(IMC-IRC) 2024


Date: September 19-20-21, 2024 | Venue: XLRI Jamshedpur

Theme: Advancing Management Education

Introduction to the Conference

Management learning and education (MLE) is a growing and developing discipline. It continues to evolve as paradigms about the relevance of scholarship for the practice of the profession are challenged (Armstrong & Fukami, 2009; Bilimoria & Fukami, 2002). MLE is a distinct field of study with its own set of journals representing its body of knowledge, and as the field of management education evolves and shifts, the outlets for research findings on teaching and learning also need to change to reflect the current paradigms of the field (Currie & Pandher, 2013).

With XLRI Jamshedpur completing 75 years, Indian MBA education has completed 75 years. Today, with more than 3,000 MBA programs being offered, India is world’s largest center for business and management education. Recent trends that have infused dynamism in management education include expansion of undergraduate management education, introduction of new digital learning programs and changing industry demands.

To catalyze impactful research and dialogue in the realm of business and management education, XLRI Jamshedpur and INDIAN MANAGEMENT CONCLAVE (IMC) proudly present the IMC International Research Conference (IMC-IRC) 2024. IMC-IRC 2024 is an integral part of 14th INDIAN MANAGEMENT CONCLAVE 2024, being organized by XLRI and IMC. Read Highlights of 13th IMC 2023 and 12th IMC 2022.

IMC International Research Conference (IMC-IRC) 2024 shall serve as a platform for scholars, practitioners, and stakeholders to engage in thought-provoking discussions, exchange ideas, and chart the future trajectory of management education.

Conference Agenda


Spread over three days, IMC-IRC conference shall include following sessions:

  • Keynote Addresses by Policy Makers, Business Leaders, and Academic Thought Leaders
  • Panel Discussion by CXOs, Editors, Directors & Deans and Academic Leaders
  • Selected Paper Presentations
  • Faculty Development & Research Workshops

Call For Papers is now open. Last date for submission of Extended Abstract is June 30, 2024

Join us in shaping the future of management education at IMC-IRC 2024.

Theme & Tracks

Theme: Advancing Management Education

Advancing Management Education serves as the overarching theme of the conference, highlighting the crucial role of management institutions in shaping the socioeconomic landscape of the future. Throughout history, Management Education has remained at the forefront of innovation, continuously adapting to the changing dynamics of business and society. As industries undergo transformation and global challenges emerge, the pedagogy of Management Education must evolve to equip forthcoming leaders with the essential skills, knowledge, and attitudes required for success. This underscores the necessity for educational institutions to instil in future business leaders the principles of responsible leadership, ethical decision-making, and sustainable business practices. By integrating sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and ethical leadership into management curricula, institutions can equip students with the skills and mindset needed to address complex societal challenges while driving business growth and environmental sustainability.

In pursuit of this overarching theme, the conference will delve into four interrelated tracks, each offering a unique perspective on advancing management education for sustainable development. The first track focuses on Advancing Sustainable Development, exploring the integration of ethical leadership, CSR principles, and sustainable development goals into management education. The second track, Teaching Methodologies and Pedagogical Innovation in Management Education, examines innovative teaching approaches that enhance student engagement and learning outcomes. Track three, Academic Processes, Quality Assurance & Outcome Assessment, delves into the intricacies of assessment methodologies and quality assurance frameworks within management education. Finally, the fourth track, Competencies & Skills for Employability & Career Advancement, explores the evolving landscape of employability skills and competencies essential for success in today's dynamic job market. Entrepreneurship, Family business development, participation of MBA graduates in gig-economy and other career trends shall also be addressed. Together, these tracks offer a comprehensive exploration of how management education can effectively contribute to sustainable development goals and prepare future leaders for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Submissions are also invited on Ethical Leadership, Entrepreneurship Education, Student Well-being and related topics.

Track 1: Advancing Management Education for Sustainable Development

Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) urges management institutions to “study people, organizations, institutions, and the state of the world to inspire responsible management and education practice.” This track explores the integration of ethical leadership and management principles, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and sustainable development goals (SDGs) into management education. It examines the role of educational institutions in fostering responsible leadership and sustainable business practices among future managers.

