February 2018 Conference



International Conference

Unity and Social Harmony for Global Economic Development:
Insights from Sri Ramakrishna, Ma Sarada & Swami Vivekananda


Date: February 1-3, 2018
Venue: Kamarpukur – The Birthplace of Sri Ramakrishna



Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership Foundation (India) and ISOL Global Foundation (USA) is a research based management education initiative. The edifice of ISOL Foundation (India & USA) is built on the synthesis of sectarian beliefs. This harmony of religion is the spirit of the Foundation. Nine Research Groups (represented in the logo of ISOL Foundation) are created to draw insights from different wisdom traditions across various faith groups and integrate it with the leadership styles for creating non-violent, non-exploitative and sustainable organizations.

The Background

The Conference is the Pre Congress Event (ISOL 2018) Commemorating 125th year of his Chicago Lecture by organizing World Congress on Vedic Foundations of Management Science during September 11-15, 2018 in the same hall  (now known as Fullerton Hall) and at the same venue (The Art Institute of Chicago).

ISOL 2015 was organized as a prelude to Quasi Centenary Commemoration of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Lecture during September 11-13, 2015  in the same hall  with the interfaith perspective to discuss Spirituality for Global Economic Development which had  the moral support and encouragements from the Council for a Parliament of World’s Religions, Chicago and Ramakrishna Mission and Math, Belur, Kolkata, India.

ISOL 2018 builds on the strengths of previous conferences organized by ISOL Foundation, ISOL Research Foundation and ISOL Global Foundation in India and across the globe. ISOL Foundation (India & USA) sources its inspiration from Swami Vivekananda

The Conference

In the race for financial gains, modern business theories have lost touch with the basic tenets of moral, spiritual and ethical values. The values that religions have infused into humanity have been thwarted in recent years. At this crucial juncture, we need to look forward by integrating religious institutions into integrated development and applications of spirituality and ethics to develop a consensus on Human Consciousness in Management Systems.

ISOL Foundation- an initiative inspired by the philosophy of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the  Sage behind the great awakening in India in the latter part of 18th Century. His disciple, Swami Vivekananda made a landmark speech at the World’s Parliament of Religions during September 11-27, 1893 at The Art Institute of Chicago that brought the change in the perceptions on India in the western countries.  The propagator of the Vedic global wisdom in Europe and America, the first Indian to take the scientific spirituality to the American shores was Swami Vivekananda whose words had stirred up many a souls present in World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893.

The broad theme of the Conference is:  Unity and Social Harmony for Global Economic Development: Insights from Sri Ramakrishna, Ma Sarada and  Swami Vivekananda

The conference will address these  though 10 thematic tracks:

1. Universal  Message of Sri Ramakrishna and  Swami Vivekananda for unity and social harmony
2. Sri Ramakrishna and Universal Religion
3. Sri Sarda Devi, the Holy Mother and the Sangha Janani
4. Swami Vivekananda and His Practical Vedanta
5. The Doctrine of Love for Global Human Development
6. Awakening the Inner Consciousness: The Integral Yoga
7. Religion and Philosophy: The Underlying Ethical and Spiritual Thought
8. Women Enlightenment : in Action and Works of Sister Nivedita
9. Management by Inclusion: Insights from the Literature on Sri Ramakrishna
10. Management Insights from The Complete Volumes of Swami Vivekananda

We invite papers for oral and poster presentations.


Who Can Participate

  1. Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders
  2. Academicians
  3. Research Scholars
  4. Representatives from Civil Society and Business Associations
  5. Representatives from Religious Organizations
  6. Any other

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: June 15, 2017

Abstract Acceptance Notification: July 15, 2017

Full Paper Submission: October 30, 2017


Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for Abstract Submission

  1. Abstracts should be supplied in Microsoft Word (docx) or as an Adobe PDF manuscript.
  1. Please use Times Roman, Helvetica or Arial as your font. 12 point or larger fonts should be used throughout, with the title presented in 16 point or larger.
  1. Present the title and author list centered, while the paragraphs of the abstract should be left justified. Please ensure that the presenting author’s name is underlined in the author list. Please also provide a contact e-mail.
  1. Use margins of at least 1.5 inch (3.81 cm) on both the left and right sides.
  1. Abstracts are limited to one page of text (not more than 500 words)
  1. References should follow standard APS style guidelines.
  1. A second, optional page with up to four figures may also be included. Please be certain to make a specific reference to the figures, such as to Figure 1


Please email your abstract to the Conference Directors.

Guidelines for Poster Presentations

A poster comprises one or more panels of text, tables, graphics, photographs, and other visual aids, which deals with a defined topic with a minimum of language and a maximum of visual information.

Preparing The Poster: The poster should be eye-catching, scientifically sound, brief, clear, and should have text, tables/graphs, photographs/maps, etc.

Poster Size: 36 (91.44 cm) x 48 inches (121.92 cm), vertical orientation.

Words/Wording: One rule of thumb is to not use more words in the total poster than were allowed in the abstract submission. Also in general, use capital and lower-case lettering for the text, table and figure titles of the poster. Choose a type face that is a serif (with shaped letters, that have “tails,” “feet,” and other shape lines that assist the reader in recognizing them easily) type. Do not use more than three typefaces in the poster. Use them consistently for the same purposes (e.g., titles, text, notes).

Color and Texture: It is very important to use color and texture effectively. A matte or textured surface for panels is generally preferable to a glossy finish, because the glare of some types of lights can make a glossy surface difficult to read or view. A vivid color used for backing the individual panels can be very effective; it can be coordinated with one of the primary colors used in the poster presentation (e.g., the color of the bars on the graph) This use of color should keep in mind, however, the color and texture of  the background of the display surface. If that surface is also a vivid color, it may be wise to use black, white, or some pastel shade as backing for poster panels.

Spacing: Using as much of the space as possible for the poster and as little as possible for the accompanying material (title strip, abstract, etc.) is wise. However, the title strip must be prepared in sufficiently large type to be seen from the entrance so it is visible after people enter the room. In general, people can read letters that are 2 inches high from a distance of 30 feet.

Conference Director

Sunita Singh Sengupta, Ph.D.
Founder & Honorary Convener
Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership Foundation(Delhi, India)
ISOL Research Foundation (Delhi, India)
ISOL Global Foundation, USA.
Academy of Value Based Management (India & USA)

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