Monday, April 20, 2015

Call for special issue paper: Contextualizing Research: Rigor and Relevance

Call for Journal of World Business Special Issue

Contextualizing Research: Rigor and Relevance

Guest Editors: Mary B. Teagarden, Mary Ann Von Glinow and Kamel Mellahi

Deadline: 1 November 2015

Contextualizing international business research to achieve research rigor and practical relevance is a challenge faced by all sub-disciplines within the IB domain. Contextualizing IB research focuses on the big question, 'How do we identify and integrate context into our IB research?' and a corollary, 'Why should we identify and integrate context into our IB research?' We seek submissions for this special issue that explore the implications of context for IB theory building, research design and methodology including methodological approaches to build more robust IB theories; articles that focus on the conceptualization and meaning of context; and limitations of contextualization. Additionally, submissions that demonstrate novel methodological approaches for integrating context into IB theory building are welcome.

When Peter Buckley (2002) questioned the distinctiveness of IB research, he responded to his own question and argued for more integration of culture, more use of comparative studies and of distinctive methods in IB research. Many argue contextual dimensions are what differentiate domestic research from international business and international management research (Buckley, 2002; Child, 2009; Oesterle & Wolf, 2011). Oesterle and Wolf (2011) raised the question, 'how international are our international journals?' And concluded that context was not adequately or at best modestly addressed in most of our research. We concur.

Despite the urging of thought leaders in IB for more contextualization, our approaches to contextualization appear limited, for example, focusing on categorical data or concepts like country or nationality (Von Glinow & Shenkar, 1994). They are static since our methods do not appear to be changing despite calls to do so (Buckley, 2002; Child, 2009; Teagarden, et al. 1995). Perhaps, most importantly, the scope of IB is expanding dramatically and our research contextualization appears inadequate, given the shift in business from the United States and Europe toward more 'exotic' emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa with more pronounced differences in business and cultural environments. For our IB research to remain relevant we must more adequately contextualize our theory building.

Contextualization has been viewed through many lenses, and at multiple levels of analysis. While focusing on theory building, Whetten (2009) and Tsui (2004) differentiate context-specific and context-bound theory development, and Child (2009) discusses an 'outside in' versus 'inside out' perspective of contextualization. Von Glinow, Shapiro and Brett (2004) and Shapiro, Von Glinow and Xiao (2007) suggest a more complex perspective when they contrast 'single contextuality' with 'polycontextuality' or the multiple and qualitatively different contexts embedded within one another. Each of these studies acknowledges that context is important in IB theory building and each offer prescriptive recommendations for incorporating context.

Strategists and behaviorists assert that location, one form of context, has an impact on theory (Gelfend, Erez & Aycan, 2007; Ricart et al., 2004; Rugman & Verbeke, 2001; Rousseau & Fried, 2001). Khanna (2002) explores institutions and institutional voids in locations. Ghemawat (2001, 2003) examines country differences and offers the CAGE (Culture, Administrative, Geographic and Economic) framework to guide analysis. Ghemawat (2007) argues that despite globalization, there are significant locational differences that must be considered. Cheng (1994) suggests that context-embedded research ought to include '…a nation's social, cultural, legal, and economic variables as predictors and organizational attributes as dependent variables. Enright (2002) urges the use of multilevel analysis including supranational, macro, meso, micro and firm levels in the integration of location into competitive strategy. House and colleagues (2004) in their seminal GLOBE study discuss societies and their impact on leadership. Von Glinow and colleagues (2002 a, 2002 b) and Von Glinow & Teagarden (1988, 1990) identify locational influences on human resource management best practices. Shapiro and colleagues (2007) identify numerous contextual variables, including location, that address the multiple and qualitatively different contextual variables that influence understanding behavior in China. Regardless of sub-discipline, there is ample opportunity to contribute to the IB research contextualization dialog.

Given the magnitude of possible contexts, researchers are challenged to comprehend the contextual and polycontextual dynamics in a limited number of cultures or societies. Tsui (2004) argues for inside-out, context specific indigenous research, and this represents one possible solution to the context challenge. Teagarden and Schotter (2013) and Enright (2002) argue for the importance of multilevel analysis to contextualize research and provide a deeper understanding of phenomena. Teagarden and colleagues (1995) suggest that team-based comparative-management studies provide the collective understanding to contextualize and make sense of multiple contexts in a single research project. There have been numerous examples that demonstrate the effectiveness of this latter approach (House, et al., 2004; Von Glinow, Teagarden & Drost, 2002a, 2002b). This highlights the opportunity to question the research methods currently used to contextualize IB research.

The list of topics below is merely suggestive of the range of topics appropriate for the Special Issue, which ideally seeks inputs from scholars across a number of disciplines related to conducting research on organizational, institutional and environmental contexts. Through contributions to this special issue, we aspire to expand the boundaries of rigor and relevance in international business research.

Contributors are invited to submit manuscripts focus on topics and themes such as:
  • · How important is context to conducting IB research?
  • · What are the various methodological approaches used to measure context?
  • · How does indigenous research help us uncover multiple contexts?
  • · What is context-embedded research, and why is it important?
  • · What role do institutions and institutional voids play in establishing context in IB research?
  • · How does the use (or abuse) of context affect rigor or relevance in our theory development?
  • · How does the use of context help us expand theory in IB?
  • · What research methods are most appropriate to uncovering the different and multiple contexts that underlie most international settings?

