Henley Business School at the University of Reading announces the Fifth 
Reading - 'UNCTAD International Business Conference, organised in 
collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and 
Development (UNCTAD).  The 2015 conference is the second in the series 
that is jointly organised with UNCTAD. Therefore, in addition to 
focusing on conceptual issues in IB, we will also be paying close 
attention to policy implications and the importance of MNEs in development.

The conference - which is traditionally held in April - has been moved 
to June, in memory of Alan Rugman. A plenary session, commemorating and 
extending Alan¹s work by prominent scholars will be organized on the 
first day. *The conference will take place at our Reading campus, which 
is situated close to London, and Heathrow airport. *

Registration details can be found at

The submission deadline for papers is 1 February 2015 (see below for 
more details)


*Invited Speakers include: Julian Birkinshaw, Mark Casson, Geoffrey 
Jones, Peter Buckley, Jean-Francois Hennart, Esteban Garcia-Canal, Alain 
Verbeke, Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra *

Debate panels and plenary themes:

·Where is the ‘individual’ in IB research?

·25 years of UNCTAD’s World Investment Reports

·FDI from and to regulated sectors

·Alan Rugman’s contribution to IB and strategy.


*We will hold a memorial on the evening of the 13th**at our Greenlands 
campus**, so that people may share their reminiscences about the life 
and work of Alan in an informal setting.*

*Parallel Sessions: *Submissions for the parallel sessions (at which 
papers on all aspects of IB are welcome), must be substantially complete 
papers that can be considered for potential publication after the 
conference. We are seeking to arrange various publication possibilities.

Previous conference papers have been published in /Journal of Management 
Studies/, /European Journal of Development Research/ and /Multinational 
Business Review/.

*Alan Rugman memorial theme:*

In addition to our usual parallel sessions, we will also be organising a 
number of sessions on topics building on Alan's oeuvre, subdivided into 
4 categories (international diversification; internalization theory; MNE 
- government relations in the context of FDI; regionalization).  Alain 
Verbeke is editing a book on Regional Multinationals for Cambridge 
University Press, and submissions for the memorial theme will be 
considered for inclusion. There is also a special issue of Multinational 
Business review planned, and other outlets are being explored.

*Poster Sessions:*Poster papers may be work-in-progress. Unlike other 
conferences, poster sessions are prestigious at Reading, with a large 
number of senior participants.

*Submissions for the parallel sessions: *All submissions should be 
emailed to [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>. Papers 
must be substantially complete, less than 10,000 words, and formatted 
according to JIBS guidelines. All submissions must be in MS Word.

Indicate very clearly in the subject of the email and on the coversheet 
‘Parallel session’. If they are to be considered for the Rugman-related 
sessions, please also indicate this on the coversheet. The final 
deadline for submitting a paper is *1 February 2015*. Subsequent 
confirmation that your paper has been received and accepted will be sent 
via email within 2 weeks.

*Submissions for the Poster sessions:*Abstracts (of up to 500 words) 
should be submitted by*1 February 2015 *to: *[log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>*.The subject of the email should 
begin with the words: ‘Poster Session’. Subsequent confirmation that 
your paper has been received and accepted will be sent via email 
within 2 weeks after the deadline. Indicate very clearly in the subject 
of the email and on the coversheet ‘poster session’.

Registration details can be found at 


Rajneesh Narula
The John H. Dunning Chair in International Business
Henley Business School

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