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Leveraging Emerging Technologies and Analytics for Development (LEAD) – 2024

Theme: Empowering Humanity
(11th – 13th December, 2024 )

About LEAD-2024

LEAD-2024 is an International Conference focusing on the intersection of emerging technologies, analytics, and development. With the overarching theme of “Empowering Humanity,” LEAD-2024 seeks to bring together thought leaders, researchers, innovators, and policymakers from around the globe to deliberate on how cutting-edge technologies can be harnessed for the greater good of society. This conference provides a unique platform for interdisciplinary discussions, fostering collaboration between experts in AI & analytics, sustainability, different areas of management, and IT.

At LEAD-2024, participants will be able to delve into a wide range of topics, including the ethical implications of emerging technologies & analytics, their impact on social justice, and strategies for ensuring inclusive and sustainable development. The conference will feature keynote speeches from renowned experts, panel discussions, and interactive tutorials, creating a dynamic environment for exchanging ideas and formulating innovative solutions. By focusing on the theme, LEAD-2024 aims to inspire a collective commitment to using technology for positive change, addressing global challenges, and advancing the well-being of individuals and communities worldwide.

As the world grapples with complex challenges, from climate change to economic inequality, LEAD-2024 is a crucial platform for fostering collaboration and exploring the untapped potential of emerging technologies. Through this international gathering of minds, the conference aspires to chart a path forward toward a future where technology catalyzes empowerment, equality, and sustainable development on a global scale.

Conference Objectives

  1. To provide a platform for exchanging ideas and insights on leveraging emerging technologies for addressing societal challenges.
  2. To foster collaborations among academia, industry, and policymakers for promoting sustainable development.
  3. To showcase cutting-edge research and practical applications in the field of analytics and technology-driven development.


The conference will feature keynote presentations, paper presentations, industry and academic panel discussions, pre-conference workshops, and tools/application demonstrations.

Target Audience

Researchers, academics, industry professionals, policymakers, students, and other stakeholders interested in the application of emerging technologies for empowering humanity.


The conference provides a global platform for engaging in dialogues and deliberations.  Papers are welcomed for the following topics (not limited to):

Information Systems: Theory & Practice

  • Digital Transformation and Society: Socio-technical Systems, Digital Inclusion and Accessibility, Digital Divide
  • Social Media and Networks: Online Communities, Social Network Analysis, Influence and Virality
  • Information Behavior and Use: Information Seeking Behavior, Information Use in Decision Making, Information Literacy
  • Digital Ethics and Policy: Ethical Use of Information Technology, Privacy Concerns, Regulation and Compliance
  • ICT for Development: Technology Adaption in Developing Countries, ICT for International Competitiveness*, ICT for Economic Development, ICT for Social Development
  • Online Collaboration and Communication: Virtual Teams and New Product Development*, Computer-Mediated Communication, Online Community Building
  • Cultural and Global Perspectives: Cross-Cultural Studies, Globalization and Technology, Cultural Influences on Technology Use
  • Gender and Diversity in Technology: Gender Digital Divide, Diversity in IT Workforce, Gender Bias in Technology Design
  • Digital Well-being: Technostress, Digital Detox, Psychological Effects of Digital Technologies
  • Education and Learning Technologies: Technology Integration in Education, Online Learning Environments, Educational Technology Adoption and Impact
  • Information Systems Strategy and Competitiveness.

Analytics: Applications for Business and Human Development

  • Healthcare Analytics: Public Health and Epidemiology, Predictive Public Healthcare
  • Education and Learning Analytics: Personalized Education, Educational Equity
  • Climate Change Analytics and Resource Management
  • Poverty Alleviation and Social Welfare: Targeted Assistance Programs, Economic Inclusion
  • Justice and Equity: Criminal Justice Reform, Human Rights and Fair Labor
  • Urban Planning and Development: Smart Cities, Infrastructure and Mobility
  • Disaster Response and Management: Early Warning Systems, Emergency Resource Allocation
  • Public Safety and Security: Crime Prevention, Cybersecurity
  • Community Empowerment: Civic Engagement and Participation, Social Media for Good
  • Global Development and Aid: Development Aid Allocation, Monitoring and Evaluation and Strategies

