Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Call for Papers: 35th EIBA (European International Business Academy) Annual Conference

35th EIBA (European International Business Academy) Annual Conference
Reshaping the boundaries of the firm in an era of global Interdependence
Valencia, Spain, - December 13th-15th, 2009

Globalisation is forcing companies to reshape their boundaries and causing business
leaders to rethink corporate strategies within the firm. Moreover, it is creating the basis for new ways of doing international business, new international institutions, and the rise of new protagonists in the international arena. The effects of this global interdependence are also being felt at the more aggregate levels of industries, financial markets and countries economies. The evolution of these trends has rendered obsolete some of the basic understandings of IB theory and practice, including traditional notions regarding the nature of the boundaries of the firm and even the definition of the multinational enterprise itself.
Boundaries of the firm are increasingly porous. Questions such as which activities
should be conducted “inside” or “outside” the firm, which activities should be done
“local” or “abroad” and which activities should be done “alone” or with “other” firms
have become urgent in today’s business context. New organizational forms, such as
inter-firm networks, global strategic alliances, alliances with NGOs, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, franchising organizations, offshoring/outsourcing structures, international new ventures, international entrepreneurs and on-line communities, frame a broader picture and force researchers towards a new reconceptualization of the role and scope of international firms in this era of global connectivity. New thinking concerning the ways in which these international firms configure themselves internally to coordinate and control their different units and develop organizational learning capabilities extend the reach of previous moretraditional research. Moreover, the manner by which these firms interact with their local environment and the perceived social and environmental consequences of their actions force a much more complex set of relationships across firms, governments and societies.

The conference especially invites both theoretical and empirical contributions to shed further light on these issues. In addition to contributions focusing on the main theme of the conference, papers and panel proposals are invited on a wide range of international business topics. Ten conference tracks have been set up that cover both traditional questions and emergent fields of investigation in international business.


Full papers should be submitted to the track chair related to the topic (see the list below). All submissions will be double-blind-refereed. The authors should submit

their papers through http://www.adeit.uv.es/eiba09, indicate the appropriate track
number and category (the most polished papers can be submitted as competitive
papers; less finished papers as workshop papers, while shorter work-in-progress
pieces as poster papers) and follow the guidelines of the International Business
tions ).
Please remove all information from the paper revealing your identity. Track chairs
will make the final decisions regarding the acceptance or rejection of the
submissions and regarding classification between the three categories (competitive
papers, workshop papers or posters)
1. IB theory and boundaries of the firm
Chair: Gabriel R. G. Benito. BI-Norwegian School of Management
Examples of topics under this track include, among others:
- Offshoring and global sourcing
- Fragmentation of production and modularization
- The economic organization of multinationals
2. International corporate strategies
Chair: Esther Sánchez-Peinado. University of Valencia
Examples of topics under this track include, among others:
- Choice and change of foreign operation methods
- Internationalization and networks
- Diversification strategy and international performance
3. Organizational structures and subsidiary evolution
Chair: Ulf Andersson. Copenhagen Business School
Ulf Anderson. Copenhagen Business School
Examples of topics under this track include, among others:
- International structures and international strategic approaches
- Subsidiary roles and performance determinants
- Headquarter-subsidiary relations
4. Internationalisation process, entrepreneurship and international marketing
Chair: Alex Rialp. Autonomous University of Barcelona
Examples of topics under this track include, among others:
- Understanding the international entrepreneur
- Pace and direction in internationalization
- International service marketing
5. Managing knowledge and innovation in International Business
Chair: Bent Petersen. Copenhagen Business School
Examples of topics under this track include, among others:
- Knowledge acquisition and sharing
- Internationalization of R+D
- Intra-firm and inter-firm networks for innovation
6. International human resource management and cross cultural management
Chair: Jaime Bonache. Cranfield Management School
Examples of topics under this track include, among others:
- IHRM strategies and practices
- Managing diversity in organizations
- The role of culture in the internationalization of the firm
7. Clusters, location and local linkages
Chair: Ram Mudambi. Temple University
Examples of topics under this track include, among others:
- Institutional environment of locations
- MNCs an local economic development
- Conceptualization and evolution of clusters
8. MNE from emerging countries
Chair: Esteban Garcia-Canal. University of Oviedo
Examples of topics under this track include, among others:
- Inward and outward FDI to and from emerging economies
- Uniqueness of emerging market economies
- Multinationals on the periphery
9. Social responsibility, corporate governance and qualitative research methods
Chair: Rebecca Piekkari. Helsinki School of Economics
Examples of topics under this track include, among others:
- Ethical and social perspectives on MNC activity
- Contemporary governance issues in international firms
- Qualitative methods in International Business
10. International finance, trade and policy issues
Chair: Xose H. Vázquez. University of Vigo
Examples of topics under this track include, among others:
- International finance, accounting and taxation
- Relationships between governments and MNCs
- International trade and development
Panel proposals should include a two-page description of the main research
question, the main themes addressed by the panel and the potential contribution of
the discussion of this topic to the IB. In addition, they should include the names of
the chair and at least four other panellists, at least two of whom should argue for
one viewpoint and at least two for the opposite one. Panel proposals should be also
submitted through http://www.adeit.uv.es/eiba09 .

The EIBA Doctoral Tutorial

EIBA Doctoral Tutorial will be held on December 13th, 2009. The tutorial provides
an opportunity to doctoral students to discuss their research plans and their work in
progress and get acquainted with leading scholars in the field of International
Business and other colleagues working in the field. The students who are selected
to participate in the Tutorial will be requested to present a short paper about their
thesis proposal. Participating students are required to also attend the EIBA Annual
Conference, immediately following the Tutorial. There is a reduced registration fee
for students. An award of 1000 EUR will be given to the student who presents the
most promising thesis proposal.

The applicant should send a three-page (including figures or tables) abstract (Times
12 font, single line spacing) of the doctoral research currently being undertaken
and a CV mentioning the number of months (years) the applicant has been working
on the doctoral thesis and the name of the main thesis advisor. The students should
submit their papers through http://www.adeit.uv.es/eiba09

The abstracts should be divided into the following sections:
(1) the central research
question addressed (a brief statement of the topic and of the issue or problem that
motivates the research) [10%];
(2) theory and literature review [20%];
(3)research design, data and methodology (including hypotheses in the case of
quantitative methods, and the methods of measurement and the generative
questions that will guide grounded theory building in the case of those using
qualitative methods) [30%];
(4) expected results and summary of the evidence of
the study thus far (including an outline of any preliminary findings if applicable)
(5) expected contribution and its significance to scholarship in the IB field
[10%]; and
(6) conclusions, and remaining concerns or problems to be overcome


The deadline for the submissions of full papers and panel proposals is July 15th2009 and for thesis proposals is September 1st, 2009.
The authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by September 15th, 2009.

The member and student fees cover EIBA membership for one year and include
subscription to EIBA’s official journal International Business Review, conference
participation, lunches and dinners mentioned in the program, tea/coffee during
breaks and a CD-ROM with full papers. The accompanying person’s fee includes
dinners mentioned in the program.
Before October 15th, 2009 After October 15th, 2009
Members € 485 € 510
Students and
accompanying persons
€ 250 € 290

The Organizing Committee has pre-booked some rooms in various hotels of
different categories close to the Conference Venue from 13th until 16th December
2009. Please remember that the number of rooms is limited. We recommend you to
make your reservation as soon as possible. Deadline for making the booking is 13th
November 2009.
To book a room please fill in the reservation form and fax or email it to the hotel
selected. The hotel will confirm your reservation. Payment must be made at the
hotel before your departure

Conference venue

The venue for the 35th EIBA Annual Conference is the Fundación Universidad
Empresa –ADEIT of the University of Valencia. It is a modern building, located
in the historical city centre of Valencia and very close to the conference hotels and
to most historic buildings and monuments.
Additional information
More information about the conference is available from the homepage:
José Pla-Barber
Local Chair
Joaquin Alegre.
Academic Programme

Call for Papers: International Base of the Pyramid Conference

International Base of the Pyramid Conference
15-19 November, 2009
Johannesburg, South Africa
Sponsored by the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Abstract submission deadline: 12 May 2009 (400-500 words)
Submit abstracts to goldmanm@gibs.co.za.

Call for Papers

Consumers, producers, businesses and communities at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) continue to receive attention by academic researchers and practitioners. In the current economic downturn, it has even been suggested that this segment or space provides opportunities to innovate in a recession (Nussbaum, 2009).

Prahalad and Hart (1998) initiated a stream of research and activity that has presented the world’s poor as an opportunity for innovation, partnerships and profitable growth. Others have raised concerns with this market-development approach and pointed to limited empirical research (Karnani, 2007; Landrum, 2007). Some initiatives have begun tracking the efforts of MNCs in the BoP and suggest a second generation of corporate BoP strategies that include “co-invention and business co-creation” (Simanis and Hart, 2008, 2).

