Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Call for conference papers: Africa Direct Investment

Call for Papers for the AIB SSA 2015 Conference on “AFRICA DIRECT INVESTMENT: Trends, Prospects, Challenges and Policy Issues” which will take place from August 26-28, 2015, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

First Call for Papers – The AIB SSA 2015 Conferenc

In recent years much attention has been paid to the surge in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from the so-called BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – in Africa. However, there is a significant unfolding development that has yet to receive as much attention: the marked increase in African firms investing in Africa, or Africa Direct Investment. According to Ernst & Young, intra-African FDI is growing faster than FDI from any other region and has increased over 30 per cent since 2007; in a similar vein, in the period 2003/13, there were more greenfield investments from African firms (994) than there were from Asian (including Chinese and Indian) firms (959), according to fDi Markets.

With the decades-long dream to expand intra-African trade and investment – evident in the dozens of treaties, regional trade agreements and public speeches of African political leaders – finally becoming a reality, there is a need to understand what factors are driving this trend, as well as the prospects, challenges and policy implications. Our 2015 annual conference therefore aims to shed light on this topical issue. We seek conceptual and empirical papers, as well as teaching case studies and panels from scholars, business professionals, policy makers, doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students which contribute to a greater understanding of the issues contained in the theme above.

We also welcome submissions that address wider international business and management
agendas and geographical contexts.

Submissions should be made to (only) one of the following tracks:

  •  Intra-African Trade & Africa-to-Africa Internationalization Strategy
  •  International Entrepreneurship, SMEs & Informal Exporting
  •  FDI, Global Value Chains & the Geography of IB
  •  Human Resources, Culture & Language in International Business
  •  Marketing & Consumers in International Business
  •  Sustainability, Responsible Leadership & Governance of Natural Resources
  •  Economic Diplomacy & Institutional & Political Environment of IB
  •  International Finance, Accounting & Economics
  •  General Track: International Business & Management
  •  Teaching Cases Track
  •  Student Track (excluding Doctoral students)

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015

I am looking forward to seeing you all in Johannesburg.

All the best,

Ulf Richter


Dr. Ulf Henning Richter
Assistant Professor of Strategy
Nottingham University Business School China
Office: AB 356
199 Taikang East Road
Ningbo, Zhejiang, China 315100

Tel:    +86 574 88186342
Mob: +86 1886785 9353
Fax:   +86 574 88180188

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Special Issue: Non-Traditional Expatriates. Journal of Human Resources Management

CALL FOR PAPERS for a special issue of the

International Journal of Human Resource Management

  • Paper submission deadline: 31st January 2015 
  • Guest Editors: Yvonne McNulty and Kate Hutchings 

 It has been suggested that for nearly 50 years a steady stream of academic research has studied traditional, organizationally-assigned expatriates (Adler, 2002; Taylor, Napier, & Mayrhofer, 2002; Vaiman &Haslberger, 2013), whom have typically been senior, Western, males in their late 1940s or early 50s, with an accompanying female spouse and children. Over the past decade the profile of the traditional expatriate has changed (see Brookfield Global Relocation Services, 2012), largely because society, particularly in the Western world, reflects considerable deviation from the traditional household composition of the past: fewer nuclear families, smaller numbers of household members, and more couples living together out of wedlock often with children (Duxbury, Lyons, & Higgins, 2007; Office for National Statistics, 2012). Undoubtedly, the global talent pool today is staffed with more non-traditional expatriates than ever before – among them executive women, married couples without children, female breadwinners, single and unaccompanied men and women, younger early-career people, empty-nesters and semi-retired people over 60, split families, and same-sex partnerships.
Yet, the experiences of women and men within this non-traditional expatriate population are not well known.

 In this Special Issue, we invite submissions focused on non-traditional expatriates. We define non-traditional expatriates as including the following types of arrangements (noting that this may not be an exhaustive list): Status-reversal marriages/partnerships (female expatriates) with a male ‘trailing spouse’ where the primary income is generated by the wife, Single expatriates unaccompanied by a partner or children, including split families where an assignee’s immediate family members remain in the home country or prior location, ‘Empty-nesters’ or semi-retired expatriates over the age of 60, Expatriate couples cohabitating outside of legal marriages, with or without accompanying children, Blended expatriate families with step-children from prior relationships subject to custodial arrangements and not sharing the same family name, Expatriate families adopting foreign children in the host-country during an assignment, Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender expatriate partnerships, with or without children, Single parents with or without international custody arrangements, Expatriates with special needs children, and Expatriates with multigenerational responsibilities, i.e. accompanied on assignment by elderly parents or other family members. Our goal in this Special Issue is to explore the experiences of non-traditional expatriates and in doing so contribute to balancing the picture that existing research provides of the profile of expatriates.

Specifically, we aim to:

  • (i) address the gap in research that has not sufficiently addressed the experiences of this segment of the global talent pool; and 
  • (ii) propose a future research agenda to guide more scholarly work in this area. 
Topics that might be explored (among others) include:

  • What are the similarities and differences in the experiences of non-traditional and traditional expatriates? 
  • Who is a non-traditional expatriate? 
  • How represented are non-traditional expatriates among the global talent pool? 
  • What are the reasons for non-traditional expatriates accepting international assignments or opting out of international assignment opportunities altogether? 
  • What are the legal, social, physical, emotional, psychological and policy challenges that non-traditional expatriates must overcome when deciding to expatriate? 
  • Is the ‘glass border’ real and does it act as a deterrent to expatriate for non-traditional assignees? 
  • What are the factors that contribute to the success of non-traditional expatriates on international assignments? 
  • What are the unique needs of non-traditional expatriates and what support do they receive from organisations, other expatriates, and host country nationals? To what extent do non-traditional expatriates favour a particular type of assignment, assignment duration, or assignment location, and why? 