Submission process:

By November 1, 2015, authors should submit their manuscripts online via the new Journal of World Business EES submission system. The link for submitting manuscript is:

To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for consideration for this Special Issue, it is important that authors select ‘SI: Contextualizing Research’ when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Journal of World Business Guide for Authors available at All submitted manuscripts will be subject to the Journal of World Business’s blind review process.

We may organize a workshop designed to facilitate the development of papers. Authors of manuscripts that have progressed through the revision process will be invited to it. Presentation at the workshop is neither a requirement for nor a promise of final acceptance of the paper in the Special Issue.

Questions about the Special Issue may be directed to the guest editors:


  • Buckley, P.J. (2002) 'Is the international business research agenda running out of steam?', Journal of International Business Studies, 33(2): 365-373.
  • Cheng, J.L.C. (1994) 'On the concept of universal knowledge in organization science: implications for cross-national research', Management Science, 40: 162-168.
  • Child, J. (2009) 'Context, Comparison, and methodology in Chinese Management Research', Management and Organization Review, 5(1): 57-73.
  • Enright, M.J. (2002) 'Globalization, regionalization, and the knowledge-based economy in Hong Kong. In J.H. Dunning (ed.) Regions, Globalization and the Knowledge-based Economy, Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 381-406.
  • Gelfend, M.J., Erez, M.and Aycan, Z. (2007) 'Cross-cultural organizational behavior', Annual Review of Psychology, 58: 479-514.
  • Ghemawat, P. (2001) 'Distance still matters', Harvard Business Review, 79(8), September: 137-147.
  • Ghemawat, P. (2003) 'Semiglobalization and international business strategy', Journal of International Business Studies, 34(2): 138-152.
  • Ghemawat, P. (2007) 'Why the world isn't flat', Foreign Policy, March-April: 54-60.
  • House, R. J., Hanges, P.J., Javidan, M., Dorfman, P.W. and Gupta, V. (2004) Culture, Leadership and Organizations: The GLOBE Study of 62 Societies. Sage.
  • Khanna, T. (2000) Local Institutions and Global Strategy, Harvard Business School: Boston, Harvard Business School Note No. 702-475.
  • Oesterle, M.J. and Wolf, J.M. (2011) '50 years of MIR and IB/IM research; an inventory and some suggestions for the fields development',Management International Review, 51: 735-757.
  • Ricart, J.E., Enright, M.J., Ghemawat, P., Hart, S.L., and Khanna, T. (2004) 'New frontiers in international strategy', Journal of International Business Studies, 35: 175-200.
  • Rousseau, D.M. and Fried, Y. (2001) 'Location, location, location: contextualizing organizational research', Journal of Organizational Behavior, 22: 1-13.
  • Rugman, A.M. and Verbeke, A. (2001) 'Subsidiary-specific advantages in multinational enterprises', Strategic Management Journal, 23(3): 237-250.
  • Shapiro, D.L., Von Glinow, M.A. and Xiao Z. (2007) 'Toward polycontextually sensitive research methods', Management and Organization Review, 3(1): 129-152.
  • Shenkar, O. and Von Glinow, M.A. (1994) 'Paradoxes of organizational theory and research: using the case of China to illustrate national contingency', Management Science, 40: 56-71.
  • Teagarden, M.B. and Schotter, A. (2013) 'Favor prevalence in emerging markets: a multi-level analysis of social capital', Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 30(2): 447-460.
  • Teagarden, M.B., M.A. Von Glinow, D. Bowen, C. Frayne, S. Nason, P. Huo, J. Milliman, M.C. Butler, M.E. Arias, N.H. Kim, H. Scullion and K.B. Lowe (1995). 'Toward building a theory of comparative management research methodology: An idiographic case study of the best international human resources management project', Academy of Management Journal, 38(5): 1261-1287.
  • Tsui, A.S. (2004) 'Contributing to global management knowledge: a case for high quality indigenous research', Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 21: 491-513.
  • Von Glinow, M.A. and Teagarden, M.B. (2009) 'The future of Chinese management research: rigor and relevance redux', Management and Organization Review, 5(1): 75-89.
  • Von Glinow, M.A. and Teagarden M.B. (1990). 'Contextual determinants of human resource management effectiveness in international cooperative alliances: evidence from the People's Republic of China', International Human Resource Management Review, 1: 75-93.
  • Von Glinow, M.A. and Teagarden M.B. (1988). 'The transfer of human resource management technology in Sino-U.S. cooperative ventures: problems and solutions', Human Resource Management, 27(2), Summer: 201-229.
  • Von Glinow, M.A, Teagarden, M.B. and Drost E. (2002a). 'Converging on IHRM best practices: lessons learned from a globally-distributed consortium on theory and practice', Human Resource Management, Special Issue41(1): 123-140.
  • Von Glinow, M.A, Teagarden, M.B. and Drost E. (2002b). 'Converging on IHRM best practices: lessons learned from a globally-distributed consortium on theory and practice', Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resource Management, Special Issue40 (1): 123-140.
  • Whetten, D. (2009) 'An examination between context and theory applied to the study of organizations in China', Management and Organization Review, 5(1): 29-55.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Call for conference papers: 8th Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

8th Annual Conference of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Co-organized by

  • National Entrepreneurship Research Centre, Tsinghua University, China
  • Technology and Management Centre for Development, Oxford University, UK
  • Canada-China Institute for Business and Development, Ryerson University, Canada
  • Dr. Steven Murphy, Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Jian Gao, Senior Associate Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University
  • Dr. Xiaolan Fu, Director, Technology and Management Centre for Development, Oxford University