This conference will bring together academic researchers, especially those working across Southern Africa, to deepen our understanding of how organisations can more effectively engage in the BoP. The conference will provide an opportunity for researchers to present conceptual and empirical papers across a range of topics related to the BoP context.

A field trip and experiential learning opportunity will be designed into the conference programme, as well as an opportunity to engage with practitioners currently developing and executing BoP strategies in Southern Africa. Arrangements are currently also underway for the conference to host a visiting delegation from Danish Industry investigating suitable BoP strategies.

A special edition of the accredited and internationally indexed South African Journal of Business Management has been confirmed for revised versions of the five best papers presented at the conference.

Submission and communication deadlines:

Abstract submissions: 12 May 2009 (400-500 words)
Notification of abstract acceptance: 15 May 2009
Submission of completed papers: 31 July 2009 (5500-6000 words)
Notification of paper acceptance: 1 September 2009

For any queries, please contact Michael Goldman, Senior Lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science at goldmanm@gibs.co.za or on +27-11-7714127.


Karnani, A. G. (2007) The Mirage of Marketing to the Bottom of the Pyramid. California Management Review, 49(4), 90-111.

Landrum, N. E. (2007) Advancing the “Base of the Pyramid” debate. Strategic Management Review, 1(1), 1-12.

Nussbaum, B. (2009) 5 Ways To Innovate In A Recession. BusinessWeek, Retrieved February 5, 2009, from http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/NussbaumOnDesign/archives/2008/02/5_ways_to_innov.html

Prahalad, C. K. & Hart, S. L. (1998) The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Strategy+Business, 26, 54-67.

Simanis, E. & Hart, S. L. (2008) The Base of the Pyramid Protocol: Toward Next Generation BoP Strategy. New York: Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. Retrieved February 5, 2009, from http://www.bop-protocol.org.

Call for Papers: Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference

CFP - Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference - Liverpool - Nov 3-6, 2009

Call for Papers: 32nd ISBE Conference, Liverpool, UK, 3rd -6th November 2009

This year, the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) will host their annual research conference in Liverpool, from 3rd – 6th November. ISBE is the UK’s premier network for those involved in the advancement of small business and entrepreneurship research, education and practice. Our annual conference is now Britain’s leading forum for promoting, disseminating and debating contemporary issues in small business and entrepreneurship research.

We invite you to join us this November to experience Liverpool’s vibrant entrepreneurial and community spirit, and witness the fantastic scale of local regeneration which helped win Liverpool the title of “European Capital of Culture” in 2008. The NOVAS Contemporary Urban Centre (this year’s conference venue) is right in the heart of Liverpool’s Independent Arts Quarter and is a creative entrepreneurial case study in its own right.

The conference website is now open for paper submissions across a range of different entrepreneurship and business management tracks. Case Studies platforming real life entrepreneurs and best practice examples are also welcome. As part of our Celebration of three decades of excellence in entrepreneurship research, accepted papers will also be considered for a range of international journal and book publication opportunities. Please
see: www.isbe.org.uk (and click on ISBE Conference) for details, or use the link below:


MTC authors are particularly welcome as, if we are sufficient in number, we would hope to hold a meeting at the conference. So, be sure to e-mail me separately if you are planning to attend (colette.henry@dkit.ie).

Call for Papers: Business Research in India

Journal of Management Development
Call for Papers: Special issue on “Business Research in India"
Guest Editor: Dr. Rajesh K Pillania, Management Development Institute, India
Honorary Chairman, Institute for Emerging Markets, India.

Relevance and Importance of the Topic

We are in the knowledge economy and research has a key role in increasing the knowledge base and has gained increased significance. India is one of the fastest growing economies and the role and significance of India in the global economy is continuously increasing. One after another studies have projected India as one of leading future economy. India offers enormous opportunities to both individuals and organizations. At the same time India also provide numerous challenges. Business research has an important role in the Indian growth story. Contributions are invited on various aspects of business research in India.

A Suggested List of Topical Areas:
A list of suggested topics includes but is not limited to the following:
Ø History and Growth of Business Research in India
Ø Special Issues in Indian context
Ø Environment for Business Research in India
Ø Research in Indian Business Schools/Universities
Ø Research in Indian Business Houses
Ø Emerging Issues in Business Research
Ø Challenges for Business Research in India
Ø Future of Business Research in India

The Journal of Management Development draws together the thinking and research relating to the role played by managers in their immediate environment, and the ways in which they can widen their responsibilities to take on larger roles. The main objective of the journal is to provide an international communication medium for all those working in the management development field whether from industry, consulting or academic institutions.Empirical approaches, case studies, analytical modeling, and conceptual/theoretical papers are all encouraged. The guidelines for authors are available on the journal website at: http://info.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=jmd.
Electronic submissions through email are preferred.

Deadline for Submission of Papers September 30, 2009
Notification of Acceptance December 31, 2009
Expected Publication Date Early 2010

Contact information
Prof. Rajesh K Pillania, Ph.D.
E-Mail: r_pillania@yahoo.com

Monday, March 30, 2009

Call for Papers: American Society For Competitiveness

Call for Papers Twentieth Annual Conference : American Society For Competitiveness (ASC)
Transformation: Sustaining Competitiveness in an Interdependent World

October 29-31, 2009 Washington, D.C. area

Marriott Tysons Corner 8028 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182
Tel: 703-734-3200 Fax: 703-734-5763 Toll-free: 800-228-9290

An excellent opportunity to:
• Interact with scholars, business leaders, and government leaders from all over the world
• Discuss research findings and current practices pertaining to the various facets and sources of competitiveness to survive and succeed in today’s global marketplace
• Present your paper in a very congenial and professional conference environment
• Publish your article in peer-reviewed Cabell’s journals

For the last two decades, the Conference has been bringing together leaders from business, government, and academia to share and discuss ideas, to reflect on experiences and approaches, and to strengthen the spirit of cooperation and collaboration for improved competitiveness.
Papers dealing with national, regional, and global strategies related to the themes suggested on the back page are welcome. Panels and symposia that highlight emerging theories, cutting-edge research or best corporate practices are also sought. Special consideration will be given to papers, abstracts, and symposia proposals that facilitate exchange between scholars and practitioners. In addition, proposals for panels will be considered. Please see back page for suggested themes.

A sample of business, academic, and government leaders that participated in recent ASC Conferences:
· Elaine L. Chao, U.S.Secretary of Labor
· Michael Porter, Harvard University
· Alex Trotman, CEO, Ford Motor Co.
· Robert Galvin, Chairman & CEO, Motorola
· Herb Kelleher, CEO, Southwest Airlines
· Philip Crosby, Philip Crosby Associates II
· Andrew Young, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN
· Timothy Muris, Chairman, U.S. Federal Trade Commission

The American Society for Competitiveness The American Society for Competitiveness is an association of academics, business executives, and policy makers who share a commitment to improving competitiveness at individual, firm, industry, country, region and global levels. Established nearly two decades back to provide a forum for the interdisciplinary and cross-sector communication needed to address competitiveness, the Society fosters the exchange of information and ideas among individuals who bring differing perspectives and expertise to the issue. The Society publishes scholarly journals and offers national awards.

All competitive papers will be published in the Society’s Annual Research Volume--Competition Forum (listed in the Cabell’s Directory and on several online databases including EBSCO). At least one author is required to attend the conference. Highly competitive papers are invited for publication in one of the following journals-– Advances in Competitiveness Research and Competitiveness Review.

The deadline for the receipt of submitted papers and abstracts is July 17, 2009. To facilitate the blind peer review process, the first page should include: Title of paper, authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and phone and fax number(s). The second page should repeat the paper title but should contain no information that would identify author or institution. Publication style guidelines of the American Psychological Association may be used. Please mail four copies (or e-mail 1 copy) of the paper, abstract or symposium proposal to:
Prashanth Nagendra Bharadwaj, Academic Program Chair American Society for Competitiveness
664 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705
E-mail: pnb@iup.edu (www.eberly.iup.edu/asc)
Phone: 724-357-4880 Fax: 724-357-5743

Conceptual papers, empirical studies as well as case studies in all areas of business are welcome.

