As the organizers of the 42nd Annual Conference of the European International Business Academy (EIBA), we would like to warmly invite you to join us on 2 – 4 December 2016 at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) in Vienna, Austria.
The theme for EIBA Conference 2016 is “Liabilities of Foreignness vs the Value of Diversity: Conflict or Complement?” and we welcome papers on traditional IB topics as well as novel IB-related topics.
Introduction and Background
Liabilities of foreignness have long been a governing principle in International Business (IB) research. The notion that difference and distance are liabilities, whether they are national, cultural, geographic, or semantic, is pervasive in IB research and practice and constructs such as “cultural distance”, “psychic distance” and “institutional distance” have developed. While existing research is valuable, recently it has been suggested that an emphasis on liabilities and adverse outcomes associated with such differences may hinder our understanding of the processes and conditions that help to leverage the value of diversity in a wide range of contexts.
This may include development of strategic capabilities, cross-border knowledge-sharing and learning, synergy creation in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, unleashing the creative potential of diverse teams and promoting sustainable and responsible behavior in multinational enterprises.
The EIBA 2016 conference is dedicated to exploring the double-edged sword nature of liabilities of foreignness and the value of diversity by theorizing and investigating their impact on business practice and international business research.
We invite competitive and interactive papers, posters as well as panel proposals on any of the EIBA 2016 conference tracks to take part in this conference. Competitive papers, should be close to a publishable state, whilst interactive papers and posters may be in an earlier stage of development.
- Theme track: liabilities of foreignness vs. the value of diversity – Günter Stahl & Christof Miska
- Developments in IB theory and methods, trends and critical approaches – José Pla Barber
- Distance and institutions – Dirk Holtbrügge
- FDI and foreign market entry – Desislava Dikova
- Headquarters — subsidiary relationships – Phillip Nell
- International corporate governance, finance and accounting – Trond Randøy
- International HRM, global leadership, language and cross-cultural management – Alex Mohr
- International Marketing – Jorma Larimo
- Internationalization process, SMEs and entrepreneurship – Pavlos Dimitratos
- Knowledge management and innovation – Ronaldo Parente
- MNE strategy and organization – Jan Hendrik Fisch
- MNEs, governments and sustainable development – Chang Hoon Oh
- Teaching International Business – Elizabeth Rose
Additional Activities at EIBA 2016
In addition to the regular conference program, a series of other events will take place during the course of EIBA 2016 in Vienna.
- 30th John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial – submission deadline: September 1, 2016
- 5th EIBA Doctoral Symposium – submission deadline: September 1, 2016
- IBR & JIBS Paper Development Workshops – submission deadline: September 1, 2016
- Qualitative & quantitative research methods workshops
- Faculty development workshops
As every year, a number of awards will be presented for outstanding contributions to the EIBA conference and the IB community. So far the following awards have been confirmed for the 2016 conference, with more to follow.
- Gunnar Hedlund Award
- Danny Van Den Bulcke Prize
- EIBA Best Doctoral Thesis Proposal in IB Award
- IBR Best Journal Paper of the Year Award
- MRQ (Management Review Quarterly) Best Reviewer Award
- Best Paper in each Track Awards including the IMR International Marketing Prize.