Track 2: Teaching Methodologies & Pedagogical Innovation in Management Education

This track aims to explore innovative teaching methodologies and pedagogical strategies that enhance student engagement, learning outcomes, and overall educational experience in management education. With a focus on the dynamic landscape of business education, this track invites research that investigates the adoption, effectiveness, and implications of various teaching approaches in different contexts. Furthermore, participants are urged to contribute their papers on insights or empirical research on the following topics.

  • Enhancing Critical Thinking In Management Courses,
  • Measuring Teaching Excellence in Today’s Digitally Connected World,
  • Fostering Student Engagement in Physical Class Rooms
  • Fostering Student Engagement In Online/Blended Courses
  • Bridging the Research and Teaching Gap
  • Designing Experiential Learning Projects
  • Assessing student learning in this evolving educational landscape. Exploring how to assess student learning, whether using subjective, objective, mixed methods, or alternative approaches

Track 3: Academic Processes, Quality Assurance, & Outcome Assessment

This track delves into the intricacies of academic processes, quality assurance, and outcome assessment within the realm of management education. It seeks to explore approaches to assessment, the effectiveness of quality assurance frameworks, and the impact of academic processes on educational outcomes.

Track 4: Competencies for Employability, Career Advancement, & Entrepreneurship

This track explores the evolving landscape of employability skills and competencies essential for career success in today's dynamic job market. It delves into the intersection of academic programs, industry demands, and career guidance initiatives aimed at preparing students for successful transitions from education to employment. The track also explores entrepreneurship, and participation in gig-economy, as career options for management graduates.

Other Topics

Submissions are also invited on following topics:

  • Pedagogy for Ethical Leadership preparation,
  • Teaching methods and styles for Entrepreneurship Education,
  • Pedagogical activities and practices to improve student well-being.
  • Teaching and learning in the era of AI

Scholars may also submit Extended Abstracts on topics related to the above topics.

Call for Papers

We invite original and unpublished manuscripts from academics, professionals and doctoral students for presentation and participation in the IMC Conference. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to present their papers at XLRI Jamshedpur. Authors shall be offered opportunities to publish their papers in national and international journals of repute. Best Research Paper Award shall be presented to highlight the most impactful and relevant research

Important Dates and Schedules

Extended Abstract Submission Ends
Deadline: June 30th
Notification of acceptance of Extended Abstract
July 25th
Registration Start date
July 26th
Registration Closing date
Deadline 1: August 15th
Full Paper Submission*
September 5th
Conference Date
September 19-20-21

* Submission of Full Paper is required for entering the Best Research Paper Award competition. Submission of Full Paper is recommended but not mandatory for paper presentations at the Conference.

Publication Opportunities

Selected papers shall get opportunities for publication in reputed Journals listed in ABDC and/or Scopus databases.

XLRI shall publish a Special Issue of Journal Management and Labour Studies with Papers presented at this Conference.

Full papers submitted to IMC-IRC 2024 will be considered for publication in a number of Scopus outlets.


Disclaimer: All submitted papers need to follow the usual review process and guidelines by the journal.


Conference will be held exclusive in offline/in-person mode. At least one of the co-authors must register for the inclusion of paper in the conference presentations. With the generosity of conference host XLRI and other conference partners, only a nominal registration fee is being charged.

Delegate CategoryIndian (Rs.)Foreign ($)
Faculty with Full-Time Employment with an Academic Institution offering management programmes2,000100
Research Scholars / Students studying at Academic Institutions offering management & engineering programmes1,000100
Faculty with Part-Time Engagement with Academic Institution/s offering management programmes3,000150
Corporate Executive with/without engagement with Academic Institution/s offering management programmes4,000200
Non-author/ Delegate participationIMC Conclave Registration Rules Apply. Non-author/delegate registrations will open soon.

*Above registration includes invitation to attend all sessions of 14th IMC 2024 Conference to be held at XLRI Jamshedpur on September 19-20-21, 2024. It does not include stay at XLRI Jamshedpur. However, Paper Presenters shall be offered subsidised stay at XLRI or select hotels on a first-come-first-served basis.

Conference Registrations will open soon.

