Friday, November 29, 2013

Call for conference papers: International Family Enterprise Research Academy 2014 Annual Conference

International Family Enterprise Research Academy 2014 Annual Conference
June 24-27, 2014
Lappeenranta, Finland

"Co-operation Within and Amongst Family Businesses"

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Submission deadline: February 2, 2014

The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) and the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland invite you to participate in the 2014 IFERA Annual Conference (IFERA 2014). This global conference will take place in Lappeenranta, Finland from June 24th to 27th, 2014.
The conference theme “Co-operation within and amongst family businesses” calls us to discuss about collective action within and between family and business systems as well as amongst family businesses. The theme challenges us to think about the core ideas, values and principles that help secure efficient, effective, and sustainable co-operation amongst individuals and entities in different family business contexts. We expect this to contribute to a variety of established scholarly discussions within the field, but also open previously ignored avenues for family business research.
The conference will be addressed by two outstanding scholars, Professor Michael Pratt (Boston College) and Professor Theodore Greenstein (North Carolina State University), who will also participate in pre- and/or post-conference activities.
Pre-conference activities feature IFERA 2014 Faculty Development and Doctoral Consortiums that contribute to the development of scholarly competencies of IFERA members and also help the field realize its potential. In addition, a professional development workshop (PDW) on “Qualitative Research in Family Business” will be held on 24th June, 2014.
The conference concludes with IFERA Family Business Day, a forum for interaction between business families and family business scholars. This is the place where rigor meets relevance, engaging business families and family business scholars in a synergistic conversation to promote mutual understanding, appreciation, and utility.
Authors of the best papers, PhD and research proposals will be distinguished with special awards. There will also be an opportunity for all participants to submit their completed papers to IFERA 2014 Special Issues in scientific journals.
Scholars in all disciplines and business families all over the globe, we cordially invite you to take part in IFERA 2014 Annual Conference at LUT. We look forward to welcoming you to Lappeenranta and having you engage in cutting edge discussions on family business, while enjoying the Midnight sun.

Submission Guidelines

Submission of your work to the conference is considered a commitment by the authors that at least one author will attend and present the paper, in the event it is accepted. We will notify all papers about their status (i.e. accept/reject) by March 15. However, reviews of the papers will only be sent after at least one of the authors has registered for the conference. Our system will conduct a sweep once a week, and deliver reviews to the authors who have registered during the week. Registrations will only be transferable among multiple authors of the same paper.

Three scholarly submissions will be accepted:

  • Full Paper (FP) is a submission of a finished product - an original completed research manuscript that is ready for peer review. FP submissions will be assessed according to a double blind process with at least two reviewers. Only FPs are eligible for Best Conference Paper Awards and if your submission is under consideration for such, you will be required to declare its originality.
  • Work in Progress (WIP) is a submission of a well-developed original idea that is not yet completed. WIP submissions include at a minimum the research question, preliminary literature review, conceptual/theoretical framework, methodology (if relevant) and its contribution to theory and practice. WIP submissions require a maximum of 7 pages; that is, 5 pages for the body which can include charts, graphs, diagrams, etc. and up to 2 pages of references. WIP submissions will be evaluated for their potential and promise according to a double blind process with at least two reviewers.Originality Defined IFERA conference will include only original, unpublished work for two submission types: FP and WIP.If your submission (FP or WIP) is identical or substantially similar to work that was already published; submitted, under review, accepted or presented via another conference or publication, please submit it under the following submission category of RD.
  • Research Dissemination (RD) is a submission of a manuscript that has already been submitted, under review, accepted or presented at a different forum such as a conference or a workshop or a manuscript that has already been published by the authors but needs to be disseminated to the IFERAThe purpose of RD submissions is to provide access to IFERA attendees to research that may not have received a wide audience and yet holds promise for the development of the field. RD submission has a maximum limit of 10 pages or 5000 words all inclusive. RD submissions will be assessed by the 2014 Conference Team.


Noteworthy, contributions that address the conference theme in some meaningful way will be considered for a Special Issue in a new Elsevier journal, the Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management (JCOM*). *

In addition, other best papers from the conference will be invited to submit their work to a Special Issue of Journal of Family Business Strategy, also an Elsevier journal and an IFERA partner.

Submission Deadlines (No extension will be provided)

  • February 2, 2014 - All Main Conference Submissions; Full Papers (FP), Work-in-Progress (WIP), Research Dissemination (RD)
  • March 13, 2014 - Notification of acceptance
All submissions will be accepted via our online submission system starting December 1, 2013.

Please check for details

Ranjan Karri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management
College of Business and Management, UHB 4060
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza, Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217-206-7917
Fax: 217-206-7543

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Call for papers: Corporate Social Responsibility and International Marketing

Call for papers - Corporate Social Responsibility and International Marketing

Special issue call for papers from International Marketing Review

Call for Papers for a Special Issue

Guest Editors

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

Purpose and Research Questions

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Instructions

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

All submissions will be subject to the regular double-blind peer review process at the International Marketing 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 (
Byung Il Park, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (
Chang Hoon Oh, Simon Fraser University (

Monday, November 25, 2013

Call for papes: Theoretical and Empirical Research on the Internationalization of Latin American Enterprises

Theoretical and Empirical Research on the Internationalization of Latin American Enterprises

Call for Papers for a special issue of the Journal of Business Research

Guest Editors: 
  • Luciano Ciravegna (Royal Holloway, University of London; INCAE), 
  • Sumit K. Kundu (Florida International University), 
  • Luis Lopez (INCAE)

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2014

Since 2008-2009 emerging markets generate the lion share of the world’s economic growth. As a result, managers and business scholars have focused their attention on studying the dynamics of emerging markets (Buckley, Clegg, Cross, Liu, Voss, and Zheng, 2007; Cavusgil, Ghauri, and Akcal, 2012; Guillen and Garcia-Canal, 2012; Khanna and Palepu, 2010: Ciravegna, Fitzgerald and Kundu, 2013; Wright, Filatotchev, Hoskisson, and Peng, 2005). The rise of multinational companies from emerging markets is becoming a major phenomenon (Ramamurti and Singh, 2009; Cuervo-Cazurra, 2012; Luo and Rui, 2009; Yamakawa, Peng and Deeds, 2008).

Emerging market multinationals (EMNEs) internationalize differently from developed economy multinationals (Guillén and García-Canal, 2009; Luo and Rui, 2009; Matthews, 2007; Yiu, Lau and Bruton, 2007). According to Luo and Tang’s (2007) “springboard perspective”, EMNEs internationalize before reaching a stage of maturity in domestic markets because internationalization nurtures the acquisition of capabilities and assets that they may lack. Some scholars reject this view, positing that EMNEs behave similarly to multinationals based in developed economies, only they have different sets of country specific and firm specific advantages (Narula, 2012). Finally, some scholars point that EMNEs may internationalize in order to escape from difficult conditions in their domestic economies or to pursue opportunities in an entrepreneurial fashion (Khanna and Palepu, 2010; Madhok and Keyhani, 2012).

