*Call for Papers *


*Two Special Issue Announcements *

*Journal of International Management*

*Industry and Innovation*

*3rd iBEGIN Conference*

*International Business, Economic Geography and Innovation*

Fox School of Business, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA

November 13-14, 2015

*Keynote Speakers*:

Professor John Cantwell, Rutgers University,

Editor-in-Chief, *Journal of International Business Studies*

Professor Mark Lorenzen, Copenhagen Business School

Director, DRUID

The distribution of economic value creating activities across space has
intrigued scholars since at least the nineteenth century.  The modern study
of this phenomenon has its roots in the classic work of Marshall (1920).
Over the course of the last century, it has been studied from different
perspectives, leading to the formation of several research communities and
each with an associated body of literature.  Economic geographers and
regional scientists mainly study the characteristics of *places* while
international business scholars focus on the *organization* of economic
activities.  In other words, economic geographers’ and regional scientists’
main focus of interest is the location, while for international business
scholars, it is the (multinational) firm.  Over the last few decades,
innovation has received increasing amounts of attention from both research
communities who recognize it as one of the key drivers of the modern
knowledge economy.

In the main, these three location-based literatures have moved along in
parallel with one another, but their actual analytical connections remained
very limited, and their treatment of location, geography and the spatial
organization of the firm remains very partial and fragmented.  The main
goal of the International Business, Economic Geography and Innovation
(iBEGIN) research program is to work at the nexus of these three research
communities and literatures and build knowledge conduits among them.  This
research aims to encourage cross- and inter-disciplinary dialog with the
view of building a holistic view of the spatial organization of economic

There are three megatrends underlie much of the change that we have
witnessed over the last few decades and that will continue to shape the
world economy.  The first megatrend is the shift from trade-in-goods to
trade-in-activities.  Beginning several decades ago, but accelerating
rapidly over the last decade, products and services are increasingly
emerging from global value chains (GVCs) that are geographically dispersed
around the globe.  These GVCs are orchestrated, in the main, by
multinational enterprises (MNEs) and increasingly disaggregated and
fine-sliced into narrow, highly specific activities that are undertaken in
economic clusters.  These narrow activities produce intermediates (and not
complete goods or services) and these compose the vast majority of all
international trade today.

The second megatrend is the rise of knowledge-intensive intangibles.  Value
is rapidly migrating out of tangible goods and services that are becoming
commoditized and into the soft intangibles that encase them.  These
intangibles arise from specialized, upstream knowledge (R&D, patents,
inimitable organizational routines, software, training) and downstream
knowledge (brands, trademarks, customer service) activities.  This
migration of value has dramatically magnified the importance of innovation,
concomitantly shortening technology lifecycles.

The third megatrend is the rise of emerging markets.  The number of
locations where the highly specific GVC activities can be performed has
ballooned over the last two decades.  A long list of clusters locations in
Asia and South America and even some parts of Africa have become integral
parts of GVCs.  These locations are tightly woven into global economy and
give rise to perceptions of “flatness” perceived by many lay observers.

The disaggregation of global value chains, global innovation systems and
emerging market catch-up processes are salient examples of topics at the
heart of the iBEGIN research agenda.  All papers that address the iBEGIN
nexus, both theoretical and empirical, are welcome.

*Submission deadline*: September 1, 2015.

*Submission format*: extended abstract – maximum 2000 words

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·      The conference organizers have made arrangements for the best papers
from the conference in TWO SPECIAL issues – one in the *Journal of
International Management* and one in Industry and Innovation.  The
conference organizers will handle the subsequent review process.
Ram Mudambi
Frank M. Speakman Professor of Strategy
Fox School of Business, Temple University
Philadelphia PA 19122, USA
Area Editor, Journal of International Business Studies

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