AIB 2016 Annual Meeting 
New Orleans, USA
June 27-30, 2016



Call for Papers


Theme: The Locus of Global Innovation

Program Chair: Charles Dhanaraj, IMD ( [log in to unmask] )


Submission Deadline: Friday, January 15th, 2016


Conference Website: 


We are at an inflection point, with public and private institutions around
the world being disrupted. Global integration, which is driving this
disruption, is the new playing field, and innovation is the way to win this
game. -- Samuel J. Palmisano, former Chairman, IBM - Rethink: A Path to the
Future, 2014 


The multinational enterprise (MNE) is a central unit of analysis for
international business (IB) scholars. Despite the persisting imbalances
across nations, MNEs continue to increase their global footprint, skillfully
integrating their activities across the globe, leveraging their global
presence with hybrid organizational forms in many instances. Nowhere is the
impact of this global integration felt more strongly than in the arena of
innovation-R&D and related activities. The interconnections between MNEs,
entrepreneurs and local firms are shaping a new paradigm for global
innovation. We invite your ideas, data and insights to explore the changing
contours of global innovation.


A conspicuous characteristic of this global innovation paradigm is the tilt
towards emerging markets. MNE investments in R&D in emerging markets are
dramatically increasing, signaling a radical departure from the MNE
structure early IB scholars had envisioned. Frugal innovation approaches and
business model innovations are enabling resource-scarce emerging market
firms to compete alongside MNEs from developed markets. However, in many of
these markets, institutions that support innovation remain weak. It is not
clear if, and how fast, emerging markets are moving out of the low-cost
focus to innovation. How common is "reverse innovation" in MNEs? We need to
study emerging empirical realities to understand the locus of global


The intersection of global innovation and emerging markets presents great
opportunities to address pressing social concerns. More and more MNEs aspire
to using "business as a force for good" and creating "shared value". Be it
clean water or rural education, social problems are intensely local.
However, global non-profit organizations, such as the Gates Foundation, have
ably connected local problems to develop global solutions, and apply them in
a customized manner to the locale. IB scholars have for decades explored how
organizations manage global integration and local responsiveness. How do we
extend such models to a systematic study of social innovation? 


IB scholarship has a rich tradition of contributing to policy dialogues,
with its unique vantage point gained from its comparative studies across
geographies. Given the diverse policy environments MNEs have to operate in,
how do these shape MNEs' global innovation choices? How can we advance the
contours of policy research as it affects global innovation and its value to
the local economy?


Come, and let us together explore the future of global innovation and the
role of MNEs in creating this future! See you in New Orleans! 


For a full list of tracks, descriptions, keywords, and submission
instructions, please visit the full AIB 2016 New Orleans Call for Papers:  .





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