February 8, 2016
Liabilities of Foreignness vs. the Value of Diversity
Introduction and Background
Liabilities of foreignness have long been a governing principle in International Business (IB) research. The notion that difference and distance are liabilities, whether they are national, cultural, geographic, or semantic, is pervasive in IB research and practice and constructs such as “cultural distance”, “psychic distance” and “institutional distance” have developed. While existing research is valuable, recently it has been suggested that an emphasis on liabilities and adverse outcomes associated with such differences may hinder our understanding of the processes and conditions that help to leverage the value of diversity in a wide range of contexts. This may include development of strategic capabilities, cross-border knowledge-sharing and learning, synergy creation in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, unleashing the creative potential of diverse teams and promoting sustainable and responsible behavior in multinational enterprises.
The EIBA 2016 conference is dedicated to exploring the double-edged sword nature of liabilities of foreignness and the value of diversity by theorizing and investigating their impact on business practice and international business research.
We invite competitive and interactive papers, posters as well as panel proposals on any of the EIBA 2016 conference tracks to take part in this conference. Competitive papers should be close to a publishable state, whilst interactive papers and posters may be in an earlier stage of development.
1. Theme track: liabilities of foreignness vs. the value of diversity (Günter Stahl & Christof Miska)
2. Developments in IB theory and methods, trends and critical approaches (José Pla Barber)
3. Distance and institutions (Dirk Holtbrügge)
4. FDI and foreign market entry (Desislava Dikova)
5. Headquarters - subsidiary relationships (Phillip Nell)
6. International corporate governance, finance and accounting (Trond Randøy)
7. International HRM, global leadership, language and cross-cultural management (Alex Mohr)
8. International marketing (Jorma Larimo)
9. Internationalization process, SMEs and entrepreneurship (Pavlos Dimitratos)
10. Knowledge management and innovation (Ronaldo Parente)
11. MNE strategy and organization (Jan Hendrik Fisch)
12. MNEs, governments and sustainable development (Chang Hoon Oh)
13. Teaching International Business (Elizabeth Rose)
All papers will be evaluated in a double-blind review process. Copies of all the accepted papers for competitive and interactive sessions will be published in the EIBA 2016 proceedings. Detailed guidelines for the submission of conference papers are available on the conference website: www.eiba.wien (or www.eiba2016.org).
Competitive (max. 10,000 words) and Interactive (max. 6,000 words) papers have to be submitted via the conference website to one of the conference tracks.
The submission deadline for all competitive and interactive papers is Friday, July 15, 2016.
In addition we welcome posters to any of the conference tracks to be presented in a dedicated poster session. This session will be held during a dedicated plenary slot where no other conference activities take place and a large number of high-level academics are assigned to review posters in order to secure quality feedback.
To submit, please upload an extended abstract (max. 1,500 words) via the conference website.
The submission deadline for posters is Saturday, October 1, 2016. Note that this is about two weeks after the acceptance notification for competitive and interactive papers, giving authors the option to resubmit an idea, which is not sufficiently developed, to the more developmental poster track.
Panel proposals should adhere to the guidelines found on the conference website. To submit, please upload your proposal via the conference website.
The submission deadline for panel proposals is Friday, July 15, 2016.
We invite volunteers to register as reviewers for the EIBA 2016 Vienna conference. Reviewers can expect to be sent two to three manuscripts to review soon after the submission deadline for papers and all reviews should be completed by August 15. The quality of academic meetings depends critically on the invaluable input and presence of the reviewers of the papers – so we fully realize how dependent we are on our able volunteers in this regard. You will be able to register as a reviewer for EIBA 2016 online at: www.conftool.com/eiba-wien/.
In addition to the regular conference program, a series of other events will take place during the course of EIBA 2016 in Vienna. For all of these events more information will be updated in the coming weeks on the conference website: www.eiba.wien (or www.eiba2016.org).
As every year, a number of awards will be presented for outstanding contributions to the EIBA conference and the IB community. So far the following awards have been confirmed for the 2016 conference, with more to follow. For more information, visit www.eiba.wien/awards.
We are looking forward to hosting you at WU Vienna for EIBA 2016. Please check our conference website www.eiba.wien (or www.eiba2016.org) for any additional information you may be looking for, such as: venues, travel, accommodation, registration and fees. In case you wish to contact us, please send an e-mail message to [log in to unmask].
All the best,
Jonas Puck (WU Vienna)