Welcome to the Homepage of the CIK 2015 Conference!

Dear Participants in the April 24-26 CIK 2015 Conference at Harvard University,

You made the conference very successful by your active participation and engagement. We hope your expectation about the below stated objectives of the conference were met.
1) Sharing scholarly studies in areas Responsible Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation in an Era of Global Change,
2) Contributed to the Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the regions of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia,
3) Shared CIK’s purpose in advancing intellectual atmosphere by generating theoretical and applied knowledge in management sciences, and
4) Created conducive networking environment among scholars, practitioners, philanthropists, and others.

Thanks you and consider yourself now as part of our network!

Two important notes:

1. As we shared with you during the conference, we have many interesting photos and some recording from you. If you DO NOT want your photos to be posted on the CIK website, please let us know by Monday May 4, 2015. So we can delete them. Thereafter we will post them on the CIK 2015 Conference Photo Gallery.
2. We welcome your evaluation/perspectives of the conference. Thanks for those who already have sent their assessment.

Have a safe journey back home and we hope to see you next year at the American University of Cairo, Egypt. Additional information is forthcoming.

Best wishes,
CIK Executive Committee!


CIK invites you to participate in an upcoming conference Entitled: Responsible Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation in an Era of Global Change. The conference is co-sponsored by South Asia Institute at Harvard University, Bentley University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Suffolk University.

Date: April 24-26th, 2015
Location: Harvard University Campus (Radcliffe Inst.), Cambridge MA 02138

Information for the duration of the conference:



Scholars and practitioners are invited to submit a proposal for an interactive paper presentation session that reflects different perspectives across disciplines. We also encourage participants to submit a proposal to run a session with selected participants.

We welcome participation from public and private sectors to attend the conference. Participants will find presentations enlightening and be enriching their personal and professional life. Additionally, there will be significant opportunities for networking. To register for the conference please check CIK website.

We welcome submissions that represent various business disciplines, economic development, and cultural issues. We are interested in examining challenges and opportunities related to the issues listed below. All studies that consider the effects of globalization on the target geographic regions are welcome.

All submitted proposals will be double-blind reviewed by the Program Committee and referees. An electronic proceeding for all accepted proposals will be generated. A selected number of best papers will be published in the Electronic Journal of CIK. The extended deadline to submit your half page abstract is March 31st, 2015.

Participants are invited to submit a proposal for an in-person paper presentation and interactive session that reflects different perspectives across disciplines. We also encourage participants to submit a proposal to run a session with selected participants.

Preferred Topics of Interest

Entrepreneurship; Innovation and Development; Business Development and Governance; Natural Resources and Sustainable Development; leadership and Cultural Characteristics; Women and Business Development; Higher Education Institutions; Ethics and social Responsibility; Institution and Development; Organization and Cultural Issues.


General Topics

Accounting; Economics; Finance; Information and Communication Technology; International Business and Cultural Issues; International Economics, International Finance; Marketing; Project Management; Statistics; Strategy; Decision Science; etc.

CIK flagship journal, the Cyrus Chronicle, leadership is organizing workshop sessions in which young scholars from the region are brought together with senior scholars. Young scholars present their ongoing research at the workshop, and senior scholars provide feedback and help the research agenda of young scholars, with the aim of producing publishable articles. This activity will be conducted face-to-face and virtual. Applicants should submit a title and a 100-word abstract of their research in progress. Senior scholars to participate as mentors include:

Professor Tagi Sagafi-nejad, editor of the Cyrus Chronicle, and Professor Emeritus, Loyola University Maryland
Professor Farok Contractor, Rutgers University
Professor Michael Quinn, Bentley University
Professor Massood Samii, Southern New Hampshire University
Professor Bahmani Oskooee, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee



Dr. Nader Asgary – President of CIK and Professor of Management and Economics, Bentley University,
Dr. Gabrielle Bedewi – Member of CIK Board of Directors and Advanced Analytics Practice at Ernst & Young,
Dr. Shariar Khaksari – Member of Board of Director of CIK and Professor of Finance, Suffolk University,
Dr. Massood Samii – Member of Board of Director of CIK and Professor and Chairman of International Business department, Southern New Hampshire University

Thank you,

Conference Executive Committee