Few Suggested Themes:
Managing the Knowledge-Based Firm
• Intellectual Property
• Privacy and Confidentiality in
Today’s Knowledge Based Society
• Free Agent/Agile Workforce and HR Issues
Global Competition
• China, India and the World
• WTO and Global Trade Issues
• Competition in the Service Sector
• Corporate Alliances, Mergers and Acquisitions
• Energy and Global Politics
Corporate Responsibility and Global Compact
• Protection of International Human Rights
• Role of Non-Government Organizations
• Impact of National Differences in Work Practices
Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Institutions and
Resource Allocation
• Competing for Resources
• The Dynamics of Firms and States
• Repatriation of Foreign Profits
• Immigration Reform
Privatization and Market Change
• Privatization in Global Markets
• Regulation, Deregulation, and Re-regulation
• Corporate Governance
• Geopolitics and Global Business
Competing in Dynamic Global Industries
• Telecommunications and Multimedia
• Healthcare—Insurance & Legal Issues
• Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industries
• E-Commerce & Supply Chain Management
Frauds and Corporate Scandals

Call for Papers: 2nd EuroMed Conference

The EuroMed Academy of Business announces the2nd Annual EuroMed Conference
October 26-28, 2009
Hosted by the University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy

Conference Chairs

  • Prof. Gerardo Metallo
  • Dr. Maria Teresa Cuomo, University of Salerno, Italy

Conference Organising Committee

Prof. Elio Iannuzzi, Prof.Carmen Gallucci, Prof. Vittoria Marino, Prof. Alfonso Siano, Dr. Mario Testa and Dr. Debora Tortora, University of Salerno, Italy

Key Note Speakers

  • Prof. Michael R. Czinkota, Georgetown University, USA
  • Prof. Oded Shenkar, Ohio State University, USA

The 2nd EuroMed Academy of Business Annual Conference has two goals. The first is to provide a global platform for different academic and professional approaches (i.e. empirical, conceptual, practical, as well as multidisciplinary approach, case studies, etc) and discussions on recent managerial and entrepreneurial developments in this turbulent region and the world. The second goal is to provide the opportunity for young scholars, practitioners and PhD students to have their work reviewed, encouraged and commented on within a supportive academic and professional community of colleagues from different international contexts.

The EuroMed Research Business Institute (EMRBI) www.emrbi.com is an international research institute, with country directors in all the main countries of the region who are supported by an advisory board of scholars from the leading universities.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2009

Please submit your paper or abstract to EMRBI@ymail.com by strictly following the author guidelines of the EuroMed Journal of Business found at http://info.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/author_guidelineshtm
Abstracts should be up to 750 words and based at the guidelines given at http://info.emeraldinsight.com/authors/guides/abstracts.htm

Manuscripts (including abstracts) will be double blind reviewed. Please indicate, on the first page of the manuscript, the track (only one) for submission.

All accepted full papers and abstracts will be published in the Conference Book Proceedings (with an ISBN number).

A selection of the best conference papers will be published in the EuroMed Journal of Business www.emeraldinsight.com/emjb.htm (the official Journal of EMRBI).

The best competitive and student papers will be awarded at the conference.

The maximum number of papers presented by each author (either leading author or co-author) is three.

Symposium and Professional Development Workshops (PDW)

The EuroMed Symposiums and Professional Development Workshops (PDW) (for example, professional to scholars) are platforms for colleagues to share knowledge and expertise and foster the professional development of workshop participants. It is also an opportunity to develop innovative and creative symposium with the view of enriching participants and generate a high standard scholarly gathering. Our goal is to have sessions that encourage new thoughts and innovative research directions. The submission should not exceed three pages and should be submitted by at least three scholars whose participation in the conference would be necessary.

Doctoral Consortium

The 2nd EuroMed Academy of Business Annual Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral students representing all areas of business to explore their research interests in a unique interdisciplinary and interactive workshop with a panel of distinguished research faculty. Papers and abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings.

Questions and inquiries about manuscripts, track chairs, review process, guidelines etc. should be sent to either of the Vice Presidents, Dr Rudi Kaufmann and Shlomo Tarba at EMRBI@ymail.com

Other Important Deadlines

Notification to the authors: August 06, 2009
Early-bird registration: Till September 28, 2009
Late registration: After September 28, 2009

Bus Tours: details about organised bus tours, to the beautiful sites of Salerno and nearby areas such as Amalphi beach, Capri, Naples, Pompeii ruins etc. will soon be published on the website.
Programme Tracks and Track Chairs

1. International and regional trade and economics in the Euromed zone. Amir Shoham, College of Management, Rishon LeZion, Israel, amir1s@colman.ac.il

2. Venture capital backed entrepreneurship - Aspects and trends. Avi Messica, College of Management, Israel, messica@netvision.net.il
3. M&A management and perspectives: Process and practice of M&A, global expansion via M&A, post-merger integration, knowledge transfer, and performance. Satu Teerikangas, Helsinki University of Technology, satu.teerikangas@tkk.fi, Audrey Rouzies, University of Toulouse, audrey.rouzies@iut-tlse3.fr, Emanuel Gomes, Coventry University, e.gomes@coventry.ac.uk, and Daniel Dauber, Vienna University of Economics and Business, daniel.dauber@wu-wien.ac.at

4. Organizational behavior: Leadership, motivation, job design, team work, organizational citizenship. Yitzhak Fried, Syracuse University, yfried@syr.edu
5. Agriculture trade and businesses: customer behaviour, labour management, marketing, real estate. Sara Edom, Ashkelon Academic College, edomdr@hotmail.com
6. Transnational and immigrant entrepreneurship (this track focuses on papers regarding how transnational and immigrant entrepreneurs examine the process of seeking and exploiting business opportunities). Israel Drori, College of Management, israeld@colman.ac.il

7. International business and management: Multinational enterprises, comparative business-government relations, reasons for direct foreign investment, internationalization theory, joint ventures and strategic partnerships. Erika Vaiginiene, Vilnius University, erika.vaiginiene@ef.vu.lt and Yaakov Weber, College of Management, Rishon LeZion, Israel.

8. Strategic management: Competitive strategy, business unit strategy, corporate strategy. Shlomo Tarba, College of Management, Rishon LeZion, Israel, tarba2003@gmail.com
9. Accounting and control: Comparative studies in accounting and auditing, adoption of new international financial reporting standards (IFRS), performance evaluation systems. Dan Elnatan, College of Management, danel@colman.ac.il
10. Tourism marketing in Mediterranean Region: The influences of global economic recession on tourism. Liljana Elmazi- Billa, University of Tirana, Albania, lilibilla@yahoo.com

11. Case study track. Yaakov Weber, College of Management, Israel yaakovw@colman.ac.il
12. The influence of branding from the consumer behavioral perspective in both product and service industry: Branding implications on customer retention and customer loyalty. Mohammad Fateh Ali Khan Panni, City University, fkpanni@yahoo.com

13. New perspectives on the banking and finance market under times of duress. Simona Mihai Yiannaki, European University, Cyprus, S.Mihai@euc.ac.cy
14. Energy security – The global challenge. Olga Klaas, LUKOIL Overseas Cyprus Ltd. and Russian State Oil&Gas University, OKlaas@lukoil-overseas.com.cy

15. Sustainable development and retailing: Cleaner production and environmental management systems, supply chain management, and education and information of customers. Sanda Renko, University of Zagreb, Croatia srenko@efzg.hr
16. Cause related marketing, Marlen Demetriou, University of Nicosia, Cyprus, Demetriou.m@unic.ac.cy

17. Technology application management in banking: Business process reengineering, customer satisfaction, payment system, risk management, financial integration, financial stability. Saroj Datta, Indian Institute of Technology, saroj@vgsom.iitkgp.ernet.in and Sukanya Kundu, Institute of Management Technology, Centre for Distance Learning, sk54015@gmail.com
18. Celebritiy advertisement and business performance: Use of celebrity in breaking media clutter; celebrity-target audience connectivity; risk analysis,principle of congruity and brand image management. Saroj Datta, Indian Institute of Technology, saroj@vgsom.iitkgp.ernet.in and Supriyo Patra, George College, supriyo_patra@rediffmail.com.
19. The global financial crisis, waves in the high-tech industry, emergence of the new markets, and acceleration of the globalization process. Yaron Timmor, Tel-Aviv University and Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, timmor@idc.ac.il
20. Organizational behavior and organization theory in the Mediterranean regional context: Cross-cultural interactions and transformations in learning, training and development, and their implications for practice. Peter Stokes, University of Central Lancashire, UK, PStokes@uclan.ac.uk
21. Culture implications on performance. Orly Yeheskel, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaffo, orlyyehe@mta.ac.il
22. Value based management: Value definition, measurement, and management of value drivers. Bernd Britzelmaier, Pforzheim University, bernd@britzelmaier.de
23. Systems thinking: Identifying and solving real-world problems, the interactions between the different parts of the system, and their practical implications for improving organizational performance. Harry Kogetsidis, University of Nicosia, Cyprus, kogetsidis.h@unic.ac.cy
24. Collaboration, social and professional networking: Management through global virtual collaboration teams. Charles Wankel, St. John’s University, USA, wankelc@stjohns.edu

25. Religious tourism in the Mediterranean countries. Vitor Ambrosio, Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Turismo do Estoril, Portugal, vitor.ambrosio@eshte.pt
26. Service marketing: Research modelling, service quality, web-marketing, consumer behaviour. José Luís Abrantes, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu. jlabrantes@estv.ipv.pt
27. Customer satisfaction management in the service industry. Olivera Jurkovic-Majic, Maja Martinovic, and Ivana Busljeta Banks, Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Croatia, ibanks@zsem.hr
28. Ηow to succeed in cross-cultural environments: A managerial perspective on ethnocentrism, cross-cultural communications, negotiations, and leadership in multicultural contexts. Carmen Rodriguez Santos, University of Leon, Spain. carmen.santos@unileon.es and Evangelos Tsoukatos, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece, tsoukat@sdo.teiher.gr