Call for Proposals:

Ryerson, Tsinghua and Oxford universities are pleased to announce that the 8th Annual Conference for the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (#AIE2015) will be held for the first time in beautiful Toronto, Canada from August 20-21, 2015. The AIE conference was first held in 2008 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, consistently ranked as one of China’s top institutions for higher learning and mentioned in Forbes as building China’s next generation of entrepreneurs. The conference has since taken place at the prestigious Oxford University in London, England. Oxford has promoted entrepreneurship and innovation through its Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the Technology and Management Centre for Development. A truly international conference, it has attracted more than 1,500 participants from more than 27 countries over the years. This time, conference participants will have the unique opportunity to experience Canada as an innovation nation. Toronto has a vibrant entrepreneurial sector, as exemplified by Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), one of the top ranked incubators in the world. Zones under the umbrella of the DMZ include the Center for Urban Energy, Fashion Zone, Design Fabrication Zone, Transmedia Zone, and Social Ventures Zone. Coming in the future are Aerospace , Biomed and Sports Zones and others. The DMZ has internationalized its model to India and will be duplicated in other emerging economies. The multitude of industries represented by the zones and programs at Ryerson University is reflective of the bustling and buzzing city of Toronto, a highly economically diversified city on Lake Ontario. While surrounded by natural beauty, including the Toronto Islands, wine country just south of the city, and the Canadian Shield to the north, Toronto is also diverse and glamorous for its variety of people and events. Known as “Hollywood of the North”, especially because it hosts one of the most prestigious film events in the world, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), many movies are made here. Ryerson even has a Creative Industries program as reflective of our vibrant arts scene. There is no end to things to do in Toronto, even for those of us who live here! The AIE Conference provides a broad platform to convene scholars from around the world to present research and to stimulate discussions on critical research issues and new developments in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Conference Team:  Building An Inclusive Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

The conference has an overarching theme that emphasizes the important role of entrepreneurship in a sustainable innovation ecosystem and the impact of diversity on entrepreneurial development and social innovation. It covers the following topics of interest but is not limited to:

  • The role of entrepreneurship in the economic diversification and development process
  • New business creation process, incubators, and accelerators
  • The role of entrepreneurship in innovation and revitalization of corporations
  • Cross-sector partnerships for increasing innovation
  • The role of government and public policy in innovation
  • The role and effects of education and training on innovation
  • University based new ventures and student engagement
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation with a focus on solving environmental issues
  • Technology-based venturing and management of technological innovations
  • Venture capital, angel investing, and entrepreneurial finance 
  • Creation and management of family business
  • Diversity within innovation and entrepreneurship (e.g., women, immigrants, aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, persons with disability and seniors)
  • Social innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Technological innovation to bridge rural-urban divides
  • International entrepreneurship and “born global” strategies
  • Entrepreneurship in and design of innovations for low income or emerging markets 

Important Dates

  • May 15, 2015 Proposal Deadline - Extended from April 15, 2015
  • June 30, 2015 Final Submissions (including papers, photos and profiles)
  • August 20-21, 2015 AIE Conference


Applicants are invited to submit proposals in two of the following ways:

1) Individual proposals that consist of:
  • Title
  • Theme(s) addressed
  • Full contact information
  • An abstract of your paper consisting of no more than 500 words (2 pages) 
  • An updated CV

2) Panel sessions of 3-5 participants that consist of:

  • Proposed title of the panel session
  • Theme(s) addressed
  • A 500 word (2 pages) overview of the main theme(s) discussed in the panel and how each paper interconnects 
  • Full contact information of each participant
  • Updated CVs for all participants 

Please submit your proposal in electronic format (in one Word or PDF document) to by April 15 (11:59pm EST). Proposals received after this time will not be considered. The conference encourages proposals from current and emerging scholars, those in public policy and industry partners. You will be notified electronically of your acceptance no later than May 15 2015

Presenters whose proposals are accepted for the conference will be invited to submit full papers of no more than 20-25 pages on the topic outlined in your abstract. The best paper selected by the conference committee will win the Best Paper Award co-sponsored by Emerald Publishing and will be considered for publication by the Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies. For more information on the conference please visit, and for general help and administrative matters please contact AIE Support at

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

General call for papers: Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies (OMEE)

The Multidisciplinary Research Journal: Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies (OMEE)

General Call for Papers

Journal website:

Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies mission is to contribute to the development and dissemination of multidisciplinary knowledge on organizations and markets in emerging economies, to increase dialogue among scholars focused on more narrow research issues within the OMEE scope and, finally, to offer an outlet for high quality scholarship.

The journal takes a broad definition of emerging economies. As such, emerging economies include the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe, Asian nations (China, India, Vietnam, and others) that are increasing their free-market systems, countries in Central and South America, and finally countries in Africa. Each of these regions faces unique challenges and we encourage research that highlights the uniqueness of the particular region or country, while whenever possible seeks to identify shared patterns of organizational and market behaviour across different emerging economy contexts and across emerging economy and developed economy contexts.

