Thursday, February 27, 2014

Call for conference papers: Academy of International Business, Southeast USA Chapter

Academy of International Business, Southeast USA Chapter
2014 Annual Conference
October 23rd – 25th 2014
Florida International University, Miami, FL

Conference Theme: Sustainability, Institutions, and Emerging Markets

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2014

The Conference

AIB-SE is one of the largest and most active regional divisions of the Academy of International Business’s 16 worldwide chapters. AIB-SE’s annual conference centers on the presentation of the newest ideas in international business to an international audience of academic scholars and business practitioners. The conference is characterized by a strong professional development focus, providing participants with a supportive and collegial platform to discuss and develop their ideas, as well as opportunity for mentoring of authors to enhance their papers for publication.

Over the past three years, AIB-SE ( has experienced significant transformation and growth. AIB-SE has established itself as a valuable brand in the International Business community and the conference has become a reputable academic meeting of choice for almost 300 participants from nearly 40 countries.

Sustainability, Institutions, and Emerging Markets

Organizations are under tremendous pressure to reduce their carbon emissions and save money by eliminating waste from their processes and achieving long-term sustainability. Sustainability can be defined as “the design of human and industrial systems to ensure that humankind’s use of natural resources and cycles does not lead to diminished quality of life due to either losses in further economic opportunities or to adverse impacts on social conditions, human health and the environment.[1]” Sustainability ensures long-term business success while contributing towards economic and social development, a healthy environment, and a stable society.

The 2014 AIB-SE conference will focus on issues facing firms from emerging markets as well as those firms competing in those markets and their efforts regarding sustainable innovation, institutions leading sustainable development, and illuminate the differences and similarities between emerging and developed world economies with respect to sustainability. The conference investigates the three pillars of sustainability relating to 1) environment (e.g. the impact of human activity on biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems, 2) social (e.g. human rights, equality and social justice, and 3) economic(e.g. the social and environmental impacts of economic growth and models of production and consumption) sustainability in emerging markets vis-à-vis developed economies:

Conference Highlights 

Professional Development – AIB-SE has a strong focus on professional development. This is exemplified by:
PLS-SEM workshop by Joe Hair, Kennesaw State University.
Doctoral consortium, which will be chaired by John McIntyre, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Bill Newburry, Florida International University.
New Faculty consortium, which will be chaired by Mark Peterson, Florida Atlantic University, and Tom Lenartowicz, Florida Atlantic University.
Undergraduate and Master’s students competitive paper tracks to provide an opportunity to receive critical feedback on submitted papers in the review process as well as the opportunity to present accepted papers in a professional conference.
Interactive paper sessions for those papers earlier in development or work-in-progress pieces which could benefit from informal feedback from other participants.
Publishing Opportunities – The best papers of the conference will be considered for publication in AIB-SE’s own journal, International Business: Research, Teaching and Practice and to a special issue of the International Journal of Emerging Markets, and the International Marketing and Management Research Series. All accepted conference papers will be published as an abstract in the 2014 AIB-SE Conference Proceedings. 

Conference Awards – Prestigious awards with cash prizes will be given for the conference Best Paper, Best Paper on the conference theme, best Ph.D. student, best Master’s student, and best Undergraduate student. Consistent with the developmental focus of AIB-SE, we also recognize the best reviewer and the best student reviewer.
Make a Difference! – This year’s conference theme focuses particularly on the sustainability dimension of economic growth and organizational behavior in emerging markets. Focused sessions, special panels, and a keynote address by renowned sustainability scholar, Dr. Andrew Spicer of University of South Carolina, will provide valuable insights in this key area.
Fun in the Sun! – Develop friendships and collaborative opportunities in downtown Miami with beautiful beaches nearby. Miami is a hub of international business activities, with a particular focus on Latin America. Miami is at the center of U.S.-Cuban relations and over 1,000 MNEs have their regional HQ for Latin America in South Florida.

Paper and Panel Submissions

Paper and panel submissions for AIB-SE 2014 need to be categorized into one of the topical tracks. Each paper or panel proposal must be submitted to only one track. Please select the track closest to your proposal from the list below:

1. IB Theory, FDI, and Entry Mode Strategies

Volatility and interconnectedness in the global economic and institutional environment create new challenges for theories of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and foreign direct investment (FDI). This track invites papers that explore various aspects of the MNE and FDI, including motivations for undertaking investment, drivers and determinants of location choices and entry mode decisions, and issues pertaining to how MNC headquarters and affiliates interact with and effect host-country firms, governments and institutional environments.

