Monday, March 3, 2014

SMLA 2015
Strategic Management in Latin America Bi Annual Conference.  San Jose, Costa Rica 

INCAE Business School and The Journal of Business Research

CALL FOR PAPERS

Program Chairs: Esteban R. Brenes and Arnoldo Camacho - INCAE Business School

The Sixth International Conference on Strategic Management in Latin America, co-sponsored by INCAE Business School and the Journal of Business Research, will be held on January 8 and 9, 2015, in San José, Costa Rica. The theme for this Conference is: “Strategies for Growth, Regional Expansion and Global Competition”
 
Extended abstracts of no more than 1500 words must be submitted no later than March 17th, 2014.
Acceptance of abstracts will be notified before April 21st, 2014.  If your abstract is accepted you can submit your full paper starting as soon as April 22nd, 2014 but no later than July 29th, 2014.

Abstracts and papers must be submitted electronically to smla@incae.edu  and attached to this mail you can find extended information about tracks. .

Friday, February 21, 2014

Call for Book Chapters Contributors:  
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
·         Limitations of market based approaches
·         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 the Advances in Sustainability and Environmental Justice (indexed in Scopus)

Book Editors:

Dr. Liam Leonard, Editor of CRIMSOC and Advances in Sustainability, United States/Ireland. liam_leonard@yahoo.com
Prof. Dr. Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia mgonza40@eafit.edu.co

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Prof. Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez (PhD)
Universidad EAFIT
Editor-in-chief of AD-minister
Carrera 49 No. 7 Sur 50, bloque 26 - Oficina 416
Medellin-Colombia
Tel: (574)261 9500 ext. 9431
E-mail:
mgonza40@eafit.edu.co

Call for Proposal

Call for Proposals

Management and Organization Review
Inaugural Research Frontiers Conference
 
Globalization of Knowledge Creation and Innovation in the Context of Emerging Economies
 
Co-sponsored by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) School of Business, HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies, City University of Hong Kong, and the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR)
 
Hong Kong, December 4–7, 2014
 
 
We are very pleased and excited to announce the Inaugural Management Organization Review (MOR) Research Frontiers Conference. The purpose of the annual MOR Research Frontiers Conference is to serve as the exploration mode of the journal to stimulate investigation and knowledge creation of phenomena in the social sciences underlying management and organizations and globalization through boundary-crossing dialog and discourse.
 
The conference is intended to provide the Editors of MOR the basis for framing future special issues of MOR.
 
The conference draws together social science thought leaders, management and organization scholars, executives, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, and non-business scholars in a community building and enhancing setting.
 
The core theme of the inaugural conference revolves around the Globalization of Knowledge Creation and Innovation in the Context of Emerging Economies. Potential sub-themes include but are not limited to the antecedents and future of emerging economy innovations; exploiting formal institutional voids embedded in state and local policies and  national innovation systems of emerging economies; industrial clusters and innovation; MNEs and innovation in emerging economies; culture goods; social and management innovations; the role of universities on innovation in emerging economies; new ways of organizing innovation of emerging economies in the global ecology of innovation; evolution and role of  global on-line STEM communities and innovation in emerging economies; role of national culture and creativity at the individual and group levels; business management practices and promotion of creativity and innovation; innovation competition between emerging economies (e.g., China and India).
The choice of the overall theme is wide ranging by design. It recognizes the national aspirations and priorities that emerging economies are placing on knowledge creation as a new lever of economic development and a new arena of competition between nations in the sphere of knowledge creation. It creates the opportunity to examine many other evolving dynamics such as structural changes in the supply and location of science, and technology pools of talent, the emerging online communities of talent and the reality of companies rethinking how and where to conduct their innovation activities including the reorganization of processes and the many activities involved in R&D and engineering support functions. 
Assembling and Functioning of the Program
The design of the program itself also involves a new approach. The program will consist of 7 plenary panel sessions in addition to the opening and closing gala plenary sessions. The Program Committee is soliciting 3-4 page proposals for plenary panels on any aspect of the theme of the conference. The proposals must describe the sub-theme focus of the panel and why it represents an underexplored but important line of inquiry. The proposal must also identify 4-5 panelists, the nature of their expertise, and the panel sub-theme that they will inform and motivate. Together each panel is expected to outline and delineate the contours of new lines of inquiry and opportunities for leading edge research directions. Panelists are not expected to present lengthy papers. The challenge for each panelist is to plan on a high level, 15-minute compelling presentation. Lastly each plenary panel proposal must also include explicit statements from each panelist committing to personally participate for the entire conference if the plenary panel proposal is accepted for presentation and discussion in the conference.
Each plenary panel session is allocated two and half hours (150 minutes). The format of each plenary panel involves a maximum of 90 minutes for the presentations by the panelists and the                                                                                                                                leadoff commentator. The formal presentation is followed by commentaries and discourse among the participants. It does not follow the traditional Q&A with panel. The key is to stimulate conversation and plant the seeds for follow up networking and new collaborations. At the conclusion of each plenary panel the panelists will be given a few minutes to reprise and respond to discussion that followed the plenary panel presentation. Each day will also include a period of downtime for networking, reassessment of discussions, emergence of new collaborations, and decompression.   
Attendance
Participation in the MOR Research Frontiers Conference is by invitation only on the basis of the quality, originality, and fit of the panel proposal with the overall conference theme.  The program committee will make every effort to ensure that the assembled participants represent a cross section of senior and junior scholars including advanced PhD students and that participants come from as many diverse geographies as possible. Attendance in future MOR Research Frontiers Conferences will strictly implement a requirement that 50% of the participants have not participated in a prior MOR Research frontiers Conference. This rule is intended to ensure that this prestigious and influential conference continues to stay vigorously stimulating, welcoming of new ideas and new perspectives and counteracts formation of an in-groups and creeping parochialism. 
The program committee expects that much of the plenary program will be created from proposals and suggestions received from scholars wishing to participate in the Inaugural MOR Research frontiers Conference. Some authors will be able to join the conference by participating in a pre-conference Paper Development Workshop to be organized and hosted by City University Hong Kong (details to be announced separately at a later date).
Individuals interested in attending the Inaugural MOR Research Frontiers Conference but not as participant on the program are invited to please submit a statement expressing desire and reasons for participating. The program committee will make every effort to accommodate such requests. The application deadline for plenary panel proposals or individual applications to attend is May 5, 2014. However, overall participation will be limited to a maximum of 60 participants organized in a Chinese Banquet arrangement (round tables accommodating up to 8 persons each) at all sessions.
Conference Venue and Schedule
The conference is hosted on the campus of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). The conference will open with a plenary gala session on December 4th 2014. Plenary sessions will be held December 5th and 6th. The closing Gala and special closing plenary and wrap up sessions will be held evening of December 6th and morning of 7th. The pre-conference paper development workshop will be organized and hosted by City University Hong Kong.
Program Committee
Arie Lewin (Duke University), Kwok Leung (City University of Hong Kong), Albert Park (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Chen Jin (Tsinghua University), Martin Kenney (University of California, Davis), and MOR Senior Editors Silvia Massini (University of Manchester), J. Peter Murmann (University of New South Wales), Bilian Sullivan (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), and Michael Witt (INSEAD, Singapore).