The submitted papers can take economic, sociological or psychological perspectives. The Journal is open for various types of articles:
  • Review articles, which summarize and evaluate the current stock of knowledge on a specific issue;
  • Conceptual/theory building articles, which develop propositions and outline directions for further research;
  • Empirical papers, which study specific issues employing qualitative or quantitative methodologies.
  • Other types 
Topics of special interest include, but are not limited to:
  1. Organizational learning and change in emerging economies.
  2. MNE’s in emerging economies.
  3. Alliances, networks and clusters in emerging economies.
  4. Corporate and functional strategies in emerging economies.
  5. Market development and consumer behaviour in emerging economies.
We equally appreciate and encourage submissions by scholars from both emerging and developed economies. The strength of the journal is openness to contributions of scholars coming from diverse geographical contexts disciplinary backgrounds, theoretical traditions, and methodological approaches. This is reflected in the structure of our editorial board as well as in the way Journal assigns reviewers. Such philosophy and ensuing practice allows the double-blind peer review procedure to be rigorous, constructive, and stimulating, which helps advance research papers.

The submissions will be considered for upcoming issues of Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies. For more information, please visit homepage of the Journal Inquiries and papers should be sent by e-mail

Prof. Sigitas Urbonavicius,
Editor-in-Chief Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Call for papers. Special Issue: Advances in Strategic Management dedicated to “Corporate Strategy and Resource Redeployment

Advances in Strategic Management dedicated to “Corporate Strategy and Resource Redeployment"

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015

It is well understood that whether corporate strategists create value is determined by their ability to deploy resources across multiple business units. Strategies in pursuit of “synergy,” where resources are simultaneously shared across businesses, have commanded the dominant attention of researchers and practitioners to date. Only recently has it been explicated that a second type of resource deployment strategy might create corporate value by providing discretion or flexibility to partially or completely withdraw resources from one business and reallocate them to another business. This strategy has been referred to as “inter-temporal economies of scope,” “resource redeployability,” and “resource reconfiguration,” and differs from synergy in that resources are withdrawn from one business and reallocated to another, rather than contemporaneously shared across businesses. It is believed that when firms can redeploy their resources in this manner, it provides greater potential to escape from declining prospects in a business, and is particularly valuable in turbulent environments. As a result, resource redeployability may affect not only firm value creation, but also firm and industry evolution.

Despite recent advances in our understanding of resource redeployment, the discussion remains emergent around how it and synergy differentially affect value and firm decision-making. There are at least three substantive opportunities to advance our understanding of this debate:

First, we need more clarity about the theoretical determinants and effects of synergy versus resource redeployment. Relevant research questions might include:
  • · How are the determinants of synergistic value different from the determinants of value derivable from resource redeployment?
  • · Is the value deriving from resource redeployment necessarily associated with multi-business firms, or might single-business firms also benefit? What are the conditions under which single-business firms might benefit from redeployability?
  • · What environmental conditions are best suited to a strategy based on resource redeployment? And how do firm redeployment strategies affect industry evolution?
  • · When can resource redeployment be proactive versus reactive? What processes can help organizations to identify redeployment opportunities? 
  • · How can executives manage the human resource challenges around resource redeployment (i.e., maintaining morale of employees; or getting division managers to take actions that can lead to withdrawal of resources)?

Second, we need more clarity about how to empirically disentangle synergy from redeployability, because they may have common derivatives, such as resource relatedness.

  • · How might scholars empirically distinguish whether value is derived from synergy or the flexibility to redeploy resources? Is it possible to distinguish the sources of value creation through the use of different variables, or will it require clever methodology/ research design to isolate differences?
  • · How do we consistently identify scale-free versus non scale-free resources?
  • · Do managers consider the flexibility to redeploy when making entry or exit decisions?
Finally, we may need to revisit prior work investigating the benefits of corporate strategy based on synergy, in order to assess the extent to which prior results may stem from resource redeployability.
  • · Because existing work tends not to distinguish between synergy and resource redeployment, is it possible that existing work provides an incomplete picture of the contributions of resource relatedness to firm value and firm decision-making?
  • · How would the results of prior research on the value created by corporate strategy change if resource redeployability were included?
Despite recent work to address the three issues identified above, significant work remains. In this call, we invite theoretical and empirical work that tackles these and related issues.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions are due no later than May 15, 2015. All papers submitted must represent original research not previously published elsewhere. All submissions will be subject to in-depth review, and editorial decisions and revision requests will be communicated to authors by September 1, 2015. Authors going forward to the second round will be invited to present their revised paper at a conference in October or November 2015 in Strasbourg France (exact date TBD), with travel supplements provided. The targeted publication date for the volume is August 2016.

To submit a paper, or to ask questions about the content of this AiSM volume or the editorial process, please contact the volume editors, Timothy Folta (, Constance Helfat (, or Samina Karim ( or the AiSM series editor, Brian Silverman (

Further information on the series can be found at: or at

Advances in Strategic Management is an ISI Web of Science-indexed journal.

Call for papers: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IJEI)

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IJEI) and Industry and Higher Education

Call for papers:

The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ISSN 1465-7503) is a refereed journal and is published in February, May, August and November. Online access to the electronic edition is provided as a free supplement to subscribers to the printed journal.

Key topics

  • Strategic dimensions of growth
  • The entrepreneur as manager of a growing company
  • Financing company growth
  • Internationalization and growth
  • The acquisitions process of a growing company
  • Teaching entrepreneurship
  • Strategic alliances
  • New forms of organization
  • Women and entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial behaviour in large organizations
  • Entrepreneurship in developing countries
  • Making allies in business
  • Ethics, the entrepreneur and the company 


Each issue of IJEI includes four to six double-blind peer-reviewed papers. Contents and abstracts of the latest issue are available on this Website.

