46th Academy of International Business UK & Ireland Chapter Conference
25-27 April 2019, University of Sussex, Brighton
Multinational Enterprises and their Non-market Social and Political Strategies
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Paper submission deadline: 31 January 2019
Doctoral Colloquium: 25 April 2019
Main Conference: 26 and 27 April 2019
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University of Sussex, Brighton
The AIB-UKI 2019 Conference is delighted to include a special plenary session in honour of Patricia McDougall-Covin who formally retires in 2018, and the session will take place in 2019 marking 30 years since the publication of her seminal article “International versus domestic entrepreneurship” and 25 years since the article “Towards a theory of International new ventures” with Ben Oviatt, was published. Her studies mark the genesis of what is now recognised as the field of International Entrepreneurship. Patricia, as well as being one of the field’s intellectual leaders has throughout her career promoted and supported the development of the field through publication and collaboration with colleagues, early career researchers and doctoral students. Women academics in particular (but not alone) owe Patricia a debt of gratitude for her work as a scholar and mentor and it is in her honour that this panel will discuss her legacy, and the future of International Entrepreneurship.
International Entrepreneurship is now a well-established field that draws on its parent disciplines of International Business and International Entrepreneurship. It emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s in an era of free trade philosophy, at a time when globalisation was accelerated due to the combined forces of economic integration, the opening of national borders to FDI and trade, and improved international opportunities for new and smaller firms due to technological development, information and communication technologies, and efficiencies in international travel.
While International Entrepreneurship (IE) has attained social acceptance and legitimacy and has earned its place as a field of study, it is arguably still peripheral to its parent disciplines of International Business and Entrepreneurship, but is prominent enough for either to claim it as its own, or positioned in such a way that collaboration across theoretical domains is welcomed to advance a broader field. Amongst contributions to the broader field, IE researchers have drawn attention to a number of thematic areas: entrepreneurial internationalisation, international comparisons of entrepreneurship, and comparisons of the former across countries or cultures. Scholars focus on sub-themes including: venture type, internationalisation patterns and processes, networks and social capital and organisational issues.
International Entrepreneurship research is not without critics and the born-global firm as one example continues to be challenged on its definitional problems and associated empirical evidence. The effects of the earliness and rapidity of international new venture internationalisation on performance is a question that is still open for conceptual and empirical development.
Two decades into the 21st century, we are now in a changing world order in which a shift back towards protectionism, where the principles of the free movement of goods services, people and other productive factors seem to stand against the advances of globalisation. In this context, what are the questions that International Entrepreneurship should address? What is the legacy from the work of Patricia and others that equip us for the new research challenges fit for the era we find ourselves in; and where do we go from here? These are the issues the panel will address and the questions we will ask of the floor.
Conference Chair: Vikrant Shirodkar
Conference Committee Members: Roger Strange, John Luiz, Yong Yang, Norifumi Kawai, Steven Brieger, Eleni Piteli.
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