Track Chairs:
Wlamir Xavier, UNISUL, Brazil,;
Pinaki Dasgupta, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade,

2. Global Strategy and Competitiveness

This track invites conceptual and empirical papers that deal with firms’ global business strategies, and their impact on competitiveness. We encourage papers that examine the relationship between global strategies and how these relate to institutional or economic changes in home and host countries. Papers that examine how regulatory or political environments and institutional and political risk affect global business strategy are encouraged.

Track Chairs:

Daniel W. Baack, University of Denver,;
Prashant Salwan, Indian Institute of Management, Indore,

3. International Marketing and Social Responsibility
This track addresses challenges of entering and growing in foreign markets and interacting with diverse sets of customers. Consistent with the overall conference theme, we are particularly interested in how firms are using and communicating CSR initiatives to enhance brand image and firm performance. Other mainstream marketing issues, such as segmentation, product positioning, personal selling and sales management, and pricing that offer new conceptual and empirical insights into the nature and processes of cross-border marketing are also encouraged.

Track Chairs:
Stanford A. Westjohn, University of Toledo,;
Ray Rody, Florida International University,

4. International Accounting, Economics, and Finance

This track calls for papers written from a discipline base of Accounting, Economics or Finance or papers covering issues or topics in these areas (e.g. M&As, valuation, capital flows, transfer pricing, international trade, exchange rates, international political economy, international economic development, etc.). Applied or theoretical economics papers and/or economics research methods papers or papers developing theory using the tools of economics should also be sent to this track. Papers examining finance and economics research questions such as international trade and development are also appropriate for this track. Papers in this stream are expected to draw on the economics and/or finance literature but speak to the broader community of IB scholars.

Track Chairs:
Andrea Paltrinieri, University of Verona,
Clark Wheatley, Florida International University,
Lydia Gan, University of North Carolina – Pembroke,

5. Global Value Chains

In this track, we focus on any aspect of the way sustainability in international business impact the workplace globally. Supply chain managers are affected by risk or uncertainty in the international marketplace. We welcome submissions that offer important conceptual and empirical insights into the nature and processes of sustainability, channel development and management, geographical collaborations, and global supply chains. Of interest are the papers that examine the impact of institutional, political and regulatory factors on supply chain management issues and the effects of institutional change on IB and supply chain processes.

Track Chairs:
Gerard Burke, Georgia Southern University,;
Amit Arora, Savannah State University,

6. Sustainability in Business Curriculum

In this track, we invite papers that present successes, failures, and challenges of incorporating sustainability and CSR in the business curriculum from around the globe. Topical areas could include good governance, international social entrepreneurship, cross-sectoral partnerships, greener work experience, resource management, and poverty alleviation germane to fostering business understanding and practice that promote environmental health and/or stewardship. We are particularly interested in transferring lessons and knowledge from one cultural context into another.

Track Chairs:
Petra Molthan-Hill, Nottingham Business School,;
Jerome Baddley, Nottingham Energy Partnership

7. Entrepreneurship, SMEs, and Born Globals

Large numbers of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are participating in international trade, investment, and collaboration. Indicative research questions for this track include: How do entrepreneurs / SMEs use non-equity modes of business to engage in international business? Through what processes do they upgrade from low commitment modes to higher commitment modes at more mature stages of their development? How do the features of local and global environments affect international activities of entrepreneurs and SMEs? Hoes does personal prior experience shape individuals entrepreneurial behavior?

Track Chairs:
Vishal K Gupta, SUNY Binghampton,;
Suman Niranjan, Savannah State University,

8. Organization and Human Resources of the MNE

This track seeks to explore ways in which MNEs operate across diverse international contexts, and how they configure themselves internally and externally. We are particularly interested in novel forms of organization that cross geographic locations such as virtual teams, internal knowledge networks, and offshored divisional headquarters. Potentially interesting questions include how different organizing frameworks help MNEs manage the complexity and tensions inherent in their activities, and in turn create capabilities and competitive advantage? How do organizing frameworks affect intra-firm and inter-firm innovation and knowledge flows?

