Call for Papers
AIB US-NE 2015 Frontier Conference: Bringing the Political Economy Back In
The deadline - May 31 - for submitting papers to this year's Academy of International Business (AIB) Frontier Conference “Bringing the Political Economy Back In” is approaching fast! Don't miss it! The Frontier conference is organized by the US-Northeast (NE) Chapter of AIB – the leading association of scholars and practitioners in the field of international business – together with the College of Management at University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB). The meeting will take place October 22-24, 2015, at the Campus Center of UMB in downtown Boston – a city with a rich cultural and historical heritage, and a global hub for education, science and technology. The conference includes regular sessions, a doctoral consortium and a paper development workshop. Submission deadline for papers and proposals is May 31. Details can be found below and on the conference website: http://conference2015.aibne.net
This conference is designed as an interdisciplinary platform for intellectual exploration around the complex relationship between international business (IB) and the political economy. The decisions and operations of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and local firms are affected by institutional, economic, and political structures and processes at multiple scales - local, regional, and global. Moreover, MNEs increasingly participate as political actors as they interact with state and non-state actors around issues such as the natural environment, inequality, labor and gender, human rights, and international trade and investment agreements. In addition, other organizations such as NGOs, non-profits, social enterprises etc. increasingly have transnational impact through their interaction with MNEs and other actors on these issues. To examine these dynamics in more depth, this conference brings together senior and junior scholars from IB, management, sociology, political science, women’s studies, and economics who share an interest in ‘Bringing the Political Economy Back In’.
And it’s about time! Today’s world economy is in turmoil: Greece and the EU are battling over the future of the Eurozone; the Ukraine-Russia conflict is challenging regional stability and global energy security; the proposed Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific trade and investment agreements are keenly contested by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and also challenge China and other emerging economies. The devastating Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 has triggered quite different corporate responses in the US and Europe, but substantial risks remain for workers – as well as for corporate reputations. The 2008 Financial Crisis has left a precarious legacy for firms, consumers, workers, and states, without significant steps toward a more secure global financial system.
Guiding Questions and Conference Features
How do – and should - MNEs respond to and affect these political and economic dynamics? What roles do MNEs play as political actors, along with NGOs and other stakeholders, in governance, for example, through corporate social responsibility efforts, standards, lobbying, and in their own resource allocation decisions? Does business participate as a public spirited global citizen, or pursue a narrower conception of corporate interests?
We invite you to participate in this exciting conversation. The conference will feature a Doctoral Consortium and Paper Development Workshop, special panels and keynote speeches, and topic-centered sessions, as well as lunch and dinner events. In addition to the main theme, the conference will also address more conventional IB topics. Participants will be invited to submit their work to a special issue on IB and political economy in a major international business journal; the conference will also allow an opportunity to interact with the editors of the special issue and inquire about more details.
Hosting Team, Special Guests and Panels
The Frontier conference will be hosted by faculty and students of the UMB Organizations and Social Change (OSC) Research Group : Alessia Contu, Chacko Kannothra, David Levy, Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, Suhaib Riaz and Chris Whynacht, in collaboration with the AIB US-NE Chapter, chaired by Stephan Manning, and faculty from other UMB departments, including Economics and Political Science.
Several well-known scholars from International Business, Sociology, Economics, Women’s Studies, and Political Science will participate - as keynote speakers, panelists, track chairs and mentors for the Doctoral Consortium and Paper Development Workshop. We look forward to welcoming Jonathan Doh (Villanova U, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of World Business), Ram Mudambi (Temple U, Incoming President of AIB) and Mona Makhija (Ohio State U, Senior Editor of Journal of International Business Studies / JIBS) to assist with the Doctoral Consortium and to join as panelists and keynote speakers. For the main conference, Cynthia Enloe (Clark U) and John Cantwell (Rutgers U, Editor-in-Chief of JIBS) will give keynote addresses.
We are also planning some exciting panels, including two on October 22 for the Doctoral Consortium – on conducting high impact research in IB, and managing dissertations and job search; as well as four panels on October 23/24 on political economy challenges to IB research; global governance and the role of multinational enterprises; international development, violence and gender; and climate change, IB and global politics of energy. Invited panelists include beside the ones above (in alphabetical order): Frank Ackerman (Tufts U), Cornel Ban (Boston U), Elora Chowdhury (UMB), Kade Finnoff (UMB), Mike Kotabe (Temple U), Dirk Matten (York U), Craig Murphy (UMB), Rajneesh Narula (U Reading), Ravi Ramamurti (Northeastern U) and Timothy Shaw (UMB).
We invite submissions of either ‘short papers’ (around 3,000 words) or preliminary full papers (around 10,000 – 12,000 words) for individual presentations that link, in interesting and novel ways, various aspects of the local and global political economy to international business. We also invite submissions that bring in institutional and political aspects to more conventional IB topics, such as theory of the MNE; managing geographic and institutional distance; international joint ventures and alliances; political risk, lobbying, and corruption; international expansion, sourcing and foreign entry modes; learning and knowledge management; and managing in cross-cultural contexts. We are interested in both theoretical and empirical work, using either qualitative or quantitative methods. We are open to a broad range of theoretical approaches, both critical and traditional, from IB, organization theory, sociology, political science, international political economy, and other perspectives.