29. HR development: Workforce training, career development, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, occupational health, and the influence of different HR practices on firm performance. Grégor Bouville, Université de Rennes 1, gregor.bouville@wanadoo.fr

30. Risk management: The emerging management skill. Yossi Raanan, College of Management, Rishon LeZion, yraanan@colman.ac.il

31. The role of the manager in turbulent international environments: Differences between informal and formal decision making, new market penetration modes, and headquarter-subsidiary interrelationships. Christiane Prange, EM Lyon Business School, prange@em-lyon.com

32. Marketing management in services industries: Health care marketing,
telecommunications-mobile marketing, bank marketing, educational
marketing, restaurant marketing, and crisis management in service industry. Constantinos Vasilios Priporas, University of Macedonia, Greece, cpriporas@gmail.com

33. Law and Economics: Defining reasons for disinvestment in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, exploring the inefficient judicial system and complicated, non- responsive public administration accompanied by corruption.
Ljerka Mintas Hodak, Zagreb School of Economics and Management, ljerka.mintas.hodak@zsem.hr and Jasenka Zaninovic, Law Office, Zagreb, Croatia, lawoffice.zaninovic@optinet.hr

34. Identity and the creative industries: The interplay between identity and engagement with the creative industries and consumption of cultural and creative products. Hilary Collins, Euromed Toulon and Bernard Paranque, Euromed Marseille, France, Bernard.Paranque@euromed-management.com

35. Corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. Mehdi Majidi, The American University of Paris, mmajidi@aup.fr

36. Pricing strategies in times of recession: Discounts, rebates, price sensitivity of customers, and their impact on firm performance. Andreas Hinterhuber, Hinterhuber & Partners Strategy Pricing Leadership, Innsbruck, Austria and Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, andreas@hinterhuber.org

37. International financial markets during turmoil periods: Behavior of various financial instruments such as bonds, stocks, mutual funds etc., and their impact in Meditternean region. Hasan F. Baklaci, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey, hasan.baklaci@izmirekonomi.edu.tr

38. Mass Customization and personalization of content and services in the new digital business environments: Internet and mobile computing in context of e-business and global economy. Panagiotis Germanakos, University of Nicosia, Cyprus, germanakos.p@unic.ac.cy

39. Leadership and Leader-Member Exchange. Ismatilla Mardanov, Southeast Missouri State University, USA, imardanov@semo.edu
40. Crisis management in the tourism sector. Christos Vassiliadis, University of Macedonia, and Zissis Maditinos, University of Macedonia, Greece, mady@uom.gr
41. Strategic alliances in a turbulent economy: Network perspective, product vs. service alliances, temporary vs. permanent alliances. Luca Petruzzellis and Salvatore Romanazzi, University of Bari, Italy, salvatore.romanazzi@gmail.com

42. Knowledge management: Capturing, codifying and transferring the knowledge. Geoff Turner, University of Nicosia, Cyprus, turner.g@unic.ac.cy

43. Entrepreneurship in context of complexity: Local versus global entrepreneurship, types of entrepreneurial businesses. Massimiliano Berardi, Universita' degli Studi di Foggia, Italy, m.berardi@mail.unifg.it
44. The competitiveness of district firms in the era of global crisis. Elio Iannuzzi, University of Salerno, Italy, eiannuzz@unisa.it
45. Cultural heritage in the context of tourism industry: Branding and promoting destinations, and the role of festivals, traditional food and beverages on the firm competiveness. Werner Gronau, University of Nicosia, Cyprus, gronau.w@unic.ac.cy

46. Supply chain management: Supplier-buyer and customer-seller relationships, purchasing, logistics, and distribution. Abu Bakar A. Hamid, University of Technology, Malaysia, m-abakar@utm,my and bakarhamid@hotmail.com

47. Cultural Differences in Global Business: Overcoming barriers existing across national borders, managing business negotiations abroad, intercultural sensitivity. Tugba Kalafatoglu, Tugba Kalafatoglu Associates, Turkey, tugba@tugbakalafatoglu.com
48. Regional competitiveness and performance in the global context. Milena Viassone, University of Turin, Italy, viassone@econ.unito.it
49. Internationalisation and innovation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Mediterranean region. Stefano Bresciani, University of Turin, bresciani@econ.unito.it

50. Marketing across culture with specific focus on services marketing, customer relationship management (CRM) aspects in marketing and E-Business. Satya Dash, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, India, satya@iiml.ac.in

51. European and global business innovation system policy, analysis and management techniques: Economics and business strategy viewpoints on innovation, innovation systems in several sectors and regions – business clustering. Ioannis Papadopoulos, Department of Wood & Furniture Technology & Design, Karditsa, Greece, papad@teilar.gr, Glykeria Karagkouni, Department of Wood & Furniture Technology & Design, Karditsa, Greece, and karagg@teilar.gr and Marios Trigkas, Department of Wood and Furniture Technology& Design,
Karditsa, Greece, mtrigkas@cereteth.gr

52. Wine marketing and branding in the global arena. Demetris Vrontis, School of Business, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus, vrontis.d@unic.ac.cy

Call for Papers: Business And Marketing Strategies For Central & Eastern Europe

Business And Marketing Strategies For Central & Eastern Europe
December 3 - 5, 2009
Arcotel Hotel Wimberger Vienna Austria
17th Annual conference of the Institute of International Business, Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Department of Marketing, College of Commerce, DePaul University Chicago.
Empirical research, case studies or discussion sessions are sought which address such topics as comparative analysis of conditions for doing business in CEE, market entry mode decisions and marketing-mix-decisions for markets in CEE, financial strategies for opening CEE markets.
Abstracts of the papers, in English, should be received by September 15, 2009.
The final papers must be ready by November 1, 2009. For more information or to send abstracts contact either of the conference sponsors:
Prof. Dr. Reiner Springer
Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria,
E-mail: Reiner.Springer@wu-wien.ac.at or
Prof. Dr. Petr Chadraba
Department of Marketing, College of Commerce
DePaul University, Chicago, USA
E-mail: pchadrab@depaul.eduor visit http://www.wu-wien.ac.at/inst/auha/

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Call for Papers: Entreneurship and Africa

Conference on Entrepreneurship and Africa

Syracuse University’ Africa Business Program, the Whitman School of Management and the Kiebach Center for International Business Studies cordially invite you to participate in our First Africa Business Conference. The Conference will be held at Syracuse University, August 20-22, 2009. You are welcome to submit a paper for presentation or organize a session.

The Conference will focus on the nature and implications of entrepreneurship in Africa. Manuscripts may address any phase or aspect of the entrepreneurial process such as start-up, finance, growth, management, and influences of and effects on economic development. Studies may focus solely on one country or on comparisons between countries. Manuscripts presented at the conference will be seriously considered for publication in a Special Issue on Africa, to be published by the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship (JDE).

The following are examples of topics of submitted manuscripts:

1. Women and Entrepreneurship
2. Roots of entrepreneurship in Africa
3. Special Opportunities and Challenges faced by entrepreneurs
4. Entrepreneurship and economic reforms
5. Cross-country comparisons and implications
6. The use of social networks (domestic and global).
7. Entrepreneurship in the midst of regional conflict and global turbulence
8. Regional differences
9. Public Policy
10. Entrepreneurship education
11. Financing Issues

The deadline for abstracts is April 30, 2009. Notification will be made by May 15, 2009. If accepted, completed papers should be submitted by July 25, 2009. Please submit electronically africabusiness@syr.edu.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Call for Papers: Finance, Economics and Business Technologies

Global Commerce Conference cordially invites you to participate in the conferences below (See the end of the CFP for other upcoming conferences).

The International Conference on Finance, Economics and Business Technologies
Theme: The Housing Market and the Global Economic Outlook
Date/Venue: June 19-20, 2009, Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel
*Conference hotel rate: $89.00 per night plus tax valid until May 28, 2009
*Mention Global Commerce Forum to get this rate.
Paper Submission Deadline: April 15, 2009
Send to: Lpowanga@globalcommerceforum.org or info@globalcommerceforum.org.

Registration Fees:
Global Commerce Forum Network Members $195.00
Students* $195.00
Early Bird Specials (before April 15) $299.00
Registration (After April 15) $350.00
* Proof of registration within the past year must accompany payment to get this fee.
Check www.globalcommerceforum.org for online payment send money orders or checks to Global Commerce Forum/Malk Management Consulting Group, P.O Box 7, Arvada, CO 80001. USA.
Registration includes a welcome and networking reception on the evening of June 18 (6.00PM to 7.30PM) and a luncheon on June 19. ____

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Call for Papers: Congreso Colombiano de Relaciones Internacionales

Primer Congreso Colombiano de Relaciones Internacionales
Universidad del Norte
Barranquilla, Colombia
Septiembre 3 y 4, 2009

Con motivo de la constitución de la Red Colombiana de Relaciones Internacionales (REDINTERCOL), que busca fomentar el intercambio y colaboración entre los profesores e investigadores en Relaciones Internacionales de todo el país, el Departamento de Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad del Norte invita al Primer Congreso Colombiano de Relaciones Internacionales, a tener lugar los días 3 y 4 de septiembre de 2009 en las instalaciones de la Universidad del Norte, en Barranquilla.