In addition to the selected papers, regular features are:

A case study of around 2,000-3,000 words. Designed for use in the 'classroom', case studies will be supported by questions, provided either by the author or the editor. The case studies will be diverse in coverage and approach. They may, for example: (1) describe a process whereby an entrepreneurial activity has succeeded or failed; (2) outline the stages involved in establishing a new enterprise: innovation, start-up, maturation, growth and decline; or (3) analyse a particular facet of a new enterprise (eg a human resource issue or the financing of the enterprise).
The Internet Review. This section identifies and reviews Websites of interest for those interested in research on entrepreneurship, small firms and innovation in an international context.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Call for papers. The Role of Capabilities in International Marketing

Journal of International Marketing

Special Issue

The Role of Capabilities in International Marketing

  • Submission Deadline: November 23, 2015
The central, long-standing, question in the strategy, management, and marketing literatures is why some firms outperform others.  The dynamic capabilities framework is nowadays the dominant theoretical perspective for explaining how firms achieve a sustainable competitive advantage and, thereby, enjoy superior performance.  Dynamic capabilities typically refer to the firm’s ability to integrate, build, and reconfigure internal and external competences to address rapidly changing environments.  Thus, the key question should be why and how it is that, over time, some firms become successful in managing their capabilities, while other firms do not.

This question becomes more difficult to answer for firms operating in the global market.  When businesses transcend national boundaries, firms need to create, renew, and orchestrate their resources in a more skillful manner to effectively manage differences in cultural, social, economic, political, technological, and allied factors between the local and foreign markets and timely address the increased levels of uncertainty inherent in international operations.  However, studies on the capabilities of firms operating in the global marketplace have lagged behind those in domestic market settings. While the nature, origins, evolution and consequences of capabilities have been much discussed in a domestic context, much less attention has been paid to which and how capabilities can help firms cope with the additional ramifications of international marketing.

The aim of the Special Issue is to advance understanding of the leading role that firm capabilities potentially play in international market operations. How can capabilities help firms move along the internationalization path, formulate and implement effective international marketing strategies, develop close and profitable relationships with foreign customers and business partners, overcome the liability of foreignness, and successfully operate in different institutional environments?  How important are they for firm survival and growth in global markets?  Manuscripts may be conceptual or empirical.  All manuscripts should have clear relevance to international marketing theory and practice.  

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Determinants and outcomes of capabilities in international market operations
  • Marketing capabilities and innovation in international market operations
  • The interplay between various institutional environments and firm capabilities 
  • Firm capabilities and the internationalization process of a firm
  • Strategic orientations and firm capabilities in global markets
  • Case studies of how firms create or acquire capabilities necessary to international business 
  • Different forms, functions, and levels of firms capabilities in international operations
  • The role of firm capabilities in managing dyads, triads, networks, new ventures, and strategic alliances in international operations
  • Knowledge capabilities in international operations
  • How firm capabilities emerge, develop, adapt and change over time 
Journal guidelines can be found here and manuscripts be submitted via the online system at

Questions should be directed to:

Constantine S. Katsikeas
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Marketing
Chair of the Marketing Division
Associate Dean
Arnold Ziff Research Chaired Professor in Marketing and International Management
Leeds University Business School
Maurice Keyworth Building
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
Phone: +44 (0) 113-343-2624

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Call for conferences papers: 22nd Annual International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference (IVBEC)

22nd Annual International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference (IVBEC)

New York City

22nd October - 24th October 2015

IVBEC 2015 will take place at the New York Marriott Downtown, NYC

Sponsored by the Vincentian Universities in the United States - St. John’s University, DePaul University, and Niagara University, and co-sponsored by the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

UN Global Compact and UN PRME:

What We Practice and What We Teach in Business Ethics

In addition to the general theme for the keynote and plenary sessions, the conference is organized in broad topical areas based on proposed submissions.

We are looking for submissions from business professionals, academics and young scholars who have an interest in and commitment to the study and discussion of business and professional ethics.

The conference will begin on Thursday afternoon, October 22nd and run until Saturday afternoon, October 24th. Specific details on the conference venue and accommodations may be found on our website ( ). The conference registration fee is $350.00.


We require a one to three-page proposal (Word or PDF formats) for one of the following: an empirical, theoretical or pedagogical research paper; a practical case study; an emerging approach to teaching business ethics; or, a panel session of business and academic leaders discussing problems and challenges concerning ethics and ethical decision making in business. All submissions must indicate whether they are “Discussion” papers (abstract only) or “Full” papers. Full paper submissions must follow the proposal with a full paper by the date designated below and will be considered for a Best Paper Award. Final proposals will be selected through a blind referee process based on the quality of the submission and their relation to the theme of the conference.

Submission Process

All submissions should include a separate title page and must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to When submitting please label the files as follows: "Last Name, First Name - Title Page", "Last Name, First Name - Abstract" or "Last Name, First Name - Full Paper."

Papers are submitted with the understanding that they are original, unpublished works that have not been submitted elsewhere and that at least [one of] the author[s] will attend the conference and present the paper.

Abstract Submissions: April 15th 2015

The paper abstract or proposals should consist of a title page and a short summary (1-3 pages) on the subject, including keywords. The title page should contain the name, institutional affiliation, postal address, telephone number, fax number, country code, and electronic mailing address of each author. All materials or references that allow the blind reviewer to identify the author(s) should be completely removed from the abstract and paper, and appear only on the title page. Authors should bear in mind that abstracts will be used to publicize the content of their article and should therefore emphasize the value of the article's contribution to conference participants. Authors should also attempt to make the abstract understandable to both academics and laypersons alike.

