About the Week

UIB-SBS Science & Research Week is a collection of scientific and research activities in the field of economics, business and management studies. By bringing in the most distinguished and internationally well-known scholars to Kazakhstan, this week of events aims at promoting scientific research among young academics and improving research competences of Kazakhstani universities in general.

The week is co-organized by the University of International Business (UIB) and Stockholm Business School (SBS). Various events will take place during the week, PhD courses, research seminars, brainstorming and experience-sharing meetings, paper development workshops and a cocktail networking event.

The week is financially sponsored by the Research Council of UIB. Thus, we provide free and open access to participants from all universities in Kazakhstan. However, due to the high popularity of our events, we require a pre-registration for each event. And in case the number of registered participants exceeds our capacity, we will select the most appropriate ones to attend. You will receive a confirmation letter for each registered event.

Registration closed. For further details please contact us at: d.baizhanov@uib.kz

Hosted by Tony Fang
Professor of Business Administration, Stockholm Business School
Deputy Editor of Management and Organization Review (MOR)
Co-Editor of International Journal of Cross Cultural Management (IJCCM)
Book Review Editor of International Business Review (IBR)

Co-hosted by Xiaotian Zhang
Vice Rector for Science, University of International Business
Rajawali Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University
Research Fellow, Oulu Business School (AACSB), University of Oulu

UIB-SBS Science & Research Week provides free and open access to participants from all universities in Kazakhstan.


  • Day One (15th May, Monday)

    Event 1
    2017 UIB-SBS Science & Research Week Opening Ceremony
    Time: 11:30-12:30
    Location: Lobby Hall of UIB
    Registration: Not required
    Dress code: formal/semi-formal

    Event 2
    PhD Course “Theory Building in Business and Economics Research” Part 1
    Time: 15:00-17:00
    Location: Room 2, Graduate School of Business
    Registration: pre-registration is required
    Maximum number of participants: 25
    Course description: this intensive course provides participants with knowledge on theory building in business and economics research. It explains what theory is and the role of theory in scientific research. The course offers participants tools to build theory and insights into the instruments and concepts of validating theory. It increases our understanding of how to identify and read theories, as well as how to conduct new theory development. After completing the course, participants should be able to develop their own conceptual frameworks and theories for their PhD studies and scientific research.
    Teaching language: English
    Target: PhD students, young academics, researchers
    Prerequisites: the applicant must be enrolled as a PhD student, or have an MA/MSc in Social Sciences.
    Certificate: participants who complete the course will be granted a UIB-SBS joint course certificate.

  • Day Two (16th May, Tuesday)

    Event 3
    PhD Course “Theory Building in Business and Economics Research” Part 2
    Time: 10:30-12:30 / 14:30-16:30
    Location: Room 2, Graduate School of Business
    Registration: pre-registration is required
    Detailed information:  see Event 2.

  • Day Three (17th May, Wednesday)

    Event 4
    Paper Development Workshop
    Time: 10:30-12:30
    Subject: Management and Business, 14:00-15:30
    Subject: Economics, 16:00-17:00
    Subject: Finance and Accounting
    Location: Room 2, Graduate School of Business
    Working language: English
    Target: academic and research staffs, PhD students.
    Registration: pre-registration is required
    Maximum number of participants: 10 for each session
    Description: this paper development workshop aims at helping participants to develop their research papers in order to have a better chance of being published in international scholarly journals. Participants should come with their research paper, proposal or ideas to discuss with the professor in order to receive suggestions on how to further develop the paper.

  • Day Four (18th May, Thursday)

    Event 5
    Public Lecture “Publishing in International Scholarly Journals: An Editorial Perspective”
    Time: 14:00-16:00
    Location: Room 126, UIB
    Teaching language: English
    Target: students, academic and research staff
    Registration: pre-registration is required
    Maximum number of participants: 150

  • Day Five (19th May, Friday)

    Event 6
    Roundtable Brainstorming  “Science and Research Development in Central Asia: Opportunities with Joint Efforts”
    Time: 14:00-17:00
    Location: Room 211, UIB
    Working language: Kazakh, English, and Russian
    Target: rectors, vice rectors, and academic and research staff
    Registration: pre-registration is required
    Maximum number of participants: 25
    Description: this roundtable meeting invites senior university leaders and academic staff to share ideas on how to better develop science and research in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, particularly in the field of business and economics studies. The meeting will cover topics related to the  establishment of a new scholarly journal (Journal of Eurasian Business Studies); initiative of forming Academy of International Business Central Asia Chapter; initiative of forming a joint-research club, among others. We believe by creating joint efforts, we will be able to better develop our science and research in the international context.

    Event 7
    UIB-SBS Cocktail Networking Event “Science is Sexy”
    Time: 20:00-00:00
    Location: Sky Bar, 30th Floor, The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Almaty
    Communication language: Kazakh, English, and Russian
    Target: participants in all events
    Registration: pre-registration is required
    Maximum number of participants: 50
    Dress code: formal/semi-formal, business casual
    Description: this is an open-access networking event with free entrance. Participants are responsible for the cost of their own drinks and snacks.