El Congreso busca crear un espacio dentro del cual compartir y socializar los trabajos de investigación que se estén realizando en Colombia sobre diversos temas internacionales, así como promover un debate acerca de los retos principales que enfrenta la enseñanza y la investigación de las Relaciones Internacionales en Colombia hoy.

La convocatoria está abierta para profesores y estudiantes de Doctorado y Maestría en Relaciones Internacionales. Los estudiantes de pregrado podrán participar en calidad de asistentes.

Las propuestas de ponencias se organizarán en torno a tres líneas temáticas amplias:

  • Las relaciones internacionales de Colombia
  • Seguridad e integración
  • Globalización


A partir del 16 de Marzo de 2009 se abrirá formalmente la convocatoria para la presentación de propuestas de trabajos, las cuales podrán ser remitidas al siguiente correo: congreso_rel_int@uninorte.edu.co

La fecha límite para el envío de propuestas de trabajos será el 15 de mayo 2009.

A más tardar el 15 de julio 2009 los organizadores del Congreso avisarán sobre la aceptación de las propuestas y su inclusión dentro de una mesa específica.

Los trabajos completos deben enviarse a más tardar el 15 de agosto 2009.


Para ponentes y participantes. Las fechas para realizar inscripciones serán hasta el 15 de mayo, en el caso de ponentes, y el 15 de julio, en el caso de asistentes.

La inscripción no tendrá ningún costo para los miembros de ACCPOL. Para el caso de ponentes no miembros de ACCPOL y para los asistentes en general el costo será de COL $50000.
Para los alumnos de pregrado la inscripción tendrá un valor de COL $30000.

Se buscarán tarifas especiales en varios hoteles de Barranquilla, así como con Avianca, para facilitar la movilización de los participantes al Congreso.

Call for Papers: Global Business and Organizational Excellence: A Review of Research & Best Practices

Global Business and Organizational Excellence: A Review of Research & Best Practices

A Publication of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Global Business and Organizational Excellence: A Review of Research and Best Practices (GBOE) is an international journal directed to executives, managers, and consultants in business, government, and nonprofit organizations, and to faculty and students of business and management. Authors should keep in mind the uniqueness of this journal in its focus on real-life, practical ways that organizations can achieve excellence. Articles should therefore detail best practices and be highly practitioner-oriented in order to fulfill these needs and expectations.

Mission Statement

Now located in Marseilles, France and New York, USA, the newly re-launched Global Business & Organizational Excellence: A Review of Research & Best Practices published six times a year, provides executives and managers in business and government, academicians, human resources specialists, and consultants with timely information on strategies and techniques that organizations around the world are using to excel – that is, to effectively enhance their performance and competitive position in a global economy – while meeting the needs of all their stakeholders, including their employees, customers, owners, and communities.

Rapidly increasing globalization has made it necessary for organizational leaders and scholars to more actively share best practices and research findings relevant to corporate success in all countries and cultures. GBOE encourages the development of such innovative ideas and new methods of management practices, with topical areas in all aspects of international business, including production, human resource management, marketing, and finance, as well as analysis of cross-cultural, economic, public policy, sociological, technological, and environmental issues as they pertain to business and organizational operations.

Editorial Guidelines for Authors

Content requirements: Manuscripts are considered for publication with the understanding that they represent original material and are offered exclusively and without fee to Global Business and Organizational Excellence. Articles must not have been published previously and may not simultaneously be submitted elsewhere. We seek material that will offer our readership new insights into, and new approaches to, organizational competitiveness, profitability, and work effectiveness, with topical areas including all aspects of international business.

Articles should be informative, analytical, and practical, but not highly technical. They should exhibit clarity, brevity, and pertinence, with short and clear titles. All accepted manuscripts are subject to editing. A brief – 50 words or less – biographical sketch of the author should accompany the article. The sketch should name the author’s position, company, or other professional organization, and field of expertise. A 100- to 125-word summary of the article should also be provided.

Submission requirements: Global Business and Organizational Excellence publishes both general-interest articles and academically refereed articles.
All unsolicited general-interest manuscripts should be discussed with or sent to Jane G. Bensahel, Editor-in-Chief, Global Business and Organizational Excellence, 212-852-0360 or janebensahel@earthlink.net
All unsolicited articles to be academically refereed should be discussed with or sent to Yahia Zoubir, Editor-in-Chief, Global Business and Organizational Excellence, +33 (0)4 91 827 347 or GBOE@euromed-marseille.com.

Articles should range from 3,000 - 7,500 words (12-30 pages in 12-point serif font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins on all sides, and with manuscript pages numbered). Articles and their accompanying exhibits may be submitted via e-mail. Alternatively, prospective authors should submit one hard copy of the manuscript, printed on one side only of 8-1/2”x11” or A4 paper, along with a CD-ROM containing (a) an electronic copy of the article, preferably as a Word document, (b) any tables, also in Word, and (c) all other exhibits in black/white, in .tiff or .eps format or as a PowerPoint file. Also, authors who have used any lengthy quotations must send photocopies of original sources so that we may confirm the absolute accuracy of the quotation.

Inquiries and indications of interest are most welcome.

Call for Papers: Knowledge migration, communication and value change

Cross Cultural Management
Special issue - Knowledge migration, communication and value change

Guest Editors
Katharina Chudzikowski, Gerhard Fink and Wolfgang Mayrhofer
WirtschaftsuniversitÌt Wien, Austria

Managing individuals and organizations successfully in turbulent and highly diverse contexts requires, among others, a better understanding of commonalities and differences of these contexts, their unique demands and their changes over time. In particular, knowledge and knowledge flows across various kinds of boundaries, interaction processes among and between different types of individual and collective actors and the role of basic assumptions and action-related values play a key role. In this special issue of Cross Cultural Management, which provides a focused academic platform for encouraging research on cross-cultural aspects of management, work and organization, we would welcome empirical and conceptual papers in the following areas:
  • Specific knowledge required for individual and organizational goal achievement in culturally mixed settings
  • Boundaries inhibiting and promoting knowledge flows
  • The role of knowledge migration for individual and organizational effectiveness
  • Different forms of knowledge migration
  • Specifics of communication processes in turbulent and culturally mixed environments
  • The role of different forms of communication in knowledge migration processes
  • New media and communication in culturally mixed settings
  • The role of mass media in knowledge migration
  • Convergence, divergence or stasis? Individual and collective values and their development over time
  • The relationship of values and culture
  • Value changes between generations -- myth, reality or ?
  • Work-related values of young graduates and their implications for organizations and societies.

The special issue welcomes papers from a broad range of theoretical and methodological positions and is open to empirical as well as conceptual contributions related to the issues of knowledge migration, communication, and value change from the perspective of cross-cultural competence and management.

Additionally, selected papers submitted to the VIIIth IACCM Conference 2009 will be invited for publication in this special issue.

Deadline for submissions: 1 October 2009
Expected publication date: 2010

Submissions are made using Scholar One's Manuscript Central online submission system. This is accessible at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ccmij Please ensure that your submission complies with the journal's manuscript requirements which can be found on the journal homepage at: www.emeraldinsight.com/ccm.htm

Correspondence details of the Guest Editors

Dr Katharina Chudzikowski,
Interdisciplinary Group for Management and Organisational Behaviour,
WirtschaftsuniversitÌt Wien, Althanstrasse 51, A-1090 Wien, Austria
Web site: www.wu-wien.ac.at/inst/ivm
Tel: +43-1-313 36-4009
Fax: +43-1-313 36-90-4009
E-mail: Katharina.Chudzikowski@wu-wien.ac.at

Professor Gerhard Fink,
Research Institute for European Affairs,
WirtschaftsuniversitÌt Wien, Althanstrasse 39-45, A-1090 Wien, Austria
Web site: www.wu-wien.ac.at/wuw/institute/europainstitut/team/fink
Tel.: +43-1-313 36-4137
Fax: +43-1-313 36-90-4137
E-mail: gerhard.fink@wu-wien.ac.at

Professor Wolfgang Mayrhofer,
Interdisciplinary Group for Management and Organisational Behaviour,
WirtschaftsuniversitÌt Wien, Althanstrasse 51, A-1090 Wien, Austria
Web site: www.wu-wien.ac.at/inst/ivm
Tel: +43-1-313 36-4554
Fax: +43-1-313 36-90-4554
E-mail: wolfgang.mayrhofer@wu-wien.ac.at

Call for Papers: 4th Annual Financial Services Symposium

Full Papers, Research-in-Progress, Extended Abstracts and Case Studies are invited to
the 4th Annual Financial Services Symposium at St. John’s University
Downtown Manhattan Campus
101 Murray Street
New York City, NY USA

Symposium Date: September 4, 2009
Submission deadline: April 1, 2009

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Financial Services Institute at St. John’s University, I would like to invite you and your associates to participate in our 4th Annual Symposium. The Symposium will be held at our downtown Manhattan Campus on September 4, 2009 and organized around the theme Financial Services Regulation: Impact on Accounting, Management, and Marketing. The deadline for submitting detailed abstracts or papers is April 1, 2009. Final version of accepted papers is due on July 15, 2009.