Paper abstracts/Proposals should be typed using font size 12 on 8.5 x 11'' paper with 1'' margins.
Each page should be numbered and line spacing should be single spaced.

Full Paper submissions: September 1st, 2015 

Papers should roughly conform to the standards set by the Journal of Business Ethics. The title page should contain the name, institutional affiliation, postal address, telephone number, fax number, country code, and electronic mailing address of each author. The second page should include the paper title, an abstract that is 100-250 words and keywords. All materials or references that allow the blind reviewer to identify the author(s) should be completely removed from the paper, and appear only on the title page.

Papers should be typed using font size 12 on 8.5 x 11'' paper with 1'' margins.
Each page should be numbered and line spacing should be double spaced.

Opportunities for publication

Following the conference, participants will be invited to submit finalized papers for publication in a special edition of the Journal of Business Ethics.


New York Marriott Downtown
85 West Street at Albany Street
New York, NY 10006

* Conference participants are encouraged to reserve a room at the conference hotel. For more details please visit the conference website:

If you have any further questions, please email:
Dr. Linda Sama (
Dr. Mitch Casselman (

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Call for conference papers: China Goes Global Conference

9th China Goes Global Conference
October 1-3, 2015

Georgia Tech (CIBER), Atlanta, USA

Further info available at: 2015 CALL FOR PAPERS China goes Global

The 9th annual conference of China Goes Global (a trademark of the Chinese Globalization Association), will be held in Georgia Tech, Scheller College of Business, Atlanta, GA, October 1-3, 2015. As the premier conference on the topic, we seek contemporary contributions from the various business disciplines and the broader social sciences on the globalization of China.

Since 2006, China Goes Global pulls together a unique set of contributions on the globalization of the Chinese business environment, economy, and society. The conference is unique in several ways. The conference is developmental in nature and we invite competitive papers, recently published book authors, focused panels and work-in-progress for submission. The conference provides an ideal opportunity for scholars and practitioners as well as Ph.D. students to share and discuss their most recent high-quality work with other experts in this research field.

Best papers are also given the chance to be published in the International Journal of Emerging Markets, a Scopus ranked journal by Emerald. Selected papers will also be published as chapters in a book.

This year’s keynoter is Rosalie Tung.

In addition to insightful ideas, the conference also includes a reception, a performance, and great people and scholars with whom you can network. To join us on linkedin, go to (Chinese Globalization Association). Join us on Facebook.

Please submit your paper through our online submission system no later than April 15, 2015. Papers should follow the author style and referencing guide provided on the conference website. By submitting a paper, all authors also agree to review up to 3 papers.

Submissions must be done online:

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission: April 15, 2015
  • Paper acceptance/rejection: May 30, 2015
  • Revised paper submission: June 30, 2015

Call for papers. Special Issue: Globalization of Capital Markets: Implications for firm strategies

Special Issue Call for Papers

Journal of International Management
Globalization of Capital Markets: Implications for firm strategies

Guest Editors:

  • Igor Filatotchev, City University London and Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • R. Greg Bell, University of Dallas
  • Abdul A. Rasheed, University of Texas at Arlington

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015

The increasing integration of global capital markets now makes it easier for firms to access capital outside of their home countries. Firms access international capital markets through a variety of means such as initial public offerings (IPO), seasoned equity offerings (SEO), cross-listings, depository receipts, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACS), shelf offerings, private equity and other informal equity capital channels. Firms can also access debt resources outside their market through bank loans, and foreign bond issues. Finally, cross border flows of venture capital (VC) continue to increase rapidly. The objective of this Special Issue will be to explore the challenges firms face in capital markets beyond their domestic boundaries, be it equity, debt, or VC markets.

While IB research continues to evaluate the challenges facing firms in foreign product markets, IB scholars have yet to adequately address the underlying reasons why firms face challenges in foreign equity markets. These include underpricing, higher underwriting and professional fees, higher listing fees, audit fees (Bronson, Ghosh, and Hogan, 2009), and greater risk of lawsuits (Bhattacharya, Galpin, and Haslem, 2007), and home bias on the part of investors (French and Poterba, 1991). Further, research suggests the existence of a “foreign firm discount” relative to host market firms (Frésard and Salva, 2010).

Venture capital and private equity have truly become global phenomena and take many forms such as cross-border investment, foreign acquisitions, VC firms opening offices overseas, and influencing their portfolio firms to enter and exit international stock exchanges. Foreign firms raise significantly more debt than equity in the U.S.. Indeed, the largest component of the international capital market is the bond market. 

Research on the motivation, the processes, the supporting mechanisms, and the range of outcomes that firms experience as a result of entering international capital markets is extremely limited so far. We believe such research can draw from a variety of theoretical perspectives and research traditions in international business. The choice of whether to access financial resources outside of the firm’s home market, how to select the appropriate foreign market, and the manner in which to raise resources are all relevant questions that parallel prior IB research market and entry mode choice. IB scholars consider LOF as the “fundamental assumption driving theories of the multinational enterprise” (Zaheer, 1995: 341). Yet, the conceptualization and research on LOF solely based upon product market may be inadequate today given the increasing integration of capital markets (Bell, Filatotchev and Rasheed, 2012).