Local Arrangements Committee 

J. T. Li (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Albert Park (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Brian Boyd (City University of Hong Kong), Jiing-Lih (Larry) Farh (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Sam Garg (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Yaping Gong (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Paul Hempel (City University of Hong Kong), and Bilian Sullivan (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology).

Submission of Plenary Panel Proposals
Plenary Panel Session proposals should be submitted to Ms Stefanie McAdoo (smcadoo@duke.edu

Submission of Papers for Paper Development Workshop (details to come)

Accommodations and Registration Fee (details to come)
 
Individuals having substantive questions are invited to contact the convener of the Inaugural MOR Research frontiers Conference and Editor in Chief of MOR Professor Arie Lewin (ayl3@duke.edu)
 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

CALL FOR PAPER



 2014 Annual Conference
October 23rd25th
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 (www.aibse.org) 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 justiceand 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
  1. Professional Development – AIB-SE has a strong focus on professional development. This is exemplified by:
    1. PLS-SEM workshop by Joe Hair, Kennesaw State University.
    2. Doctoral consortium, which will be chaired by John McIntyre, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Bill Newburry, Florida International University.
    3. New Faculty consortium, which will be chaired by Mark Peterson, Florida Atlantic University, and Tom Lenartowicz, Florida Atlantic University.
    4. 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.
    5. Interactive paper sessions for those papers earlier in development or work-in-progress pieces which could benefit from informal feedback from other participants.
  2. 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 SeriesAll accepted conference papers will be published as an abstract in the 2014 AIB-SE Conference Proceedings.
  3. Conference Awards – Prestigious awards with cash prizes will be given for the conference Best PaperBest 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 thebest reviewer and the best student reviewer.
  4. 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.
  5. 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, wlamir.xavier@unisul.br;
Pinaki Dasgupta, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, pinaki@iift.ac.in
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, daniel.baack@du.edu;
Prashant Salwan, Indian Institute of Management, Indore, psalwan@iimidr.ac.in
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, Stanford.westjohn@utoledo.edu;
Ray Rody, Florida International University, rrody@fiu.edu
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, andrea.paltrinieri@univr.it
Clark Wheatley, Florida International University, wheatley@fiu.edu
Lydia Gan, University of North Carolina – Pembroke, lydia.gan@uncp.edu
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, gburke@georgiasouthern.edu;
Amit Arora, Savannah State University, aroraam@savannahstate.edu
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, petra.molthan-hill@ntu.ac.uk;
Jerome Baddley, Nottingham Energy Partnership jerome.b@nottenergy.com
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, vgupta@binghampton.edu;
Suman Niranjan, Savannah State University, niranjans@savannahstate.edu
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, szdravko@bryant.edu
Michelle Yang, Central Michigan University, yang1km@cmich.edu
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, mim10@psu.edu;
Jun Wu, Savannah State University, wuj@savannahstate.edu
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 Universitycmueller@stetson.edu;
Berna Mutlu, University of Florida, berna.mutlu@warrington.ufl.edu
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, mounir@kehal.net;
Leilani O. Baumanis, Johnson & Wales University, lbaumanis@jwu.edu
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 http://www.aibse.org/. 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 and  BitDefender.
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
peter.magnusson@fiu.edu
Anshu Arora, Ph.D.
Program Chair & 2014 Conference Co-Chair
Savannah   State University
aroraa@savannahstate.edu
Sumit Kundu, Ph.D.
Local Host & 2014 Conference Co-Chair
Florida International University
kundus@fiu.edu
[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, January 22, 2014

