Dear colleagues:


I am delighted to let you know about a paper award, sponsored by the Aalto University School of Business (formerly known as the Helsinki School of Economics), which will be given at the upcoming AIB conference. The Aalto University School of Business “That’s Interesting!” Award recognizes the AIB conference paper that most effectively pushes the boundaries of our existing knowledge in the field. The criteria for the award are based on the extent to which the paper:


· crosses boundaries,

· challenges taken-for-granted assumptions in the field,

· denies old “truths”,

· attracts the reader’s attention, and

· makes an original argument.


The award has been named after Murray S. Davis’ seminal article about how to define what is interesting in social sciences (Davis, M.S. 1971. That’s interesting! Towards a phenomenology of sociology and sociology of phenomenology. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 1: 309-344). Nominations for the award are made by the AIB conference track chairs, and the award includes a plaque and US$1000.


The 2013 selection committee consists of Elizabeth L. Rose (University of Otago and Aalto University School of Business), D. Eleanor Westney (Schulich School of Business, York University), and Udo Zander (Stockholm School of Economics).


The winner of this year’s Aalto University School of Business “That’s Interesting!” Award will be announced at the 2013 AIB conference, on Friday, 5th July, at the afternoon coffee break (16.05-16.45, in the Convention Lower Hall). The nominated papers are listed below, with the associated AIB manuscript ID and session numbers:


Are Family Firms More Internationally Involved than Non-Family Firms? The Case of Italy (ID# 649, Session 3.4.5)

Jean-Francois Hennart, Singapore Management University and University of Pavia

Antonio Majocchi, University of Pavia


Dynamics of International Business Research: A Relational Cluster Perspective (ID# 1216, Session 2.4.6)

Werner Kunz, University of Massachusetts Boston

Stephan Manning, University of Massachusetts Boston

Torben Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School


Handling Pressures of Community Logic: The Impact of Clan Ties on Recruitment and Selection in Kazakhstan (ID# 914, Session 3.4.10)

Dana Minbaeva, Copenhagen Business School

Jasper Hotho, Copenhagen Business School

Maral Muratbekova-Touron, ESCP Paris

Larissa Rabbiosi, Copenhagen Business School


New Venture Internationalization as a Rite of Passage: Unpacking Transitional Vulnerabilities (ID# 305, Session 1.4.13)

Shameen Prashantham, Nottingham University

Steven W. Floyd, University of Massachusetts Amherst


A Review of Literature Relevant to International Selling and Sales Management (ID# 1401, Session 2.5.6)

Wyatt Austin Schrock, Michigan State University

Douglas E. Hughes, Michigan State University


Internationalization and Performance of Emerging Multinationals: The Role of Clustering and Certification (ID# 1243, Session 2.5.7)

Rajesh Upadhyayula, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

Amit Karna, EBS Business School

Karthik Dhandapani, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad


Warmest congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2013 Aalto University School of Business “That’s Interesting!” Award! Please join us on Friday, 5th July, when the winning paper will be announced.


Best regards – and safe travels to all who are heading to Istanbul,





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