*The 2013 Reading-UNCTAD IB Conference:*

*'*Contemporary issues in International Business Theory*'*

8 -- 9 April 2013

Henley Business School at the University of Reading is delighted to 
announce the Reading-UNCTAD International Business Conference, taking 
place in April 2013, organized in collaboration with the United Nations 
Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). This is the fourth in a 
conference series that takes place biennially. These distinctive 
conferences have become something of a tradition in the IB community, 
not only because we seek -- as is the tradition at Reading -- to look at 
things from a conceptual, 'big picture' level, but also because we 
emphasise a critical (and we believe, healthy) balance between disciplines.

The debate panels for the 2013 conference*

This year's conference will be built around three distinct but related 
debate panels:

*Panel 1: New techniques of international business research.*Has the 
study of IB become bogged down by quantitative empirical testing? What 
is the place of mathematical and statistical modelling in IB? Should we 
be formulating theories that are more readily testable?

*Panel 2: Reconciling dynamic capabilities with the OLI/internalization 
theory.*Can the nature of dynamic capabilities be better aligned to both 
MNE theory and strategic management thinking?How do firms manage their 
dynamic capabilities through off-shoring and outsourcing? Within the 
context of global value chains and emerging economies, how do dynamic 
capabilities matter?

*Panel 3: Revisiting Dunning's classification of motives for FDI 
activity. *Is this classification due for an overhaul? For instance, 
almost all MNE activity has an efficiency-enhancing aspect to it. 
Strategic asset-seeking was meant to deal with investment activity 
intended to upgrade the technological assets of MNEs by acquiring R&D 
facilities abroad. Dunning did not consider that firms might acquire 
assets to overcome strategic weaknesses in their portfolio of assets. 
Others argue that this classification system is static: most FDI 
activity tends to have multiple motives.The motivations of MNEs evolve 
over time. How do FDI motives matter from the perspective of host and 
home countries, and industrial policy?

Paper submission and registration

The 2013 conference will have *both* *interactive sessions and parallel 
sessions, *and papers are invited that relate to the three primary 
themes of this conference: *dynamic capabilities, global value chains 
and MNE motives.*

For details on submissions and registration, visit:


Rajneesh Narula
Professor of International Business Regulation
Director, John H. Dunning Centre for International Business
Henley Business School
University of Reading, UK

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