Call for Papers for a Special Issue in the Thunderbird International Business Review

The IMPACT OF FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTIMENTS (fdi) FROM Democratic COUNTRIES TO CENTRALLY PLANNED economies
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2014
Guest Editors:
Pervez N. Ghauri, King’s College, UK
Byung Il Park, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea
Purpose and Research topics:
Despite the recent economic slump and subsequent reductions and fluctuations of investment activities undertaken by multinational enterprises (MNEs) in host markets, the overall volume of foreign direct investment (FDI) has significantly grown over the last three decades. The major proportion of the FDI flows from democratic to centrally planned economies with the latter currently receiving huge amounts of inward FDI from the West. A representative example of this flow is China. China is often referred to as the factory of the world and/or the black hole of inward FDI. According to UNCTAD (2001, 2011), the recorded figure for 2010 revealed a more than doubling in the increase of China’s inward FDI (i.e., US$105.7 billion) since the year 2000 (US$40.7 billion). The same information also reveals that inward FDI in Vietnam dramatically increased from an annual average of US$651 million between 1989 and 1994 to US$ 2.1 billion in 2000 and US$8.2 billion in 2010.
A more direct example that clearly demonstrates the interaction between democratic and centrally planned economies is the Korean case. Based on mutual agreements between South (democratic) and North (centrally planned) Korean governments, South Korea established an industrial complex through FDI in Gaesung, North Korea. A number of South Korean MNEs participated in the project in order to exploit their capital and technology in combination with North Korea’s cheap labor force. As of March 2012, South Korean MNEs invested in a wide range of industrial sectors, such as textile, chemical, machinery, metal engineering, electricity & gas, electronics, food products, paper & wood, ceramics and so on. Since its establishment in 2008, the stock of production exceeded US$1 billion in September 2010 and approximately 50,000 North Koreans were employed as of January 2012 (EncyKorea, 2013). As the first industrial complex inaugurated jointly by South and North Korea, it has been a mutually beneficial contribution to political reconciliation, economic development, economical collaboration and cultural exchange.
However, we do not know enough that what impact this cooperation between democratic and centrally planned economies has had on the political, economic development, social and cultural areas. In this regard, the aim of this special issue is to bring together theoretical and empirical advancements examining the impact of FDI from disparate economies. We seek both theoretical and empirical papers that may address, but are not limited to, the following list of potential research questions:
  • Does FDI from democratic countries trigger economic growth in centrally planned countries? How does FDI from the former economies function as a vehicle to enhance economic development in the latter?
  • Who obtains more benefits from FDI between democratic and centrally planned economies?
  • Is the impact of FDI different in different centrally planned economies and are there different patterns of economic development?
  • What are the key factors promoting positive spillover effects of FDI in centrally planned economies?
  • What are the primary conditions that inhibit the negative economic development outcomes from inward FDI in these countries?
  • How do Western MNEs contribute to social evolution, particularly in centrally planned countries?
  • What is the effect of profit remittance by Western MNEs on these economies? What encourages Western MNEs to re-invest profits in these markets?
  • Does foreign investment induce political transitions and institutional changes in centrally planned countries?
  • What is the extent to which Western MNEs influence cultural evolution in these countries?
  • Are democratic economies influenced by outward investments into centrally planned countries?
  • Does the economic cooperation between democratic and centrally planned economies affect national / country of origin image?
Submission Instructions:
The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2014. Thunderbird International Business Review, including style guidelines, please visit the Thunderbird International Business Review website at: http://tibr.thunderbird.edu/submission.
All submissions will be subject to the regular double-blind peer review process at the Thunderbird International Business Review. The guest editors are seeking reviewers for this issue and are soliciting nominations and volunteers to participate as reviewers. Please contact the guest editors to volunteer or nominate a reviewer.
More Information:
To obtain additional information, please contact the guest editors:
Pervez N. Ghauri, King’s College London, UK (pervez.ghauri@kcl.ac.uk)
Byung Il Park, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea (leedspark@hufs.ac.kr)
References
EncyKorea (2013), Industrial complex established in Gaesung. Available http://terms.naver.com/entry.nhn?docId=1821118&cid=1599&categoryId=1599
UNCTAD (2001). World investment report: Promoting linkages. Geneva: United Nations.
UNCTAD (2011). World investment report: Non-equity modes of international production and development. Geneva: United Nations.