Call for Papers


The 4th Rikkyo University-Northeastern University

International Business Studies Symposium:


“Developing Responsible Global Leaders”


June 22-23, 2011


Keynote Speaker:

Professor Stephen J. Kobrin,

William H. Wurster Professor of 

Multinational Management,

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Keynote Panel:

Mark E. Mendenhall

J. Burton Frierson Chair of Excellence in Business Leadership

University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Joyce S. Osland

Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership

San Jose State University


Allan Bird

Darla and Frederick Brodsky Trustee Professor in Global Business

Northeastern University

Iris Berdrow

Associate Professor of Management

Director, Assurance of Learning Initiative

Bentley University


College of Business, Rikkyo University

Tokyo, Japan





THEME:  A continuing challenge in international business is that of
developing responsible, competent global leaders.  Every large-scale survey
of global business organizations since 1995 has identified a deficit of
global leadership capability as the leading concern.  Similarly, recent
surveys of business schools have identified increasing global leadership
competence or skills as a key challenge.  These concerns reflect a far
broader, societal-level concern that people at all levels of society have
need of global consciousness and leadership capability.


The call for the development of globally competent leaders begs numerous
questions, among them:  what constitutes competent and responsible global
leadership?  How can it be developed?



SCHEDULE & FORMAT:  The two-day symposium will involve academia and industry
in exploring issues and challenges of global business to management,
organization, and leadership.  The first day will set the tone with a
keynote speech by Professor Stephen Kobrin followed by a panel discussion.
The second day will be devoted to paper sessions organized around a number
of sub-themes focusing on global leadership, international business, and
international finance.  It will also include a keynote panel of leading
scholars on global leadership development.  Much of the program will be open
to interested parties including students, faculty and industry


SUBMISSION:  We welcome submissions of full papers of up to 20 pages
exploring the conference theme from broad perspectives including global
leadership, international business, and international finance.  Particular
emphasis is placed on international dimensions of Japanese and Asian firms.
All submissions will be double-blind reviewed, and will be evaluated using
the following criteria:  a) relevance of the topic to the symposium theme,
b) analytical rigor, and c) innovativeness, among others.  Papers should be
double-spaced, and should follow the referencing and formatting guidelines
for the Journal of International Business Studies (see
<>  Paper presenters will be invited to
submit their manuscripts to a special edition of a leading Asian business


Ö       Submission deadline:  Monday, 18 April, 2011


Ö       Acceptance notification:  Monday, 9 May, 2011


Ö       Submit your paper electronically (in Word or PDF format) to:  Dr.
Toshiya Ozaki ( <mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask]), Prof. of
International Business, Rikkyo University.


COST:  There is no registration fee to participate in the symposium,
however, it is the responsibility of participants to cover their own travel
expenses.  Information about registration will be provided in late April.


PROGRAM CHAIRS:  Dr. Nobuya Takezawa, Prof. of International Business,
Rikkyo University and Dr. Allan Bird, Darla and Frederick Brodsky Trustee
Professor of Global Business, Northeastern University.


ABOUT RIKKYO:  Centrally located in the bustling Ikebukuro neighborhood of
Tokyo, Rikkyo University is one of Japan’s oldest (founded in 1874) and
nationally recognized universities.  Rikkyo’s tradition of innovative
education is alive and well in the College of Business (COB), which has one
of most competitive and highly ranked undergraduate business programs. For
more information, visit: ( <>


ABOUT Northeastern:  Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private
research university located in the heart of Boston.  Northeastern is a
leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and
interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs.  Our broad
mix of experience-based education programs—our signature cooperative
education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global
learning—build the connections that enable students to transform their
lives.  For more information, visit: ( <>



Toshiya Ozaki, PhD

Professor of International Business

Director, Master of International Business

College of Business, Rikkyo University

Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan 171-8501

Tel: 81-3-3985-4077 Fax: 81-3-3985-4085


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