For the fourth time, the School of Business and Management – Institut Teknologi Bandung (SBM ITB) organizes the International Conference on Management in Emerging Markets (ICMEM) in Bali, Indonesia. This time around, on August 7-9 2019, ICMEM is held in conjunction with several different events: the 11th Indonesia International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IICIES), the International Graduate Colloquium (IGC), the International Symposium on Asian Management of Technology Education (ISAME), the Annual Meeting of the ASEAN University Network for Business and Economics (AUN-BE), and the SwissInnovation Challenge Indonesia (SIC-Indonesia).

The theme of the joint ICMEM-IICIES conference is “Managing Business in Digital Disruption Era.” As in previous years, ICMEM-IICIES receives paper and poster presentations from academics, practitioners, and students. Overall, there are over 150 papers to be presented. The participants come from Indonesia, Malaysia, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA.


The keynote speeches are delivered by Prof. Ian Williamson (Dean of Victoria Business School, University of Wellington) on the first day, Prof. Yuko Hayashi (Yamaguchi University and representative of ISAME) and Prof. Arie Hans Verkuil (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and representative of SIC-Indonesia) on the second day, and Tom R. Robinson (President and CEO of AACSB) on the third day.

The joint conference program also includes two panel sessions. The first panel session, held on the first day, features Dr. Mohammad Ali Tareq (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and representative of ISAME), Prof. Dieter Boegenhold (Alpen Adria University), Dr. Leo Aldianto (SBM ITB), and Prof. Ian Williamson (Victoria Business School). The second panel session, held on the second day, features Dr. Agung Wicaksono (Director of PT. Transjakarta), Dr. Siriwut Buranapin (Chiang Mai University and representative of ISAME), Prof. Arie Hans Verkuil (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and representative of SIC-Indonesia), Yose Rizal (Commissioner of Telkomsel) and Dr. Reza Ashari Nasution (SBM ITB).

Further, embedded in the 3-day program are the annual meetings of ISAME and AUN-BE, respectively. The only concurrent event organized in the city of Bandung in West Java is IGC, a collaborative initiative by FEB-Tel-U, FEB-UNS, FEB-UI, and SBM ITB. The final phase of the SwissInnovation Challenge Indonesia (the competition program as a result of the collaboration between SBM ITB and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland) is held on the final day, on August 9. The competition program is organized for the third year in a row.

The entire program is collectively sponsored by PT. Telekomunikasi Selular or Telkomsel, PT. Pindad, PT. Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia or PT. INTI, PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero), the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland or FHNW, and the Yamaguchi University Management of Technology, as well as AirAsia Indonesia as the transportation partner.


Overall, it is another year of international collaborations for SBM ITB and another year of learning and sharing. Bali, considered a melting pot of people from around the world, is a perfect place to witness such collaborations to happen.

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