47th Academy of International Business UK & Ireland Chapter Conference
2-4 April 2020, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
Re-visiting SME and MNE Internationalisation in an era of paradox
Paper submission will open on the 15th of November.
Paper acceptances will be communicated by 3rd of March 2020.
Doctoral Colloquium: 2nd of April 2020
Main Conference: 3rd and 4th of April 2020
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University of Glasgow, Scotland
Dates: 2-4th of April 2020
Venue: Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
Submission of papers deadline: 3rd of February 2020 (extended)
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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 3rd of April 2020 (7.00 pm onwards). The conference will close on 4th of April 2020 (about 3 pm). Main conference papers should be submitted to the below tracks.
Tracks and Chairs
1. International business strategies and firm competitiveness
Track Chairs: Mohammad Ahammad (University of Leeds) and Shlomo Tarba (University of Birmingham)
This track calls for submissions that present novel and/or counter-intuitive insights in relation to the established theories in the IB strategies and competitiveness realm, and welcomes a diversity of conceptual and empirical traditions that are pertinent not only for MNCs, but also for SMEs and non-governmental entities as well. Prospective submissions should not only refer to the extant international dimensions of the business strategy, but also push forward the frontiers of the field. Topics include but are not limited to the global business environment, protectionism and nationalism, firms’ location choice, international corporate strategy, foreign market entry modes, global value chains, non-market strategies, strategic agility, international organisational ambidexterity, and cross-border M&As.
2. Collaborative arrangements in international business
Track Chairs: Dorota Piaskowska (University College Dublin) and Wei Yang (University of Glasgow)
We welcome submissions related to the general domain of cooperative strategies that focus on organisations, industries, processes, or structures wherein cooperative arrangements are shaped and situated. Exemplar research questions include but are not limited to: What are the incentives, structures, and processes enabling cooperative strategies (such as licensing, joint ventures and strategic alliances)? How do formal and informal governance structures influence collaborative outcomes? What is the economic and social impact of cooperative strategies of companies and industries? How can advancements in data access and research methods help expand our understanding of collaborative arrangements? How do teams, groups, and organizations come together and what is the impact of these collaborative efforts on outcomes at various levels of analysis? We thus welcome a wide variety of empirical and conceptual research on cooperative strategies. We also invite papers discussing methodological issues related to cooperative strategies.
3. Critical perspectives and international business
Track Chairs: Noemi Sinkovics (University of Manchester) and Mehdi Boussebaa (University of Glasgow)
This track invites paper submissions in two broad categories in line with the two meanings of the term ‘critical’. (1) The first category of critical in the sense of ‘vital’ encompasses topics connected to the grand challenges and how businesses on their own or in collaboration with other actors can contribute to addressing these challenges. Topics include but are not limited to corporate social responsibility, business ethics, sustainability, the Sustainable Development Goals, fair trade, non-market strategies, and public-private partnerships. (2) The second category of critical in the sense of ‘shining light on’ or ‘confronting’ invites contributions that seek to highlight the adverse effects of international business activities or the structural inequalities of globalisation. Topics include but are not limited to human rights violations, the illegal activities of MNEs, the vulnerability of ecosystems, conflict or war entrepreneurship, gender discrimination, the impact of populism and protectionist rhetoric on IB activities, the exploitation of marginalized stakeholders, financialisation, the impact of political and/or economic crises, and corruption.
4. Internationalisation to and from emerging economies
Track chairs: Carole Couper (University of Sheffield) and Dong-Hyu Kim (University of Glasgow)
Emerging economies represent a significant share of the global economy and their rise over the past three decades has created new foreign opportunities for a diversity of international organisations - from Western-style multinationals and large state-owned enterprises to family-owned conglomerates and international new ventures. Although firms - large and small - can benefit from internationalisation to and from emerging markets, they must also overcome the challenges generated by the movement of people, products and services across dynamic and highly diverse environments. Unsurprisingly, internationalisation to and from emerging markets has opened new avenues of research and bred insightful debates within International Business and Entrepreneurship scholarship. This track invites theoretical and empirical contributions to these debates around two streams: (1) the process and nature of internationalisation to and from emerging markets and (2) the impact on IBE research and theories of internationalisation to and from emerging markets. In uncertain and challenging times, characterised by trade wars and de-globalisation pressures, IBE research has a critical role to play in support of firm internationalisation to and from emerging economies.
