Call for Papers - Focused Issue: Nations, Within-Nation Regions, and
Multiple-Nation Regions: How are Societal Boundaries Significant for
International Management Today? 

Guest Editors: Mark F. Peterson & Mikael Søndergaard

This special issue about geographic societal boundaries aims to advance
theory about the relevance of cultural differences among different kinds of
geographical groups for a broad range of international management issues. It
addresses one of the most central current controversies among cross cultural
scholars – to what extent do national boundaries remain significant in an
increasingly globalized world and to what extent have national boundaries
been displaced by within-nation regions or multiple-nation clusters. Theory
and research advocating the continuing substantial significance of national
boundaries needs to be improved to address criticisms that nations have been
overwhelmed by within-nation variability and globalization. Theory and
research advocating the significance of societies with geographic identities
other than nation needs to move beyond assertions supported by small scale
empirical examples.

The special issue solicits empirically based qualitative and quantitative
manuscripts that address the problem of the importance that different sorts
of geographic boundaries have for any areas of international business,
cross-cultural management, and comparative management traditionally
considered in Management International Review. The special issue seeks
submissions that deal with cultural groups with a geographic identity. The
cultural groups can include nations, cultural country clusters, multiple
nation trade associations and communities (e.g., the EU, NAFTA),
"civilizations", ethnic groups that cross adjacent national borders (e.g.,
Kurds), within-nation regions, or those within-nation ethnic groups that
have a continuing link to a specific geographic locale. Studies for the
special issue that compare nations must also consider either multiple-nation
groups or within-nation regions. Studies that deal with within-nation
variability must link such variability to within-nation geographical
regions. While studies of regional variability within a single nation can be
of value when properly qualified, the field is in particular need of
multiple-nation studies that can empirically compare the relative
significance of nation with within-nation boundaries and multiple-nation
groups. Manuscripts should be based on survey research, field ethnographic
research, or experimental research using information collected from
organizations and employees. The special issue will not consider exclusively
theoretical manuscripts or reviews. Possible topics include, but are not
limited to:

*	How does the explanatory power of nations, within-nation regions,
and multiple nation groups differ for predicting personal work-related
values and attitudes? 

*	How can publically available national value measures from
multiple-nation studies like the World Value Survey be combined with results
of earlier projects to identify cultural clusters of nations that have
implications for organizational behavior?

*	How are societal-level measures derived from work-related attitudes
and values using data bases related to economic and social characteristics
of within-nation regions as compared to nations?

*	What is the process by which organizations have learned about and
adjusted to within-nation geographic variability?

*	How have regional designs of multinational organizations been
affected by cultural heterogeneity among nations in a multiple-nation
geographic region (e.g., Latin America)? 

*	What is the relationship between industry clusters and cultural
characteristics of geographic areas? 

Submission Information:

*	All papers will be subjected to double-blind peer review

*	Authors should follow MIR guidelines,

*	Contributions should be submitted in English language in a Microsoft
or compatible format via e-mail attachment to [log in to unmask] or
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*	Submission deadline: May 25, 2012 (however earlier submissions are

*	The review process will take approx. 5–6 months.

About the Guest Editors 

Mark F. PETERSON is Professor of International Management at Florida
Atlantic University and holds the Hofstede Chair in Cultural Diversity at
Maastricht University. His research addresses questions of how culture and
intercultural relations affect the way organizations should be managed. He
has published over 100 articles and chapters as well as several books. The
articles have appeared in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly,
the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of International Business
Studies, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the Leadership Quarterly,
Human Relations, and Organization Science. He recently co-edited the
Handbook of Cross Cultural Management Research with Sage Press. 

Mikael SØNDERGAARD is Associate Professor in the School of Economics and
Management of Aarhus University. His research has considered leadership by
city government managers throughout Europe and the use of Hofstede’s
cultural values framework. He has published several book chapters and
articles in journals such as Organization Studies and the International
Journal of Cross Cultural Management, Academy of Management Executive,
Developments in Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, Organisations
Entwicklung, The CASE Journal. Together with Mark F. Peterson he has
recently published a 4-volume book set entitled Foundations of Cross
Cultural Management with Sage Press.


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