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Professor Pavlos Dimitratos Eulogy
We have lost a great scholar, colleague and friend. Professor Pavlos Dimitratos, Chair of the AIB UK&I Chapter passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021. He was only 53 years old.
Pavlos was a rare scholar and a genuinely nice person who loved supporting and interacting with others. He was always the kindest friend and we are grateful for the many memorable and cheerful moments and good laughs we shared with him. He loved the international business conferences. He was happy connecting with familiar faces and welcoming newcomers to our community. Pavlos was a passionate supporter of AIB UK&I over the years. As Chair of the AIB UK&I Chapter, we are indebted to Pavlos for his stewardship, initiatives and leadership that strengthened and progressed the Chapter within the IB community and the AIB family. Working with him was a pleasure.
Pavlos was a highly regarded and prolific scholar, publishing widely in the area of international entrepreneurship and SMEs. His work on micro-multinationals was pioneering. His research has been very influential and received several thousand citations, significantly advancing our knowledge of phenomena at the intersection of IB and IE. However, Pavlos stood out for his modesty, not seeking accolades for himself but sharing the credit with others. Furthermore, his passion for, and support and guidance of, doctoral students and early career researchers has made a major contribution to the development of the next generation of IB/IE researchers.
We will organize an event in the forthcoming AIB UK&I conference to celebrate the achievements of Pavlos as well as a remembrance book to enable colleagues to write their memories of Pavlos, which will be treasured by his wife Lyudmyla and his young daughter Jorcina, and all who knew him.
We will never forget Pavlos. His memory will live on and he will always have a special place in our hearts.
AIB UK&I Board
25th Anniversary of the AIB UKI Book Series
The Academy of International Business – AIB-UKI Chapter book series is dedicated to publish cutting-edge research in International Business (IB) that is of contemporary relevance and at the cusp of conceptual and empirical development.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series, access selected chapters for free until 28 February 2021.
2021 JIBS Decade Award
Congratulations to Catherine Welch, Rebecca Piekkari, Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki, and Eriikka Paavilainen-Mantymaki for receiving the JIBS Decade Award! The paper entitled “Theorising from case studies: Towards a pluralist future for international business research”investigates methods of theorising from case studies. The focus is on understanding how case researchers theorise and how this can be translated for IB research. Based on a content analysis of case studies from three top journals, the authors construct a typology of theorising from case studies and distinguish four methods of theorising – inductive theory-building, interpretive sensemaking, natural experiment and contextualised explanation. The authors further encourage the researchers to go beyond inductive theory-building and adopt the other methods of theorising to enhance the case study’s explanatory power and potential for contextualisation. Read a copy of the award-winning article here: https://rdcu.be/cbFJR
Apply for the Henley International Business Masterclasses
Nominations are invited for PhD students and post-doctoral scholars to attend the Autumn 2020 Session of the Henley International Business Masterclasses
The Henley International Business Masterclasses are intensive courses on current debates and conceptual issues in International Business to give broader learning opportunities to PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. Each masterclass offers the opportunity to engage in key International Business topics taught by notable intellectual figures in the field.
The new AIB UK&I book is out!
This book, edited by Shirodkar, Strange, and McGuire, provides theoretical and empirical insights into non-market political and social strategies that firms use when conducting international business. Political strategies include activities such as lobbying, campaign contributions, and using political ties and connections as a means of influencing policy making. Likewise, firms also engage in various social responsibility activities to maintain a good image in society and to improve their legitimacy and reputation when operating globally. Multinational enterprises (MNEs) face various challenges in implementing non-market strategies due to institutional differences between their home and host contexts. Presenting fresh perspectives from a cast of international contributors, this book offers academics, students, and practitioners a greater understanding of how non-market strategies can be effective in international business.
Congratulations to Prof. Rajneesh Narula
Professor Rajneesh Narula has been invited to become a fellow of the Distinguished International Faculty Council at the Jack Austin Centre (JAC) for Asia-Pacific Business Studies at the Beedie School of Business. He has also made his guest editor debut for the Transnational Corporations academic journal. It fed into United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s flagship 2019 World Investment Report, for which he was a senior advisor. It can be downloaded here: https://hly.ac/2neLIAK
Celebrating the success of our first AIB-UKI speed mentoring event for
“Thank you for your time and advice during the speed mentoring session at AIB UKI last week. I found our conversation really beneficial and am sincerely grateful for your insights. Moreover, this was an excellent event and you should be very proud! I’m already looking forward to next year’s event – in Glasgow!” Dr. Sinéad Monaghan, The University of Dublin
“Thank you so much for organizing the Speed Mentoring event. It was really helpful. I look forward to similar events in future conferences and please do let me know if I can be of any help”. Garima Garg, University of Massachusetts
“Many thanks for organising such fantastic event. I found that the session is truly helpful for career development and networking. I have already incorporated my mentors’ suggestions into my everyday work. I’m looking forward to participating at the mentoring events in the future AIB conferences. Thanks very much for the lovely photo which is a great memory to keep!” Dr Ying Zhang, University of Strathclyde
“Many thanks for reaching out. In my view, it was a great event, useful and engaging. The comments received from the facilitator was very insightful. I look forward to attending again next year.” Dr Heba Yoonis, London South Bank University
“I am very grateful for all mentors sharing their experience. Their comments and suggestions are immensely encouraging. If there is anything that I can contribute to future sessions, I would be happy to take part.” Dr Jing-Lin Duanmu, University of Surrey
Building on the inaugural Event at the AIB conference in Minneapolis 2018, the AIB UK&I launched its first Speed Mentoring Event for Women in AIB at the conference hosted by the University of Sussex in 2019. Speed mentoring aims to provide a supportive platform for women who are junior faculty, early career researchers and doctoral students to engage in one-on-one interactions with senior women academic mentors through a series of focused conversations about career-related issues. The mentor-mentee conversation aims to provide helpful advice on a wide range of topics to women looking for answers and insights to career-related questions and challenges they are facing. The mentors share their experience, skills and knowledge with the mentee, who is less experienced in navigating the professional and personal challenges of building their career.
Speed mentoring is a relatively new format that focuses on quick-hit information and time-efficient networking, by providing a venue and structured method for participants to seek out answers to their most pressing career challenges. It helps to address challenges which the more formal WAIB mentoring program faced, such as the difficulty of program management, matching mentors and mentees in terms of preferences and background, time constraints on the part of both mentors and mentees to develop and maintain meaningful and useful relationships, and finding a sufficient number of committed mentors to match with the number of mentees.
The UK&I event was very successful, 10 senior IB scholars and 22 mentees participated. The feedback from both mentors and mentees has been excellent. We intend that the session helps to support women to develop their careers and retain them in the academic ‘pipeline’ where they can go on to fully participate in the IB research community over the long term. We know that in the business community and the professions there is an underrepresentation of women in senior roles (Women in the Workplace report, McKinsey, 2018) This applies to academia in the UK, and whereby there are low numbers of women holding senior academic posts, for example in the region of only 20% of professors are women.
To read the blog post by Dr Margaret Fletcher about the benefits of attending speed mentoring session, click on the button below.