The 39th European International Business Academy (EIBA) Conference will take place in Bremen, Germany hosted by the University of Bremen from Thursday, December 12th until Saturday, December 14th 2013.
Transnational firms, markets and institutions: New challenges and opportunities for international business
For the international business (IB) community, the term transnational has come to be associated with a particular form of multinational enterprise (MNE) that is able to resolve the tension between local responsiveness and global integration. In other areas of social sciences and the humanities, the term transnational is used to designate actors or institutions that span across borders in a way that begins to challenge the existence and legitimacy of those borders.
The theme of this year’s conference explores the role of MNEs as transnational actors that mould and shape other actors and institutions in the global economy. At the macro level, this concerns for example questions regarding the political behaviour of MNEs when they join with national governments and international organizations to craft new regulations. It also includes examining the role of MNEs as both partners and adversaries of civil society organizations.
In the legal realm, some key questions of interest concern the role of MNEs in generating a body of transnational private law in order to fill gaps or remove uncertainties in the established body of law. At the micro level, topics of interest include the role of MNEs in both promoting, and responding to, changing attitudes and values concerning globalization and the emergence of new transnational institutions.
While all of these topics deal with the contemporary global economy, historical analyses concerning the role played by MNEs in economic and social transformation in the past are also clearly relevant. By focusing on the processes of transnational influence and transformation, we hope to encourage the IB community to become more engaged with this discourse and the work that is being done in other social science fields. Since MNEs are important actors taking part in these processes, the IB community has a great deal to offer in this area, both in terms of identifying the managerially relevant implications, as well as formulating recommendations for public policy.
Transnational firms, markets and institutions
Track chair: Sarianna Lundan
Conceptual or empirical papers that are interdisciplinary, or papers that are grounded in other areas of social science, that examine MNEs as economic, social or political actors participating in transnational communities that shape and regulate global capitalism. MNEs as political and regulatory actors alongside national governments, international organizations and global and local civil society. MNEs and the development of transnational private law. MNEs and the development of transnational attitudes and values. Historical perspectives on the role of MNEs in shaping the global economy. MNEs as political and regulatory actors alongside national governments, international organizations and global and local civil society. MNEs and the development of transnational private law. MNEs and the development of transnational attitudes and values. Historical perspectives on the role of MNEs in shaping the global economy.
HRM, cross-cultural management and communication
Track chair: Rebecca Piekkari
International HRM and diversity management. Cross-cultural management, including the role of culture and language in intra– and interorganizational relationships. Cross-cultural communication and marketing, including brand and image management.
The internationalization process and international new ventures
Track chair: Stefan Schmid
The role of learning, risk and resource commitment in the geographical pattern of internationalization. Measures of distance, internationalization and MNE performance. New patterns of internationalization, including born globals and state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Real options in internationalization.
Headquarters-subsidiary relations and knowledge transfer
Track chair: Ulf Holm
Headquarters-subsidiary relations, including the role of regional headquarters, subsidiary autonomy and initiative. Management of the process of knowledge generation and transfer between the subsidiaries and the headquarters.
Finance, accounting and corporate governance
Track chair: Trond Randøy
The effects of the financial crisis on MNEs, sources of funding and cost of capital of MNEs and SOEs cash holding by MNEs, risk insurance. International accounting standards and issues of taxation and transfer pricing. Board composition and internationalization, executive compensation, duties of top management and directors.
Developments in IB theory
Track chair: Alain Verbeke
Conceptual papers that advance IB theory, including the extension of concepts from economic or organizational theory and strategy, including institutional, capabilities or resource based perspectives such as emerging market MNEs as outward investors, or the wider political social role of MNEs. Also formal modeling and methodological contributions.
Management of the value chain and market entry mode
Track chair: Ram Mudambi
Outsourcing and offshoring, management of the value chain, control and coordination in contractual relationships. Determinants and consequences of the choice of market entry mode, including M&As, JVs and exporting. Multi-stakeholder partnerships involving MNEs.
Innovation and technology transfer
Track chair: Axėle Giroud
International R&D activities of MNEs, interaction between MNEs and regional systems of innovation. Technology transfer, linkages and spillovers in the host country. Reverse technology transfer. R&D alliances.
MNEs, governments and local development
Track chair: Philippe Gugler
Investment climate, institutions, incentives and investment attraction. Negotiations between MNEs and governments. The role of regional and bilateral trade and investment agreements. MNEs and local economic development in host countries.
- 27th John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial in International Business
- 4th COST-EIBA Doctoral Think Tank
- 2nd EIBA Doctoral Symposium
Prizes & awards
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 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 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 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.