Call for Papers

Dear All,
The CYRUS Institute of Knowledge 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
Extended Deadline to Submit Abstract: March 31, 2015


Scholars and practitioners are invited to submit a proposal for an interactive paper presentation session that reflect different perspectives across disciplines. We also encourage participants to submit a proposal to run a session with selected participants. For additional information please check the CIK website:

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

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 31, 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 InterestBrochure-Inside-1024x667

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

Conference Executive Committee

  • 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