In addition to the main theoretical perspectives in international business, the Special Issue welcomes scholars and perspectives from diverse disciplines such as finance, economics, and sociology.


The interaction between product market and capital market strategies
Prior research shows that the decision to list abroad has implications on the success of the firm’s products. What are the implications of capital market strategies for product market strategies and vice versa?

  • Culture and capital markets 
There is a growing body of research that investigates how culture affects both economic exchange and outcomes by affecting expectations and preferences (Guiso, Sapienza, and Zingales, 2009). How does culture affect cross-border transactions in formal or informal capital markets?

  • The role of distance 
Even in a world where technology has shrunk distance and time, spatial costs are non-trivial. Do spatial costs exist in financial markets? Moreover, do spatial costs impact capital market strategies, and the choice of foreign capital markets?

  • The role of innovation 
Financial markets are continuously producing new vehicles through which firms can acquire capital resources. What are the antecedents of innovations in global capital markets? How do firms take advantage of these innovations?

  • Institutional environments and their implications on capital market strategies 
New exchanges in Europe and Asia with vastly different listing and disclosure requirements thank New York and London. How has the competition among stock exchanges impacted the international capital raising strategies of firms?

  • Liabilities of Foreignness 
What are the sources of Liabilities of Foreignness (LOF) that firms face in formal or informal capital markets and what are the strategies that enable firms to overcome them?

  • Informal capital market strategies 
Private equity represents an innovation in the ability to provide capital to unquoted firms. What are challenges that private equity firms face in international markets? Likewise, what are the challenges that private equity portfolio firms face?

  • Governance and capital market strategies 
To what extent does internationalization of capital markets lead to convergence of governance practices across countries??

  • The role of trust 
Trust has been found to affect the international investment choices of private equity firms (Bruton, Ahlstrom, and Puky, 2009). How does trust impact the international capital market strategies of firms?

  • Third parties and capital market strategies 
Capital markets are mediated markets in that sense that participants rely greatly on key third parties, such as investment banks, brokers, and investment analysts for information production. How do third parties impact the choice of foreign capital markets? What are the internationalization strategies that these third parties pursue?

  • Processes 
What are the top management and board factors that impact capital market strategies? Both individual and team level factors hold considerable promise providing greater insights into the reasons why firms choose capital resources outside of their home market, and the manner in which these resources are accessed.

  • Performance 
What accounts for success in foreign capital markets? How do strategies for firms seeking debt capital differ from those seeking equity? How do home and host country factors determine the outcome of these strategies?

While many of the firms that make their initial public offerings go on to succeed, what is often overlooked is the fact that more than half of these firms actually delist within the first few years (Doidge, Karolyi, and Stulz, 2010). What are the factors that account for the delisting of firms on foreign exchanges?

Submission Instructions

The deadline for manuscript submission is May 15, 2015. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with Journal of International Management’s Style Guide for Authors: and submitted through the Journal’s submission website. A paper development workshop will be held at the 2015 Academy of Management conference in Vancouver. Final Drafts are due February 28, 2016.

Please direct any questions regarding the Special Issue to Igor Filatotchev (, Greg Bell ( and Abdul Rasheed (


  • Bell, R. G., Filatotchev, I., Rasheed, A. 2012. The liability of foreignness in capital markets: Sources and remedies. Journal of International Business Studies, 43(2): 107-122.
  • Bhattacharya, U., Galpin, N., Haslem, B. 2007. The home court advantage in international coporate litigation. Journal of Law and Economics, 50: 625-659.
  • Bruton, G., Ahlstrom, D., Puky, T. 2009. Institutional differences and the development of entrepreneurial ventures: A comparison of the venture capital industries in Latin America and Asia. Journal of International Business Studies, 40: 762-778. 
  • Doidge, C., Karolyi, A., Stulz, R., 2010. Why do foreign firms leave U.S. equity markets? Journal of Finance 65, 1507-1553.
  • French, K., Poterba, J. 1991. Investor diversification and international equity markets. The American Economic Review, 81(2): 222-226
  • Frésard, L., Salva, C. 2010. The foreign firm discount. Working Paper, HEC School of Management, HEC Paris. 
  • Guiso, L., Sapienza, P., Zingales, L. 2009. Cultural biases in economic exchange? Quarterly Journal of Economics, 124(3): 1095–1131.
  • Schmeisser, B. 2013. A systematic review of literature on offshoring of value chain activities. Journal of International Management, 19(4), 390-406.
  • Zaheer, S. 1995. Overcoming the liability of foreignness. Academy of Management Journal, 38(2): 341-363.

Call for papers. Special Issue: What is Patient Capital, and Where does it Exist?

Call for Papers

"What is Patient Capital, and Where does it Exist?"

