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: 15 January 2019 (for Main Conference papers) and 31 January 2019 (for Doctoral Colloquium papers)
Doctoral Colloquium: 25 April 2019
Main Conference: 26 and 27 April 2019
University of Sussex, Brighton
Dates: 26 and 27 April 2019
Venue: University of Sussex Business School
Submission of papers deadline: 15 January 2019
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The main conference includes the Plenary sessions, Panel discussions and Parallel sessions for the Main Conference papers. The Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be on 26 April 2019 (7.30 pm onwards). The conference will close on 27 April 2019 (about 3 pm). Main conference papers should be submitted to the below tracks.
Tracks and Chairs
1. International Business Strategy and Organisation (Chairs: John Child and Linda Hsieh)
What strategies and organizational forms do firms adopt at different points in their international evolution? This track focuses on the strategic and organisational challenges and responses of Multinational Enterprises and Micro-Multinationals in their internationalization processes. Managing and harnessing the complexity of diverse institutional settings across countries is crucial to the success of firms with global operations. This track invites conceptual and empirical papers that deal with firms' global strategies, including alliances, inter-organisational networks, mergers and acquisitions and the impact of these strategies on competitiveness, organisational capability development, and performance. This track seeks to extend existing research by exploring novel organising frameworks that MNEs and micro-multinationals adopt for value creation across organisational boundaries and countries.
2. Economic Geography of International Business (Chairs: Fragkiskos Filippaios and Irina Gokh)
This track will study the location, distribution and spatial organisation of multinational enterprises (MNEs) across the world. The choice of geographic location of MNEs is important for the further development of the international business field, as the focus is shifting from the firm to their location choice. The track invites papers that examine MNEs’ FDI location choice decisions, geographic re-organisation of existing FDI, geographic aspects of knowledge spill-overs, the impact of agglomeration economies on location choices, and also specialised aspects of economic geography such as the geographic aspects of international entrepreneurship, economic development, core versus periphery location choices and debates on the concepts of regionalisation over globalisation.
3. Global Value Chains and International Business (Chairs: Roger Strange and John Humphrey)
A variety of factors have facilitated the growth and development of global value chains (GVCs) over the past 20-30 years, notably trade and investment liberalization. The result is that many MNEs have fine-sliced their value chains, with various activities being off-shored to lower-cost foreign locations often in emerging economies. These developments have given rise to the increased importance of intermediate goods trade in the global economy, further promoted by a fall in trade and transportation costs. This international fragmentation of value chains has often been accompanied by organisational fragmentation, with some activities that were previously internalized within vertically-integrated firms being externalized (outsourced) to independent suppliers. More recently, growing protectionist trends and technological advances suggest that many GVC activities may become re-shored and/or internalized once again. Papers submitted to this track should address these strategic issues, and the implications for the MNEs and the countries in which they operate.
4. International Business, Innovation and Knowledge Flows (Chairs: Nigel Driffield and Yong Yang)
This track invites papers that advance our understanding about how innovation activities occurring within or outside the geographical boundaries of the firms affect international business, and explore how intra- and inter- firm knowledge transfer as well as knowledge spillovers influence international enterprises. The track not only evaluates the antecedents and consequences of knowledge seeking activities, but also explores the factors that can augment or attenuate international knowledge flows. The track also explores the importance of national or regional innovation systems as well as industry clusters and the strategies of the firms in fostering innovation activities of international enterprises.
5. SMEs and International Entrepreneurship (Chairs: Margaret Fletcher and Giovanna Magnani)
This track seeks submissions that advance our understanding of smaller and entrepreneurial firms’ internationalization and growth. It is particularly concerned with how these firms explore (discover/create) and exploit opportunities; with their learning processes (especially under-researched types such as intuitive and imitative learning), but also more generally with how firms of limited size and resources organize their international activities, strategically, and how they cope with uncertainty. We welcome all types of approaches to the study of such firms: purely conceptual papers, qualitative, quantitative, experimental, mixed methods, variance and processual studies.
6. Internationalisation from and to Emerging Markets (Chairs: John Luiz and Palitha Konara)
Rapid growth in emerging economies and the rise of MNEs from emerging economies (EMNEs) have prompted many international business scholars to examine the dynamics related to the internationalisation from and to emerging markets. The distinctive characteristics of both emerging economies and EMNEs have also intrigued IB scholars and further fueled research in this area. At the same time, IB scholarship is increasingly recognising the importance of ‘direction’ of various aspects of cross border distances, e.g. differentiating internationalisation from stronger to weaker institutional environments vs. internationalisation from weaker to stronger institutional environments. This track seeks contribute to these research streams related to internationalisation from and to emerging markets.
