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1.     ABOUT

Welcome to #8thibbc2018

Started in 2004, the International Borneo Business Conference (IBBC) has emerged as a platform for academicians, researchers, practitioners, policy makers to interact and exchange viewpoints and research findings on contemporary business and economics issues related to the Borneo region and the global world. IBBC is a biennial conference and the previous conferences were successfully held in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2016.

The 8th International Borneo Business Conference, 2018 (#8thiBBC2018) is organized by the Faculty of Economics and Business, University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), on October 4th & 5th, 2018. #8thiBBC2018 continues its tradition of bringing together participants from local and international universities, private and government institutions or agencies and various industrial sectors to exchange their experiences and ideas.

Organized by:

Faculty of Economics and Business,

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)

Co-joined by:

Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy,

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)


The objectives of the conference are as follows:

  1. To encourage collaborative research and projects amongst institutions of higher learning and industries in addressing the issues of embracing and innovation and creativity;
  2. To establish networking and relations among the academicians, practitioners, government officials and community; and
  3. To provide a platform for scholars and practitioners to debate and disseminate research findings undertaken in various topics


DIGINOMICS: Promise and Peril

The conference mainly focuses but not limited to four broad areas; (a) economics, (b) business, (c) finance, and (d) social sciences. Specific subthemes can be as follows:

•   Digital Economy

•   Big Data

•   Digital Marketing

•   E-commerce

•   Technology Management

•   Accounting

•   Banking & Finance

•   Behavioural Economics

•   Corporate Finance

•   Cross-culture Issues

•   Development Economics

•   Entrepreneurship

•   Environmental Sustainability

•   Ethics & Corporate Governance

•   Financial Economics

•   Fiscal & Monetary Issues

•   Hospitality Management

•   Human Capital Management

•   Information & Communication Public Sector Management

•   International Business

•   Islamic Economics and Finance

•   Labour Economics

•   Learning Organisation & Transfer of Technology

•   Macroeconomics

•   Management & Development of Small-Medium Enterprises

•   Management Science & Operation Management

•   Marketing

•   Microeconomics

•   Organizational Behaviour

•   Quality & Productivity Management

•   Regional Integration & Global Competition

•   Strategic Management

•   Tourism Management

•   Other topics related to Social Sciences


Kuching, Sarawak.

Languages of Presentation

The official languages of the Conference will be English.


You are invited to submit your paper to the conference committee at 8thThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In your email submission please include the followings in the content:



Paper title:

Potential theme/track: Economics/ business/ finance/ social science (please select ONE only)



Note To Contributors:

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Full Paper written in English and submitted by 1st July 2018 will be double-blind reviewed. Submission of full papers are open now and you will be notified of its acceptance within two weeks of article received. All accepted papers must be presented at the conference. Depending on their quality, relevance and originality, the full papers will be published in one of the stated affiliated journals:



Affiliated International Journals:

International Journal of Business and Society (SCOPUS, ESCI)

Asian Academy of Management Journal (SCOPUS, ESCI)

Asian Academy of Management Journal of Accounting and Finance (SCOPUS, ESCI)

Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia (SCOPUS)

Electronics Journal of Applied Statistics Analysis (SCOPUS)

International Journal of Economics and Management (SCOPUS, ESCI)

Economics and Finance Indonesia (ERA)

UNIMAS Review of Accounting

Finance Hassanudin Business Economics Review

When preparing a manuscript for submission, authors should follow the journal format and guidelines of International Journal of Business and Society (IJBS). The detail is at All entries will be reviewed by our internal and external conference reviewers. At least one of the authors of accepted papers must register as conference participant.


General Instructions

             All manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the conference committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The soft copy must be at least in Microsoft Office 97 (PC Version).  Please make sure it is virus–free.

             Allow top margins of 1.25” (3.2 cm) first page and 0.75” (1.9 cm) the following pages, bottom margin of 1.44” (3.7 cm) left margin of 0.63” (1.6 cm) and right margin of 0.63” (1.6 cm).

             Type single-spaced text and allow for a double spacing between paragraphs (Before/After 0 pt.)

             The paper should include: title, author’s name(s), affiliation and present address, acknowledgement, abstract (200 words maximum), an introduction, content, a conclusion, and a reference section

             Acknowledgement and information on grant received should be given before the references. Important formulae (displayed), figures and tables should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript.



Use font type Times New Roman.

Use font size 14 bold for the title.

Use font size 12 for the author’s and affiliation names and addresses.

Use font size 11 for the text which include abstract, body, references and acknowledgement.



Major headings should be centred in the column. Use capital letters.

Subheadings should be set in italics, bold and aligned to the left-hand margin of the column on a separate line.


Tables and Figures

Use font size 10.

The charts and graphs must be centred and tittle should be at the top.

Number all tables and figures with Arabic numerals in the order in which the tables are first mentioned in text.

The illustrations and photographs must be centred.

Capitalise captions.


End Notes

Endnotes should be kept to a minimum. 

Use single spacing and font size 10



References should be complete and follow the APA Style. Examples:


For Periodicals
Mathews, J. A. (1998). Fashioning a new Korean model out of the crisis: The rebuilding of institutional capabilities. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 22(1), 747-759.


For Books/Monographs
Mintzberg, H. (1979). The Structuring of Organisations. New York: Prentice Hall. 


For Contributions to Collective Works
MacKinnon, J. (1991). Critical values for cointegration tests. In R. F. Engle & C. W. J. Granger (Eds.), Long-run economic relationship: Readings in cointegration (pp. 267-276). New York: Oxford University Press. 


For Accepted Submission:

At least one author must register for the #8thiBBC2018 by 15th September 2018 to ensure that the paper be included in the program book and conference proceeding with ISBN number. To register, click the following link:

Important Dates:

Early Bird Registration 15th August 2018
Normal Registration 15th September 2018
Full Paper Submission 1st July 2018
Final Notification 15th July 2018

Registration Fees:

  Early Bird Registration (MYR)

Normal Rate


Student from Malaysian and Borneo Universities


Participant from Malaysian and Borneo Universities


Participant from non-Malaysian Universities




* STUDENT: Must produce valid student pass during registration.

* Participant who wish to present more than 1 paper may do so by paying MYR400 (Malaysian and Borneo-based Universities) or MYR500 (non-Malaysian and Borneo-based Universities) for each additional paper.



Full Paper Registration Include:

   15-20 minutes presentation

   ISBN Proceedings

   Attendance to all sessions

   Conference program

   Name tag

   Certificate of participation

   Conference kit

   Lunches, coffee breaks, reception and conference dinner