5. International human resource management and organisational behaviour
Track Chairs: David Collings (Dublin City University) and Sinéad Monaghan (Trinity College Dublin)
This track invites papers related to international human resource management (IHRM) and organisational behaviour (OB). Effectively managing people is a complex endeavour. This complexity is amplified in the context of international firms, who in operating across national borders must manage the tensions of multiple cultural and institutional environments. This presents a series of unique challenges that need to be understood and reconciled. IHRM and OB submissions are welcomed which consider topics and questions related to the management of people at work in the global context and also explore how individual employees, managers and leaders navigate the global environment. We are also interested in these topics from a more critical perspective and welcome papers with a focus on gender, diversity, ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. In line with the conference theme, there is potential to explore how international HRM and organisational behaviour is influenced by the paradox of international opportunities and challenges for SMEs and MNEs and may relate to contemporary topics, including migration, language, ethical practices and digitisation.
6. SME internationalisation and international entrepreneurship
Track Chairs: Alfredo D’Angelo (Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy) and Margaret Fletcher (University of Glasgow)
This track invites paper submissions in two broad categories of small firm internationalisation. (a) The first category of critical interest is the internationalisation of established SMEs connected to the why, what, where and how these firms on their own or in collaboration with other actors can address the challenges of doing business in foreign countries. Topics include but are not limited to the main reasons, barriers and support measures SMEs encounter as well as the process of market selection and entry modes (exporters and micromultinationals). (b) The second category of interest for this track is represented by newly established micro firms that have been able to address the adverse effects of smallness and newness in international markets. Topics include, but are not limited to, reasons and effects of early internationalisation.
7. International marketing
Track Chairs: Jorge Carneiro (FGV EAESP, Brazil) and Olli Kuivalainen (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland & University of Manchester)
This track invites paper submissions on international marketing. In line with the conference theme, it is acknowledged that societal and economic changes are leading to major disruptions across the globe. Regulatory restrictions, changing customer demands in relation to sustainability, possible trade wars, technological advances, especially digitalisation shape the markets. How should international marketers react to these challenges? What are possible proactive international marketing strategies to gain competitive advantage? While an international dimension shall underline the marketing concepts or processes examined in the papers, topics include but are not limited to the effect of the regulatory environment on marketing strategy, societal changes and their effect on marketing, marketing and social corporate responsibility, global consumer behaviour, customer relationship management in the times of uncertainty, decision-making in marketing, entry modes, exporting, importing, franchising, standardisation vs. adaptation of the marketing mix, international promotion, international pricing, marketing channels, international distribution, brand management, country-of-origin effects, product and service development, product/service strategies, marketing to governments and non-profit organisations, B2B marketing, services marketing, foreign market selection, targeting and segmentation, digital marketing, marketing analytics, marketing metrics and marketing performance.
8. Multinational enterprise management, innovation and knowledge
Track Chairs: Pamela Sharkey Scott (Dublin City University) and Esther Tippmann (National University of Ireland, Galway)
This track invites papers that focus on the management of the multinational enterprise, including topics relating to innovation and knowledge. We very much welcome submissions that adopt the perspective of the firm, headquarters and/or subsidiaries. In light of the conference theme, we are particularly interested in papers that explore new ways for multinational enterprises to sustain and renew their advantage in rapidly changing and turbulent economic and political landscapes, and that examine the tensions and paradoxes this creates for managers.
9.Research methods in international business
Track Chairs: Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki (University of Leeds) and Elizabeth Rose (University of Leeds)
This track seeks submissions whose primary goal is to advance IB research methods. It welcomes articles that challenge methodological conventions and reflect methodological diversity in the study of IB phenomena. Submission can be from any topical area touching upon qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods, and emic or etic approaches and techniques. Potential areas of exploration include ontological and epistemological issues in IB research; new advances in qualitative and quantitative research in IB; assessing quality and rigor of IB and cross-cultural comparative research. We also encourage papers that consider the implications of time and space in IB research design.
10. International Finance
Track Chairs: Sumon Bhaumik (University of Sheffield) and Nigel Driffield (University of Warwick)
As economies become increasingly interconnected on a global scale, the financial world is shifting rapidly. In this track, we welcome papers on the following topics: institutional and regulatory convergence across countries and their impact on domestic financial markets, international capital markets and corporate finance, implications of ultra-low interest rates for capital structure of firms, risk management in an era of (financial and other forms of) globalization, corporate restructuring, and entrepreneurial finance. Other international finance topics are also welcome.
11. International business history in the twentieth century
Track Chairs: Niall Mackenzie (University of Glasgow) and Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol (University of Glasgow)
This track invites submissions on any aspects related to the evolution of international business in the twentieth century. These aspects include, but are not limited to, the factors of growth or failure of enterprises, empirical and conceptual findings, technological change, entrepreneurship, and finance.
Conference Chair: Rose Narooz
Conference Committee Members: Pavlos Dimitratos and Margaret Fletcher
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