7. Finance and Corporate Governance in International Business (Chairs: Chris Jones and Yama Temouri)
This track invites papers that examine MNE activity from a finance and corporate governance perspective. The theoretical tools and empirical methods developed in contemporary international finance and corporate governance provide key insights for the international business (IB) community. Papers in this track are expected to draw on the finance and/or corporate governance literature but at the same time link to the work by the broader community of IB scholars in order to contribute to new knowledge in the IB domain. We, therefore, welcome papers that are empirical, theoretical/conceptual or methodological in nature on a wide range of research topics in this area.
8. Political risk and International Business-Government relationships (Chairs: Tazeeb Rajwani and Vikrant Shirodkar)
This track invites papers that focus on various types of political risks faced by multinational enterprises (MNEs) and the strategies used by MNEs in host countries to reduce or mitigate political risk. We also invite papers exploring the mechanisms used by MNEs to build relationships with the government and/or influence the government in policymaking. This may include political ties or connections, lobbying, campaign contributions and collective actions. This track also invites papers that examine the antecedents and outcomes of these various international business-government relationships.
9. International Business, CSR and Sustainable Development (Chairs: Stephen Brammer and Steven Brieger)
Businesses play increasingly important roles in alleviating social problems, protecting the environment, and contributing to a sustainable development. Most multinational enterprises as well as small and medium-sized enterprises give priority to CSR and sustainability management today. The rise of CSR raises the question regarding its drivers and outcomes. This track welcomes papers focusing on the drivers and outcomes of MNEs’ CSR and sustainable business activities. Potential questions include, but are not limited to: What are the effects of cultural and institutional characteristics on CSR? Is CSR an institutional mirror or a substitute? Is CSR an outcome of modernization and societal value changes? How important are personal values held by managers, employees, or customers for CSR? How do CSR activities differ across regions and countries? How does CSR contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals? What is the relationship between CSR and individual and societal well-being? What are the effects of CSR on gender equality and social mobility? Papers using quantitative and qualitative as well as mixed methods are welcome.
10. International Human Resource Management and Cross-cultural Issues (Chairs: Alexander Mohr and Norifumi Kawai)
International human resource management (IHRM) is an important and rapidly changing area of research. This subject has attracted a great deal of attention from scholars and practitioners alike due to the continuous emergence of new ideas and various challenges with respect to economic, cultural and institutional differences, cross-cultural management, comparative employment relations, and global training and development. Particularly, significant consideration has been given to the management of globally mobile employees and the transfer of employment practices within multinational corporations (MNCs). This track aims to explore how to manage people across borders in different cultural contexts at the individual, the group and the organizational level. We invite papers that challenge traditional international HRM theories and make novel contributions to the relevant literature.
11. International Marketing (Chairs: Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki and Georgios Batsakis)
The track welcomes papers on various aspects of international marketing including international marketing strategies, international market entry mode decisions and relationships, export marketing, consumer ethnocentrism, country and product image and origin effects as well as cultural considerations in international marketing. It seeks for innovative contributions dealing with the interface of marketing and cutting-edge issues such as high technology, global political developments, among others. In this regard, we particularly encourage submissions of papers that contribute in enhancing our knowledge on the interplay between institutions (formal and informal) and international marketing strategies. Manuscripts that advance our understanding of traditional international marketing topics such as standardization vs. adaptation of marketing mix management, segmentation, international branding, advertising and new product development are welcome. Aspects related to international retailing, such as internationalisation strategies between ‘bricks and mortars’ and ecommerce retailers, speed of entry in new markets or segments, format and product diversification, are also welcome. This track invites papers on emerging and developed country contexts as well qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods studies.
12. Research Methods in International Business (Chairs: Agnieszka Chidlow and Maria Karafyllia)
In this track, we are seeking to encourage a debate about research methodologies we use, or should be using in international business scholarship. Submissions about all aspects of the research process are relevant: generating research questions; ensuring fit between the research question and method; research design; research paradigms; data collection and analysis; and evaluating research quality. Papers and panel proposals on qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods are all welcome. We particularly encourage papers that develop innovative and non-traditional methodological approaches which could be in the form of critically evaluating existing methods in use; introducing methods from other fields or proposing novel ways of contextualising our research approaches to diverse cultures and country settings. To be eligible for inclusion in this track, papers will need to do more than simply report the results of a study that uses an innovative method. They will need to explain how they advance the methodological debate in international business field.
Conference Chair: Vikrant Shirodkar
Conference Committee Members: Roger Strange, John Luiz, Yong Yang, Norifumi Kawai, Steven Brieger, Eleni Piteli.
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