Most of the studies on which EMNEs theories focus on a very small number of emerging markets especially China and India (Ciravegna, Fitzgerald, and Kundu, 2013). Several Latin American firms have internationalized in aggressive and innovative ways, often outcompeting established players (Casanova, 2009). Latin American firms are now among the world global players in several industries, ranging from cement (Cemex), to aerospace (Embraer), bread (Bimbo), sweets (Arcor), and wine (Concha y Toro) (Guillén and García-Canal, 2009). However, our understanding of internationalization strategy of Latin American firms remains shallow (Pérez-Batres, Pisani, & Doh, 2010). International business scholars point that Latin American firms internationalize rather regionally, though the number of empirical studies examining the phenomenon is limited, and tends to focus on a few well known cases, whereas the majority of Latin American firms, including mid-sized multinational companies, have thus far been under the radar of scientific research (Casanova, 2009; Lopez, Ciravegna and Kundu, 2009; Rugman and Verbeke, 2004). The result is an empirical gap with regards to the generalizability of EMNE theories to Latin American firms.

Do Latin American firms behave similarly to the Chinese and Indian firms that have been discussed more thorougly by the international business literature? Or do they behave more in line with developed economy multinationals, internationalizing gradually as they accumulate resources and capabilities?

This special edition of JBR aims to contribute to the debate on emerging market multinationals by inviting scholarly articles focusing on the internationalization of firms based in Latin America. We are particularly interested in new studies, which use fresh empirical evidence to examine whether and how the internationalization of Latin American firms corresponds to the EMNE theories (e.g. springboard perspective, institutional void perspective, linkage-leverage-learning perspective), or whether they follow conventional IB theories (e.g. eclectic paradigm, resource based view, gradual internationalization process model, internalization theory, and network theory).

The guest editors seek studies focusing on firm internationalization based on one or multiple countries of Latin America. The contributions can tackle, among others, the following research questions:

  • Which theories from the international business, international entrepreneurship, and international marketing fields are suited to explain the internationalization of Latin American companies? 
  • Does the internationalization of Latin American enterprises contribute to the development of emerging markets multinational enterprises (EMNEs) internationalization theories? How? 
  • Do the springboard and linkage-leverage-learning perspectives apply to Latin American firms? 
  • What explains the speed and scope of internationalization of Latin American firms?
  • What are the motives for internationalizing of Latin American firms?
  • How important are ownership and the composition of the management team for the internationalization of Latin American firms?
  • Does the eclectic paradigm explain the internationalization of Latin American firms?
  • Do institutional characteristics contribute to explain the international behavior of Latin American companies?
To submit your work, please email your paper to Luciano Ciravegna at

All papers accepted in an initial screening will enter double-blind peer review process.

Submissions will be limited to 50 pages of text and up to ten figures and tables. Submissions must comply to the JBR style requirements. For JBR style requirements, go to


Buckley, P. J., Clegg, L. J., Cross, A. R., Liu, X., Voss, H., & Zheng, P. (2007). The determinants of Chinese outward foreign direct investment. Journal of International Business Studies, 38(4), 499-518.

Casanova, L. (2009). Global Latinas [Electronic book]: Latin America's emerging multinationals. Palgrave Macmillan.

Cavusgil, S. T., Ghauri, P. N., & Akcal, A. A. (2012). Doing business in emerging markets. Sage.

Ciravegna, L.; Fitzgerald, R., & Kundu, S. (2013) Operating in emerging markets. Financial Times (FT) Press, Pearson, New York, USA.

Ciravegna, L.; Lopez, L. & Kundu, S. (2013) “Country of origin and network effects on internationalization: A comparative study of SMEs from an emerging and developed economy”, Journal of Business Research,

Ciravegna, L.; Lopez, L. & Kundu, S. (2009) “Born Global or Born Regional? Evidence from an exploratory study in the Costa Rican Software Industry”, Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 40 (7): 1228-1238.

Contractor, F. J., Kumar, V., & Kundu, S. K. (2007). Nature of the relationship between international expansion and performance: The case of emerging market firms. Journal of World Business, 42(4), 401-417.

Cuervo‐Cazurra, A. (2012). Extending theory by analyzing developing country multinational companies: solving the goldilocks debate. Global Strategy Journal, 2(3), 153-167.

Guillén, M. F., & García-Canal, E. (2009). The American model of the multinational firm and the “new” multinationals from emerging economies. The Academy of Management Perspectives, 23(2), 23-35.

Guillén, M. F., & García-Canal, E. (2012) Emerging markets rule. McGraw Hill, US.

Khanna, T., & Palepu, K. G. (2010). Winning in emerging markets: A road map for strategy and execution. Harvard Business Press.

Hoskisson, R. E., Eden, L., Lau, C. M., & Wright, M. (2000). Strategy in emerging economies. Academy of Management Journal, 43(3), 249-267.

Luo YD, Rui HC. 2009. An ambidexterity perspective toward multinational enterprises from emerging economies. Academy of Management Perspectives 23(4): 49–70.

Luo, Y., & Tung, R. L. (2007). International expansion of emerging market enterprises: A springboard perspective. Journal of International Business Studies, 38(4), 481-498.

Mathews, J. A. (2006). Dragon multinationals: New players in 21st century globalization. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 23(1), 5-27.

Madhok, A., & Keyhani, M. (2012). Acquisitions as entrepreneurship: asymmetries, opportunities, and the internationalization of multinationals from emerging economies. Global Strategy Journal, 2(1), 26-40.

Narula, R. (2012). Do we need different frameworks to explain infant MNEs from developing countries? Global Strategy Journal, 2(3), 188-204.

Peng M.W., Wang D.Y.L., Jiang Y. 2008. An institution-based view of international business strategy: a focus on emerging economies. Journal of International Business Studies 39(5): 920–936.

Pérez-Batres, L.A., Pisani, M.J., & Doh, J.P. 2010. Latin America’s Contribution to IB Scholarship. Academy of International Business Insights, 10(1): 3-7.

Ramamurti, R., & Singh, J. V. (Eds.). (2009). Emerging multinationals in emerging markets. Cambridge University Press.

Ramamurti, R. (2012). What is really different about emerging market multinationals? Global Strategy Journal, 2(1), 41-47.

Rugman, A. M., & Verbeke, A. (2004). A perspective on regional and global strategies of multinational enterprises. Journal of International Business Studies, 35(1), 3-18.

Yamakawa, Y., Peng, M. W., & Deeds, D. L. (2008). What drives new ventures to internationalize from emerging to developed economies? Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 32(1), 59-82.

Yiu, D. W., Lau, C., & Bruton, G. D. (2007). International venturing by emerging economy firms: the effects of firm capabilities, home country networks, and corporate entrepreneurship. Journal of International Business Studies, 38(4), 519-540.
Wright, M., Filatotchev, I., Hoskisson, R. E., & Peng, M. W. (2005). Strategy Research in Emerging Economies: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom*. Journal of Management Studies, 42(1), 1-33.

Call for papers: Risk Management Post Financial Crisis: A Period of Monetary Easing

Call for Papers

Contemporary Studies in Economic and Financial Analysis (CSEFA)

Volume 96

Risk Management Post Financial Crisis: A Period of Monetary Easing

Jonathan A. Batten, Monash University, Australia
Niklas F. Wagner, University of Passau, Germany

Submissions are invited for a special issue of CSEFA Volume 96. The focus of this issue is on financial risk management in a post financial crisis environment, including the effects of nonstandard monetary policies by central banks. Papers are not limited to but may address the following topics

- advances in measuring and reporting risk and liquidity after the crisis,
- the impacts of Basel III including e.g. capital requirements and bank balance sheets,
- central bank monetary policies and bank liquidity,
- credit risk assessment and bank lending to SMEs,
- the impact of excess liquidity on asset prices (e.g. bubbles and crashes),
- the particular risks of inflationary or deflationary economic environments.

