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 representatives.


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 journal.


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 ([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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