Track Chairs:
Srdan Zdravkovic, Bryant University,
Michelle Yang, Central Michigan University,

9. The Final Frontier: Sustainable Business in Developing Markets

We encourage papers that examine institutional and sustainability aspects of emerging economies and the challenges these pose for MNEs and Institutions. This track invites manuscripts that examine how institutions in emerging versus developed economies influence the behavior and performance MNEs. We encourage submissions that bridge the gap between theory and practice, and explore links between complementary disciplines (such as political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, business history and economics) and IB. We welcome submissions that examine how changes in the economic and institutional environments in developed and emerging economies affect traditional patterns of firm-state-NGO interactions.

Track Chairs:
Maureen Muller, Penn State University York,;
Jun Wu, Savannah State University,

10. International Business Education

The education track invites you to share innovative approaches to teaching IB. This includes insights on teaching IB with cases, experiential learning exercises, the use of technology to enhance IB courses, developing study abroad programs, and other curricular issues.

Track Chairs:
Carolyn Mueller, Stetson University,;
Berna Mutlu, University of Florida,

11. Undergraduate/Master’s Students

This track seeks submissions from students (non-Doctoral) on topics related to international business practice, sustainability, emerging markets, research, or education. In addition to the opportunity to present your research, the conference will offer special student workshops, exploring careers in international business and academic research opportunities.

Track Chairs:
Mounir Kehal, ESC Rennes School of Business, France,;
Leilani O. Baumanis, Johnson & Wales University,

Submit your Paper

All submissions will be handled through the AIB-SE online submission system. All manuscripts and proposals must be submitted by June 15, 2014. Please refer to the detailed submission instructions page for additional information on how to prepare and submit your submission. For up-to-date information about the conference and related events, please check the conference website at Any questions regarding this call for papers should be addressed to the track chairs or the Program Chair.

There will be three kinds of sessions: 

Competitive Sessions – The most fully developed papers should be submitted for inclusion in competitive sessions. Competitive sessions consist of more formal and longer presentations. Competitive papers must be fewer than 10,000 words inclusive of all materials, including appendices and references.
Interactive Sessions – Interactive sessions are primarily designed for shorter manuscripts or work-in-progress pieces which could benefit from informal feedback from other participants. They are held in a roundtable discussion format with shorter presentations which allows for an engaging interaction with other researchers with similar interests. Interactive papers should be limited to no more than 5,000 words. Please note that submitting a manuscript as a competitive paper does not necessarily mean it will end up in a competitive session. Oftentimes very good papers end up in an interactive session because of lack of space on the program or lack of fit with any of the existing competitive sessions.
Special Panel Sessions – We invite focused panel sessions, which can be in a variety of formats. For example, a session may feature four presentations on a related theme or three presentations and a discussant. Another possibility is an interactive panel discussion among participants. Other creative special session formats are encouraged, particularly those that generate attendee interaction. Proposals for special sessions should describe the topic, session format, and its importance to international business research or education and identify all individuals (with their qualifications) who will formally participate. Panel proposals should be limited to no more than 5,000 words.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must conform to the following guidelines. Please also refer to the detailed submission instructions.
The document must be stripped of all identifying information: Do not include a cover page. The ‘File Properties’ for the documents should be cleaned to remove identifying information.
Each manuscript should be accompanied by an abstract, not to exceed 200 words.
Submissions must be formatted as follows: Letter sized page (8.5″x11″ or 216×279 mm), with one-inch (2.5 cm) margins, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font.
The manuscript should preferably be saved in PDF format to ensure that reviewers see it in the intended way. However, Microsoft Word files will also be accepted. Please ensure all files are checked for viruses using updated anti-virus software before submission. Free virus scanners are available at TrendMicro andBitDefender.

After Submission
Authors will be sent an automatic e-mail confirmation message upon successful uploading of their paper on the website acknowledging receipt of their submission. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours of submitting your manuscript or proposal, please inform the conference chairs, Dr. Anshu Arora and Dr. Peter Magnusson.

All manuscript submissions will be subject to a blind review process and will be evaluated based on interest to AIB-SE members, relevance to IB research, teaching and/or practice, analytical and conceptual rigor, quantitative and qualitative methods (if applicable), innovativeness, and significance of conclusions. Panel proposals will be evaluated based on interest to AIB members, relevance to IB research, teaching and/or practice, quality, innovativeness, fit with conference theme, and diversity of participants.