Selected papers will be published as chapters of CSEFA Volume 96. CSEFA is published by the Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Howard House, Wagon Lane, Bingley, BD16 1WA, United Kingdom. It forms a continuing series of refereed volumes featuring original academic research in financial economics. The series is now included in the ISI Web of Knowledge and Book Citation Index.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Submission of work of a high standard in the above topic area is very welcome. Please submit your paper proposal as an abstract including

  • - the title and abstract,
  • - a list of keywords,
  • - names and affiliations (with email and postal address) of all authors,
  • - all authors’ 200 word bios,

to one of the editors. Authors will be notified about acceptance of their abstracts in due course.

Final manuscript

Upon acceptance, the submission deadline for final manuscripts is January 15, 2014. Final manuscripts have to be in MS Word text format with a length of up to 8000 words. They may include up to five tables or figures.


Jonathan A. Batten

Niklas F. Wagner

Call for papers: International Business and Society on the Transitional Periphery: Comparative Perspectives

Call for Papers Special Issue: International Business Review

International Business and Society on the Transitional Periphery: Comparative Perspectives

  • Guest Editors: Mehmet Demirbag and Geoffrey T. Wood

Submission deadline: 31 December 2013


There has been a growing body of literature dealing with business and management issues in the transitional economies of Central and Eastern Europe. In contrast, a few notable exceptions notwithstanding, the literature on the “transitional periphery” – the post-Soviet economies of the Caucasus and Central Asia is sparse – with existing accounts largely dealing with macro-economic and political developments. Yet, many of these economies are of considerable importance and relevance owing to rich natural resource endowments, combined with strategic locations.

However, economies in the region generally battle under weak and corrupt political institutions, with a large number of endemic border and internal ethnic disputes, as well as rising social inequality Many emerging businesses battle under chronic failings by governance, even if others benefit from political patronage: another burden is that traditional supply chain routes have broken down following on independence. All countries have faced rising social inequality, lop-sided and underdeveloped consumer markets, and potentially destabilizing levels of youth unemployment. It would be a mistake, however, to assume that organizational outcomes across the region are homogenous: there is evidence, for example, of much difference in managerial practices reflecting variations in cultural setting.

A number of these countries are significant producers of oil and gas, which brings with it dangers of the resource curse: this would include an over-reliance on a single revenue source to the neglect of other areas of the economy, over-valued currencies, regional imbalances, and rising corruption. Indeed, there is much evidence that this process is already well underway, even while oil resources are fast depleting. In addition, all countries have faced rising social inequality, lop-sided and underdeveloped consumer markets, and potentially destabilizing levels of youth unemployment. A further phenomenon has been the rise of quasi-states in the Caucasus (for example, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia), disrupting trade and markets and making for open-ended tensions.

Despite this, natural resource endowments and, in some instances, historic links and/or prosperous diasporas have meant that countries on the transitional periphery have also become important destinations for foreign direct investment (FDI) and multinational firms’ (MNCs) operations. FDI flows to transitional periphery not only from western developed economies, but also from other emerging countries and regions (South-South FDI). Given the transitional nature of institutions and complexities associated with governance of organizations, management of relations with governments, political elites, and trade unions appear to be increasingly challenging. Countries on the periphery of transition have administrative heritages which are significantly different than that of other emerging regions.

To date, transitional countries on the periphery are still a terra incognita and our stock of knowledge in business and management practices remain mired in anecdotal evidence. Given the importance of these resource rich countries and potential for investment, the neglect of publications focused on periphery of transition is astonishing. Over the last two decades these countries have been undergoing profound and uneven institutional transformations which have ramifications for both emerging and developed country MNCs. Institutional settings in periphery of transition often necessitates MNCs to design different strategies to deal with the complex competitive dynamics in these countries. This special issue will provide insights into the challenges faced by MNCs in the region and develop concepts, models and tools for both policy makers and managers in these countries. The proposed special Issue offers a rare and unique opportunity for scholars engaged in research on these firms to share their findings in such a scholarly outlet.

Key Issues

Papers should preferably involve cross-national comparative analysis; if based on a single country, this should be analyzed within a broader comparative perspective. Comparisons with countries outside the region, particularly with other variants of transitional or emerging market capitalism, are welcome. Papers could deal with the following issues, although innovative work in related relevant areas would be welcome:
  • · MNCs and the local political economy: trends in FDI and relations with local elites.
  • MNCs and political risk management in the region
  • · In what ways are MNCs are affecting institutional changes in the region?
  • · Coping and beyond: How have firms in the region dealt with adversity?
  • · How do MNCs engage powerful external stakeholders, such as religious and ideological groups, political institutions, powerful political actors and civil society organizations?
  • · MNCs and the Quasi-States (South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia).
  • · MNCs: How are firm practices amended in specific cultural and institutional settings?
  • · Sunset industries in the region: Beyond redemption?
  • · Market entry strategies of developed country MNCs compared to emerging country MNCs in the region.
  • · Do MNCs use conventional models and methods to enter and operate in these countries, or do they opt out for new approaches?
  • · How do MNCs select and manage their partners in the region?
  • · Mergers and acquisitions: challenges on the periphery of transition
  • · Supply chains and markets: dealing with new barriers and opportunities.
  • · MNCs and environmental issues in the region
  • · Doing business in the region: Ethical issues.

The special issue is open and competitive and submitted papers will undergo the normal rigorous, double-blind review process to ensure relevance and quality. The key criteria for acceptance of manuscripts are (1) relevance to the theme of the special issue, (2) scholarly rigor of analysis, and (3) practical orientation. Submitted papers must be based on original work not under consideration by any other journal or outlet. Reviewers for papers submitted to the Special Issue will be drawn from the Special Issue Editorial Review Board and IBR editorial review board. No submission will be reviewed prior to the closing date.

A guide for authors and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on IBR’s web page (

All submissions should be submitted electronically to choosing ‘Transitional Periphery SI’ as the article type.

Submission deadline: 31 December 2013

Guest Editors

Prospective authors are urged to contact the guest editors with their initial proposals or ideas well in advance of the deadline for final paper submission.

