Monday, March 9, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Program Chair:
Dr. Shozo Inouye (
Professor of Management, College of Business, Rikkyo University

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

College of Business:
Rikkyo University:

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

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