Peter Magnusson, Ph.D.
AIB-SE Vice Chair & 2014 Conference Chair
Florida International University

Anshu Arora, Ph.D.
Program Chair & 2014 Conference Co-Chair
Savannah State University

Sumit Kundu, Ph.D.
Local Host & 2014 Conference Co-Chair
Florida International University

[1] J. R. Mihelcic, J. C. Crittenden, M. J. Small, D. R. Shonnard, D. R. Hokanson, Q. Zhang, H. Chen, S. A. Sorby, V. U. James, J. W. Sutherland and J. L. Schnoor, Sustainability science and engineering: The emergence of a new metadiscipline, Environmental Science and Technology, 37 (23) (2003), pp. 5314 – 5324.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Call for Journal Special Issue:heory Building Surrounding Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Journal of Supply Chain Management (JSCM)

A Special Topic Forum (STF) Dedicated to “Theory Building Surrounding Sustainable Supply Chain Management”

Guest Editors:

  • Gideon Markman, Colorado State University
  • Dan Krause, Colorado State University

The area of social and environmental sustainability attracts scholars from diverse disciplines (e.g., supply chain, management, finance, accounting, marketing, political science, sociology, economics, management, etc. to name a few). Such cross-disciplinary effort is needed because although many scholars link sustainability to discrete business activities—inbound and outbound logistics, processes and operations, finished products and customer interface, distribution channels, and services—we do not have an overarching, integrative theory of sustainability.

For example, some suggest a “green to be seen” perspective—that consumers are willing to pay extra forsustainable offerings but only if clear status incentives are associated with such purchases (Griskevicius, Tybur, & Van den Bergh, 2010). Others note that because a shift towards sustainable practices is costly and disruptive of firms’ functions, green management matters, but only if it yields higher profits (Siegel, 2009). If companies can charge premium prices (and consumers are willing to pay more) for sustainable products, but only when such purchases enhance buyers’ reputation or firms’ bottom line, what are the implications for products, services, and operations that are less observable or less augmentative of financial performance? Indeed, some companies, such as Apple, decline to name their suppliers and the provenance of raw materials (The Guardian, 2013). When companies follow a policy of non-disclosure of suppliers, materials, and practices, do they worry that transparency—including the touting of ethical supply chain practices—reveals their competitive secrets to rivals? Are they simply attempting to hide unethical practices? Or, are there other reasons?

Regardless of the motivation, it is increasingly apparent that choices and considerations of sustainability are critical in most if not all business functions. Despite the importance of sustainability, not every scholar, manager, or company agrees on the conceptual connections among and drivers of sustainability and SCM. Part of the problem is insufficient theory.

Supply chain scholars are perhaps among the most qualified to develop a theory of sustainability because they observe firms’ entire value chains. Such scholarship analyzes how firms combine raw inputs from disparate suppliers; how inputs are processed and augmented into outputs; and how such outputs are then sold to customers. This also means that supply chain scholars can keenly appreciate how even seemingly inconsequential choices in early value-chain activities can trigger cascading effects that bring a smooth-running operation to a grinding halt with negative consequences—e.g., undermining the reputation of a single firm, or worse, ravaging entire industries (e.g., the tobacco industry).

Such examples, and scores of insightful studies in diverse disciplines, corroborate the need—in fact, an opportunity—to develop an overarching, integrative theory of sustainability. Hence, this STF is a platform for scholars to showcase their best conceptual research on sustainability, and hopefully, its impact on operations and supply chain management. The STF might appear broad—encompassing sustainability, ethics, CSR, and of course, supply chain management—but the focus on theory papers (which encompass both pure conceptual theory building and qualitative methodologies such as inductive case studies) rather than deductive, big data, “empirical” research does narrow the scope.

We are particularly interested in “edgy” manuscripts that would yield conceptual platforms, open up new research frontiers, or offer new insights that significantly enrich discussion and discourse as well as those that unpack important, timeless, yet revelatory topics. We dare contributors to think outside the traditional “research sandbox" and to feature radical, controversial, novel, useful, and non-obvious conceptual lenses—even if notfully grounded in well-validated empirical studies. Of course, manuscripts can't be merely descriptive; a strong effort to build a theoretical foundation is still needed. The STF hopes to energize the field by featuring contributions that extend existing knowledge, challenge research dogmas, cross disciplinary boundaries, and reveal what we otherwise had not conceived about sustainability.