Contact details

Call for papers: International knowledge flows in the context of emerging economy MNEs and increasing global mobility


Special Issue of International Business Review

International knowledge flows in the context of emerging economy MNEs and increasing global mobility

Guest Editors: 
  • Xiaohui Liu, Loughborough University 
  • Axèle Giroud, UNCTAD/University of Manchester

Deadline for Submission: 31 January 2014

Existing studies on multinational enterprises’ (MNEs) cross-border knowledge flows have predominantly focused on the movement of knowledge within developed countries’ MNEs and/or on how local firms in developing countries benefit from the entry of foreign firms (Gupta and Govindarajan, 2000; Buckley et al., 2002; Görg and Strobl, 2005; Liu and Buck, 2007; Blalock and Simon, 2009; Ghauri and Yamin, 2009; Liu et al., 2009; Meyer and Sinani, 2009; Giroud et al., 2012; Irsõvá and Havránek, 2013). Such dominance may reflect the technologically leading position of developed countries. However, emerging economy firms that have lagged behind firms from developed countries in the past are now rapidly catching up. In particular, emerging economy MNEs (EMNEs) have gained new momentum in the world economy through actively engaging in outward FDI. These changes have been reflected in a new body of literature which goes beyond early explanations for FDI from emerging economies (Wells, 1983; Lall, 1983; Amsden, 1989), since FDI outflows from emerging economies have increased significantly and represent a rising share of global FDI (UNCTAD, 2006; 2013). The new literature strives to understand whether EMNEs follow different internationalisation paths or whether their strategies differ from those of MNEs from developed countries (Fleury and Fleury, 2011; Ghauri and Santangelo, 2012; Witt and Lewin, 2007); whether existing theoretical concepts apply similarly for these firms (Liu et al., 2005; Luo and Tung, 2007; Matthews, 2006; Wang et al., 2012); whether there are unique differences in the case of EMNEs investing in other emerging economies or least developed countries (UNCTAD, Global Investment Monitor, 2013).

Despite recent literature, there remain gaps in the understanding of how EMNEs engage in the process of intra- and inter-firm knowledge transfer across borders and within host countries. Many important research questions remain unanswered: What is the best way for EMNEs to be successful in their strategic asset seeking investment in developed countries? How do EMNEs’ strategic motives affect the host countries in which they operate? Do EMNEs have new ways of learning or unique mechanisms through which cross-border knowledge flows are facilitated? The lack of answers to these questions is all the more surprising given claims that (1) EMNEs actively invest in developed economies through acquisition in order to access key assets, resources and technologies, and (2) they may have a more positive impact on host developing countries due to similarities in the level of economic development and institutional contexts (Ramamurthi and Singh, 2009; Giroud et al., 2012).

Facilitating international knowledge flows, a significant increase in human mobility has become a major aspect of the globalization process. Emerging economies have attracted a large number of return migrants who moved to developed countries in the past and are now returning to their home countries after several years of education and business experience abroad. This increasing trend of human mobility across countries may have profound implications for international knowledge flows. And yet we know relatively little about whether the cross-border knowledge flows of EMNEs differ from those of developed MNEs in the presence of international labour mobility (Liu et al., 2010; Gao et al., 2013).

These new developments challenge the dominant view of cross-border knowledge flows based on established MNEs from developed countries and represent opportunities to advance existing research in this area. It is theoretically and practically important to examine the nature, direction, process and impact of international knowledge flows in the context of EMNEs and increasing human mobility across borders, and enrich our understanding of these key issues. In particular, we need to unpack the socio-cultural process of cross-border knowledge flows by taking account of the characteristics of EMNEs and increasing global mobility.

This special issue aims to extend this line of research by focusing on cross-border knowledge flows and their impact in the context of EMNEs and human mobility. We wish to encourage IB and management scholars to identify new research questions and reveal new dimensions of international knowledge flows in order to reflect the new landscape of the world economy (i.e. EMNEs and an increasing trend of international labour mobility).

Themes of this special issue

We welcome submissions that make a contribution through interdisciplinary approaches. We invite theoretical/conceptual papers and empirical work that draws on qualitative or quantitative methods or an innovative combination of both. Potential themes include, but are not limited to:

  • How do EMNEs learn from host countries?
  • In what way is OFDI used as a tool to access international knowledge for EMNEs?
  • What are the challenges and difficulties facing EMNEs in terms of reverse knowledge transfer (RKT)/spillovers?
  • Have EMNEs established internal or unique mechanisms to enhance cross-border knowledge flows?
  • What specific roles do expatriates and/or migrants play in enhancing learning by EMNEs from host countries?
  • How or to what extent do institutional contexts affect RKT/spillovers for EMNEs?
  • To what extent do host countries learn/benefit from EMNEs?
  • What impact do EMNEs have on developed and developing host countries (notably through knowledge spillovers and linkages)?
  • How do EMNEs’ strategic characteristics affect their potential for knowledge spillovers and linkages in host countries?
  • Do knowledge spillovers and linkages of EMNEs differ from those of established MNEs from developed countries?
  • What is the role of expatriates and migrants in enhancing the impact of EMNEs in host countries?

Guidelines and submission information: 

All papers will be subjected to double-blind peer review in accordance with IBR guidelines. Authors should follow IBR guidelines, All submissions should be submitted electronically to SI: International knowledge flows and EMENs as the article type. Submission deadline: 31 January 2014. Questions about the special issue can be directed to the guest co-editors: Xiaohui Liu (; Axèle Giroud (


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Blalock, G., and Simon, D. (2009). Do all firms benefit equally from downstream FDI? The moderating effect of local suppliers’ capabilities on productivity gains. Journal of International Business Studies, 40(7): 1095-1112.

Buckley, P. Clegg, J., and Wang, C. (2002). The impact of inward FDI on the performance of Chinese Manufacturing Firms. Journal of International Business Studies, 33(4): 637-655.

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About the special issue editors

Xiaohui Liu is Professor of International Business and Strategy at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University. Her main research interests include knowledge spillovers, human mobility, innovation and the internationalisation strategies of firms from emerging economies. She has published widely, with publications in the Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, International Business Review, Journal of World Business, Management International Review, Management and Organization Review and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. She is area editor of the International Journal of Emerging Markets and the Secretary-General of the Chinese Economic Association (UK).

Axèle Giroud is currently working for the Investment Issues Section in the Division on Investment and Enterprise at UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development). She is on leave of absence from her position as Reader of International Business at the Manchester Business School University of Manchester. Her main research interests are in multinational corporations’ technology and knowledge transfer, and inter-firm linkages. She has published widely, including books and articles in journals such as World Development, International Business Review, Journal of World Business and Management International Review. She sits on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Call for papers. New journal: Foundations and Trends in International Business and Management

We are please to announce the formation of a new and unique journal entitled "Foundations and Trends in International Business and Management". Foundations and Trends® in International Business and Management is a unique concept in that each issue comprises a 50-100+ page monograph written by research leaders in the field. Monographs that give tutorial coverage of subjects, research retrospectives as well as survey papers that offer state-of-the-art reviews fall within the scope of the journal.. In addition, unlike standard journals the copyright resides with the authors. You can examine models of the sorts of articles published in other FnT journals at
At this point, we are calling for authors interested in publishing in the journal to submit proposals to us. The instructions for submissions are given below and also at:
DO NOT just reply to this email or contact the editor directly but follow the procedure outlined. Proposals send outside the process outline will be ignored as it is important for us to track what was submitted and when.
A few hints on what might make a good proposal (note, of course, that there are exceptions and these are only the editor's hints): (1) Those writing the submission should have a deep knowledge of the field (hence it might be helpful that submissions come from a team of scholars rather than single individuals). (2) Literature reviews that are simply carved out of dissertations should not be submitted as these are usually linked to specific empirical and theoretical models the student is testing. However, they might serve as a basis for a more substantive article (e.g., several junior scholars working in the same field are likely to put together a better proposal than a single individual wanting to build solely on their dissertation). (3) It is important to write to the readership (i.e., other scholars and PhD students). Most academics "write to write" rather than "write to be read". So keep in mind that the goal is to pull together not just a core dump of what has been done but something that will peak the interest of others and get your work read. So always keep in mind whether something is necessary for the reader.

