48th AIB UK & Ireland Conference
organised jointly with
8th Reading IB Conference
Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK
Contemporary Issues in International Business:
Inequality, Geography and GVCs
8-9 April 2022
Submission deadline main conference:
31 January 2022
Submission deadline doctoral colloquium and panel proposals:
11 February 2022
Presenter registration deadline:
07 March 2022
Standard fee conference registration deadline:
23 March 2022
Doctoral Colloquium: 07 April 2022
Main Conference: 08-09 April 2022
Henley Business School at the Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading
Call for Papers
48th Academy of International Business UK & Ireland Chapter Conference,
organised jointly with the 8th Reading Conference
8 – 9 April 2022, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK
Contemporary Issues in International Business: Inequality, Geography and GVCs
As we enter 2022, the economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have made even more obvious the growing economic inequalities between geographic locations and individuals. MNEs are key actors in globalization, not only through trade and investment, but also as coordinators of GVCs. By both passive and active means, MNEs can influence opportunities for workers, both within their hierarchies as well as those of their suppliers and customers. However, it is often argued that MNEs are primarily responsible to their stakeholders, and as such social injustices are not always within this remit, despite the talk of corporate social responsibility and SDGs. MNE-coordinated GVCs face challenges in enforcing higher labour standards, working conditions, and environmental protection of contractual, lower-tier suppliers. In some instances, this has seen a return to internalization and a resultant increased vertical integration. We will focus on two related questions: First, to what extent is reinternalization a ‘good’ outcome, and second, to what extent can MNEs really help to reduce inequalities within GVCs?
MNEs have also a role to play in spatial inequalities. Cities have become prominent locations for MNE investment, especially in knowledge-intensive activities and this has contributed to the process leading to a winner-take-all economic geography. It has been observed that MNEs can substitute local connections with international ones. This can exacerbate the local disconnectedness between the city and its surroundings. However, MNEs are also known for their potential contribution to local spawning engaging with the local entrepreneurial ecosystem to create and renew local connectedness. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely hit cities and could bring about a series of social changes in the structure and morphology of cities, suburbs and metropolitan regions which might affect its attractiveness to MNEs. Could this lead the way to the emergence of intermediate cities and contribute to reducing the inequality between cities?
Our panelists will discuss the role of the MNE for inequality and the limitations of GVCs.
The Conference welcomes theoretical and empirical papers which respond to the main theme of the Conference. As in previous years, paper submissions that go beyond the Conference theme are welcome and can encompass all areas of international business.
The AIB UK & Ireland Chapter organises the doctoral colloquium for PhD students doing research in the area of International Business. The Doctoral Colloquium provides doctoral researchers in international business with the opportunity to present and discuss their research with a panel of distinguished scholars in interactive sessions that are open to all conference delegates.
17 December 2021: Submission of papers/extended abstracts opens
31 January 2022: Submission for Main Conference deadline
11 February 2022: Submission for Doctoral Colloquium and panel proposals deadline
1 March 2022: Notification of submissions review decisions
7 March 2022: Presenter registration deadline
15 March 2022: Publication of the conference programme
23 March 2022: Standard fee conference registration deadline
Doctoral Colloquium: 07 April 2021
Main Conference: 08-09 April 2021
Please see below the links for the conference site and the submission site:
We are looking forward to welcoming you at Whiteknights and we do hope that you will join us.
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Telephone number: +44 (0)118 378 7667 (Jana Oslejova)