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Entrepreneurship for Sustainability & Impact (ESI)

6th International Conference

17th- 19th October, 2023

Conference Theme:

Tackling Grand Challenges for a Sustainable Future

The conference is under the patronage of:

HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Qatar

Conference Overview

Organizations play a crucial role in addressing societal problems such as climate change, food and water scarcity, social inequality, and energy insecurity, among others. They respond to these challenges by creating novel solutions and opportunities for change. To deepen our understanding of how organizations can help tackle these challenges, we welcome papers that investigate this theme theoretically and empirically. We also encourage contributions on how organizations are incorporating sustainability – policies and practices that “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. We welcome scholars and practitioners from around the world to join us in person, in Doha, to discuss the conference topics, which includes but are not limited to the following:

  • The role of firms in climate change mitigation
  • Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and net-zero targets
  • Digitization, disruptive technologies and platforms
  • Social entrepreneurship, frugal innovation and sustainable business models
  • Industry 4.0 and sustainability
  • Energy transition and security
  • Smart and sustainable cities
  • Pedagogy for sustainability
  • Sustainable investment and corporate social responsibility
  • Crisis management and organizational resilience

Even though we are interested in proposal abstracts on the conference theme, we welcome submissions on topics within the broader business research.


Expo 2023 Doha Qatar

17 October 2023

Conference Opening Day 1

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Parking and Transportation

Mondrian Doha

18-19 October 2023

Conference Day 2 & 3

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Call for Papers

Learn more about the conference theme and read the Call for Papers.

Publishing Opportunities

After a peer-review process, the best papers from the ESI are expected to be published in:


All submissions will be evaluated based on their contribution towards the advancement of practice and theory as well as their potential contribution to entrepreneurship and sustainability. Prizes will be announced at the closing session of the conference.

  • Best Paper Awards: the winner will be awarded the sum of $1,500 and the runner-up will be awarded $1,000.
  • Best Case Study Awards: the winner will be awarded the sum of $1,500 and the runner-up will be awarded $1,000.
  • Outstanding Dissertation-Based Paper Awards: five authors with the best PhD dissertation-based papers will be awarded funds covering travel and accommodation costs to attend the conference and present their papers. Outstanding papers will be published in the Management & Sustainability: An Arab Review (MSAR) journal. To be eligible, the papers must be dissertation-based, from candidates registered and/or completed their PhD degrees at Arab institutions, or from candidates at any recognized institutions worldwide with a focus on the Arab world.

About ESI

The Entrepreneurship for Sustainability & Impact (ESI) is an annual conference hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship & Organizational Excellence (CEOE) – Qatar University. It is one of the leading entrepreneurship conferences in the MENA region. ESI is a community of scholars and practitioners interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, and organizational excellence research, teaching and practice. Our mission is to provide a forum for sharing ideas and interaction to advance entrepreneurship and organizational excellence research in the region. The objectives of ESI is to foster research collaborations among our members; share experiences on entrepreneurship and innovation practices; and develop policies that address economic, social and environmental challenges. Details of last year’s conference can be found here

About CEOE

The Center for Entrepreneurship & Organizational Excellence (CEOE) is a research center within the College of Business & Economics at Qatar University. Through outstanding research and policy works, experiential learning, distinctive capacity building, and community outreach, the CEOE aims to make a profound impact on the way organizations in Qatar conduct business and the way their businesses affect Qatar. The CEOE activities include research and policy work, teaching, case development, consultancy, and training. It has a track record in working with government agencies and the private sector to develop innovative solutions.


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