Editorial Aim: 

The growth in all aspects of research in the last decade has led to a multitude of new publications and an exponential increase in published research. Finding a way through the excellent existing literature and keeping up to date has become a major time-consuming problem. Electronic publishing has given researchers instant access to more articles than ever before. But which articles are the essential ones that should be read to understand and keep abreast with developments of any topic? To address this problem Foundations and Trends® in International Business and Management publishes high-quality survey and tutorial monographs of the field using modern techniques to enable both instant linking to the primary research in its electronic form and affordable paper copies, finally delivering on the promise to authors of multiple channel publishing from a single source.

Founding Editorial Board:

  • Gabriel R.G. Benito (BI Norwegian School of Management, Norway) 
  • Allan Bird (Northeastern University, USA) 
  • Julian Birkinshaw (London Business School, UK) 
  • Nakiye Boyacigiller (Sabanci University, Turkey) 
  • Peter Buckley (University of Leeds, UK) 
  • Saul Estrin (London School of Economics, UK) 
  • Sarianna Lundan (University of Bremen, Germany) 
  • Xavier Martin (Tilburg University, The Netherlands) 
  • Ram Mudambi (Temple University, USA)

Author Instructions: 

If you intend to write, or are in the process of writing, a paper which fits within the format and scope of Foundations and Trends® in International Business and Management we will be pleased to hear from you. We screen ideas using a proposal process and suggest that you email the editor at with a short proposal. The proposal should contain: (a) Title, (b) Abstract, (c) A one page overview of the structure of the article, and (d) A short bio of the authors.

As Foundations and Trends® in International Business and Management is a new journal, we recommend that you look at some of the articles in the series in areas such as Marketing, Microeconomics, and Entrepreneurship to see the style of article/monograph published. The full draft paper will be subject to a reviewing process to ensure quality standards and balance.

We look forward to your submissions and ideas.

  • Timothy M. Devinney (Founding Editor)
University Leadership Chair and Professor of International Business
Leeds University Business School

  • Maurice Keyworth Building 
University of Leeds | Leeds | LS2 9JT | UK

Friday, November 8, 2013

Call for conference papers: Global Finance – Integration or Mere Convergence

12th INFINITI Conference on International Finance

A Trinity College Dublin & Monash University Event
Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy on 9-10 June 2014

Submission Deadline: 12 January 2014

“Global Finance – Integration or Mere Convergence”

Keynote Speakers:

  • Fabio Canova, European University Institute, Italy &
  • Dirk Schoenmaker, Duisenberg School of Finance, The Netherlands

This year, not just one but *four* Special Issues of Journals:

  • Journal of Banking and Finance: “International Financial Integration and Transnational Banking”.
  • Emerging Markets Review: “Emerging Markets and Global Financial Integration”.
  • International Review of Financial Analysis: “Research Design and Methodology in International Integration Studies”.
  • Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance: “Behavioral and Experimental Insights into Financial Crises”.

See our website for more details or go directly to our online paper submission site:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Call for papers: Ethics, technology and innovation


This event, and the related symposium to be published in the Journal of Business Ethics in the first half of 2015, intends to analyze the impact of ethics-related variables on the development of new products and services and on organizational innovation. For example, in recent years, customers’ privacy expectations have shaped how companies design and commercialize new products and services in communication, entertainment and many other sectors (see, e.g. Floridi, 2005; Pollach, 2005; Nissenbaum, 2009; Vaccaro and Madsen, 2009). By the same token, security and reliability expectations have dramatically affected how designers develop new products and services in the automotive sector (see, e.g. Thomke, 2003).

Organizations differ in how they deal with ethical issues. For example, the literature on technology ethics (see, e.g. Nissenbaum 2004 Gorman, 1998; Mitcham, C. 1995) presents interesting cases where designers have intentionally pursued an immoral objective, see e.g. a bridge designed with the aim of preventing bus transit from areas with a high concentration of Afro-Americans (which embed and convey social discrimination values) or hardware and software designed to control users’ activities, violating elementary privacy rights, etc. Thus, Internet technologies have not only driven a flatter world as many argue, but they have also led to the creation of ‘digital sweatshops’, i.e. overcrowded rooms where workers play online games, such as Lineage, for up to twelve hours a day in order to create virtual goods, such as characters, equipments or in-game currency, which can then be sold to other, obviously richer, players (Floridi, 2009, p. 14).

On the other side of the moral scale, it is possible to find exemplary cases of high ethical standards. The example that comes quickest to mind are the 100% biodegradable products: They address the function for which they were designed but they also convey the moral duty of environmental protection (see, e.g. Guiltinan, 2009; Fraj-Andrés et al., 2009).

These considerations highlight the need to further current understanding of the role played by ethics-related variables in new product / service development and more generally, in firms’ innovation efforts (see, e.g. Adolphson, 2004; Madsen, 2005). This symposium will address this need by focusing on three main broad themes.

First, the issue of social responsibility (SR) has attracted considerable attention from scholars and practitioners during the last two decades. However, there is a shortage of studies, in the literature on technology policy and ethics, concerning under what conditions, how and why companies address ethical and social responsibility issues in the development of new products / services. For example, we do not know how organizational processes of information collection and sharing, decision-making, project evaluation etc. are adapted (if they are at all) to include ethical considerations in response to, e.g. changing EU Eco-norms, or customers’ expectations and/or moral values shared at industry level.

A second main theme that this symposium will investigate concerns the impact of environmental ethics on new product development. In particular, contributions are expected to explore how environmental concerns affect new product and service development, how companies deal with different environmental legislations when they design new products and services, and the use of environmental sustainability as a source of competitive advantage.

The third and last theme will explore processes associated with social innovation in hybrid organizations (Montgomery et al., 2012; Santos, 2012; Vaccaro, 2012). In particular, the symposium’s editors will encourage papers that analyse how stakeholders’ expectations and perceptions affect process innovation and/or changes in the structure and strategy of organizations attempting to combine business and social objectives.

Theme 1: Ethics, Social Responsibility and Innovation

  • 1. How customers’ ethical perceptions and expectations affect new product/service development.
  • 2. How stakeholders’ ethical perceptions and expectations affect new product/service development.
  • 3. How companies manage and resolve conflicting ethical perceptions and expectations of their stakeholders in multi-cultural or multi-national contexts.

Theme 2: Environmental Ethics and Innovation

  • 1. How environmental issues affect new product and service development.
  • 2. How companies deal with different environmental legislations in new product and service development.
  • 3. Environmental sustainability as a source of competitive advantage.
  • 4. Ethical issues in environmental sustainability: green-washing vs. real environmental improvement. 

Theme 3: Social Innovation and the Organization

  • 1. How employees’ ethical expectations and perceptions affect innovation in organizational processes.
  • 2. How stakeholders’ ethical expectations and perceptions affect innovation in organizational processes.
  • 3. Innovation in organization structure: How to combine business and social objectives by leveraging stakeholder expectations.
  • 4. The new emerging ethical issues affecting hybrid organizations.

Timetable and submission procedures: 

The conference is organized by ETH, Zurich, IESE Business School on January 7 and 8, 2014. The conference’s venue will be the ETH Campus in Zurich. The deadline for submission of the complete paper is December 1, 2013.

