International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies (ICIRS)

A Collaborative Platform for Scholar Practitioners, Academics, and Policymakers
ICIRS is dedicated to organizing academic conferences on a broad array of topics to bridge the gap between the academic world and industry. ICIRS has been hosting its multi-disciplinary conferences for the last five years. These conferences are designed to serve as a meeting place for scholar-practitioners, academicians, researchers, policymakers, and students to exchange ideas on the challenges, opportunities, emerging trends, best practices, and innovative ideas in their fields.

What we Do

Organize Conferences

Provide a venue for academicians, scholar-practitioners, and policymakers to share their research findings, contributions, and discuss issues.

Knowledge Exchange

To promote a dialog on the current challenges, opportunities, and trends among scholars and practitioners around the world.

Collaboration

Contribute to bridging the gap in knowledge and understanding between the academic, private, and public sectors.

Publications

Publish conference proceedings and articles from International Conferences on the Interdisciplinary Research Studies Journal.

Upcoming Conferences (2020 - 2021)

ICIRS-TASFA Annual Conference

October 5-7, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities across the world in all segments of society and is threatening to bring the world to its knees. Even though the full impact will not be known until it is over, the effect is being felt around the world. According to Congressional Research Service the virus could trim global economic growth by 3.0% to 6.0% in 2020. Global trade could also fall by 13% to 32%. The economic fallout from the pandemic has raised the risk of a global economic recession with levels of unemployment not experienced since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The human cost in terms of lives lost, lives upended, careers derailed, and increased social unrest will permanently affect global economic growth in addition to the rising levels of poverty. Even though the spread of the virus is low (for now) in African countries, the economic impact and spill over from the western world is real. This conference provides a forum to discuss the economic and social impact of COVID-19 and how to prepare for the long path of recovery. 
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The Art and Science of Business Valuation

December 4, 2020
In the world of accounting and valuation, much consternation exists among CPAs, government auditors, financial analysts, and credentialed valuators regarding the determination of the fair value of financial instruments. Both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) have identified the fair value reporting of financial instruments as one of the top priorities needing improvements. Most prominent among the reasons given for the failure to accurately determine the values of these financial constructs is the complexity of these instruments, which are steadily increasing as a result of enhanced computing capabilities. This concern is not limited to the United States; the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) also expressed major concerns over the lack of quality derivative product valuations. The purpose of this one-day conference/training is to discuss the critical role business valuation plays in the financial industry, trends, challenges, and lessons learned from other countries.
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International Conference on Project and Program Management

October 15, 2020
Project management has been practiced for thousands of years dating back to the Egyptian epoch and has continued to be part of organizational management processes. According to Cleland & Gareis (2006), treatment of the subject of project and program management encompasses several thousands of years. Evidence exists to demonstrate that projects were used to change and advance societies and that some form of project management was needed to ensure favorable utilization of resources to the benefit of these societies. In today’s economy, a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to deliver complex projects is a challenge to organizations and project managers across all sectors of the economy. The theory of chaos and complexity helps researchers and practitioners understand the complex and dynamic nature of projects and their relationship with current organizational settings. This conference is designed to bring together researchers, academics, and practitioners to discuss the state of project and program management and exchange ideas in best practices, lessons learned, and trends.
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The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies (ICIRS) hosts a quarterly "ICIRS-Talk" on various topics. The August ICIRS-Talk is going to be on the Agile Project Management methodology.
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Academic Conference on Quality of Higher Education

November 22, 2020
We live in a dynamic world, in a time where knowledge doubles every few years, in a time where nothing lasts, everything changes and is unstable. Higher education institutions face challenges to adjust to the fast-moving knowledge growth in the industry, the emergence of new technology including the influence of the digital world, and the demand to accommodate the needs of the workforce. Higher education institutions are expected to adopt these changes without compromising the quality of education. This conference will provide a platform to discuss the challenges, opportunities, trends, and best practices in education.
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Challenges and Opportunities of Online Education Post COVID

September 24, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in schools being shut down all across the world. According to UNESCO, globally, over 1.2 billion children are out of the classroom resulting in countries changing the delivery system dramatically - teaching remotely and on digital platforms. Research suggests that online learning has been shown to increase retention of information, and take less time. The challenge countries face is not only access to online material, but also lack of infrastructure, resistance to adopt new technology, and the digital divide between the haves and have nots. This forum discusses challenges and opportunities in online education.
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Workforce Development - Outsourcing Work to Africa

November 7, 2020
Outsourcing is a complex phenomenon and has generated intense debate in the world as it has enormous political and economic impact on organizations and countries. This conference will provide a forum for discussions on the social, economic, technological, and cultural dimensions of outsourcing. Issues around international competitiveness, the interdependence of developed and developing countries, jobs, wages, and skills will also be discussed. Furthermore, there will be focused discussion on the effects of and trends in outsourcing on the African economy, particularly as well-endowed and strategically positioned economies increase their participation in global value chains.
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