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DATE: Jan. 8-11 2024
PLACE: University of Sharjah


Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that the College of Business Administration (CoBA) at the University of Sharjah (UAE) and the Centre for Business Analytics (CBAP) at Surrey Business School, UK, will be co-organizing the much-anticipated International Conference on Business Analytics in Practice 2024. The conference is scheduled to be held on January 8-11, 2024, and is expected to be a vibrant and informative event.

We cordially invite you to join us in this multidisciplinary conference, where leading experts in business analytics will be sharing their knowledge and insights. This conference is a unique opportunity for professionals, academics, and students to collaborate, exchange ideas, and network with like-minded individuals from around the world.

University of Sharjah 
The University of Sharjah (UoS) is a distinguished non-profit higher education institution founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
The UoS is a comprehensive higher education institution comprising 14 esteemed Colleges, offering 122 undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The UoS has consistently been recognized as a leading academic institution, and in 2022, it was ranked by Times Higher Education as one of the top 200-300 universities worldwide. Additionally, the UoS was ranked as the number one university in the UAE, recognized for its excellence in higher education.
The UoS is situated in the University City, spread over a sprawling 7.5 square kilometers campus. The University is conveniently located, just a 20-minute drive from the Dubai International Airport and 15 minutes from the Sharjah Airport, offering seamless global connectivity to visitors and participants of the conference.

College of Business Administration
The UoS College of Business Administration (CoBA) was founded in 1997. It offers undergraduate programs with majors and minors in Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Economics, and Finance. CoBA also offers DBA, EMBA, MBA, and MSc in Business Analytics programs. In 2017, it obtained AACSB accreditation. In 2022, CoBA was ranked 2nd in the UAE and between 176–200 in Business- and Economics-related topics worldwide by Times Higher Education. CoBA's EMBA program was ranked 2nd in the region in 2021.

Centre for Business Analytics in Practice 
The Centre for Business Analytics in Practice (CBAP) at Surrey Business School, UK, is a dynamic research centre that utilizes analytics to enhance decision-making across various disciplines. The centre's primary objective is to explore the potential of data in facilitating organizational success through fact-based, proactive decision-making. CBAP is dedicated to conducting comprehensive research, grounded in both theory and empirical evidence, encompassing diverse areas such as business performance, including efficiency and productivity, AI, big data, health analytics, operations and supply chain analytics, as well as sustainability and net-zero analytics.
CBAP harnesses cutting-edge methodologies from multiple fields to develop efficient and expedited solutions for significant data-driven projects. By leveraging state-of-the-art techniques, the centre strives to contribute to the advancement of analytics and foster innovative approaches to address contemporary business challenges.

Outline of the Conference
This conference is a multidisciplinary event and will feature all aspects of business analytics, ranging from the fundamentals to the advanced levels. The conference will cover an extensive range of topics, including but not limited to:
Theory and methodology papers that make significant contributions to the fields of Operations Research, Statistics, and Econometrics.
Empirical papers (innovative applications in analytics) covering various areas, including but not limited to:

    • Sustainability and net-zero analytics
    • Energy, Environment, and Climate change analytics
    • Operations and Supply chain analytics
    • Banking and Financial analytics
    • Management and Marketing analytics
    • Accounting analytics
    • Health analytics
    • Efficiency and productivity
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and big data

We will also organise doctoral consortium and round table discussions that bring together esteemed current and former editors of top-tier journals in the Business Analytics field (e.g., the European Journal of Operational ResearchAnnals of Operations Research, etc.). These sessions will provide a unique opportunity for early-career scholars and doctoral candidates to receive valuable insights and advice on getting published, setting them up for future success.

More information about the scientific and social program of the conference as well as paper submission can be found at

We look forward to seeing you at the I Conference in Sharjah, UAE!!​​​

Professor Ali Emrouznejad, Professor and Chair in Business Analytics, Director, Centre for Business Analytics in Practice, Surrey Business School, Guildford, UK

Professor Ilan Ozturk, Professor and Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Professor Panagiotis (Panos) Zervopoulos, Associate Professor and Director of the DBA Program at the College of Business Administration, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Professor John Rice, Professor, College of Business Administration, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Key Dates

Abstract submission opens: 01/06/2023
Abstract submission closes: 20/11/2023
Notification of acceptance: 10/11/2023
Early registration ends: 31/12/2023
Deadline for full Paper submission for inclusion in the conference’s proceedings: 15/12/2023
Deadline for paper submission to the conference’s special issues: PLEASE SEE GUIDELINE TO SUBMISSION FOR EACH JOURNAL.