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  • Alan A. Lew
    ... From: Cody Paris Date: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 6:41 AM Dear Colleagues, *Please see below for details concerning the Call for Paper for the
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      Date: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 6:41 AM



      Dear Colleagues,


      Please see below for details concerning the Call for Paper for the Tourism and Hospitality Track of the First International Conference on Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Science’, to be held by Middlesex University Dubai November 22-24, 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


      This email includes information about the conference, submission dates, registration fees, and Key Note Speakers. Also, please forward this CFP to any of your colleagues interested in any of the other five conference tracks.   


      For further queries concerning the tourism and hospitality track please contact Dr. Marcus Stephenson (m.stephenson@...) or Dr. Cody Morris Paris (c.paris@...).

      Details below:


      Kind regards




      Dr. Cody Morris Paris

      Senior Lecturer in Social Science

      Middlesex University Dubai

      Tel: +971 04 433 1776



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      First International Conference on
      Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences

      22-24 November 2011
      Venue: Hotel Pullman Dubai Mall of the Emirates


      The objective of this conference is to provide an opportunity for academics to discuss new concepts, progressive methodologies, embryonic approaches and innovative practices within the world of business and the wider social environment. Given that social enquiry is still a maturing field of educational study within this region, it is crucial that business systems, processes and structures are considered in conjunction with contributions from such contemporary fields of social enquiry as media studies, psychology, sociology and tourism education. This is indeed pertinent for understanding service sector economies and societies, as well as comprehending the future role of education as a strategy and contributor to a sustainable learning culture and environment.


      Middlesex University Dubai will hold its First International Conference on Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences (ERPBSS) from 22-24 November, 2011 in Dubai, UAE.


      The Conference includes 6 main tracks


      1.     Business and Management

      2.     Education

      3.     Psychology and Sociology

      4.     Media Studies

      5.     Tourism and Hospitality

      6.     Information and Knowledge Management


      Full details can be found at the conference website: http://www.mdx.ac/conference/

      Tourism and Hospitality Track CFP


      The tourism and hospitality track of this conference aims to examine emerging paradigms and innovative practices within the broader tourism and hospitality field. We are seeking papers that employ research methods and/or engage theoretically with the subject area. The objective is to present work that is transformative and which embraces serious intellectual discussion. Scholarly endeavour that unearths nascent areas of academic study, or progressively questions existing paradigms and epistemological applications will be most welcome. This track will thus attempt to encourage alternative approaches within tourism and hospitality studies rather
      than reproducing well-established empirical models and conceptual applications. The overall aim of this track is to present a new agenda for future research and theoretical exposition.

      Chairs: Dr. Cody Morris Paris and Ms Lulu Baddar
      Co-ordinator: Dr. Marcus L. Stephenson

      Although we are open to any submission that is aligned with the goals of the conference and this track, we do encourage submissions relating to the following themes:

      • Tourism development, policy and planning (including community development)
      • Tourism, citizenship and mobility: the rights and responsibilities of tourists
      • Tourism and humanitarianism: pro-poor tourism, social justice and sustainability
      • Place making and place branding
      • Medical / health tourism and well-being
      • Islamic hospitality and tourism
      • Hospitality environment: trends, new concepts, developments and initiatives
      • Hospitality institutions: organisational cultures, workforce issues and human capital, and the changing workplace environment
      • Advancements in information technology in the tourism and hospitality industries
      • Tourism and the cultural industries: contributions from the social sciences
      • Sport and activity tourism: impacts, challenges, and future developments
      • Festival and event industries: impacts, planning, implementation and innovation


      Important Deadlines

      • Submission of Abstract :15 February 2011
      • Acceptance of submission :15 April 2011
      • Submission of Full Paper :30 June 2011
      • Early Bird Registration and Conference Fees :15 August 2011
      • Student Registration :15 August 2011

      Registration Fees

      Normal Registration  (After August 15th 2011)     

      AED 1734 ($475)

      Early Registration (Before August 15th 2011)    

      AED 1460 ($400)


      AED 1186 ($325)

      How to Submit

      You are invited to submit your research paper to this conference on any topic under the Tracks listed above.