All submitted papers/abstracts will go through a double-blind peer reviewing process and accepted papers will be published in conference proceedings. Several best papers will be published in the Review of Business ( an AUBER Award winner and refereed journal published by The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University)

Note: Papers and proposals should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to
Dr. Rong Qi at qir@stjohns.edu.

TRACKS: Papers that have not been published or presented elsewhere are welcomed in all areas related to financial services. Some of the tracks are:

Conference Theme:
  • Banking and Financial Regulation: Developments And Implication;
  • Banking: Payment Systems and Technology;
  • Issues In Cross Border Banking;
  • Working Capital and Treasury Management;
  • Investments: Strategies, Products, Venture Capital, Etc;
  • Behavioral Finance;
  • Risk Management and Insurance;
  • Ethics And Governance In Financial Services;
  • International Finance;
  • Monetary Policy And Financial Markets;
  • Micro-Banking: An Approach To Fight Poverty;
  • Financial Education And Cases In Financial Services;
  • Financial Markets In Emerging Countries: Privatization And Structural Reform;
  • Research And Search Methods: New Approaches And Innovation.

Conference Fee: Before July 15: $200; After July 15: $220

Conference fee includes:
Peer reviewed presentations and a hard copy of the proceedings
Breakfast, lunch, snacks and cocktail party

For more information contact:
Rong Qi
Economics & Finance
St. John's University
Jamaica, NY 11439 U.S.A.
Tel:(718) 990-7320

Call for Papers: 3rd Annual Copenhagen Conference on Partnerships

The 3rd Annual Copenhagen Conference on Partnerships "Creating Value through Knowledge Sharing in Inter-organizational Partnerships" & International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances
invite researchers to submit their papers to this timely conference. Selected papers will be considered for publication in the Special Issues of IJSBA.

Firms and organizations may significantly improve their knowledge and innovative capabilities by leveraging the skills of others through the transfer and sharing of knowledge with external partners. However, inter-organizational knowledge management is a complex phenomenon and in practice, successful sharing of knowledge is often not easy to achieve. The focus of this year’s conference is on how value is created through effective governance of knowledge sharing processes in inter-organizational partnerships.

This conference invites researchers and practitioners from a variety of fields to elaborate upon theoretical and practical issues related to the effective management of knowledge in strategic alliances and partnerships. While the focus will be on value-creation via knowledge management practices, we invite contributions within a range of related areas, such as (but not limited to):

  1. Performance measurement in alliances; how do/should firms measure the outcome of knowledge transfer and sharing?
  2. Motivation for knowledge sharing; how do/should firms and organizations encourage individuals and groups to share knowledge across organizational borders?
  3. Knowledge governance; how do/should firms organize activities for effective knowledge sharing?
  4. Trust and knowledge management; what is the role of social capital in inter-organizational knowledge sharing?

The purpose of the conference is to encourage dialogue between partnership professionals and academics. Both theoretical and empirical submissions are welcome. A cross-disciplinary and practical emphasis is particularly encouraged.

Submissions & Deadlines: Full Papers: 1 August 2009 to bn.smg@cbs.dk
Notification: 15 August 2009 Conference registration: 12 October 2009

More information: For further details we refer to the conference website
http://uk.cbs.dk/research_knowledge/konferencer/ccpOr contact: Bo Bernhard Nielsen, SMG bn.smg@cbs.dk

Call for Papers: 3rd Israel Strategy Conference

The 3rd Israel Strategy Conference (ISC 2009)
Call for Papers
Be’er Sheva, Israel
December 27-29, 2009
Submit a proposal at: www.isc.org.il
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2009

In a continuous effort to build a thriving international community of strategic management scholars and promote the field of strategic management in Israel, we are proud to announce the 3rd Israel Strategy Conference (ISC2009) to be held in Be’er Sheva, Israel, on December 27-29, 2009. The tentative program features several prominent keynote speakers including Jay Barney (Ohio State), Michael Hitt (Texas A&M), Anita McGahan (Toronto) and Harbir Singh (Wharton). ISC2009, sponsored by the Guilford Glazer School of Business & Management at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, offers a unique opportunity to explore recent developments and emerging issues in strategic management, as well as receive feedback on work-in-progress, and network with colleagues.

We invite paper proposals for possible presentation at the conference.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
A. Strategy formulation and implementation
B. Strategic planning and decision processes
C. Managing risk and uncertainty
D. Strategic control and reward systems
E. Resource development and allocation
F. Knowledge management
G. Internationalization and multinational corporations
H. Strategic alliances and networks
I. Diversification and portfolio strategies
J. Competitive strategy
K. Selection and behavior of general managers
L. Corporate venturing
M. Entrepreneurship
N. Corporate governance

Submission guidelines
ISC will consider unpublished original paper proposals relating to the above topics of interest. International and global perspectives are encouraged. Proposals can be conceptual or empirical, quantitative or qualitative. Published papers or papers that were accepted for publication prior to the submission deadline will not be considered for the conference. We seek to accept a relatively small number of high-quality papers that target top tier academic journals. Submitted papers will go through a double blind review. Submissions will be evaluated based on their academic rigor, relevance, and contribution to the field of strategic management. Accepted proposals will be assigned to paper sessions or interactive sessions based on this evaluation.

The deadline for online submissions of paper proposals is June 15th, 2009.
Paper proposals, written in English, should clearly identify the research questions and methodology. If available, the main results, implications, and contributions should be discussed. Paper proposals are limited to 2 pages of text and 1 page of references. Use double spacing with 1-inch margins and a font size no smaller than 11 pt. The title of your paper must be included in the header and should exactly match the title provided in the online submission form. Please do not include any author identifying information.

To submit the paper proposal, upload your proposal in a Word or PDF file format to the Submissions Section of the ISC website at: http://www.isc.org.il/ where guidelines will be provided. Presenting authors must be available to present their papers anytime during the conference. There will be no changes in the program to accommodate specific time preferences. An author may be designated as the presenter of only one paper, but can be listed as a co-author of up to 3 papers. Notices to authors will be sent in August, 2009, indicating whether the proposed paper has been accepted to a paper session or an interactive session.

ISC Best Paper Award
Select paper proposals which will receive the highest assessment in the review process will be nominated as finalists for the ISC Best Paper Award. The finalists will be asked to submit a full paper for an additional round of blind-review process by a distinguished panel of reviewers. The selected winner(s) of the ISC Best Paper Award will receive a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by Rotem Strategy.

After-conference trip to Eilat
Conference attendees can sign up for a tour of the Negev desert and a trip to the city of Eilat, one of Israel’s best tourist attractions. Special conference rates apply. Join us to celebrate the Sylvester in the Red Sea!

Conference registration
Registration to the conference will open on August, 2009 on the ISC website at http://www.isc.org.il/.
The conference registration fee is as follows:
Early registration fee: NIS 500
Early registration fee for students: NIS 400
Late registration fee: NIS 600
Late registration fee for students: NIS 500

Conference co-organizers
Niron Hashai (Hebrew University) - nironH@huji.ac.il
Dovev Lavie (Technion) - dlavie@tx.technion.ac.il
Ithai Stern (Northwestern University) - i-stern@kellogg.northwestern.edu

Advisory committee
Joel Baum (University of Toronto) - baum@rotman.utoronto.ca
David Brock (Ben Gurion University) - dmb@som.bgu.ac.il
Avi Fiegenbaum (Technion) - avif@ie.technion.ac.il
Zur Shapira (New York University) - zshapira@stern.nyu.edu
Brian Silverman (University of Toronto) - silverman@rotman.utoronto.ca

For additional information, visit the ISC website at http://www.isc.org.il/ or contact one of the conference co-organizers at info@isc.org.il.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Call for Papers: Globalization, Challenges for Managers, and Calls for Leadership

The 2nd Rikkyo University
International Business Studies Symposium: “Globalization, Challenges for Managers, and Calls for Leadership

June 12 – 13, 2009
Institute for Global Leadership
College of Business, Rikkyo University
Tokyo, Japan

Keynote speaker:
Professor Richard Steers
Vice Provost and Kazumitsu Shiomi Professor of Management and International Studies, Charles Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon

Following the collapse of the financial markets that began with the Wall Street in 2007 and spread around the world, globalization of business is entering uncharted waters. While most American firms are feeling the pain of the recession on an unprecedented scale, Japanese firms are agonizing all the more over the sudden stall of exports and the unprepared exposure of their global business operations.

