Reflections of Silk Road


Markets and Supply Chains, Special issue of Markets, Globalization & Development Review; Deadline 31 Mar 2018

Markets, Globalization & Development Review (MGDR)

Call for Papers-Special Issue

Reflections on Silk Road for Markets and Supply Chains

The Belt and Road development strategy promoted by China is ambitious and promising. China’s new silk roads are based on an ancient network of the Silk Route. Since the strategy involves nearly 70 countries including a land-based “Silk Road Economic Belt” and an ocean-based “Maritime Silk Road”, the New Silk Roads may have strong impact on the connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries, and globalization patterns beyond Eurasia region.

The main purpose of this special issue is to provide space for scholars to explore novel ideas, uncharted territories and concepts in quest for better understanding of New Silk Roads in terms of market growth, economic cooperation, cultural communication, logistics, supply chain management and globalization. We will also provide avenue for scholars to bring into focus previously undiscovered factors that influence the development of New Silk Roads.

Submissions are welcome from interdisciplinary perspectives including empirical/conceptual papers, book and media reviews related (but not limited) to the following topics:

  • Changing logistics dynamics along the new silk road
  • Supply chain resilience issues along the new silk road
  • Globalization impact of new silk roads- dominance of global companies/globalization of local companies
  • Conflict management and power issues in New Silk Roads regarding the integration of logistics and supply chain activities
  • Localization in New Silk Roads: dominance of local companies/localization of global companies
  • Social marketing practices in New Silk Road countries
  • Sustainability and New Silk Roads (Social – Economic- Environmental impacts)
  • Diversification needs and service design objectives along the New Silk Roads
  • Quality of life and Cultural impacts of New Silk Roads
  • Implication of New Silk Roads for marketing to emerging markets and global trade
  • Consumer behavior and Marketing strategies in the New Silk Roads area
  • Likely impacts of New Silk Roads on the process of globalization
  • Influences of cultural differences among the New Silk Roads countries on business practices
  • Impact of New Silk Roads on the development of Western China
  • Other Factors that influence the development of New Silk Roads

We welcome both positive and critical, negative reviews about this massive global initiative of China.

Markets, Globalization & Development Review (MGDR) is an international peer reviewed and open access online journal exploring the intersections and interstices of markets, globalization and development from interdisciplinary lenses. Examining the three core areas – markets, globalization and development – from interdisciplinary lenses, Markets, Globalization & Development Review (MGDR) is international in its scope and encourages global diversity in its topics and contributions. MGDR is now indexed in DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals.

Submission Instruction and Timeline

Abstracts (max. 500 words) should be sent to Pengfei Liu ( by the end of November 15, 2017 (optional). Abstracts should include research questions, theoretical background, used methods and expected results. Full paper needs to be received by March 31, 2018. The selection of the papers for publication will be done by the editors with the help of a group of international reviewers; all full papers (6000-8000 words) will undergo a peer review process, subject to the journal’s usual standard. Papers must be submitted both in English language. The special issue will be published in spring 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bengü Sevil Oflaç, Izmir University of Economics
Asst. Prof. Dr. Isik Özge Yumurtaci Hüseyinoglu, Izmir University of Economics
Assistant Research Professor, Pengfei Liu, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Assistant Professor, Jingyi Duan, Ph.D., The College of New Jersey