Call for Papers - The International Conference on Management and Business (COMB 2021)


The International Conference on Management and Business (COMB 2021)




November 26th, 2021

Submission deadline: September 20th, 2021

Venue: The University of Danang, University of Economics, Danang City, Vietnam


The University of Danang - University of Economics (DUE, Vietnam), Heriot-Watt University (UK), University of Liège (Belgium), Mahasarakham University (Thailand), Thuong mai University (Vietnam), Quy Nhon University (Vietnam), Nha Trang University (Vietnam), and Vietnam Economic Association in Danang are organizing the ninth International Conference on Management and Business (COMB-2021), to be held on November 26th, 2021 in Danang City, Vietnam.

To be created in 2012, the Annual Conference on Management and Business (COMB) aims to be a unique point of convergence in South East Asia for researchers, world-leading experts, practitioners and policymakers in business and management to meet, share and exchange their ideas. COMB-2021 would focus on both theoretical and empirical perspectives of management and business issues, and the response to COVID-19.

The conference welcomes submissions in English from academics, industry professionals, and researchers with original contributions on topics related to business and management issues that have effect on the sustainable development of firms in a post–COVID-19 world as well as the latest view of digital transformation in business and management in Vietnam. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following disciplines: Management, Marketing and Consumer Behaviors, Human resource management, Information and Technology Management, Operations Management and Research, Service Science, Strategic and Change Management, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Supply Chain Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, and related fields. 

Main themes:

Challenges and sustainable development of business and management under the COVID – 19 Pandemic and beyond: Theoretical and empirical ideas, models and policy solutions for Vietnamese firms before, during and after crisis caused by COVID-19 Pandemic.

Digital Business: Management theories and their managerial implications; Opportunities and challenges related to the digital transformation for businesses in Vietnam.



Professor Babak Taheri, Professor of Marketing at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.

Prof. Babak has an established reputation in the marketing field with a specific reputation in marketing management, consumer behaviour and tourism, leisure and cultural consumption. He has published over 100 academic journal articles, a significant number of which are in 3* and 4* ABS-listed journals with high impact factors. He is the co-chairman of tourism marketing special interest group in Academy of Marketing, UK. He is Senior Editor for Tourism Management Perspectives, and Associate Editor of two journals: The Service Industries Journal and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.

Professor Mario Cools, Professor in Transport and Mobility at University of Liège, Belgium

His main research focus lies on transportation models, reliability of transport systems, sustainability enhancing decision support systems, and the impact of new transport infrastructure. Prof. Cools has published numerous articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Safety Science, Transport Policy, International Journal of Production Research, Expert Systems with Application, Networks and Spatial Economics, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Transportation Research. Part A-B-C.



Vietnam is facing great challenges in the context of deep international integration, placing a great responsibility on Vietnamese entrepreneurs and businesses. The COMB-2021 is also aimed at providing a forum for focused discussions on such a topic. A special session on Vietnam's entrepreneurship will be run by Assoc.Prof. Yen Tran, Professor in Innovation Management, International Strategy and International Entrepreneurship at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.



All papers accepted and presented at COMB-2021 will be published in the conference proceedings with an associated ISBN.



Andrew Abbott, University of Hull, UK

Yehuda Baruch, University of Southampton, UK

Hong Bui, University of Bath, UK

Scott Carnz, City University of Seattle, USA

Prasanta Dey, Aston University, UK

Gerard O’Donovan, Munster Technological University, Ireland

Antonio Lobo, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Ninh Nguyen, La Trobe University, Australia

Truong Son Nguyen, The University of Danang - University of Economics, Vietnam

Anne Bartel - Radic, Grenoble Alpes University, France

Sharma Sushil, Ball State University, USA

Pornlapas Suwannarat, Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Diane Wright, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK



Mario Cools, University of Liège, Belgium

Bich Loan Nguyen, Thuong mai University, Vietnam

Pornlapas Suwannarat, Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Yen Tran, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Thuy Anh Vo, University of Economics - The University of Danang, Vietnam



September 20th, 2021          : Submission deadline

October 01st, 2021               : Notification of acceptance/rejection

October 15th, 2021               : Registration deadline

November 26th, 2021           : Conference event

All submissions must be in Word format under the required template (available here), and be sent electronically via the Conference’s email ( by no later than 20th September, 2021. Prior to submission, authors should consult the conference guidelines available at Submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed, accepted papers will be included in COMB-2021 Proceedings (with an ISBN) and may be selected for presentation. Also, depending on the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference’s scientific committee can hold 1-2 online parallel sessions.



All papers will be considered for the Best Paper Award in Management.



See below for more details on fees:

From Vietnam

Academic Staff


Students and Academic Staff from COMB Co-organizers


From overseas

Academic Staff


PhD Students


Registration fee includes the abstract book, the conference proceeding CD, and other conference materials. It also includes welcome reception and coffee breaks during the conference. Accommodation is not included.




Telephone:    Conference Administrator: Assoc.Prof. Man Dang (+84 2363 950 475)

                      Conference Program Committee: Dr. Minh Hang Le (+84 905 027 450)

Conference secretariat: Ms. Linh Ha (+84 2363 954 243)