Is the latest chapter of the globalization of business a temporary adjustment on a global scale, hence firms should hold the breath but stick to their existing business models and strategies? Or does it represent a major discontinuity, and firms should anticipate a qualitatively different set of challenges and start preparing for them? What do these challenges mean strategically and organizationally? What types of leadership are necessary for firms to cope with them?

The symposium will involve academia and industry in exploring issues and challenges of global business to management, organization, and leadership. Particular emphasis is placed on international dimensions of Japanese and Asian firms.

We welcome submissions of full papers of up to 20 pages exploring the conference theme. All submissions will be double-blind reviewed, and will be evaluated using the following criteria: relevance of the topic to the symposium theme, analytical rigor, and innovativeness, among others. Papers should be double-spaced, and should follow the referencing and formatting guidelines for the Journal of International Business Studies (see www.jibs.net). The paper presenters are invited to submit their manuscripts to the special edition of the Rikkyo Business Review.
  • Submission deadline: 27 April, 2009
  • Acceptance notification: 4 May, 2009

There will be no registration fee to participate in the symposium. However, it is the responsibility of the participants to cover their travel expenses.

Program Chair:
Dr. Shozo Inouye (inouyes@rikkyo.ac.jp)
Professor of Management, College of Business, Rikkyo University

Please electronically submit your paper (word or PDF format) by 27 April to:
Dr. Jun Ishikawa (jun@rikkyo.ac.jp)
Professor of Management, College of Business, Rikkyo University

College of Business: http://cob.rikkyo.ac.jp/e
Rikkyo University: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/

Toshiya Ozaki, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of International Business
Director of International Programs College of Business,
Rikkyo UniversityNishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku,
Tokyo, Japan
Tel: 81-3-3985-4077

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Call for Papers: Global Economic Crises and International Business

Journal of International Business
Call for Papers on: Global Economic Crises and International Business
Special issue in memory of John H. Dunning

Special Issue Editors
-Lemma W. Senbet, University of Maryland, LSenbet@rhsmith.umd.edu
-Alain Verbeke, University of Calgary, alain.verbeke@haskayne.ucalgary.ca
-Arjen van Witteloostuijn, University of Antwerp, arjen.vanwitteloostuijn@ua.ac.be
-Srilata A. Zaheer, University of Minnesota, szaheer@umn.edu

Deadline for submission: January 29, 2010
Tentative publication date: Winter 2011


This Special Issue is motivated by and in memory of John H. Dunning (Professor Emeritus, University of Reading and Rutgers University). Professor Dunning was one of the founders of the modern field of international business (IB) research, with a scholarly oeuvre spanning a
50-year period. His last public message, sent to the Academy of International Business Fellows just before he passed away on January 29, 2009, recommended that JIBS prepare a Special Issue devoted to "the various and unique causes and implications of the current world wide credit crunch and economic slow down; and what might be done to avoid this happening
again." He suggested that, "Articles might range from viewing the slowdown in an historical context, to considering a wholesale reconfiguration of international financial organisation, to the need for a moral upgrading of the institutions of global capitalism." His suggestion was triggered by the "last two years [which] have brought about the most amazing chain of events in the global market place that I can remember in my lifetime".

Special Issue Theme
This Call for Papers announces a Special Issue, designed around Dunning's theme, and specifically focused on insights from IB research into the current crisis of the global market economy. The global financial crisis, which struck most of the world's national and regional economic systems in 2008, has led to calls for further reflection on the economizing and value creating properties of both the micro-level and macro-level institutions of capitalism at the heart of this economic crisis. Moreover, the current crisis was preceded by earlier global financial crises, such as the 1997 Asian currency crisis, from which one might draw useful lessons for the current crisis.

John Dunning has undoubtedly been the most important intellectual force in IB research during the past half century. His eclectic paradigm representsm the core of modern IB theory and provides the intellectual foundation for much of the research published in JIBS. The eclectic paradigm builds upon three interrelated components:
(1) Ownership (or firm-specific) advantages, reflecting the resource-based view (RBV) related part of the framework.
(2) Location advantages, reflecting the main variables addressed by international economics, political science and modern institutional theory.
(3) Internalization advantages, using Coasean foundations to explain the existence and governance of MNEs, i.e., firms with value adding activities in two or more countries. Dunning's joint focus on firm-level resources, location characteristics (including macro-level institutions) and internalization/de-internalization challenges provides the scholarly basis for contemporary analysis of international business. In terms of Dunning's eclectic paradigm, eight research questions are proposed for this Special Issue:

1. Does MNE activity contribute to the severity of global economic crises or does the multinational character of many firms, on the contrary, allow mitigating some of the worst effects in terms of reducing firm bankruptcies, lay-offs, capital destruction, etc.? For example, to the extent that domestic MNE ownership advantages have been hollowed out because of poor management (as in financial services and automobiles), does this lead to societal spillover effects across borders and across large business networks? Alternatively, does the existence of large, well-run foreign MNEs allow the acquisition, absorption and redeployment across borders of valuable knowledge assets that have been poorly managed?

2. Should MNEs reassess the relative attractiveness of alternative locations for international business generally, and foreign direct investment specifically, depending on the severity of global economic crises and the appropriateness of policy responses in these locations? For example, a number of economic and financial governance mechanisms, including the US
capital market, have been described as best practice, created location advantages, to be emulated by other countries. Here, elements such as stringent disclosure rules, sophisticated financial accounting controls, relative absence of excessive government regulation impeding innovation and more generally the resilience and adaptation capability of the governance
mechanisms involved, have been viewed as instrumental to a macro-level platform for firm-level success. However, it now appears that the true nature of many of these created location advantages has been misunderstood, and that many economic actors have wrongly assessed the relative attractiveness and risks associated with seemingly optimal locations.

3. How do global economic/financial crises affect the internalization/de-internalization calculus of firms operating across borders (e.g., entry mode choices), especially in terms of de-internalizing activities previously conducted inside the firm, so as to improve flexibility and facilitate internal network control? The effects of economic and technological changes, as well as management innovations, on optimal internalization levels are well understood in the IB field, as are the implications of alternative policy regimes such as patent protection systems, bilateral and regional trading systems, international accounting standards, etc. However, the impact of a "black swan" catastrophic event on firm-level boundaries, especially in the international sphere, deserves special attention if it triggers needs for massive resource re-combinations by MNEs, especially those with international networks.

4. How do global economic crises affect government, public and managerial perceptions of the role of IB and MNEs in the world economy? How do global crises affect MNE-state relations? Are they more likely to be characterized by Dunning's optimistic, cooperative perspective or Vernon's pessimistic, conflictual perspective? Does a global economic crisis increase the
legitimacy of stakeholder management models found in firms outside the Anglo-Saxon world, rather than a shareholder management approach? Is there a renewed appreciation for micro-level governance models built on far-reaching cooperation between business firms and financial institutions, and between the firm and its workforce? Does the global crisis trigger a reflection in
large MNEs on their moral obligations, if any, vis-à-vis hard-hit local communities abroad where operations must be closed or downsized?

5. How do global crises affect corporate political (non-market) strategies? What roles do firms engaged in international business play when faced with contradictory demands for increased protectionism and improved regional/multilateral cooperation, triggered by a global or regional economic crisis? Any global crisis upsets existing competitive positions and trajectories, with some firms becoming "winners" and others "losers". Which types of firms are more likely to favor protectionism versus increased policy coordination at the regional and multilateral levels? The related question is how these firms will engage in the policy debate (e.g., firm-level versus industry-level lobbying, active intervention versus funding external actors, focus on domestic governments versus international organizations, etc.). How do MNEs shift the balance between their market and non-market-based strategies in response to global crises?

6. How are the organization and management of the multinational enterprise affected by global economic crises? How are intrafirm and interfirm innovation and knowledge flows affected? Do global economic crises encourage or discourage M&As and international strategic alliances? Are global supply chains being redesigned as a result of these crises? How do global economic crises affect MNE decisions such as the locus of R&D and innovation (centralized/decentralized, location), human resources management (e.g., revisiting the use of expatriates, trade-offs on global retrenchment decisions) and international marketing (e.g., revisiting standardization/customization and cutting or refocusing long-term branding efforts) decisions? Do global crises encourage "wait-and-see", early mover or faster exit strategies?

7. Since many global economic crises are launched by financial and/or currency crises (e.g., the 1997 Asian currency crisis), of particular interest are the international financial implications of global economic crises, at the firm, country and international levels. From a firm-level perspective, how is the international finance function within firms affected (e.g., exchange rate management; management of various exposure types; financial structure decisions; sourcing of financial resources, including access to credit and capital markets; comparative corporate governance issues from a finance perspective)? From a national and supra-national perspective, what are the implications for the banking, financing, insurance and accounting systems supporting international trade and investment (both portfolio and foreign direct investment), as well as for international financial markets in general and in emerging economies in particular?