Information Systems and Analytics for Marketing

  • Digital and social media marketing
  • Big data and marketing analytics
  • AI and marketing
  • AR/VR/Metaverse marketing
  • Value cocreation using internet and mobile technology
  • Content marketing
  • Blockchain and marketing
  • Ethical issues in tech-enabled marketing
  • Chatbots/virtual assts and customer engagement
  • Role of technology in sustainable market transformation
  • Technology and customer wellbeing
  • IT Strategies for Marketing

Information Systems and Analytics for Human Resources & Organisational Behavior

  • Improving employee experience with technology
  • Leveraging technology to build humane organizations.
  • AI and the evolution of jobs.
  • Improving contingent work through technology
  • HR bias and technology
  • Laws and compliance issues in tech-enabled HRM
  • HR Excellence: IT Strategies for HRM, Capability maturity models.

Information Systems and Analytics for Operations & Quantitative Techniques

  • Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0
  • Humanitarian Logistics and Disaster Response
  • Smart Cities and Urban Operations Management
  • Edge Computing and IoT in Operations
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in Operations
  • Predictive Maintenance and Asset Management
  • Ethical and Social Implications of IT in Operations
  • Agile Operations and Adaptive Supply Chains
  • Supply Chain Resilience and Risk Management
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Supply Chain Visibility and Collaboration
  • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in Supply Chains
  • Supply Chain Digital Twinning
  • IT Strategies for supply chain operations

Information Systems and Analytics for Finance and Economics

  • Financial Inclusion and Accessibility: Digital Wallets and Mobile Payments, Peer-to-Peer Lending
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making: Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning for Investments
  • Financial Education and Literacy: Online Education Platforms, AI-Powered Financial Coaching
  • Transparency and Accountability: Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Fintech
  • Sustainable and Ethical Finance: Impact Investing Platforms, ESG Analytics
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Digital Currencies and Cryptocurrencies
  • IT Strategy for Finance and Economics

Management of Technology and Competitiveness*

  • Management of Technology and Innovation (MoT)
  • Technology Transfer and Absorption
  • MoT for Export Competitiveness
  • Digital Platforms and Transformation
  • Product and Service Innovation
  • International Competitiveness and Business (IB), Outbound Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI)

Keynote Speakers

To be announced

Submission Process

Type of Submissions:
LEAD-2024 invites academicians, research scholars, and corporate/industry executives to submit Full paper (Research Paper (Qualitative / Quantitative/ Mixed Methods), Literature Review, Case Study, Conceptual paper, Tools demo paper). Authors wishing to submit multiple papers will have to do separately.

Author Guidelines:

All papers must be original and not previously submitted for any other conference or journal. Authors must follow the ICIS 2024 Format while preparing their manuscript. Manuscript must have a minimum of 5000 words, excluding abstract and reference list. The similarity of the text must not exceed 10% (including similarity in literature review). Authors should mention the name of the track to which they are submitting their work.

Review Process:

Submitted papers will undergo a double-blind peer review process based on relevance, originality, significance, and clarity. Authors will be notified of revision/ acceptance/ rejection by the specified deadline.

  • Mode of presentation

LEAD-2024 will be conducted in hybrid mode. Indian participants will present papers physically at the IIM Shillong campus. International participants may present their papers virtually.

Important Dates

Last date for full paper submission 31st July, 2024
Final Decision on acceptance/rejection of full papers On or before 3st August, 2024
Registration Begins  1st September, 2024
Registration Closes  31st October, 2024

Registration Details

To be Announced

Knowledge Partners

University of Texas at El Paso


ICT4D Research Group, University of Agder, Norway

Publication partners

Publication of Conference Proceedings: Discussions are in progress with Springer to publish selected papers registered and presented at the conference in a SCOPUS-indexed book. Information will be updated in website.

