You are kindly invited to participate in the 38th Annual Conference of the European International Business Academy (EIBA), organised jointly by the EIBA and the University of Sussex, School of Business, Management and Economics. The conference will take place in Brighton, United Kingdom, 7 to 9 December, 2012.
The theme of the 2012 conference is ‘International Business and Sustainable Development’. The most widely-quoted definition of sustainable development is ‘development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’
The most widely-quoted definition of sustainable development is ‘development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ In September 2005, the United Nations World Summit identified three interdependent and mutually-reinforcing components of sustainable development, namely economic development, social development, and environmental protection. Furthermore the Summit stressed the important role that foreign direct investment (FDI) could play in the development process, particularly in developing and emerging economies.
This conference seeks to address the issues of how international business contributes to this process. The greater integration of goods, factor and capital markets means that countries are even more interdependent. The impressive growth rates of many emerging economies, not just the BRICs but other countries in Asia, Eastern Europe and even Africa, are stimulating a new international economic order. Direct investments by MNEs and SMEs in developing and emerging economies are on the rise, but so too are investments in developed countries by firms from emerging economies. Consumer needs and expectations are evolving worldwide. Many firms are adjusting their supply chains to take advantage of these global developments, and the outsourcing and offshoring of both manufacturing and service activities are increasingly important phenomena. At the same time, firms are increasingly being held responsible for their impact of their international activities upon people and upon the environment.
We invite competitive papers and working papers on any of following fourteen conference tracks. Competitive papers should be close to a publishable state, whilst workshop papers may be in an earlier state of development.
Papers that throw light upon the conference theme of ‘International Business and Sustainable Development’ and the issues raised above are especially welcome. Proposals for special panel sessions should be sent directly to one of the conference organisers.
Track 1: International Business and Sustainable Development
Rob van Tulder (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)
Track 2: Multinationals from Emerging Markets
Filip de Beule (Lessius University College, Catholic University of Leuven)
Track 3: IB Theory and International Economics
Niron Hashai (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Track 4: Supply Chain Strategies, Offshoring and Outsourcing
Torben Pedersen (Copenhagen Business School)
Track 5: SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Niina Nummela (Turku School of Economics, University of Turku)
Track 6: Knowledge Management and Technology Transfer
Rudolf Sinkovics (Manchester Business School)
Track 7: International Finance and Accounting
Lars Oxelheim (Lund University)
Track 8: International HRM and Cross-Cultural Issues
Jonas Puck (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
Track 9: International Marketing
Per Servais (University of Southern Denmark)
Track 10: MNE Strategy and Organization
Jorge Carneiro (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)
Track 11: Networks and Alliances
Jorma Larimo (University of Vaasa)
Track 12: Subsidiary Strategies and HQ-Subsidiary Relations
Gabriel Benito (BI Norwegian School of Management)
Track 13: Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
Trond Randøy (Agder University College)
Track 14: IB Research Methodology and Teaching
Rebecca Piekkari (Aalto University)
The Doctoral Tutorials
The 2012 EIBA Annual Conference will host two events specifically aimed at doctoral students. The aims of both events are to provide the students with the opportunity to discuss their research with distinguished international faculty, and to enable the students to become acquainted with an international network of researchers in international business. Students participating in either event are also expected to register for the EIBA conference.
- The 26th John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial in International Business.
- The 3rd COST-EIBA Doctoral Think Tank, where the focus is on issues related to MNEs
from emerging and transition economies. More information about both events is available on the conference website, and the submission deadline for proposals for both events is September 3rd 2012.
Prizes & awards
Six prizes will be awarded at the 2012 conference, and the winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner.
The Best Doctoral Thesis Proposal
This prize will be awarded to the student who has presented the most promising thesis abstract at the John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial. The prize-winner will receive a certificate and an award of €1000.
The Gunnar Hedlund Award
This prize is awarded biennially to the best Ph.D thesis in the field of International Business written by any scholar in the world. The award is organised by the Institute of International Business (IIB) at the Stockholm School of Economics in collaboration with EIBA. The prize will be awarded next at the 2013 Conference.
The Copenhagen Prize
This prize is awarded to the best paper on International Business written by a young scholar (under 40 years) and accepted for presentation at the EIBA conference. The prize has been sponsored by Copenhagen Business School since 2003, and the prize-winner will receive a certificate and an award of €3000.
The IMR International Marketing Award
This prize is awarded to the best paper presented at the EIBA conference on an international marketing topic. The prize has been sponsored by the International Marketing Review since 2006, and the prize-winner will receive a certificate and an award of €600.
The IJoEM Best Paper on Emerging Markets Award
This prize is awarded to the best paper presented at the EIBA conference on a topic related to emerging markets. The prize has been sponsored by the International Journal of Emerging Markets since 2006, and the prize-winner will receive a certificate.
The IBR Best Paper of the Year Award
This prize is awarded to the paper presented at the EIBA conference judged as having the gretest likelihood of influencing the field of International Business research in the future. The prize has been sponsored by the International Business Review since 2006, and the prize-winner will receive a certificate and an award of €1000.