As the organizers of the 41st Annual Conference of the European International Business Academy (EIBA), we warmly invite you to join us on December 1 – 3, 2015 at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The theme for the EIBA 2015 conference is “International Business after the BRIC’s Rush”.
Some stimulating pre-conference activities are scheduled to take place right before the official start of the conference:
- 29th John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial in IB, and 4th EIBA Doctoral Symposium
- IBR and JIBS Paper Development Workshops (PDWs)
In addition, two enlightening post-conference activities will be offered following EIBA 2015:
- Pervez Ghauri (University of Birmingham, UK): “MNE – Government interaction”
- Tamer Cavusgil (Georgia State University): “Theory and relevance in our research: One more time”
- Peter Buckley (Leeds University Business School): “Internalisation theory and emerging country multinationals”.
- Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra (Northeastern University, USA): Panel on “Researching and publishing on emerging markets”
- Esteban Brenes (Incae Business School, Costa Rica)
“International Business after the BRIC’s Rush“
Many signs indicate that the BRIC’s rush is ending. First, the BRIC’s economies have slowed their sky rocketing growth. Second, it seems that all the good spots there have been taken. The massive arrival of foreign firms in the past 15 years and the rapid strengthening of local companies leave very little room for new entrants.
Clearly, these markets have not exhausted their growth potential, but the golden era is over. Many other countries are now candidates to becoming the new darlings of investors, businesspersons and… international business scholars. The IB discipline can contribute in many ways to this new era.
We only suggest a few venues of research:
- There is a need to develop manager-friendly tools to assess market attractiveness. The classic market potential indexes may be useful in an economics-geography class, but they have little practical relevance for most companies.
- The new favorite markets may be even more challenging for investors, executives and scholars. Research on how to operate in such unknown and diverse environments is needed even more.
- For the would-be future star countries’ governments and companies, what are the lessons that can be drawn from the BRIC’s story? How to attract foreign investors? How to deal with international competition more effectively? Is it interesting for a country to become a source or a destination of FDI? What are the implications for the local societies? What are the new ethical, environmental and social issues?
- The new context demands novel ways to conduct international business – for example, value chain management, marketing strategy, HRM, R&D, country selection, entry modes, networking, governance structures, national industry policies – in addition to societal, ethical and environmental concerns.
- The new context also potentially calls for a revision of research methods, theories, content and pedagogical tools.
Great challenges and great opportunities lie ahead for IB scholars, executives and policymakers!
These are the tracks for the EIBA 2015 conference in Rio de Janeiro:
- International business after the BRIC’s rush (conference theme track)
- Developments in IB theory
- International marketing
- FDI in and from emerging market economies
- SMEs, international new ventures and international entrepreneurship
- International finance, accounting and corporate governance
- International HRM and cross-cultural management
- Foreign entry mode and management of the value chain
- Headquarters-subsidiary relations, knowledge transfer and inter-firm spillovers
- MNEs, institutional environment, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development
- MNE strategy and organization
- International networks and alliances
- Special track: Methods in international business research
- Special track: Teaching international business
- Jorge Carneiro – PUC-Rio (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro), Brazil
- Claude Obadia – ESCE International Business School, France
International business after the BRIC’s rush
Angela da Rocha – Pontifical Catholic U. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Vitor Corado Simões – Technical U. Lisbon, Portugal
Carl Arthur Solberg – BI Business School, Norway
Developments in IB theory
Maria Tereza Fleury – FGV/Eaesp, Brazil
Torben Pedersen – Bocconi U., Italy, and CBS, Denmark
Constanza Bianchi – U. Adolfo Ibanez, Chile, and Queensland U. Techn., Australia
Susana Costa e Silva – Catholic U. Porto, Portugal
Raluca Mogos Descotes – U. de Lorraine, France
FDI in and from emerging market economies
Filip de Beule – KU Leuven, Belgium
Luciano Ciravegna – King’s College, UK, and Incae, Costa Rica
SMEs, international new ventures and international entrepreneurship
Olli Kuivalainen – Lappeenranta U. Technology, Finland
Alex Rialp – Autonomous U. Barcelona, Spain
Sui Sui – Ryerson U., Canada
Cristina Villar – U. Valencia, Spain
International finance, accounting and corporate governance
Armando Borda-Reyes – ESAN, Peru
Roger Strange – Sussex U., UK
International HRM and cross-cultural management
William Newburry – Florida International U. USA
Miguel Olivas-Luján – Clarion U., USA
Orly Yeheskel – Tel Aviv U., Israel
Foreign entry mode and management of the value chain
Sergio Biggemann – U. Otago, New Zealand
Andreja Jaklič – U. Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ravi Sarathy – Northeastern U., USA
Headquarters-subsidiary relations, knowledge transfer and inter-firm spillovers
Dirk Boehe – U. Adelaide, Australia
Felipe Borini – ESPM, Brazil
Phillip Nell – WU Vienna, Austria
Jonas Puck – WU Vienna, Austria
MNEs, institutional environment, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development
Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez – U. EAFIT, Colombia
Mo Yamin – Manchester Business School, UK
MNE strategy and organization
Pavlos Dimitratos – U. Glasgow, UK
Mario Ogasavara – ESPM, Brazil
International networks and alliances
Jens Gammelgaard – Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Special track: Methods in international business research
Agnieszka Chidlow – U. of Birmingham, UK
Jorge Ferreira da Silva – Pontifical Catholic U. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Special track: Teaching international business
Raj Aggarwal – U. Akron, USA, editor of Journal of Teaching International Business
Gary Knight – Willamette U., USA
Enrique Ogliastri – Incae, Costa Rica