Papers have to be submitted to the attention of Ms. Rosario Magre Miro specifying in the subject of the e-mail “Submission to Innovation Conference”. (If you do not receive a confirmation of your submission within 24 hours, please re-submit your document). Acceptance for presentation at the conference will be sent to authors by December 8.

The best papers presented at the conference will be invited for submission to the symposium of the Journal of Business Ethics. This process will include a double-blind review process by 2-3 anonymous referees. The invitation for submission to the symposium does not guarantee publication of the article.

Papers that were not presented at the conference cannot be submitted for publication in the symposium. Please use the guidelines for authors of the Journal of Business Ethics ( ) to format your paper.

Guests Editors' bio

Stefano Brusoni is Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH Zürich). He coordinates the TIMGROUP - the new Chair of Technology and Innovation Management at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics (D-MTEC). He is Associate Editor of Information, Economics and Policy and member of the Review Board of Organization Science. His publications have appeared in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Research Policy and Industrial and Corporate Change.

Antonino Vaccaro is Academic Director of the Center for Business in Society at IESE Business School where he also serves as a faculty member in the department of business ethics. He has served as guest editor for Ethics and Information Technology and for the Journal of Business Ethics in a special issue about Network Ethics and in the special issue of the EBEN AC 2011. His publications have appeared in journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Journal of Business Ethics, Ethics and Information Technology and IEEE-HICSS-Transactions, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, The Information Society, etc.


  • Adolphson, D. 2004. A New Perspective on Ethics, Ecology, and Economics, Journal of Business Ethics 54(3), 201-213.
  • Flanagan, N., Howe, D and Nissenbaum, H. 2008. Embodying Values in Technology: Theory and Practice. In Information Technology and Moral Philosophy, Jeroen van den Hoven and John Weckert (eds.). Cambridge University Press.
  • Floridi, L. 2005. The Philosophy of Presence: From Epistemic Failure to Successful Observability, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments 14(6) 656-667.
  • Floridi, L. 2009. Information Ethics: A very short introduction (Oxford, Oxford University Press).
  • Fraj-Andrés, E., Martinez-Salinas, E. and Matute-Vallejo, J. 2009. ‘A Multidimensional Approach to the Influence of Environmental Marketing and Orientation on the Firm’s Organizational Performance’, Journal of Business Ethics, 88(2), 263–286.
  • Gorman, M. E. 1998. Transforming Nature: Ethics, Invention and Design. Springer.
  • Guiltinan, J. 2009. Creative Destruction and Destructive Creations: Environmental Ethics and Planned Obsolescence, Journal of Business Ethics, 89, 19–28.
  • Madsen, P. 2005. Responsible Design and the Management of Ethics, DMI Review 16(3): 37-41.
  • Mitcham, C. 1995. Ethics Into Design. In Discovering Design, Eds. R. Buchanan and V. Margolis, 173-179. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Montgomery, A.W., Dacin, P. and Dacin, T. 2012. Collective Social Entrepreneurship: Collaboratively Shaping Social Good, Journal of Business Ethics, 111(3), 375-388.
  • Nissenbaum, H. 2004. Privacy as Contextual Integrity. Washington Law Review, 79(1): 119-158.
  • Nissenbaum, N. 2009. Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy and the Integrity of Social Life (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press).
  • Pollach, I. 2005. A Typology of Communicative Strategies in Online Privacy Policies: Ethics, Power and Informed Consent, Journal of Business Ethics, 62, 221–235.
  • Santos, F. 2012. A positive Theory of Social Entrepreneurship, Journal of Business Ethics, 111(3), 335-351.
  • Thomke, S. 2003. Experimentation Matters: Unlocking the Potential of New Technologies for Innovation. Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Business School Press.
  • Vaccaro, A. and P. Madsen, 2009. ‘Transparency: The new ICT-driven Ethics?’ Ethics and Information Technology, 11(2), 113-122.
  • Vaccaro, A. 2012. To Pay or not to Pay? Dynamic Transparency and the Fight against the Mafia’s Extortionists, Journal of Business Ethics, 106(1), 23-35.

Call for papers: Global Academic Journal of Accounting and Economics (GAJAE)

Call for Research Articles

GAJAE will cover all areas of the subject. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meets the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence, and will publish:
  • Original articles in basic and applied research 
  • Case studies 
  • Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays .
We invite you to submit your manuscript(s) to: for publication. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue. Guide to authors and other details are available on our website;

GAJAE is an Open Access Journal

One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. GAJAE is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.

What is the advantage to you of publishing in Global Academic Journal of Accounting and Economics(GAJAE)?

  • Full open access: everyone can read your article when it is published 
  • Publishing decision within 3 weeks of submission 
  • Prompt and fair peer review from two expert peer reviewers 
  • Frequent updates on your paper’s status 
  • Friendly responsive staff 

Contact details: 

Alabi Azeezi
Global Academic Journal of Accounting and Economics(GAJAE)
E-mail :

Call for papers. Special issue on: Special Issue on Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship

Journal of Management Studies
Special Issue on Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2015

Guest Editors:


Environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and ethical decision-making are critical in many business activities and ignoring these principles is detrimental for the enterprising effort of every firm—cause-based startups, for-profit ventures, family businesses, and public firms. For example, firms often combine inputs through incrementally sequential, and well-synchronized procedures. This means that even small unethical choices in early value-chain activities can trigger devastating cascading effects that bring an otherwise smooth-running operation to a grinding halt, while undermining the reputation of a single firm, or worse, ravaging entire industries (e.g., tobacco industry). Of course, for startups and small family firms, the same poor choices might bring business disbandment. At the other end of the spectrum, social entrepreneurs and the sustainability movement are increasingly fashioning—and perhaps even leveraging on—businesses that are based on superior sustainability standards, strong social considerations, and deep ethical principles. These businesses are attractive to a significant, and growing, slice of consumers because the vales of such companies resonate with their own. Although it is clear that these are tectonic shifts that alter economic systems and social structures (e.g., social media and the Arab Spring), scholarly research and theory development on this tripartite topic are clearly lagging.
The areas of sustainability, society, ethics, and entrepreneurship motivates scholarship from diverse disciplines—e.g., management, finance, accounting, marketing, operations, supply chain, political science, sociology, psychology, and economics, to name a few. Each discipline makes significant contributions to this topical area. Also, most scholars recognize that cross-disciplinary research can be highly revelatory, but surprisingly, the number of truly cross-disciplinary studies, including in special issues, suggests the more can and should be done to intensity cross-boundary research. We think that—given the complexity and overlap of and interrelations between sustainability, society, business ethics, and entrepreneurship—it is even more important to feature manuscripts that are dedicated to exemplary cross-disciplinary studies on this multilateral topic.
The special issues (SI) calls for scholarship that is less concerned about disciplinary boundaries and more inspired to advance knowledge that sheds light on big questions related to these topical areas. We call for "edgy" scholarly work from thought leaders who dare to think "outside the sandbox" of traditional research. And we’re particularly interested in radical, controversial, novel, useful, and non-obvious scholarship that challenges research dogmas and is highly revelatory—even if not fully grounded in well-studied or well-validated theory. Of course, manuscript can't be merely descriptive or phenomenally driven, so a strong theoretical contribution is still a must.

