public policy makers. Every paper submitted should have a global/international orientation and must be scholarly in content. We welcome conceptual, theoretical and empirical papers, using qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies. Manuscripts submitted must be complete papers.