Submission Guidelines

Academics, educators, scholars, researchers, practitioners, and studentsare invited to submit papers for this conference. Here are the guidelines for extended abstract submission:

Please include following points in your extended abstract:

  • Purpose: This section should explain ‘why’ this study was undertaken.
  • Study design/methodology/approach: This section should explain ‘how’ this study was conducted
  • Findings: This section should explain ‘what’ this study revealed.
  • Originality/value: This section should explain ‘why’ this study was undertaken.

Please format the abstract as follows:

  • Length: A minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 1500 words
  • Font: Times New Roman; Font Size: 12 points; 1.5 space
  • Document Format: MS Word

Also include a Title Page with following details: Manuscript Title, Author(s), Affiliation(s), Contact Details of all Authors, Corresponding Author.

How to Submit your Paper

Submission of the abstract will be made in Microsoft Word format to the Conference Secretariat via this link. Author queries may be sent to

Criteria for Evaluation of the Abstract

  • Relevance
  • Rigor of Research
  • Key Contributions

Guidelines for Full paper submission

Selection of full paper for Award and different publication opportunities shall depend on the quality and relevance of the manuscript. Please adhere to following guidelines for your full paper submission:

  • Article Length: 5000–8000 words
  • Spacing: 1.5
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Font Size: 12 Points
  • Margins: One inch all around
  • Page numbering: Consecutively numbered pages
  • Document Format: MS Word
  • Title page: The title page of the manuscript must include the title of the theme, author’s name, affiliations, keywords (maximum 5), phone numbers & email of all authors, corresponding author name.
  • References: Authors should follow American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition (2020) style guidelines
  • All tables, charts and graphs should be given on separate sheets with title.
  • Wherever necessary, the source should be indicated at bottom.
  • The endnotes, italics, and quotation marks should be kept to the minimum.
  • Paper must have not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere or be currently under any other review.
  • Name of the author(s) should appear only on the title page. In case of joint submissions, all correspondence will be addressed to first author.

Template for Full Research Paper Submission

  • Title: The title should be clear, concise, and descriptive of the research topic.
  • Author(s): List the names of the author(s) and their affiliations (universities, institutions, etc.).
  • Abstract: Provide a concise summary of the entire paper, including the research question, methods, results, and conclusions. The abstract is typically 200-250 words.
  • Keywords: List a few keywords that highlight the main topics or concepts in your research.
  • Introduction:
    • - Begin with a brief overview of the research topic and its significance.
    • - State the research problem or question that your study addresses.
    • - Provide a clear thesis statement or hypothesis.
  • Literature Review:
    • - Review and summarize relevant literature related to your research topic.
    • - Identify gaps or areas where your study contributes to existing knowledge.
  • Methodology:
    • - Describe the research methods and techniques used in your study.
    • - Explain the data collection process, including the instruments and materials used.
    • - Discuss the data analysis methods and statistical tools, if applicable.
  • Results:
    • - Present your research findings in a clear and organized manner.
    • - Use tables, figures, and graphs to illustrate the data.
    • - Include descriptive and inferential statistics, if applicable.
    • - Provide a written interpretation of the results.
  • Discussion:
    • - Interpret the results and discuss their implications.
    • - Relate the findings back to the research question or hypothesis.
    • - Address any limitations of the study.
    • - Suggest areas for future research.
  • Conclusion:
    • - Summarize the main findings and their importance.
    • - Restate the thesis statement or research question.
    • - Provide a clear and concise conclusion that follows logically from the study's results.
  • References: List all the sources you cited in your paper following a APA 7th Edition (2020) citation style
  • Appendices: Include any supplementary materials, data, or information that supports the research but is not central to the main body of the paper.

Conference Venue & Accommodation

Conference will be held exclusive in offline/in-person mode. At least one of the co-authors must register for the inclusion of paper in the conference presentations. With the generosity of conference host XLRI and other conference partners, only a nominal registration fee is being charged.

Stay for Conference Paper Presenters

Presenters of shortlisted conference papers will be required to register for the conference along with payment of nominal registration charges. Registered conference paper presenters will be offered stay at XLRI guest house or select hotel at subsidized rates. Details will be released soon.

