Call for Papers: Journal《Asia Pacific Business Review》 《亚太商业评论》期刊征稿启事

Time : 2023-03-01

Special Issue / 主题

Learn to Survive: Post-Pandemic Business Organizations and Innovative Capabilities in East Asia





This special issue raises a broad question of the managerial and innovative capabilities that Chinese, Japanese, and Korean firms have newly acquired after the pandemic. First and foremost, we want to know if they have developed innovative ways of dealing with pandemic and similar environmental disasters. Secondly, we also want to investigate what these firms in the region can contribute to the alleviation of the current global supply chain gridlock. Thirdly, we propose to study the ins and outs of innovative activities of the firms in this region commence to take up in order to neutralize the instability of the global demand structure. Finally, we also want to learn how firms in this region are innovating their organizational learning strategies after the pandemic.


For the above purposes, we welcome research papers and case studies with ample supporting materials of quantitative and qualitative data. New methods and new theories are encouraged to submit to this special issue. All papers must deal with cases from East Asia (China, South Korea, and Japan individually or comparatively). Specific topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

uInnovative means of fighting Covid-19 within East Asian firms

uPlanned and impromptu behaviours of adapting to the volatile and hostile environments during the pandemic by these firms

uOrganizational resilience in the form of survival, innovative, learning and other crucial strategic capabilities in these enterprises

uThe global supply chain crisis during and after the pandemic and the strategic response to the crisis by these firms.

uState-business relations and their evolutions during and after the pandemic in this region

uDigital and IT-related innovations that took place during the pandemic, including WFH

uIndustrial analyses of which firms benefitted from the pandemic or post-pandemic market changes.


Special Issue Editor(s):

Qiang Liang, School of Business, Shantou University, China (

Ingyu Oh, College of Global Engagement, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan

Chris Rowley, Kellogg College, Oxford University & Bayes Business School, City, University of London, UK



10 May 2023

Deadline for abstracts

20 May 2023

Acceptance of abstracts and invitation to the workshop

31 July 2023

Submission of PowerPoint slides

8-9 August 2023

Workshop at Shantou University, Shantou, China

30 September 2023

Deadline for the submission of full papers

31 October 2023

First review results

30 November 2023

Submission of revised drafts

31 December 2023

Second review results

15 January 2024

Submission of final drafts

31 January 2024

Final acceptance decisions.

Publication of Selected Papers in APBR in 2024



The call for papers is open until 10 May, 2023. Submissions will be accepted through the email: (Prof. Ingyu Oh, Managing Editor, Asia Pacific Business Review, UK)