Friday, January 15, 2010

Call for Papers: Next Chapter of the Globalization of Business: Challenges and Opportunities

The 3rd Rikkyo UniversityInternational Business Studies Symposium: “Next Chapter of the Globalization of Business: Challenges and OpportunitiesMay 21 – 22, 2010
Keynote speaker:Professor Stephen J. KobrinWilliam H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management,The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania College of Business,
Rikkyo UniversityTokyo, Japan

  • THEME: Following the collapse of the financial markets that began with Wall Street in 2007 and spread around the world, globalization of business is entering uncharted waters. Governments around the world are changing gears from embracing liberalism to intervening not only in the financial industry but also in a wide spectrum of industries. Players are changing with those from BRICs and other emerging markets increasingly becoming serious challengers to traditional MNEs. And NGOs are calling for changes in the rules of the game, ranging from more activist environmental policies to fairer trade regulations. Is the latest chapter of the globalization of business a temporary adjustment on a global scale, hence should firms hold their breath but stick to their existing business models and strategies? Or does it represent a major discontinuity, and should firms anticipate a qualitatively different set of challenges and start preparing for them? What do these challenges mean strategically and organizationally? Do the existing theoretical frameworks continue to be relevant for understanding and analyzing the implications for firms?
  • SCHEDULE & FORMAT: The two-day symposium will involve academia and industry in exploring issues and challenges of global business to management, organization, and leadership. The first day will set the tone with the key note speech by Professor Stephen Kobrin followed by the panel discussion. The second day will be devoted to the paper sessions organized around a number of sub-themes. Most of the program will be open to interested parties including students, faculty and industry representatives.
  • SUBMISSION: We welcome submissions of full papers of up to 20 pages exploring the conference theme. Particular emphasis is placed on international dimensions of Japanese and Asian firms. 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 will be invited to submit their manuscripts to the specialedition of Rikkyo Business Review. l Submission deadline: Monday, 5 April, 2010l Acceptance notification: Friday, 23 April, 2010l Please electronically submit your paper (in Word or PDF format) to: Dr. Jun Ishikawa (, Professor of Management, College of Business, Rikkyo University.
  • COST: There will be no registration fee to participate in the symposium. However, it is the responsibility of the participants to cover their travel expenses. Information about the registration will be provided in late April.
  • PROGRAM CHAIR: Dr. Toshiya Ozaki, Professor of International Business, College of Business, Rikkyo University
  • ABOUT RIKKYO: Centrally located in the bustling Ikebukuro neighborhood of Tokyo, Rikkyo University is one of Japan’s oldest (founded in 1874) and nationally recognized universities. Rikkyo’s tradition of innovative education is alive and well in the College of Business (COB), which has one of most competitive and highly ranked undergraduate business programs.
  • For more information, refer to COB ( and University ( websites.

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