To echo others and apply their logic to the STF, a good theory would offer a causal story about the nature of sustainability, as well as on its antecedents, drivers, and consequences (Sutton & Staw, 1995). Laced with a set of convincing and logically interconnected arguments, a theory of sustainability might also burrow into micro-processes, laterally into neighboring conceptual arenas (e.g., ethics), or in an upward direction, tying itself to broader social or environmental outcomes and events. Indeed, a theory of sustainability might have implications that we have not seen, including inferences that run counter to prevalent expectations. Weick (1995) notes that a good theory explains, predicts, and delights; we will be delighted to receive manuscripts that feature a theory that explains and predicts social and/or environmental supply chain sustainability.

The STF and review process will favor scholarly work that breaks away from “gradualism” in order to shed light on both big conceptual questions and on significant and practical problems that are related to the topical area. Consistent with the JSCM ethos, the final manuscripts—collectively and individually—will have to make strong theoretical contributions.

Submission process and guidelines:

  • Papers will be reviewed following the JSCM double-blind review process. Papers should be submittedbetween December 15, 2014 and the January 15, 2015 deadline via the Journal's online submission platform ( Please note in the cover letter that the submission is for theSpecial Topic Forum on Theory Building Surrounding Sustainable Supply Chain Management. Papers should be prepared using the JSCM Guidelines.
  • Questions can be addressed to the guest editors:
  • Gideon Markman (
  • Dan Krause ( 
  • The editors welcome informal enquiries related to proposed topics.

Special Issue Workshop: To help authors advance their manuscripts, a Special Issue Workshop will be held in May 2015 in Denver, Colorado (to co-occur with the Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship—SEE—Conference). Authors of R&R manuscripts will be invited to present and discuss their papers during the workshop, but presentation at the workshop does not guarantee acceptance of papers for publication in JSCM. Attending the workshop is not a precondition for acceptance into the STF.


Griskevicius, V., Tybur, J.M., & Van den Bergh, B. 2010. Going green to be seen: Status, reputation, and conspicuous conservation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98: 392–404.
Monbiot, G., 2013. Why is Apple so shifty about how it makes the iPhone? The Guardian. (last accessed - December 25, 2013).
Siegel, D.S. 2009. Green management matters only if it yields more green: An economic/strategic perspective. Academy of Management Perspective, 23:5-16.

Further info:
Gideon D. Markman
Associate Professor of Strategy, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship
Dept. of Management
Colorado State University
218 Rockwell Hall
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1275
Office: 970.491.7154
Fax: 970.491.3522
E-Mail 1:
E-Mail 2:

Call for conference papers: Technology Transfer Society Conference 2014

Technology Transfer Society Conference 2014
Baltimore, Maryland (October 23 –October 25)
Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

The Baltimore/DC area is a major biotechnology and information systems corridor in the U.S. The 2014 conference will feature participants from the NIH, FDA, USPTO, and public and private players in the technology transfer and commercialization ecosystem.

The theme for T2S’14 is Translational Science. Translation is the stage between bench discovery and proof-of-concept, in which a scientific discovery has to be developed into a working application before it can be a funding opportunity. It is an unavoidable stage in the innovation process because until the market sees what a discovery might mean for users, it cannot be valued and commercialized. The organizers and scientific committee of the T2S’14 are pleased to extend an invitation to submit competitively reviewed abstracts related to translational science. Of particular interest are submissions that focus on the identification of the translation phenomenon and on definitions of what constitutes successful translation. Abstracts that propose theoretical and empirical models to better understand the factors that affect translation, such as the organizational structures and processes, antecedents and macro-environmental contingencies, and policies and governance arrangements are of particular interest.

General interest topics are also welcomed in the areas of technology transfer, technology driven economic development, management of intellectual property, public-private partnerships, academic entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurial process, corporate entrepreneurship, spins offs, spin-ins, and spin-outs, discovery science, alliances and networks, technology policy, entrepreneurial and public finance.

Abstracts (1-2 pages) should be submitted Cassandra Smith, Program Coordinator: by March 15, 2014.

Deadline for Submission of Selected Full Papers for Workshop and Journal Review: May 15, 2014

Deadline for Early-Bird Registration: August 1, 2014

To ensure that you stay up-to-date on the latest T2S 2014 announcements, please ensure that you add Program Coordinator Cassandra Smith at to your “safe senders” list.

