Call for Papers

International conference on
“SMEs, A Source of Socio-Economic Development: Prospects and Challenges”

Department of Management Sciences, Bahria University, Karachi
in collaboration with

Valparaiso University, USA

Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences, University of Karachi

Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP)

Small Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) Pakistan


Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan

November 22 & 23, 2017

Welcome to the official website of the International Conference on SMEs, A source of Socio-economic Development: Prospects and Challenges (ICSMEs-17) that will be held during November 22-23, 2017 at the Karachi Campus of Bahria University). The primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities on the prospects and challenges associated with the SMEs’ operations in Pakistan and in other countries of the world.  The conference will be an ideal platform for academics, business practitioners and students to share views and experiences on the dimensions of SMEs, such as Research & Innovation, Socio-Economic Growth, Support Policy, Relationship and Infrastructure management as well as related fields.  All presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and selected papers will be published in the department’s HEC accredited bi-annual journal “Global Management Journal for Academic & Corporate Studies (GMJACS)”.

Thematic Areas of the Conference:

  • SMEs promote innovation in business approaches: Research & Innovation Dimension
  • SMEs are the engine of economic growth: Socio-Economic Growth Dimension
  • Support systems of SMEs in developing countries: Support Policy Dimension
  • SMEs are in competition or in cooperation with large enterprises; Relationship Dimension
  • Prospects of Infrastructure Development for SMEs in CPEC era: Infrastructure Dimension
  • Management Issues of SMEs (HRM, Finance, Marketing, MIS): Management Dimension



Date of Conference November 22-23, 2017
Full Paper Submission October 30, 2017
Acceptance Notification November 10, 2017
Registration starts November 05, 2017
Registration ends November 15, 2017
Late Registration November 16, 2017
Walk in Registration November 21-23, 2017


  • Venue: Bahria University, Karachi.
  • Address: 13 National Stadium Rd, Karachi
  • website:
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  • Phone: +92-21-111-111-028