50th AIB UK & Ireland Chapter Conference
“International Business in Evolution: Disruptions, Transformations and New Internationalisation Trends”
3 – 6 April 2024, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham
Chair of Conference: Vahid Jafari-Sadeghi (Aston University)
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AIB-UKI Methods Workshops 3rd and 4th April
This year's AIB-UKI Methods Workshops are hosted and jointly organised by Aston University.
1. Modern Causal Inference Methods
Instructor: Dr Oleksandr Shepotylo, Senior Lecturer in Applied Economics, Aston Business School, Aston University
Date and time: 3rd April 2024, 10.00am to 13.00pm (TBC)
The field of quantitative research has transitioned from classical regression models to research designs emphasising causal interpretation. The credibility revolution has enhanced reliability in empirical economics by prioritizing research design quality and employing more experimental and quasi-experimental methods.
The module introduces a potential outcome model and direct acyclic graphs to analyse the causal effects of policies in natural experiments and randomized control trials. It further discusses in detail recent developments in difference-in-difference and synthetic control methods. Staggered policy implementation and heterogeneous impact are discussed. Finally, the synthetic difference in difference, combining the strengths of both methods is presented.
The presentation of these methods is accompanied by practical demonstrations in R. Staggered difference-in-differences is illustrated through examples showcasing the heterogeneous impacts of preferential trade agreements and sanctions on trade flows. Synthetic control is demonstrated by evaluating the impact of Brexit on UK trade with the EU.
2. Endogeneity Bias in International Business Research – Root Causes and Remedies
Instructor: Dr Ghasem Zaefarian, Associate Professor of Marketing, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
Date and time: 3rd April 2024, 2.00pm to 3.30pm (TBC)
Endogeneity-related issues in empirical research continue to receive increasing academic attention, serving as pivotal benchmarks for quality in many academic journals. In this workshop, we'll delve into the complexities of endogeneity bias, exploring its sources such as the omission of variables, errors in variables, and simultaneous causality. Led by Dr. Ghasem Zaefarian, Associate Professor of Marketing at Leeds University Business School, this workshop will provide attendees with an overview of endogeneity bias and its potential sources. From outlining the nuances of the issue to discussing techniques like instrumental variables and instrument-free approaches, participants will gain insights into mitigating endogeneity bias in their research. Whether you're designing a new research project or analyzing data to uncover cause-and-effect relationships, this methodological workshop is designed to give you a head start with the tools needed to navigate endogeneity bias effectively.
3. Text Analysis and Machine Learning Techniques
Instructor: Duiyi (Claire) Dai, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham
Date and time: 3rd April 2024, 15.30am to 17.00pm (TBC)
An ever-increasing share of information is recorded as digital text. Until recently, however, text analysis relied on meticulous human examination, a method inherently limited in scalability when confronted with the vast corpora now at our disposal. The quantity of individual documents within widely-used databases, such as those containing newspaper articles and tweets from Twitter, has surged into the tens of millions or billions more. This burgeoning abundance of large-scale corpora has sparked a heightened enthusiasm for machine learning techniques for text analysis, a trajectory that is poised to persist and intensify with the continual expansion of textual data reservoirs.
This workshop will introduce how to perform text analysis using machine learning tools. The main topics covered include:
4. Literature Reviews in the Age of Information Overload
Instructor: Dr Noemi Sinkovics, Reader in International Business, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
Date and time: 4th April 2024, 9.30am to 12.30pm (TBC)
Prerequisites of publishing include the identification of relevant and interesting research questions, the adequate delineation and framing of research problems, and the quality of the research design and execution. The ability to identify and analyse relevant literature underpins each stage of the research process. However, the exponential growth of publications within and outside of business and management studies can be overwhelming. Researchers need effective and efficient tools to identify, analyse, and synthesize relevant literature. This workshop offers an introduction to tools and techniques that can help researchers make sense of large bodies of literature and design search strategies that lead to manageable samples. With the proliferation of literature reviews in academic journals, the expectation of what qualifies as a meaningful literature review is constantly changing. The workshop will walk participants through some guidelines to help them keep up with the changing demands. During the workshop, we will work with different software tools (e.g., EndNote, NVivo, and VosViewer) that can aid the search and analysis process as well as enhance creativity in the initial design process.
