Healthcare Management, Organizational Resilience and Global Sustainable Development: An East-Meets-West Perspective Research Conference

June 21, 2024, Macau, SAR, China


Co-Organizers: City University of Macau, Brunel University London, University of Reading, University of Bristol, UK


Healthcare management is one of the pressing societal grand challenges facing individuals, organizations and society in Asia and globally. In particular, the unfolding of the most recent global health crisis COVID-19 has significantly reshaped the business and management practices around the world (Liu, Lee, & Lee, 2020). Healthcare is complex, dynamic and multifaceted, requesting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches and a multi-level perspective, including individual-, organisational-, and institutional levels, to capture the nuances of this phenomenon in various contexts (Greenhalgh, Ozbilgin, & Tomlinson, 2022; Kyratsis, Atun, Phillips, Tracey, & George, 2017; Michie & Abraham, 2004). Thus, we encourage researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary roots to investigate healthcare management and explore novel solutions and innovative management practices collaboratively in Asia and around the world.

Resilience in organizational contexts covers multiple domains, thus a multidisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary approach may be conducive to obtaining a nuanced understanding of resilience in diverse organizational settings (Liu, Cooper, & Tarba, 2019). One review highlighted the role of occupational context and argued paying close attention to occupational contexts may significantly advance theoretical developments in resilience research (Kossek & Perrigino, 2016). In organization and management studies, resilience can be understood as the skill and the capacity to be robust under conditions of enormous stress and change (Coutu, 2002) and can also be related to environmental and sustainability management in the face of drastic environmental events (Linnenluecke, 2017). The vibrant research activities attest to the fact that in contemporary society resilience is required in a wide range of organizational contexts, and that, examining resilience from a multidisciplinary perspective may engender revealing insights. Such a multidisciplinary approach resonates with the recent quest that multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach is urgently encouraged from scientists, including social scientists (Trewhella, 2009; Van Noorden, 2015), business leaders and policymakers in order to tackle societal and economic grand challenges facing the global economy today.

Global challenges have become even more complex and sophisticated in today’s uncertain world, necessitating a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to tackle these challenges. We believe management research can and should make useful contributions to understanding and tackling global grand challenges by addressing important questions (Liu, 2024). United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals were envisaged to facilitate achieving sustainable development for the mankind. For example, addressing sustainability challenges needs collaborative approach in leveraging the power of entrepreneurship. In the domain of international business, scholars urgently encourage IB scholarship should tackle ‘big questions’ and address ‘grand challenges’ in global business (Buckley, Doh, & Benischke, 2017).

Given these three challenges, and the approach to foster a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to understanding these areas, we are delighted to host this Research Conference on ‘Healthcare Management, Organizational Resilience and Global Sustainable Development’.

We welcome scholarly work, developmental paper and work-in-progress presentations surrounding these abovementioned three themes, with suggested, but not limited to, the following illustrative questions:

What are the novel management practices in tackling the challenges of healthcare management in the post COVID-19 recovery era in Asia and globally?
How can new organization forms and management innovation foster the healthcare and organizational resilience?
What is the role of strategic agility and organizational ambidexterity in enabling organizational resilience in healthcare context?
What are the novel management practices in applied language therapy for patient health and wellbeing?
How and why would a multi-level and multi-disciplinary approach help to advance organizational resilience research?
What is the role of disruptive technologies and performance implications in healthcare management in Asia and globally?
How can cross-cultural communication and cross-cultural management facilitate resilience building for individuals, organizations and society?
Using healthcare management as a focal example, what are the innovative management practices and pathways leading to sustainable development in Asia and globally?
From an international comparative perspective, what are the commonalities and unique distinctive characteristics in building resilience in the West and the East (broadly defined)?

We welcome submissions from early career researchers and doctoral students who wish to attend this Research Conference. It will include talks from leading scholars in the field, a Meet-the-Editors session from leading journals (including Asian Business and Management, British Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies) and a PDW (Professional Development Workshop) for early career researchers and doctoral students to discuss and receive feedback on their research with senior members of staff within relevant fields of study.


[1] Early career researchers are considered to be 8 years post PhD. The eight-year duration excludes periods of career break, where the author has not had the opportunity to undertake research. In cases where the nominated author does not have had or has been awarded a PhD later in their career, the criteria of within five years of their first academic appointment at a Higher Education Institution or research organisation may be used.

Call for Submissions

We welcome extended abstracts (500-1000 words including references) that present work in progress/developmental papers from early career researchers[1], doctoral students and faculty members. We request submissions are provided as a PDF and arranged in the following format where possible: Title, Purpose, Methodology/Approach, Findings, Originality/Value, References. We are interested in abstracts on research related to healthcare management, organisational resilience and global sustainable development. These may come from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to the following: behavioural science, international business, strategy, organisational studies, marketing, HRM, operations and supply chain management, innovation, occupational psychology, applied linguistics, cultural studies, tourism management. We are actively seeking work in the developmental stages of research. Each participant should also submit a two-page CV with a paragraph explaining why they would like to attend the research conference.

Abstracts should, where possible, be under the broad themes of healthcare management, organisational resilience and global sustainable development, and this must be made clear in the abstract.

The conference will be limited to 30 participants to ensure sufficient time is given to each attendee for paper development.


Important Dates

Submission Deadline:                    30th May 2024 00:00 Anywhere on Earth
Participants Notified:                     3rd June 2024

Registration Opens:                       5th June 2024
Registration Closes:                       15th June 2024

Programme Announced:               17th June 2024
PDW and conference:                    21 June 2024


Abstract Submissions

Please submit your abstract and two-page CV to Phil Davies (Bristol): Email:


Conference Agenda

21st June, 2024

9:00 Meet- and-Greet

9:15-10:00 Keynote speech I

10:00 – 11:45 Paper presentations session 1

12:00-13:00 Keynote speech II & light lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Professional Development Workshop (PDW)

15:00- 15:30 Coffee break

15:30-16:30 Paper presentations session 2

16:30-17:00 Meet the Editors

17:00 Concluding remarks and SI introduction


Organizing Committee:

Prof. Lixian Jin (City U Macau), Prof. Eugenia Xing (Brunel), Prof. Yipeng Liu (Reading), Senior Lecturer. Phil Davies (Bristol)

£200 for the Asian Business and Management Best Working Paper Award

The PDW and conference is associated with a thematic-linked Special Issue to be published at Asian Business and Management (SSCI). Papers presented at the event will be provided with feedback from the editors from ABM.



City University of Macau,

Macau, SAR of China



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Coutu, D. L. (2002). How resilience works. Harvard business review, 80(5), 46-56.

Greenhalgh, T., Ozbilgin, M., & Tomlinson, D. (2022). How covid-19 spreads: narratives, counter narratives, and social dramas. BMJ: British Medical Journal (Online), 378, e069940.

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