Who can participate in the conference

The ICRM is open to practitioners, academicians, doctoral/research scholars, post graduate students and policymakers who are engaged directly or indirectly with the field of RM.

Invitation of abstracts of papers/cases

The following types of contributions are invited from the interested participants:

·         Papers: Conceptual/review and empirical papers based on research, practice

·       Management Cases: Management/decision Cases based on real life decision dilemma and Case Studies on relevant areas as noted below

Thematic areas

Abstracts of Papers and Management Cases on the following thematic areas that can dovetail into the SDGs are invited:

1. Rural and Development Finance

Microfinance, Agricultural Finance, Value chain financing, Sustainable/Entrepreneurial Finance, Rural Financial Institutions and Services

2. Agribusiness

Latest developments in agribusiness and allied areas and possibilities of agribusiness dovetailing into development

3. Rural Marketing and Market development

Critical theory in Marketing, Rural to Urban, Social Marketing, Rural Distribution Systems, Products and Pricing in Rural Contexts, Agriculture Input Marketing, Agriculture Output Marketing, Macro Marketing, Supply and value-chains.

4. Organizational Forms and Design

Exploring the changing organization landscape in rural context like that of cooperatives, producer organizations, not-for-profits, Panchayati Raj Institutions; Behavioural and Structural issues of such organizations and challenges of small organizations.

5. Capabilities and Human Resources

HR in resource scarce contexts, Capacity Building, Managing volunteers, Career Planning, Recruitment, Performance Evaluation, Leadership, Changing structure of bureaucracy to implement welfare programme

6. MIS, ICT and E-governance

MIS in rural and development organizations, ICT and Development, E-Governance

7. Development Strategy and Policy

Management of Not-for-Profits, organizational planning, Project Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Programme / Project Implementation, Entrepreneurship, Rural Institutions, Science, technology and innovation and any other relevant topic.

8. Livelihoods Promotion

Livelihoods promotion in the rural and urban context

9. Economic and Social Perspectives on Development

Economics dimension of development issues and economic policy issues to do with development. Integration of the different social sciences like Sociology, Political Science, History, Anthropology and Psychology and applying that knowledge for the problems of development, Social policy issues to do with development. Rights based approach to development, Role of Health, Education, Sanitation and related areas in human development.