Special Issue of Socio-Economic Review

Guest Editors:
  • Richard Deeg, Temple University
  • Iain Hardie, University of Edinburgh
  • Sylvia Maxfield, Providence College


  • Submission deadline: July 15, 2015
  • Publication of Special Issue in Socio-Economic Review: 2016


The availability of 'patient capital' has long been of interest to academics and policy makers alike. For this group, patient capital provides a bulwark against short-term financial pressures to maintain cash flow (to pay bondholders and lenders) and deliver high short-term returns on equity (for shareholders). In so doing, it facilitates long-term and asset-specific investments by non-financial companies (NFC), enables them to retain employees and sustain investment through economic downturns and ultimately drives long-term economic growth. Although the extent of change is much debated, events in developed economies over the past two decades suggest that patient capital has experienced systematic decline. For political economy, much focus has been on a marked erosion of relational banking, especially in Germany and Japan. Banks acting as providers of patient capital to companies, either as long-term holders of equity or through long maturity loans, underpin a typology of financial systems based on a bank-based / financial market-based dichotomy. Recent scholarship has questioned the validity of this dichotomy, arguing that banks' increasing holding of assets that are priced by, and liabilities that are borrowed from, financial markets undermines their capacity to act as a bulwark against market pressure on NFCs (Hardie et al. 2013; Hardie and Howarth 2013). This research, however, begs obvious questions. If not banks, who might provide patient capital, and what are the implications for financial systems and NFCs? Only a small number of political economy scholars have considered the potential for other financial market actors to demonstrate patience, and the focus has been on how these actors might support the existing dichotomy (Jackson and Vitols 2001; Culpepper 2005).

The financialization literature finds increased financial short-termism in both financial and corporate sectors (e.g., Erturk et al. 2008; Van der Zwan 2014; Jones and Nisbet 2011) – a concerned shared by policymakers (e.g., Bank of England 2014; G30 2013; Kay 2012). Those focused on issues of corporate governance highlight the shift toward norms and practices of shareholder value, generally regarded as antithetical to patient capital. All this has occurred in the context of substantial changes in the equity investor landscape, from increased dispersion of corporate ownership to increased prominence of new investors (such as private equity and hedge funds), as well as in the nature of debt financing and the emergence of new providers of NFC lending such as peer-to-peer and loan funds. Altogether these suggest new sources of patient capital may be emerging, including in traditionally more market-dominated financial systems.

Despite all these developments, few efforts have been made to systematically assess how patient capital has changed and the consequences of those changes. This special issue seeks to make a significant step toward redressing this gap in our knowledge by theorizing the nature, underpinnings and implications of patient capital in contemporary financial systems. Such investigation must start, however, by recognizing that academics and concerned policymakers are agreed only on what patient capital broadly does– but not on what patient capital is in practice. This special issue will focus primary attention both to defining patient capital and examining changes in financial systems that may involve new forms or sources of patient capital, including the rise of non-monetary financial institutions as sources of loans (direct and via collateralized lending) and equity (private equity, hedge and venture capital funds), and institutional investors with the potential to provide substantial patient capital, notably foundations, endowments, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds.

Key Themes:

We welcome papers on any aspect of patient capital and from all methodological and academic perspectives. We especially value those with a comparative focus and which address one or more of the following questions:

  • - What are the socio-political foundations of patient capital?
  • - How does government policy promote or hinder patient capital?
  • - What do NFCs do with patient capital? What determines their demand for patient capital?
  • - What role do issues of shareholder value, corporate governance and socially responsible investing play in questions of patient capital?
  • - Who are the financial market actors that might provide patient capital? We welcome papers that consider this question in general terms, or that focus on special investor / lender types such as venture capital, private equity, foundations, alternative forms of banking, etc.
  • - Does the amount and form of patient capital vary systematically across diverse systems of capitalism? Do institutional complementarities between patient capital and the rest of the economy exist?
  • - What are the implications of the availability of patient capital? We welcome papers that consider a broad range of implications, e.g. for NFC finance generally, for the funding of innovation, for management-labour relations, or for economic growth.


Papers will be reviewed following the journal's normal double-blinded review process and criteria. The maximum length of articles including references, notes and abstract is 8,500 words. Articles must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 150 words. The main document has to be anonymous and should contain title, abstract, and strictly avoid self-references. Submissions should be directed through the on-line submission system:

For further guidelines on submissions and the editorial statement of Socio-Economic Review, please visit our website at:


For further information for this Special Issue, please contact any of the Guest Editors: Richard Deeg (, Iaian Hardie (, or Sylvia Maxfield (


  • Bank of England (2014), Procyclicality and Structural Trends in Investment Allocation by Insurance Companies and Pension Funds.
  • Culpepper, Pepper (2005), 'Institutional Change in Contemporary Capitalism: Coordinated Financial Systems Since 1990'. World Politics 57:2, pp.173-99. 
  • Erturk, Ismail, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Adam Leaver and Karel Williams (2008) (eds.), Financialization at Work, Abingdon: Routledge. 
  • G30 (2013), Long-term Finance and Economic Growth.
  • Hardie, Iain and David Howarth (2013), Market-Based Banking and the International Financial Crisis, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hardie, Iain, David Howarth, Sylvia Maxfield and Amy Verdun (2013), 'Banks and the False Dichotomy in the Comparative Political Economy of Finance'. World Politics 64: 4, pp.691-728. 
  • Jackson, Gregory and Sigurt Vitols (2001), 'Between Financial Commitment, Market Liquidity and Corporate Governance: Occupational Pensions in Britain, Germany, Japan and the USA', in Bernhard Ebbinghaus and Philip Manow (eds.), Comparing Welfare Capitalism, London: Routledge, pp.171-89.
  • Jones, Bryn Jones and Peter Nisbet (2011) 'Shareholder value versus stakeholder values: CSR and financialization in global food firms', Socioeconomic Review (2011) 9 (2): 287-314
  • Kay, John (2012), The Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision Making.
  • van der Zwan, Natascha (2014) 'Making sense of financialization'. Socioeconomic Review 12 (1): 99-129