Based on paper submissions, we will group accepted papers into tracks and select paper discussants within each track. The following list of topics and questions is not meant to be exclusive, but gives a flavor of what we are looking for in addition to or combined with more regular IB themes:
Local and global institutions; Governance, collaborative and contested; CSR and shared value; MNEs as political actors; Interactions between MNEs, states, and civil society; MNEs and development; Emerging varieties of capitalism; Transnational crime, from human trafficking to money laundering; Gender, race, and ethnicity in MNEs and the global economy; Political and institutional risks; Climate change responses; Sustainability standards; Global financial system issues, including tax havens, shadow banking and other controversial industry practices; Intellectual property rights; Labor and human rights; Migration and transnational networks; Conflict, violence, peacemaking and reconstruction; Economic and social inequality; Transnational movements, communities and networks; Post- and neocolonial relations.
Papers should be submitted through the Conference Website (up to three submissions allowed per author): http://conference2015.aibne.net. All submissions will be double blind reviewed by scholars with expertise in the respective field. The Best Student Paper as well as The Best Paper on the Conference Theme will receive an award at the end of the conference. Submitters are expected to also sign up as reviewers. We will issue a Best Reviewer Award.
Deadline for submission of short or preliminary full papers is May 31 2015.
Upon the acceptance of short or preliminary full papers, we strongly encourage the submission of final full papers by August 31. However, if the short/preliminary paper provides important insights to the conference theme, that may serve as sufficient for the conference as well. Final submissions will be presented by authors and discussed by domain experts at the conference.
Applications for Doctoral Consortium and PDW
Doctoral students are invited to submit 3-page proposals to the doctoral student consortium on October 22. Proposals should be submitted through the conference website: http://conference2015.aibne.net. The format of the Consortium will facilitate a constructive discussion among the doctoral students and the participating faculty on topics related to political economy issues in international business. Applications for the Doctoral Consortium should include:
Deadline for applications is May 31 2015.
The best proposal will receive a Doctoral Student Best Proposal Award.
In addition, we will have a paper development workshop (PDW) on October 22, following the Doctoral Consortium. The PDW is designed to facilitate general feedback and a one-on-one feedback session with a well-known scholar on a particular paper. Both PhD students and more senior scholars can participate. For this purpose, please submit a short paper of 3,000 words or a preliminary full paper of 10,000 to 12,000 words by May 31 2015. Final full papers shall be submitted, based on acceptance of the initial submission, by August 31 2015.
Registration for the AIB US-NE 2015 Frontier Conference is now open at: http://conference2015.aibne.net. The registration includes three lunch events, two dinner receptions and one gala dinner. If you have a question regarding registration, please email co-host Chacko Kannothra: [log in to unmask].
|Faculty||Early-bird Registration (up to July 31, 2015)||$280|
|Regular Registration (after July 31, 2015)||$320|
|Student||Early-bird Registration (up to July 31, 2015)||$130|
|Regular Registration (after July 31, 2015)||$170|
Note: Students need to attach a proof of student status to attend.
Students may apply to get a waiver of the registration fee by serving as a conference assistant on one of the conference days. These roles are limited and preference will be given to those who have applied to the Doctoral Consortium or are presenting a paper at the conference. Assistance at the conference may include: helping at the registration desk, setting up catering and conference rooms, and other tasks. Please send an application by July 31 2015 to [log in to unmask].
Cancellation by August 31, 2015: Refund less a $50 processing fee.
Cancellation after August 31, 2015: No refunds available.
Conference Venue and Accommodation
The conference will take place at the Campus Center of UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston MA 02125, near the JFK/UMass T (Metro) stop on the Red Line. More information on transportation options to the conference venue will be provided on the conference website: http://conference2015.aibne.net
We can recommend various accommodation options during the conference. For example:
- DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside, https://www.hotelplanner.com/Hotels/52231/Reservations-Doubletree-Club-by-Hilton-Boston-Bayside-Boston-240-Mount-Vernon-St-02125 - less than 0.5 mile from UMass Boston; rates start at $229 per night: +1 (800) 230-4134
- Comfort Inn, 900 Morrissey Blvd, Boston — https://www.choicehotels.com/massachusetts/boston/comfort-inn-hotels/ma109 - free shuttle from Logan Airport and minutes from UMass Boston; rates start at $214 per night: +1 (617) 287-9200
- Ramada Boston, 800 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, http://www.ramada.com/hotels/massachusetts/boston/ramada-boston/hotel-overview?hotel_id=13366&brand_code=RA&brand_selected= - a few minutes from UMass Boston; rates start at $197 per night: +1 (617) 287-9100
- Boston Hostel, http://bostonhostel.org/ - conveniently located downtown Boston (just 4 stops from UMass Boston); rates start at $49.95 if sharing a room: +1 (888) 464-4872
Additional options can be located with TripAdvisor, airbnb and other websites. Remember to book your reservation early as October is a peak tourist season in Boston! For more information and updates, check our website: http://conference2015.aibne.net
For any inquiries about the Call for Papers please send emails to conference co-host Chacko Kannothra: [log in to unmask] Updates on the Call for Papers, registration and hotel accommodations can be found on the conference website.
We are looking forward to your submissions and to welcoming you to the AIB US-NE 2015 Frontier Conference at UMass Boston in October!