About the Host Institute

XLRI – Xavier School of Management (XLRI or formerly Xavier Labour Relations Institute) is a private business school run by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India. It was founded in 1949 in the steel city of Jamshedpur, as the oldest business school in India. The institute, currently in its 75th year, celebrates its Platinum Jubilee in 2024.

XLRI is the recipient of the AACSB and the AMBA accreditations. XLRI is recognized amongst the best management institutes in India; it has been ranked ninth amongst Indian management institutes by the NIRF in 2023. It is also the first institution to conceive and create a technology enabled and interactive online executive education program. Over the years, XLRI has developed a distinct identity. The hallmark of this identity is not to walk on the beaten path, but to strike new routes; not to benchmark, but to be benchmarked; to be second to none, but to be the first torespond to the needs of the people and the nation; taking up tasks that are bold, but necessary, that which nobody has hitherto taken up. This enterprising and pioneering spirit can be witnessed throughout the history of XLRI. XLRI has always had and maintains a global outlook.

XLRI offers a wide range of academic programs in the field of management education. These include Post Graduate Programmes in Business Management\Human Resource Management, XLRI - RBS Double Master's Programme in Supply Chain Management & Supply Chain Analytics, Doctoral Programme in Management, Doctoral Programme in Management for Practitioners, and Executive PG Programmes for working executives. In addition, XLRI actively is involved in training practitioners and academicians through Management Development Programmes, Faculty Development Programmes, and so on.

For further details on XLRI please visit:

About Indian Management Conclave

Indian Management Conclave (IMC), India's definitive annual Management Education Conference & Awards Platform, is organized by in partnership with India's top B-schools and knowledge Organizations. Launched in 2010, IMC celebrated its 10th Anniversary on August 2-3, 2019 in New Delhi with Former President of India Late Shri Pranab Mukherjee gracing the occasion as our Chief Guest. IMC is very thankful to leading institutions for hosting past Conclaves: ISB Hyderabad (2015), IIM Ahmedabad (2016), IIM Lucknow (2017), IIM Bangalore (2018), MDI Gurgaon (2021), IIM Kozhikode (2022) and SPJIMR (2023). Hon'ble Former President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind was the Chief Guest for 12th IMC 2022.

XLRI is the Partner and Host for 14th INDIAN MANAGEMENT CONCLAVE, to be held at XLRI Jamshedpur campus on September 19-20-21.

IMC Journey: Dates, Venues & Themes

Conclave EditionVenueConclave ThemeDate
14th IMC 2024To be held in XLRI Jamshedpur CampusAdvancing Management Education September 19-20-21, 2024
13th IMC 2023Held in SPJIMR Mumbai CampusBusiness Value Creation in the Age of DisruptionOctober 13-14, 2023
12th IMC 2022Held in IIM Kozhikode CampusMeasuring MBA OutcomesDecember 9-10, 2022
11th IMC 2021Held in MDI Gurgaon CampusLearner Centric Management EducationDecember 20-21, 2021
10th IMC 2019Held in New DelhiEffective MBA Faculty for 21st Century Management EducationAugust 2-3, 2019
9th IMC 2018Held at IIM Bangalore CampusMBA Pedagogy for 21st Century Business SchoolAugust 3-4, 2018
8th IMC 2017Held at IIM Lucknow Noida CampusMBA Curriculum for New EraAugust 4-5, 2017
7th IMC 2016Held at IIM AhmedabadInstitutional Leadership in Management EducationAugust 5-6, 2016
6th IMC 2015Held at ISB, HyderabadEnhancing B-school CompetitivenessJuly 29-30, 2015
5th IMC 2014Held in New DelhiMBA EDU 3.0 Envisioning the FutureAugust 8-9, 2014
4th IMC 2013Held in New DelhiEnhancing The Value of MBAAugust 2-3, 2013
3rd IMC 2012Held in New DelhiSurvival of the Fittest: Lessons from the BestAugust 9-10, 2012
2nd IMC 2011Held in New DelhiBuilding a great B-school what's the new DNA?August 11-12, 2011
1st IMC 2010Held in New DelhiRethinking and Rebooting Indian Management EducationAugust 13-14, 2010