Marriott Reservation Page
T2S Society
Call for Papers

Best regards
Al Link, Phil Phan, Don Siegel
Technology Transfer Society

Call for book chapters: The UN Global Compact: Fair competition and environmental and labour justice in international and domestic markets

Scope and Aims of the Book Chapters:

Proposed title: “The UN Global Compact: Fair competition and environmental and labour justice in international and domestic markets”
Since UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched the Global Compact in 1999, over 12,000 organisations around the world have voluntarily adopted and promoted its values and Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and corruption.
This corporate citizenship initiative has seen as a non-compulsory alternative to international market regulations. Around the globe, the United Nations Global Compact has promoted the creation of local and regional networks for businesses to act together to mainstream the Ten Principles of Global Compact.
This edited volume brings together contributions from around the planet on the specific implications for business when embracing the Global Compact. Managerial, internationalisation, legal, behavioural and sociological perspective will be reflected at this volume in which both evidences and theoretical developments will be reflected.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Global Compact: Its background, context and current influence
  • · Political, cultural and social responsibility issues at the firm level
  • · Corruption and competitiveness
  • · Global Compact and business experiences
  • · Private sector challenges and the United Nations
  • · Business managers and the adoption of Global Compact
  • · Multinational corporations and Human Rights
  • · Business implications of child labour
  • · Labour relations and international business
  • · Sustainability and international business
  • · Multinational enterprises (MNEs) at the local and international environment
  • · Challenges for MNEs operating in emerging countries
  • · MNEs and poverty alleviation
  • · International Business ethics and global risk
  • · International business and the illegal economies
  • · IB, corruption and bribery
  • · IB and criminal organisations
  • · Public- Private and Business-Community partnerships
  • · Corporate Philanthropy
  • · Investment and CSR
  • · Climate change and international business
  • · Corporate Diplomacy
  • · Role of corporations in shaping global business policy
  • · Corporate Governance (CG) within the framework of International Business
  • · Corporate Citizenship
  • · Global Compact and IB
  • · Social Responsibility Networks
  • · Freedom of association and IB

Important dates:

  • · Submission deadline for chapter proposals (title and 300-500 words abstract): April 1st 2014
  • · Notification of acceptance/rejection of chapter proposals: April 15th 2014
  • · Deadline for full chapter: 1st of August 2014
  • · Notification of acceptance/rejection of chapter proposals: 30th of August 2014
  • · Deadline for submission of final chapters: 1st of October 2014

Accepted chapters will be compiled in a book, which will be published by Emerald Books within theAdvances in Sustainability and Environmental Justice (indexed in Scopus)

Book Editors:

Call for conference papers: Forum for Economist International

The Forum for Economists International is organizing a conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 30-June 2, 2014. Sessions will be scheduled on May 31-June 1, 2014.

The submission deadline for abstracts is April 15, 2014.

The Forum for Economists International encourages and facilitates multi- and interdisciplinary research. Participants may or may not present a paper. Attendees not presenting a paper may be requested to serve as discussant and/or session chair.

Papers in all areas of economics and related disciplines - including accounting, public administration, finance, political sciences, law & economics, management, natural resources, monetary issues, transition issues, Asian economies, European Union, etc. - are eligible for presentation.

Papers in the fields of public administration, public finance and public management are eligible for submission to Public Finance and Management (PFM).

Abstracts (maximum 250 words) must be submitted by email ( as a Word file. Please include: 1) name, 2) academic rank or title, 3) affiliation, 4) e-mail address. 5) category of topic (see listing in the Journal of Economic Literature.

The Forum for Economists International will publish conference proceedings, which will not be peer-reviewed. Presenters have the option to submit their papers for inclusion in the proceedings. See for more details

Save on the registration fee and register before March 1, 2014. You can register online at If you already registered and received a confirmation, you do not need to register again.

Join the Program Committee by organizing a session with 4-5 papers. Just send your session proposal to the Program Chair, M. Peter van der Hoek (


Prof. dr. M. Peter van der Hoek
Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania and
Erasmus University (Em.), Rotterdam, Netherlands
Editor of Public Finance and Management(
Mailing address:
M.P. van der Hoek
P.O. Box 137
NL-3350 AC Papendrecht
Phone: +-31-78-6153453 (if no answer: +31-10-4082779)
Fax: +-31-10-4089179

Friday, February 7, 2014

Call for papers: Corporate Social Responsibility and International Marketing

Call for papers - Corporate Social Responsibility and International Marketing

Special issue call for papers from International Marketing Review

Call for Papers for a Special Issue

Guest Editors

  • Pervez N. Ghauri, King’s College London, United Kingdom
  • Byung Il Park, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea 
  • Chang Hoon Oh, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Purpose and Research Questions