Introduction of Hosts

SBS Host: Prof. Dr. Tony Fang



Tony Fang (PhD 1999, Industrial Marketing, Linköping University, Sweden) is an internationally well-known scholar from Sweden with more than 100 international scholarly publications.

Tony Fang is a Professor of Business Administration at Stockholm Business School. He is the Deputy Editor of Management and Organization Review (MOR), Co-Editor of International Journal of Cross Cultural Management (IJCCM), and Book Review Editor of International Business Review (IBR). He reviews for many management journals, such as Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), Asia Pacific Journal of Management (APJM), Human Relations (HR), International Business Review (IBR), Management and Organization Review (MOR), and so on.

Tony Fang’s research interests include: culture in glocalization, cross-cultural management innovation, intercultural leadership, intercultural communication, Nordic culture and management style, sociocultural analysis of Swedish innovation, Chinese business research, and democracy. The Yin Yang philosophy has been the soul of Tony Fang’s theoretical, empirical, and managerial writings.

Tony Fang is the author of the books Chinese Business Negotiating Style (Thousand Oaks: SAGE) and Att göra affärer i dagens Kina (Stockholm: SNS), as well as a number of influential theory works on culture such as “Yin Yang: A new perspective on culture”, “From ‘Onion’ to ‘Ocean’: Paradox and change in national cultures”, and “A critique of Hofstede’s fifth national culture dimension”.

Tony Fang heads an interdisciplinary research group “Emerging Markets Cross-Cultural Research Group” at Stockholm Business School. His ongoing projects include: “Volvo Cars under Chinese ownership”; “Yin Yang: A New Perspective on Culture”; “Theory (re)building with inspiration from emerging markets”.

Tony Fang speaks on the topics of business, society, democracy, glocalization and he appears frequently on national and international media. Prior to becoming an academic, Tony Fang worked for both Chinese (1987-1991) and Scandinavian (1993-1995) shipping companies. He also worked as a seaman onboard a large multipurpose cargo container vessel sailing from China to Europe and back.

UIB Host: Dr. Xiaotian Zhang


Xiaotian Zhang is a former Rajawali Fellow at the ASH CENTER of Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University and a Visiting Scholar at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Currently, Xiaotian works as Vice Rector for Science at the University of International Business, Almaty; Research Fellow of International Business at the University of Oulu, Finland and Research Fellow at the Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University, Sweden. Previously, he worked as Assistant Professor in International Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern Denmark, and he served as the Chairman of the Board, EU-China Higher Education Association, the Director of International Cooperation at the University of Oulu, Finland; Deputy Director of the Center for Asian and Emerging Market Research, and Chief Officer of International Relations (Asia) at the Rector’s Office of University of Tartu. He also consulted ministries and other governmental organizations for large-scale cross-country projects. Xiaotian holds a PhD in Economics, an MSc. Econ (Honorary), an MiM, BBA, HEDA and a number of other degrees.

Xiaotian lectures at a number of leading universities in Asia and Europe including Shanghai University (SHU), University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) and ISM University of Management and Economics. He conducts his research activities through active cooperation and academic visits to leading institutions in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, China and the UK.

As an entrepreneur, Xiaotian has founded six companies and acted as the Chairman of the Board for seven firms in Estonia, Belarus, Finland, Denmark and China. He is also the founder of a leading regional conference “Baltic-China Annual Business Conference (BCABC)” in the Baltic States, as well as the founder of Baltic China Group in Europe, the largest Chinese business community in the Baltic States.

Xiaotian Zhang is honoured to be a member of the Academy of International Business (AIB), the European Institute for Advanced Studies of Management (EIASM) and the European International Business Academy (EIBA). He is also a member of the Harvard Club of Beijing and the Harvard Club of Shanghai.

About Stockholm University


SU is located in Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city and a cultural and economic hub. Stockholm University was founded in 1878. It has two scientific fields: the natural sciences and the humanities/social sciences. With over 70,000 students, 1,800 doctoral students and 5,000 staff in four different faculties (Law, Humanities, the Mathematical and Natural Sciences), it is one of the largest universities in Scandinavia. The institution is regarded as one of the top 100 universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), while the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) place SU among the top 150 universities in the world. Stockholm University was granted university status in 1960, making it the fourth oldest Swedish university. As with other public universities in Sweden, Stockholm University’s mission includes teaching and research anchored in society at large. Stockholm University is a home to six Nobel Prize Laureates and many other world famous alumni.  (www.su.se)

Event Contact:

Research Council
University of International Business
Tel: +7 (702) 7427724
Email: d.baizhanov@uib.kz
Add: Almaty, Abay ave. 8а, Kazakhstan