The Selection Committee for the JIBS Decade Award is pleased to announce
that the article "Innovation, organizational capabilities, and the
born-global firm" by Gary Knight (Williamette University) and Tamer Cavusgil
(Georgia State University) has been selected as the winner of the 2014 JIBS
The award, sponsored by Palgrave Macmillan, is designed to recognize the
most influential paper published in the Journal of International Business
Studies ten years prior and is presented at the annual AIB conference. In
order to be considered for the JIBS Decade Award, an article must be one of
the five most cited articles published in JIBS for the year being
This year's Selection Committee members were Ivo Zander (Chair, selected by
the JIBS Editor-in-Chief), the previous AIB Program Chair Patricia
McDougall, and AIB Vice President Administration Elizabeth Rose. JIBS
Editor-in-Chief John Cantwell was an ex officio, non-voting committee
member. The Selection Committee examined total citations, total number of
journals citing the paper, and total number of leading journals (excluding
JIBS) citing the paper to determine the top five most cited articles. The
Committee read and discussed the top five nominees and then voted on the
In recommending the award-winning article, the Committee noted that: "A
landmark study in the rapidly expanding field of research on born-global
firms, the Knight and Cavusgil (2004) paper made a timely contribution to
our understanding of the organizational and strategic blueprints of early
and rapidly internationalizing firms. The authors earned their results the
old-fashioned way, through original data collection and model development,
leading the way towards an increasingly refined understanding of the
particular nature of the born-global firm. The paper's impact has been
broad-based, extending well beyond the Journal of International Business
Studies and into neighboring fields of research."
A session will be held at the upcoming 2014 AIB Annual Meeting in Vancouver
in which Profs. Knight and Cavusgil and two invited discussants, Ivo Zander
(Uppsala University; 2014 committee chair) and Nicole Coviello (Wilfred
Laurier University), will comment on the paper. A reception honoring the
Decade Award winning paper and its author will also be held as part of the
closing reception at the conference. We hope that you will join us in
Vancouver to attend these events; the date and times will be available at
http://aib.msu.edu/events/2014/ when the conference program is finalized.
A retrospective by the authors, together with the discussants' commentaries,
will be published in the first issue of the 2015 volume of the Journal of
International Business Studies.
Managing Editor, Journal of International Business Studies
JIBS Editorial Office
Academy of International Business
Michigan State University
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