Despite the recent economic slump and subsequent fluctuations of development activities in some markets, the general trend of economic growth around the globe has continuously shown upward movement over the last three decades. Along with the improvement in the quality of life, consumers are paying more attention to ethical and philanthropic activities of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs). Due to this phenomenon, corporate social responsibility (CSR) research is growing in importance. Scholarly evidence increasingly confirms that CSR activities are beneficial for corporate success (e.g., Orlitzky et al., 2003; Waddock and Graves, 1997). We presume that this is probably because consistent CSR activities induce a corporation's image enhancement, which subsequently results in consumer's trust in its products (Turker, 2009). Taken together, there is a general consensus that CSR is often considered as a key factor significantly influencing market image and corporate success at home as well as in international markets.

Reflecting the trend discussed above, scholars and business practitioners perceive CSR as an integral part of marketing strategy. In addition, in order to maximize shareholder wealth by carrying out actions that increase business profit, various stakeholders also need to be convinced that the company is a good citizen in the society (Freeman, 1984). Meanwhile, it should be noted that among all the stakeholders, one important group that appears to be particularly influential for firms to initiate CSR activities is consumers (Du, Bhattacharya and Sen, 2010). Considering the globalization of the markets, companies need to create a positive image in all international markets. However, a thorough review of the literature indicates that most studies exploring CSR are concentrated only on Domestic Marketing (e.g., the impact of CSR on consumer loyalty in the local markets) (see e.g., Adams, Licht and Sagiv, 2011; Muller and Kräussl, 2011; Luo and Bhattacharya, 2006; Lai et al., 2010), which clearly indicates that CSR research tends to have an implied domestic marketing bias and very little research into CSR issues has considered CSR’s international marketing implications.

CSR activities can also be used as a valuable international marketing strategy. For instance, some studies in International Marketing suggest that CSR by international marketers will significantly improve their national and corporate brands in developing and emerging markets (Torres et al., 2012). As another example, the spread of good word-of-mouth about desirable business practices between international consumers is definitely crucial for multinational enterprises to achieve successful subsidiary operations in foreign markets (Luo and Bhattacharya, 2006). Despite these facts, it is hard to find scholarly attention paid to the discussions linking international marketers, their CSR behavior and its influence on success/failure in foreign markets. Many major questions thus remain unanswered with respect to the nature and consequences of CSR activity for MNEs’ marketing strategies.

The aim of this special issue is to bring together theoretical and empirical advancements connecting CSR and international marketing issues. We seek both theoretical and empirical papers that may address, but are not limited to, the following list of potential research questions:

  • • Do international marketers' CSR practices function as a catalyst enhancing international competitiveness and organizational performance in foreign markets?
  • • Does good corporate image derived from CSR practices play a pivotal role in acquiring local market information and eventually improving competitiveness in international markets?
  • • What are the motivations for CSR practices in foreign markets? Is there any particular relationship between the level of foreign CSR and national brand enhancement? Is there a difference in motivations between the CSR activities of international marketers in developed and developing nations?
  • • How do international marketers adapt themselves to host country CSR practices and regulations? What factors influence this adaptation? Does this adaptation process increase the brand value of MNEs?
  • • Do international marketers adopt standardized CSR practices, or do they adapt their approaches to host countries? What are the potential benefits/drawbacks and other marketing related consequences
  • • Are the marketing-related and ethically-related benefits of CSR activities universal across foreign markets?
  • • Do foreign firms’ advanced environmental and marketing capabilities affect their CSR practices and brand image?
  • • How do firms transform environmental capability in order to internationally link it to marketing advantages under the institutional void (i.e., in least developed countries)?
  • • How do international marketers manage their CSR best practices in different local market environments?
  • • What are international marketing strategies of social enterprises? 
  • • Is the CSR activity of global marketing firms related to the development of country of origin perceptions, country image or consumer ethnocentrism?
  • • Do MNEs in developed and emerging markets differ with respect to their CSR activity, and if so, why? Does it matter in terms of marketing success?
  • • Multinational CSR activity: what is it and how should it be measured?
  • • What is the impact of CSR communications on employee citizenship behavior across different markets?
  • • Do consumers, employees and investors in different countries respond differently to CSR activities and communications?

Submission Instructions

The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2014. Submissions should be made via ScholarOne Manuscripts:

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