Why the SI Needed and What Scholarship Would Fit the SI

The SI is need for several reasons, but three deserve greater attention:
First, not every scholar, manager, or company agrees on the connection between sustainability, ethics, and entrepreneurship. Recent research on the “green to be seen” perspective suggests that consumers are willing to pay extra for sustainable offerings, but only if there are overt status incentives or reputational outcomes that associated with such purchases (Griskevicius, Tybur, & Van den Bergh, 2010). Similarly, firms—large and small—are struggling with the concept of transparency; would the benefits of touting ethical practices be outweighed by the risk that comes from revealing product provenance (e.g., the mêlée of U.S. food companies on whether to label genetically modified products)? We call for conflicting perspectives on the areas of sustainability, ethics, and entrepreneurship, particularly if they offer fertile and provocative new areas of scholarly research.
Second, many manuscripts that survive the typical review process are often not too novel; their expansion of theory quite limited, and their empirical insights are usually narrow. This is not a criticism of the review process or published manuscripts. Far from it; this process is rigorous, which yields highly disciplined scholarship that collectively builds an important and trustworthy body of knowledge. Moreover, we will use the same rigorous review process as well. The difference, however, is that, as noted, we explicitly seek manuscripts that offer new, even radical theoretical perspectives; those that significantly expand existing theory; and/or those that bring breakthrough empirical insights by triangulating the domains of sustainability, ethics, and entrepreneurship.
Third, we also noticed submissions tend to homogenize; they usually follow similar empirical methodologies, converge around a dominant conceptual lens, and predictably, tackle similar research questions. This SI favors cross-disciplinary research and scholarly work that clearly shed light on both big conceptual questions and significantly practical problems that are related to these topical areas. We are especially interested in manuscripts that challenge research dogmas; scholarship that opens up new research frontiers or offers new insights that significantly enrich discussion and discourse, as well as research that addresses timely, and revelatory topics. Thus, we welcome a variety of theoretical, empirical, and cross-disciplinary approaches.
A suggestive but not exhaustive list of questions and topics includes:

  • · How does strategy differ when firms are not constituted as vehicles of private wealth accumulation but are owned by communities of members or government?
  • · How can research in other domains and disciplines—supply chain, accounting, governance, marketing, public policy, finance, and/or sociology—expand theory in the areas of sustainability, society, ethics, and entrepreneurship?
  • · What is social value, what are the most useful measures of social impact, and how do social value and economic value interact and shape each other? How do social entrepreneurs and cause-based ventures impact for-profit entrepreneurs and established firms?
  • · How is theory shaped by the dual movement of social entrepreneurship and sustainability?
  • · What are most useful conceptual models and empirical analysis of the antecedents, consequences, and contingencies associated with the processes of sustainable, socially responsible, and ethical entrepreneurship? 
  • Can social entrepreneurship combat poverty, and if so, who is winning and why?
  • · What innovations do social and sustainable ventures bring to for-profit enterprises?
  • · What can business models that employ Fair Trade, microfinance, crowd-funding, and/or green entrepreneurship teach management about social change, political impact, business ethics, and sustainability?
  • · What are the antecedents and outcomes of new forms of governance of ventures, such as B Corps and “For Benefit” corporations? What are the implications for theory?
  • · How bright is the line between non-profit organizations and ventures with missions that go beyond profit maximization?
  • · How do entrepreneurs address the inevitable psychological, organizational, and strategic tensions between sustainability, ethical challenges, and profitability?


Papers will be reviewed following the JMS double-blind review process. Papers should be submitted by the January 15th, 2015 deadline by e-mail to Gideon Markman ( Papers should be prepared using the JMS Guidelines ( The editors welcome informal enquiries related to proposed topics.

Special Issue Workshop: To help authors advance their manuscripts, a Special Issue Workshop will be held in May 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Authors of R&R manuscripts will be invited to present and discuss their papers during the workshop, but presentation at the workshop does not guarantee acceptance of the paper for publication in JMS. Attending the workshop is not a precondition for acceptance into the Special Issue.

Contact Emails:
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 5395

Call for papers: South Asian Diasporas: Facilitators of Trade, Investment, and National Competitive Advantage

South Asian Journal for Global Business Research 
Special Issue Call for Papers

South Asian Diasporas: Facilitators of Trade, Investment, and National Competitive Advantage

Guest Editors:

  • Masud Chand (Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA)
  • Shaista E. Khilji (George Washington University, Washington DC, USA)
  • Florian Täube (EBS Business School, Germany)
  • Henry Chung (Massey University, New Zealand)

A 3-page abstract due: Dec 1, 2013

Full papers due: April 30, 2014

The countries that make up South Asia have some of the world’s largest and most geographically dispersed diasporas (Chand, 2013). While diasporas have existed for thousands of years, globalization and increasing human and capital mobility have enhanced their importance and left them uniquely positioned to act as facilitators of trade and investment between their countries of origin (COO) and their countries of residence (COR). Modern diasporas have played vital roles in facilitating trade and investments between their COO and COR, including direct activities such as investing in their COOs (Buckley, Wang, & Clegg, 2007; Geithner, Johnson, & Chen, 2005) as well as more indirect facilitation activities such as providing transnational social networks that serve as conduits for trade (Khanna, 2007; Saxenian, 2002; Chand, 2010), helping with institutional and human capital development in the COO (Saxenian, 2006), driving the ‘immigrant effect’ (Chung & Tung, 2013; Chung, Enderwick & Naruemitmongkonsuk, 2010), improving the image of the COO in the COR (Chand & Tung, 2011), introducing the culture of the COO in the COR (Chand, 2010), contributing to ‘soft power’ for the COO (Chand & Tung, 2011), and contributing to technology transfer and capacity development in the COO (Lin, 2010).

The roles of diasporas are undergoing important changes as the pressures of globalization on the one hand and the pull of the homeland on the other presents them with a unique set of challenges. While COOs try to leverage them as assets, there is also pressure to become a part of the COR, leading to emerging questions of cross-national and intra-national identity. The rising level of diaspora return to their COO and the increasing importance of brain circulation give this topic special importance in the twenty-first century. An organized diaspora community, particularly when augmented by large numbers and organizational resources, can command considerable political capital in a host country. This political capital can be used to help improve the nation brand of the COO and in improving its image in the COR.

This special issue call especially welcomes papers focusing on South Asian diasporas, but is not restricted to them. We are also open to conceptual/theoretical papers on diasporas that draw implications for South Asia and its relationship with its diasporas, and comparative research on other diaspora communities that can have lessons for South Asian businesses and policy makers.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Comparisons of diaspora management across countries, with implications for the South Asian region 
  • The genesis of individual country diasporas (for e.g., India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh) and their role in driving trade and investment between the COO and COR 
  • Case studies of South Asian diaspora led organizations that span across multiple countries and explain how they help facilitate trade and FDI 
  • Conceptual papers dealing with creating and managing diasporas from a COO perspective 
  • The geopolitical importance of South Asian diasporas 
  • Challenges of diasporas living in CORs, and its effects on transnational trade 
  • Social networks of South Asian diasporas, and their effects on cross-border trade and investment 
  • Diaspora led FDI and its effects on policy making in COOs 
  • South Asian diasporas as agents of institutional and human capital development in their COO 
  • The role of South Asian diasporas in driving the COO effect 
  • Diasporas caused by ‘pull’ or ‘push’ effects 
  • Conceptual papers on diasporas with implications for South Asian countries and their relationship with their diasporas 
  • South Asia as ‘COR’ – intra-regional migration and implications for South Asian diasporas 
  • Differences between South Asia and the West as COR 

The guest editors are happy to discuss initial ideas for papers and can be contacted directly via email.

