Friday, September 13, 2013

Call for conference papers: AIB UK and Ireland 2014

Call for Papers

41st Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland) Conference

The York Management School, University of York

Conference date: 10-12 April 2014

Conference theme: Achieving a New Balance? The Rise of Multinationals from Emerging Economies and the Prospects for Established Multinationals

Conference Chairs: Prof Yingqi Wei and Prof Frank McDonald

The spread of particularly American multinationals in the first half of the last century marked an increasing domination of the world economy by these firms. This dominance was challenged in the second half of the twentieth-century by a wave of multinationals from Europe, Japan and Newly Industrialised Economies. At the turn of the century, it is however a group of rather ‘unexpected’ firms such as Embraer, Huawei and Tata from emerging economies that have stamped their mark on the world stage. Since then more multinationals from emerging countries are joining their ranks. The rise of multinationals from emerging economies has coincided with a shift in many aspects of production from industrialised countries to emerging economies, the accelerating dispersion of international R&D activities, and the rise of state capitalism in some emerging economies. These changes pose challenges for all participants in international business, including emerging economy multinationals, established multinationals, governments and multilateral organisations.

The aim of the 41st AIB (UK & I) annual conference is to enhance our understanding of the changing international landscape and its implications for the world economy in general and emerging economy multinational, established multinationals, national governments and multilateral organisations in particular. A number of important questions arise from these new developments. Will the balance of power be changed between rising stars and established multinationals in areas such as positions in the value chain and centres of R&D and innovation? What types of relationships will emerge between governments and businesses given extensive state involvement in the development of emerging economy multinationals? Will the rise of emerging economy multinationals change the nature and key characteristics of the debate on corporate social responsibility and sustainability policies of multinationals? Will emerging economy multinationals have significantly different strategic and operational orientations from those of established multinationals? How will emerging economy multinationals affect the strategies and operations of established multinationals? Are there significant implications of these developments for international business theories and concepts?

The conference welcomes theoretical and empirical papers which advance our understanding of the issues contained in this theme. As in previous years, it is hoped that the conference will encompass all aspects of international business, not only on the theme of the conference but also on wider agendas. Papers are welcome in all the major areas of international business, including for example:

  •  Business strategy – explanations of international business and modes, contributions of multinationals in home and host nations, corporate and social responsibility
  • Multinational strategies – Headquarter-subsidiary relationships, autonomy strategies, international joint venture strategies
  •  Human resource management, marketing and production strategies and operations of multinationals
  • Institutional factors and multinational strategies and operations
  • Areas studies and international business issues
  •  Economic geography and international business issues
  • Business history and international business issues
  •  Firm competitiveness – strategic management, networks and alliances, cross border management/leadership, organizational behaviour and learning
  •  Dynamic capabilities – global organisation and sourcing of technological innovations, knowledge acquisition and knowledge transfer, learning in the internationalisation process
  • International entrepreneurship – decision making in international new ventures (INVs), characteristics of INVs, the internationalisation process of INVs, how INVs create value, factors promoting the emergence and success of INVs
  • Internationalisation from and to emerging markets – motives for FDI from and to emerging markets, government policy towards inward and outward FDI in emerging markets, outsourcing and offshoring
  • Research methods in international business – developments in quantitative methods, use of case studies, qualitative methods, problems and issues in methodology
  • Corporate governance and finance – influence of corporate governance and managerial compensation schemes, the role of direct versus portfolio investment in diversifying risk, dealing with corruption, institutional structures influencing corporate social responsibility and sustainability

Conference prizes

There are several prizes awarded at the conference:
  • ·Palgrave Macmillan Prize for the best competitive paper
  • The Research in International Business and Finance Prize for the best paper which examines a topic in International Finance from an International Business perspective
  • The Critical Perspectives on International Business Prize for the most innovative paper which tackles a new or under-researched topic and which contributes to the understanding of the impact of international business on society.
  • Michael Z Brooke Doctoral Prize for the best paper by a doctoral student
  • Neil Hood and Stephen Young Prize for the Most Original New Work in the doctoral colloquium.

Publication opportunities

A selection of conference papers will be published in the Palgrave Macmillan International Business book series, which is connected to the AIB UK & Ireland annual conferences.

Submission Deadlines

  • The Main Conference: Sunday 12 January 2014
  • The Doctoral Colloquium: Tuesday 28 January 2014 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Call for papers on Contextual Perspectives. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship's special issue

Call for papers

Special issue of Journal of Social Entrepreneurship

Contextual Perspectives

Submission deadline: 31 January, 2014

Guest editors: Anne de Bruin and Kate Lewis
New Zealand Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre,
Massey University

Scholarly understanding of social innovation and social entrepreneurship is in its infancy. The theme of this special issue is intended to highlight the significance of context for novel thinking and understanding in this emerging scholarly field. As Moore, Westley and Nicholls (2012: 122) aptly point out, ‘…the process of innovation will emerge out of the coalescence of contextual factors that may not have discernible, linear cause-effect relationships. Yet, it seems possible that the contextual factors that create opportunities and constraints for social innovation are not infinite; that is, patterns will exist.’ As such, the editors seek manuscripts that draw on regional, national and community specific social innovation and entrepreneurship insights, in order to springboard conceptually robust frameworks for advancing the field.

Generalisable empirical findings from Australasia are particularly welcome. New social innovation and entrepreneurship perspectives from under-researched regional and national as well as cultural contexts, e.g. emerging market economies such as China, are also welcome. Explorations of novel, spontaneous or critical contexts e.g. relating to one-off events, or times of national crisis and/or natural disaster, are similarly welcome.

A suggested, though not an exhaustive, list of topics includes:
  • Contextual settings and collaborative dynamics of effective partnerships
  • Transformational leadership typologies and contexts
  • Social entrepreneurship and innovation of Māori; other indigenous and ethnic groups
  • Institutions and systemic reconfigurations
  • Innovative governance models
  • Transcending the local for ‘scaling out’ or new forms in different contexts.
  • The community embeddedness-social innovation nexus
  • The impact of demographic characteristics (e.g. age, gender) on socially entrepreneurial endeavours.

Interested authors should submit manuscripts to by 31 January, 2014 indicating that they would like the submission to be considered for this special issue by designating the Manuscript Type as “Special issue: Contextual Perspectives

The Guest Editors would also draw attention to the Massey University Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference conference, which explores themes related to this Special Issue and will be held at Massey’s Albany Campus, New Zealand, 27-29 November 2013 (see Informal enquiries on the special issue are welcome; please email and


Moore, M-L., Westley, F. & Nicholls, A. (2012) The Social Finance and Social Innovation Nexus, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 3(2): 115-132.