2017 Conferences Overview
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18th IAABD Annual Conference

May 17-20, 2017
Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
 Conference Theme – “Accelerating Sustainable Development in Africa: The Roles of Businesses, Entrepreneurs, the Middle Class and Global Partners”.

We are pleased to announce that Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America has been selected to host the 2017 IAABD conference. Please mark your calendar for May 17-20, 2017.  Make plans to bring the family.

The theme of the 2017 IAABD Conference highlights the need to intensify Africa’s steady resilience of the past decade by implementing more balanced and comprehensive solutions to challenges for social and economic growth. These challenges include better management of Africa’s businesses, accelerating entrepreneurship, meeting the demands of a growing middle class, and increasing foreign direct investments. All papers should be submitted electronically to the IAABD submission portal in Microsoft Word by January 30, 2017.  All abstracts and proposals for special sessions should be submitted electronically to the IAABD submission portal in Microsoft Word by March 15, 2017.  See the Call for Papers for more details (or find a downloadable copy at below) .

The annual conferences of the International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD) are open to scholars, professionals, and graduate students of any nationality who are interested or actively engaged in the research and performance or administration of business and economic development issues as they relate to Africa.  These conferences aim at facilitating multidisciplinary research on Africa’s related issues, stimulating collaborations between Africa based researchers and their counterparts around the world, broadening and deepening global understanding of the various challenges facing African business and development, as well as advancing alternative solutions to Africa’s business and development challenges.

2017 Conference Hotel Information

SpringHill Suites Buckhead

Hotel address: 3459 Buckhead Loop, NE, Atlanta, GA 30326-1532

Guests may now begin to make their reservations, by calling central reservations at 888-287-9400.  To receive the discounted rate, attendees must request the GSU Marketing Conference room block at the SpringHill Suites Atlanta Buckhead.  Guests may also reserve online using the link provided below.  Guests are noted as being responsible for their own room charges.

Booking Information

Start date: 5/16/17
End date: 5/20/17
Last day to book: 5/2/17

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

SpringHill Suites Atlanta Buckhead  for 119.00 USD  – 129.00 USD  per night

Click here to book your group rate for IAABD 18th Annual Conference

Transportation: Getting to the Hotel from the Airport

There are 4 options you can take advantage of with regards to transportation from the airport

  1. Taxi – Follow the signs at the airport to ground transportation and find available taxis nearby. Taxi fare vary depending on distance and traffic. Expect to spend about $60 or above for the ride.
  2. Uber – Follow this link to download the Uber app on your device or visit your App Store/Play store. Once downloaded, follow the steps, type in the hotel address and wait for your Uber ride.
  3. Lyft –  Follow this link to get instructions on how to download the Lyft app or visit your App Store/Play store to download directly on your device. Once downloaded, follow the steps, type in the hotel address and wait for your Lyft ride.
  4. MARTA – Take the North Springs line (Red line) to the Buckhead N7 Station.
    Exit right off the train.
    Follow the exit sign on your right to Tower Place Drive.
    Cross a walking bridge toward Tower Place Drive.
    Continue down the sidewalk until you reach the crosswalk.
    Cross the street and turn right up the sidewalk. Walk directly to the entrance of Spring Hill Suites
    Travel time is approximately 5 minutes.

Transportation: Getting to the Conference Venue 

  1. If you are coming from the Spring Hill Suites hotel;
    Head east on Buckhead Loop NE
    Turn right in 0.1 mi
    Then Slight left in 75ft
    Take the stairs
    Destination will be on the left – 3348 Peachtree Rd., Tower Place 200. Travel time is approximately 5 minutes.
    Ask Hotel officials for directions if needed. You may also use Google maps for walking Guidance.
  2. If you are not lodged in the Spring Hill Suites hotel. You may use Lyft or Uber to 3348 Peachtree Rd., Tower Place 200 from your location. Click here for more options including using the MARTA or driving to the GSU Buckhead Center.

Download Call For Paper:

Call for Papers 2017

Download Conference Program:

Conference Program 2017

Download Schedule of Events:

Schedule of Events 2017

IAABD Members Meeting at the IAABD Conference 2017

IAABD Members Meeting Recording

IAABD 2017 Conference Highlights

  • Georgia State is home to the largest business school in the South and the sixth-largest business school in the United States. The MBA and graduate programs consistently rank among the best in the nation:
  • The part-time MBA program is ranked No. 17 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Bloomberg Businessweek ranks the program as No. 1 in Georgia and No. 22 in the U.S. for teaching excellence.
  • The Executive MBA program is No. 19 in the U.S. and No. 63 globally in the Financial Times ranking of the world’s top 100 Executive MBA programs.
  • The graduate program in information systems is No. 8 in the U.S., according to U.S. News.
  • Three of Robinson’s undergraduate programs are in the top 10 – risk management and insurance (No. 4), information systems (No. 8) and real estate (No. 10), according to U.S. News.
  • The  Marketing Department is ranked No. 16 overall and No. 6 in quantitative marketing  in the latest  University of Texas at Dallas Top 100 Business School Research Ranking Index.
  • The International Business Program is ranked No. 16  according to the University of Texas at Dallas latest Top 100  Business School Research Rankings Index.


  • Atlanta is home to many exciting attractions and fun-filled destinations. In fact, many of the city’s most sought after attractions are all within walking distance of each other. The close proximity of these major attractions makes the downtown area of Atlanta the ideal place for many visitors to start their exploration of this cosmopolitan southern city.
  • Some of the city’s most popular tourist attractions located in Downtown Atlanta’s walkable attractions loop include World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inside CNN Studio Tour, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta and SkyView Atlanta, the Carter Center and the Mathew Luther King Center. Georgia State University’s Downtown campus is also located within the loop.
  • Other top Atlanta attractions beyond downtown such as Zoo Atlanta and Stone Mountain Park.
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