Contributors should note: 

This call is open and competitive, and the submitted papers will be double-blind reviewed as per the editorial policies of the South Asian Journal of Global Business Research.
Submitted papers must be based on original material not accepted by, or under consideration with, any other journal or outlet.
For empirical papers based on data sets from which multiple papers have been generated, authors must provide the guest editors with copies of all other papers based on the same data.
The guest editors will select a limited number of papers to be included in the special issue. Other papers submitted to the special issue may be considered for publication in other issues of the journal at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.


We invite authors to email their abstracts (up to 3 pages including references) to Masud Chand, Shaista E. Khilji, Henry Chung, or Florian Täube at:,,, or by December 1, 2013 for a review. Authors will be notified of a decision by early Jan 2014. Those invited to submit a full paper (8000 words) will be asked to meet the April 30, 2014 deadline. Please note that all full papers are to be submitted via ScholarOne, and subject to a double blind review before being accepted for publication. We are also open to authors submitting full papers without submitting an abstract first.

Anticipated Publication Date: 2015

About the South Asian Journal of Global Business Research (SAJGBR)

SAJGBR is multidisciplinary in scope. We accept submissions in any of the business fields—Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing and Technology—and are open to other disciplines that enhance understanding of international business activity, including anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology, etc. However, authors must clearly underline how their study relates to the advancement of international business theory and/or practice. We are especially interested in manuscripts that integrate theories and concepts taken from different fields and disciplines.

We aim to publish high quality research articles, policy reviews, book reviews, country/practitioner/personal perspectives, conference reflections and commentaries, which contribute to the scholarly and managerial understanding of contemporary South Asian businesses and diaspora. We encourage authors to study relevance of mainstream theories or practices in their fields of interest, critique and offer fresh insights on South Asian businesses and diaspora, as well contribute to the development of new theories.

South Asian Journal of Global Business Research is published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited. For more information, please refer to:


Buckley, P., Wang, C. and Clegg, J. (2007). The impact of foreign ownership, local ownership and industry characteristics on spillover effects from foreign direct investment in China. International Business Review, 16 (2): 142-158.

Chand, M. (2010). Diasporas as Drivers of National Competitiveness. In T.M. Devinney, T. Pedersen, & L. Tihanyi (2010), Advances in International Management: The Past, Present and Future of International Business and Management, Volume 23,(pp. 583-602). New York, NY: Emerald.

Chand, M. and Tung, R.L. (2011) Diasporas as the Boundary-Spanners: The role of Trust in Business Facilitation. Journal of Trust Research, 1 (1), 107-129.

Chung, H.F.L and Tung, R.L. (2013). Immigrant social networks and foreign entry: Australia and New Zealand firms in the European Union and Greater China. International Business Review, 22 (1): 18-31

Chand, M. (2013). The South Asian diaspora- knowledge flows in the age of globalization. In Globalization, change and learning in South Asia (Khilji, S.E., & Rowley, C). Chandos Publishing: Oxford.

Chung, H.F.L., Enderwick, P. and Naruemitmongkonsuk, J. (2010). Immigrant employee effects in international strategy: An exploratory study of international service firms. International Marketing Review, 27 (6): 652-675

Geithner, P., Johnson, P. & Chen, L. (Eds.) (2005). Diaspora philanthropy and equitable development in China and India. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Khanna, T. (2007). Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are reshaping their futures- and yours. Harvard Business School Press, Harvard University Press, Boston, MA.

Kotabe, M., Riddle, L., Sonderegger, P. and Täube, F. (2013). Diaspora Investment and Entrepreneurship: The Role of People, Their Movements, and Capital in the International Economy, Journal of International Management, 19(1): 3-5.

Lin, X. (2010). The diaspora solution to innovation capacity development: Immigrant entrepreneurs in the contemporary world. Thunderbird International Business Review, 52 (2): 123-136.

Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs ( 2012). Annual Report 2011-2012.

Saxenian, A. (2002). Brain circulation: How high-skill immigration makes everyone better off.

Saxenian, A. (2006). The new Argonauts: Regional advantage in a global economy. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.

Sonderegger, P. and Täube, F. (2010). Cluster lifecyle and Diaspora effects: evidence from the Indian IT cluster in Bangalore, Journal of International Management 16(4): 383-397.


Brian Keilson

Editorial Coordinator

South Asian Journal of Global Business Research (SAJGBR)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Special issue call for papers for the International Journal of Emerging Markets

Innovation, Geography, Institutions and Internationalization in Emerging Markets

Special issue call for papers for the International Journal of Emerging Markets

Firm innovation and internationalization are often intertwined, as well as being tied to geographic factors such as agglomeration economies within a city or region, or the degree to which the local institutional structure supports these activities. Within this special IJoEM issue, we intend to highlight issues related to how factors such as cities, country boundaries, and various distance types (e.g., Cultural, Administrative, Geographic, and Economic; Ghemawat, 2001), along with the more general development of institutions within a society promote and/or inhibit innovation and internationalization. Any contribution that furthers these topics, or related ones, in the context of MNCs in emerging markets is most welcome.

In line with the above topic, we are editing a special issue of the International Journal of Emerging Markets (IJoEM) examining these issues. The special issue will feature best papers from the Academy of International Business Southeast (AIB-SE) and Latin America (AIB-LAT) chapter meetings to be held in Atlanta, Georgia and Medellin, Colombia in October 2013 and March 2014, respectively.

Topics for inclusion (among others)

We welcome papers within the broadly defined subject theme area from all the major disciplines in business and management studies, including: strategy, international business, organizational behaviour and cross-cultural management, marketing, operations and decision sciences, finance and accounting, international trade and business economics. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • • The role of institutions in promoting or constraining innovation in emerging markets
  • • Factors impacting the geographic clustering of internationalization efforts
  • • The impact of distance on innovation and internationalization
  • • The effect of internationalization on innovation within a company or geographic region
  • • The role of institutions in promoting or constraining inward and outward internationalization
  • • Managerial mindsets needed for innovation and internationalization in emerging markets
  • • Cross-cultural collaboration in innovation efforts
  • • The marketing of innovations in emerging markets

Deadlines, Submission Guidelines and Co-Editor Information

Submissions for the special issue will be taken from the best papers of the AIB-SE and AIB-LAT conferences, along with a general call. Based on the review processes for the respective conferences, top rated papers will be invited to go through additional review to be considered for the special issue. Papers selected for consideration will need to be formally submitted to IJoEM. Specific instructions will be provided to the authors at this time.


Dr. William Newburry (General)
Associate Professor
Florida International University
Dept. of Management & International Business, RB 341B
Phone: (305) 348-1103
Dr. John McIntyre (for AIB-SE)
Executive Director, GT CIBER
Scheller College of Business – Georgia Institute of Technology
Phone: (404) 894-1463 

Dr. Wlamir Xavier (for AIB-LAT)
Assistant Professor of Management
UNISUL & Fundação Getúlio Vargas/EAESP
Phone +55 48 9909-9537