      Submit a one page abstract which should be typed in Times New Roman font with font size of 12. Please do not include Author Name on the abstract page. You may include a couple of key references.  All submission must be sent to  

      Kindly mention the track number to which you are submitting your abstract. By submitting an abstract, you certify that all co-authors are aware of the submission and consent to presentation of the work. All submissions must be in Microsoft Word or Acrobat PDF format. Include the contact information for all authors on the first page of the document. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission within one week and will contain a submission number that you should include in all further correspondences.

      Submitted abstracts
      and full papers will be double-blind reviewed. Your acceptance letter will provide detailed information about publishing your paper in the refereed conference proceedings. After receiving acceptance of abstract, you will be requested to submit your full paper. Top papers from the tourism and hospitality track will be invited to contribute to a book surrounding the theme of the conference.    

      Keynote Speakers



      Professor John Urry
      Department of Sociology,
      Lancaster University,
      Lancaster, UK.

      Professor John Urry was educated at Cambridge, with a BA/MA (double first) in Economics and a PhD in Sociology. He has since worked at Lancaster University where he has been Head of Dept, Founding Dean of the Social Sciences Faculty and University Dean of Research. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Founding Academician, UK Academy of Social Sciences, Member (1992) and Chair RAE Panels (1996, 2001), and has an Honorary Doctorate from Roskilde University. He has received recent research funding from DTI Foresight Programme, Dept for Transport, EPSRC, ESRC, and the Forestry Commission. He has published c35 books and special issues, c80 refereed articles and c100 chapters in books. His work is translated into 17 languages, and he has lectured in c30 countries. His is currently Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster that has extensive links throughout the world relating to the study of physical movement and its interconnections with the 'virtual' and the 'imaginative' (see http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fss/sociology/cemore/index.htm,). Some recent books include Tourism Mobilities. Places to Play, Places in Play, Routledge (2004), Performing Tourist Places, Ashgate (2004), Automobilities, Sage (2005), Mobile Technologies of the City, Routledge (2006), Mobilities, Networks, Geographies, Ashgate (2006), Mobilities, Polity (2007), Aeromobilities, Routledge (2009), After the Car, Polity (2009), Mobile Lives, Routledge (2010), Mobile Methods, Routledge (2010).


      essor Peter Checkland
      Lancaster University,
      Lancaster, UK.

      Peter Checkland gained a first in chemistry at Oxford in the 1950s. He joined ICI when it was developing a new industry: making synthetic fibres from nylon and polyester polymers. Working first as a technologist then as a manager, Peter remained with ICI for fifteen years. When he left to start a second career in university teaching and research, he was manager of a 100-strong research and development group.
      Joining the postgraduate Department of Systems Engineering at Lancaster University, Peter Checkland led what became a thirty-year programme of action research in organizations outside the university. Initially the research theme was to examine the possibility of using the well-developed methods of systems engineering in management problem situations rather than in the technically defined problem situations in which methods had been refined. This attempt at transfer failed, and the action research moved in a different direction. The work finally established Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) as an approach to tackling the multi-faceted problems which managers face; in doing this, it also established the now well-recognized distinction between 'hard' and 'soft' systems thinking. SSM is now taught and used around the world. Its development through action research is described in many papers and in five books: Systems Thinking, Systems Practice (1981); Soft Systems Methodology in Action (with J. Scholes, 1990); Systems, Information and Information Systems (with Sue Holwell, 1998) SSM; A 30-Year Retrospective (1999); and Learning for Action (with John Poulter, 2006).

      Peter Checkland's work has been recognized in a number of awards: he holds honorary doctorates from City University, the Open University, Erasmus University (The Netherlands), and Prague University of Economics, also a Most Distinguished and Outstanding Contributor Award from the British Computer Society. He has been awarded the Gold Medal of the UK Systems Society, and the Beale Medal of the Operational Research Society. In 2009 he was made Honorary Distinguished Visiting Professor of South China Normal University.



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