8. From a macro-level perspective, how do global economic crises affect the national and supra-national institutions of capitalism? What roles are played by public international institutions (e.g., the IMF, World Bank, WTO), regulating and rating agencies that affect international transactions (e.g., BIS, IASB, Moody's), and international agreements (e.g., double tax treaties, bilateral investment treaties, codes of conduct)? All economic actors engaged in international business are affected by a variety of macro-level institutions of capitalism, many of these representing exogenous parameters for these actors. Each global economic crisis leads to societal debate on the efficiency, effectiveness and distributive equity impacts of these macro-level institutions, thereby potentially triggering large-scale governance redesign and a new umbrella for micro-level IB transactions. Is there a need for a "wholesale reconfiguration of international financial organisation" or for a "moral upgrading of the institutions of global capitalism", as suggested by Professor John Dunning?

Building upon the above, as IB scholars, we are particularly interested in how the current crisis of the global market economy affects international business through its impact on MNEs, including the entire range of internationally active firms, from entrepreneurial start-ups to the largest, global companies. We are equally interested in new forms of business-government interaction in the context of international policy coordination as well as renewed protectionism. Finally, we also want to gain new insight on changes in the macro-level institutions of capitalism that affect IB transactions. Here, we welcome creative thinking on the design of new, macro-level institutions aimed to prevent future economic crises. From a conceptual perspective, we do expect scholars submitting papers to understand the foundations of modern international business theory, as laid out by Professor Dunning, but do invite creative perspectives informed by any relevant scholarly discipline. Papers may address the antecedents or consequences of global economic/financial crises for international business, the nature of crises as they unfold internationally, and/or the role of international firms and markets in these crises, from both theoretical and empirical viewpoints. Papers may also examine global economic crises and consequences for firms from a comparative institutional or cultural perspective. Moreover, papers may address policy responses to such crises and formulate policy reforms of institutions and markets moving forward based on sound theories and empirics.

The Special Issue Editors have intentionally kept the above list of suggested topics short so as to stimulate creativity and thereby encourage prospective authors to adopt a variety of perspectives in approaching this subject. Key is that all submissions on global economic crises are viewed from an IB perspective. All submissions must fit within the domain statement of the journal and follow the JIBS policy statements including the Statement of Editorial Policy, Information for Contributors, Style Guide and Code of Ethics; see http://www.jibs.net .

Submission Process
All manuscripts will be reviewed as a cohort for this Special Issue.
Manuscripts must be submitted in the window between January 4 and January 29, 2010, at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jibs . Please select the option from the special issue drop-down menu in Manuscript Central that identifies your paper as a submission for the "Global Economic Crises and International Business" Special Issue, and include the words "Global Economic Crises and IB Special Issue Submission" on your title page. All submissions will go through the JIBS regular double-blind review process and follow the same norms and processes. As manuscripts are accepted for publication, they will be posted in the Advance Online Publication system on http://www.jibs.net .

For more information about this Call for Papers, please contact the Special Issue Editors or the JIBS Managing Editor (managing-editor@jibs.net ).

Anne Hoekman
Managing Editor, Journal of International Business Studies

JIBS Editorial Office
Academy of International Business
Michigan State University
Tel: +1-517-432-1452
Fax: +1-517-432-1009
E-mail: managing-editor@jibs.net
Web: http://www.jibs.net/

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Call for Papers: Currency, Credit and Crisis: In Search of Banking and Financial Stability

Currency, Credit and Crisis: In Search of Banking and Financial Stability

A Special Issue of the:
International Finance Review

Volume Editors:
J. Jay Choi, Temple University
Michael Papaioannou, International Monetary Fund

This edited book is scheduled as volume 10 of International Financial Review, an annual book series. The IFR publishes theme-oriented volumes on various issues in international finance, such as international business finance, international investment and capital markets, global risk management, international corporate governance and institution, currency markets, emerging market finance, international economic integration and related issues. IFR volumes 1-8 have been published by Elsevier Science; but starting with volume 9, Emerald Group Publishing, the U.K., publishes the series (http://astro.temple.edu/~jjchoi).

About the new volumen:

The edited volume on Currency, Credit and Crisis: In Search of Banking and Financial Stability will publish original papers that examine various issues concerning the structure and functioning of currency and credit markets and instruments, as well as their interactions with financial institutions and markets in general, in promoting or hindering financial stability on a local and global level. Economic and financial stability is also associated with the uses and misuses of derivative instruments and innovative financial products, as well as leverage, by public and private sector agents. In addition, the current global financial crisis has manifested the importance of the interlinkages between these instruments, markets and institutions, as well as inter-market and international spillovers of financial risks and vulnerabilities.

We encourage submission of manuscripts that investigate how individual currency and financial instruments and institutions, and their interactions, can affect local and/or global economic and financial stability. We also invite papers that examine how regulation of these instruments could prevent financial crises and the spread of contagion. All types of original papers – theoretical, empirical, or policy-oriented – will be considered.

Submission Procedure:
Interested authors are encouraged to contact volume co-editors as early as possible. Complete papers should be submitted, electronically in Microsoft Word, via email to both of the co-editors by April 30, 2009:


J. Jay Choi , Laura H. Carnell Professor of Finance and International Business, Fox School of Business, Temple University
E-mail: jjchoi@temple.edu
Michael Papaioannou, Senior Economist, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund
E-mail: mpapaioannou@imf.org

Call for Papers: Emergent drivers of shared business models in globalizing ecosystems

Call for Papers: Emergent drivers of shared business models in globalizing ecosystems
September 23-25, 2009
Jyväskylä, Finland

EBRF is an innovative, border-crossing research conference created in 2001 to understand business in knowledge society and to build a dedicated scholarly community representing a wide spectrum of perspectives. The 9th EBRF Conference calls for people from different backgrounds to present either fresh ideas or completed research, all in the spirit of building fruitful research co-operation across organizational boundaries and scientific disciplines.
In 2009, EBRF is paying special attention to the multiple facets of doing business in global
ecosystems. This calls for fitting methods, values, codes of conducts, systems, best practices and
entrepreneurial spirit to meet the rapidly evolving requirements of customers as well as all other stakeholders. We specifically ask the writers not only to suggest new solutions, but also to connect the ideas to the past 10 years of development in the fields of eBusiness and eServices to understand the fundamental drivers of the present and future phenomena.

General themes and responsible track chairs:
  • eBusiness technology, architecture and infrastructure
    Samuli Pekkola, Tampere University of Technology, Christian Huemer, TU Vienna,
  • Emergent business models and technology
    Marko Seppänen, Tampere University of Technology
  • Network value modeling”
    Jukka Heikkilä, University of Jyväskylä, Hannes Werthner, TU Vienna, Austria
  • Accounting & assets”
    Petri Suomala, Tampere University of Technology
  • Co-creation”
    Mari Suoranta, University of Jyväskylä
  • Responsibility and trust in business
    Johanna Kujala, University of Tampere
  • Sustainable Business”
    Hanna Pesonen, University of Jyväskylä
  • International entrepreneurship
    Arto Ojala, University of Jyväskylä
  • Information and knowledge management
    Hannu Kärkkäinen, Tampere University of Technology
  • Business and competitive intelligence
    Mika Hannula, Tampere University of Technology, Craig Fleisher, University of
  • Gaming and gambling and virtual economy
    Jari Multisilta, Tampere University of Technology and Nokia Research Center
  • From old business school to new business university
    Marko Seppä, University of Jyväskylä, Dhrubes Biswas, IIT Kharagpur, Ikhlaq
    Sidhu, University of Berkeley
  • Globalisation and Internationalization of Knowledge-Intensive Systems
    Jan Pawlowski, University of Jyväskylä
  • Social capital, networks and value creation
    Hanna Lehtimäki, University of Tampere, Johanna Kujala, University of Tampere

Abstract Submission – April, 30, 2009
Please submit a maximum three page abstract for a double blind review process through the
conference website www.ebrf.fi. At the website, you will also find further instructions and an
abstract template. The abstracts will be subject to a constructive review process by an international
group of senior scholars representing cutting-edge knowledge on the themes at hand.
The EBRF Publication Process
Presentation of an accepted abstract leads to publishing a full paper in the conference proceedings.
Please note that in the EBRF publication process, presenters will have a few months after the
conference to finalize their papers taking into account the feedback received at the conference. The conference proceedings in the form of a CD-ROM publication will be included in the conference
Fee and sent to participants once it is published.


  • Tampere University of Technology, University of Jyväskylä and University of Tampere; University
  • Alliance Finland
  • Members Of Ebrf Board
  • Chair, Professor Marko Seppä, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Conference Chair 2009, Professor Jukka Heikkilä, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Vice-Chair 2009, Chair 2008, Dr. Nina Helander, University of Tampere, Finland
  • Professor Mika Hannula, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
  • Assistant Professor Mari Suoranta, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Researcher Ilona Ilvonen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
  • Project manager Mia Häkkinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Secretary, Annamaija Paunu-Virtanen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Important Dates
Abstract submission April 30
Notification of acceptance by June 20
Registration (Presenting Scholars) August 9
Registration (Regular) September 7
Conference September 23-25
Full paper submission December 6
Publication of conference proceedings January 2010