Communication of best papers to special issues: Discussions are in progress with journals for special issues or considering extended best papers of the conference for journals as per their format and rules. Information will be updated in website.

The following journals accepted to consider selected papers for publication as per their norms of reviews:

1. IIMS Journal of Management Science. For more info about the journal, visit: https://journal.iimshillong.ac.in

2. International Journal of Global Business and Competitiveness (JGBC, Springer – ABDC(C)): Selected papers from the track: “Management of Technology and Competitiveness**” and selected papers related to competitiveness from other tracks will be considered for publication in JGBC.  For more information about the journal, visit: https://link.springer.com/journal/42943

Submission Link

Conference Organizing Committee

Conference Patron: Prof. D.P. Goyal, Director, Indian Institute of Management, Shillong

Conference Co-chairs

  • Prof. Parijat Upadhyay
  • Prof. Pradeep Kumar Dadabada

Committee Members

  • Prof. Basav Roychoudhury
  • Prof. Debasisha Mishra
  • Prof. Prasanta Kr. Chopdar
  • Prof. Priya Alat
  • Prof. Krantiraditya Dhalmahapatra

Advisory Board (in alphabetical order)

  1. Allam Hamdan, Ahlia University, Bahrain
  2. Antonio Eduardo Diaz Andrade, University of Agder, Norway
  3. Arpan Kumar Kar, IIT Delhi, India
  4. Bharat Bhasker, IIM Ahmedabad, India
  5. Chaudhuri Neha, TBS Education, France
  6. Devinder Thapa, University of Agder, Norway
  7. Durga Prasad Samontaray, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
  8. H. Raghav Rao, University of Texas at San Antonio Carlos Alvarez College of Business, USA
  9. Imran Rahman, ULAB School of Business, Bangladesh
  10. Israr Qureshi, ANU College of Business and Economics, Australia
  11. Jayanthi Ranjan, Sharda University, India
  12. Jeewitesh Prabhakar, EY
  13. Kaushik Dasgupta, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP
  14. Lim Weng Marc, Swinburne University of Technology, Malaysia
  15. Mahadeo Jaiswal, MDI, Gurgaon, India
  16. Majdi Anwar Quttainah, Kuwait University, Kuwait
  17. Manojit Chattopadhyay, IIM Raipur, India
  18. Pawan Budhwar, Aston Business School, UK
  19. Rameshwar Dubey, Liverpool Business School, UK
  20. Reema Khurana, IMT Dubai, UAE
  21. Sandeep Puri, Asian Institute of Management, Philippines
  22. Sanjay Singh, University of Dundee, UK
  23. Satyanarayana Parayitam, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA
  24. Somnath Mukhopadhyay, University of Texas at El Paso, USA
  25. Sujeet K. Sharma, IIM Nagpur, India
  26. Suprateek Sarker, University of Virginia, USA
  27. Veland Ramadani, South-east European University, North Macedonia
  28. Yogesh Dwivedi, Swansea University, UK

Contact Details

Conference Email: leadconf@iimshillong.ac.in

Conference Website: https://www.iimshillong.ac.in/events-and-conferences/conferences/lead

Phone no.: 0364-2308027

Address: Indian Institute of Management Shillong, Umsawli, Shillong, 793018, Meghalaya, India

Information to Participants

About IIM Shillong

IIM Shillong, the seventh IIM in India, has been set up with a vision to become an internationally recog­nized Management Institute with a Global outlook grounded in Indian values. From its inception, it has been constantly working towards a lofty mission to generate and disseminate knowledge in all aspects of management education with a focus on Sustainability and building innovative leadership.

Travelling to Shillong

Surrounded by verdant hills, Shillong offers a beautiful panoramic view of the graceful scenic country­side. Shillong can be reached by taxi from Guwahati airport/railway station, which is about120 km away. Guwahati airport is well connected to many major cities in India including Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. Helicopter services are also available between Guwahati and Shillong. Shillong is connected to Assam, Manipur, Tripura, West Bengal and New Delhi through direct flights.