 Submission guidelines 

 We welcome quantitative, qualitative (including case studies) and conceptual papers that provide unique insights into non-traditional expatriates and non-traditional expatriation. Single-country studies are also welcome provided the focus remains on topic. Findings and/or conceptualisations should have theoretical and policy implications, and seek to inform management practice. The editors of the Special Issue will be pleased to discuss initial ideas for papers via email. Submitted papers must be based on original material not under consideration by any other journal or publishing outlet. The editors will select up to 8 papers to be included in the special issue, but other submissions may be considered for other issues of the journal. All papers will be subject to a double-blind peer review in accordance with the journal guidelines. Manuscripts should be submitted online using the International Journal of Human Resource Management ScholarOne Manuscripts site (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rijh) and in accordance with the author guidelines on the journal’s home page.

New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre. To submit your manuscript to the Special Issue on ‘Non-Traditional Expatriates’, choose the title of the Special Issue from the Manuscript Type list. When you arrive at the ‘Details and Comments’ page, answer ‘yes’ to the question ‘Is this manuscript a candidate for a special issue’ and insert the title of the special issue in the text field provided.

 Important dates 

  •  Paper submission deadline: 31st January 2015
  • Acceptance notification: 30 April 2015 Publication: 2015 


  • Adler, N. 2002. Global managers: No longer men alone. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 13(5): 743-760. 
  • Brookfield Global Relocation Services. 2012. Global relocation trends survey report. Woodridge, IL. Duxbury, L., Lyons, S., & 
  • Higgins, C. 2007. Dual-income families in the new millenium: Reconceptualizing family type. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 9(4): 472-486. 
  • Office for National Statistics. 2012. Comparing data sources on families and households. South Wales, UK: Office for National Statistics. 
  • Taylor, S., Napier, N., & Mayrhofer, W. 2002. Women in global business: Introduction. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 13(5): 739-742. 
  • Vaiman, V., & Haslberger, A. 2013. Managing talent of self-initiated expatriates: A neglected source of the global talent flow. In V. Vaiman, & A. Haslberger (Eds.), Managing Talent of Self-initiated Expatriates: 1-15. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Call for conference papers:

Reading-UNCTAD Conference 2015

13-14 June 2015

Henley Business School at the University of Reading

“Contemporary issues in international business theory”

and Rugman Memorial


Henley Business School at the University of Reading is delighted to announce the Fifth Reading - 'UNCTAD International Business Conference, organised in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The 2015 conference is the second in the series that is jointly organised with UNCTAD. Therefore, in addition to focusing on conceptual issues, we will also be paying close attention to policy implications.

The conference - which is traditionally held in April - has been moved to June, in memory of Alan Rugman. A plenary session, commemorating and extending Alan¹s work by prominent scholars will be organized on the first day, as well as a series of parallel sessions. Speakers at the include:
  • · Julian Birkinshaw, London Business school
  • · Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School
We will hold a memorial on the evening of the 13th, so that people may share their reminiscences about the life and work of Alan in an informal setting.

Details on how to register and deadlines/instructions for paper submission can be found at: www.henley.ac.uk/ibconference2015

The debate/discussion panels for the 2015 conference:

  • · Where is the individual in IB research? 
  • o Mark Casson, University of Reading
  • o Marcus Moller Larsen, Copenhagen Business School, and Dunning Fellow
  • o Paulina Junni, Bi Norwegian Business School
  • o Alain Verbeke, University of Calgary/University of Reading
· 25 years of UNCTAD’s World Investment Reports

  • o Peter Buckley, Leeds University
  • o Rajneesh Narula, University of Reading
  • o Hafiz Mirza, UNCTAD

· FDI from and to regulated sectors

  • o Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois, and Dunning Fellow
  • o Esteban Garcia-Canal, University of Oviedo
  • o Johan Lindique, University of Amsterdam
  • o Snehal Awate, Indian Business School

Paper submission

The 2015 conference will have both interactive sessions and Parallel sessions. The deadline for paper submission is February 1, 2015

Papers should contribute to conceptual development. Further details at:

Call for papers. Special issue: Sustainability, Institutions, and Internationalization in Emerging Markets: Roles of Sustainable Innovation for Sustainable World Development

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Emerging Markets

Sustainability, Institutions, and Internationalization in Emerging Markets: Roles of Sustainable Innovation for Sustainable World Development

Deadline approaching soon: December 15, 2014

Visit call for papers at http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=5254

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 behavior 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:
  • Sustainability as a driver for innovation, growth and internationalization – analyses from developed and developing world
  • The role of sustainability and institutions in promoting or constraining innovation in emerging markets
  • Factors impacting the geographic clustering of internationalization efforts in sustainability worldwide
  • The impact of distance on sustainable innovation and internationalization
  • The effect of internationalization on sustainable innovation within a company or geographic region
  • The role of institutions in promoting or constraining inward and outward internationalization
  • Managerial mindsets needed for sustainable innovation and internationalization in emerging markets
  • Cross-cultural collaboration in sustainable innovation efforts
  • The marketing of sustainable innovations in emerging markets vis-√†-vis the developed world
  • Theoretical and Empirical contributions to the field of sustainability, institutions, and emerging markets

You may contact the guest editors if you have questions:

Dr. Anshu Arora
Associate Professor - Marketing
Director of Global Logistics & International
Business Center
Savannah State University, Georgia, USA
Phone: +1 912 358 3387

Dr. Nicole Hartley
Lecturer - Marketing
University of Queensland Business School
University of Queensland,
Brisbane, Australia
Phone: +61 7 3346 8022