The workshop will focus on the following main topics:
5. Workshop on Configurational Approach using Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA)
Instructor: Prof Shubhabrata Basu, Professor of Strategic Management, Indian Institute of Management Indore, India
Date and time: 4th April 2024, 9.30am to 12.30pm (TBC)
The configurational approach refers to an integrative analytical technique, involving mechanisms that simultaneously and jointly considers strategy, organizational and environmental characteristics (Wiklund and Shepherd, 2005). The configurational approach is useful when:
(i) The antecedent factors are not clearly discernible due, in parts, to close linkages, mutual dependencies and interconnected processes amongst the factors (Meyer et. al, 1993) and
(ii) The same antecedent factors may lead to conflicting outcomes or more confoundingly when equifinality results from a combination of different organizational configurations (Meyer, et. al).
Of the several available tools, the set theoretical deduction based Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) method provides several distinctive advantages. First, QCA provides inferences on facts that we don’t know from those that we do know (Thomann and Maggetti, 2020), by establishing external and internal validities and a mode of reasoning (rationale). Second, QCA provides the modus operandi through the reliance on cases (Rihoux, 2013). QCA considers a small (n=20) to intermediate (n<200) set of cases to achieve generalization (external validity) through in-depth search within the cases (internal validation) and an inductive, iterative, and exploratory mode of reasoning (establishing the rationale). Third, because QCA is iterative, it can blend in-depth qualitative induction with quantitative deductions that can be generalized via statistical techniques. Simply put, QCA can help in clustering and analyzing the underlying causal configurations of a set of cases or a set of conditions.
In this context, through this workshop, we introduce the fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA), an analytical technique originally developed by Charles Ragin, of the Department of Sociology, University of California (Irvine). QCA is broadly divided into the traditional or Crisp Set QCA (csQCA) and the more refined fsQCA. Crisp set QCA deals with dichotomous outcomes (e.g. inclusion/exclusion) while fsQCA also includes the various shades in-between much like the interval scales of a survey instrument. So, one may simplify (but not overtly) csQCA as akin to measuring through a nominal scale and then considering what is in and what is out. Likewise, fsQCA can be perceived as measuring using an ordinal scale (e.g. Likert), where one considers the various shades between in and out and then determining the level to be considered. Through this workshop we endeavor to obtain a working exposure to the configurational approach using the fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis.
6. How to Develop Articles for Publication in International Business
Instructor: Prof Gary Knight, Professor of Global Management, Helen Simpson Jackson Endowed Chair of International Management, Willamette University, USA
Date and time: 4th April 2024, 3.00pm to 4.30pm (TBC)
The Workshop on ‘How to Develop Articles for Publication in International Business’ (90 mins) will address academic research in international business, leading to publication in top journals. The workshop will address identifying research topics, the role of theory and theory development, creating the research paper, and publishing in journals. Publishable research should aim to develop new knowledge, with a focus on making substantive contributions to the field. Research should be framed within relevant, extant theory, and simultaneously aim to advance existing theory or otherwise develop new theory. The workshop will be taught by Professor Gary Knight, who has substantial experience conducting research and publishing in top journals, in international business.
7. Reviewing for Leading IB Journals
Instructor: Prof Pawan Budhwar, 50th Anniversary Professor of International HRM, Aston Business School, Aston University, UK
Date and time: 4th April 2024, 3.00pm to 4.30pm (TBC)
Peer review is an integral part of publishing in leading journals. It plays a critical role in offering scholars constructive and developmental feedback to improve their work and eventually publish. It is also a great service to our academic community and a professional developmental activity. Peer reviewing entails diligent work, subject matter expertise in the field and a serious professional commitment. This workshop aims to help develop doctoral students and junior faculty to become effective and efficient reviewers by understanding what, why and do’s and don’ts of reviewing for leading IB journals. The focus of the meeting will be to share information in an interactive mode via examples regarding the review process, good and weak reviews, and reviews from the perspective of an author, editor and reviewer. Participating in this workshop will also help prospective authors refine their own submissions to leading IB journals.
8. Developing Academic Career
Instructor: Prof Helen Higson, 50th Anniversary Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management, Aston Business School, Aston University, UK
Date and time: 4th April 2024, 4.30pm to 6.00pm (TBC)
This workshop will help you to analyse where your strengths and experiences are and where you have gaps in your knowledge of development needs. Participants will each work on a personal development plan which they can take away and use as part of their career development. The session is led by an experienced coach and mentor in HE, and will use tools which have been successful in the past in directing ECRs and more junior academics to think about what sort of academic role is best for them and what institution fits with their values. While the focus will be on a holistic career, participants may want to concentrate on their research trajectory.