August 23, 2016

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Liabilities of Foreignness vs. the Value of Diversity:
Conflict or Complement?

Call for Posters

Dear Colleagues,

Allow us to remind you of this year’s (relatively) new EIBA format: the poster submission. In addition to the traditional competitive and interactive submissions, this format allows for more developmental and early-stage projects to receive great feedback from renowned scholars in a dedicated session. Find out all about it in the section below and on our homepage. The deadline for the submission of posters is October 1, 2016!

Also, please also find below a list of additional activities being offered at EIBA 2016, including consortia, workshops and social program.

Call for Posters

In addition to the traditional competitive and interactive papers (the deadline for which passed already) we welcome posters to any of the conference tracks to be presented in a dedicated poster session. This session will be held during a plenary slot where no other conference activities take place and a large number of high-level academics are specifically assigned to review posters thereby ensuring quality feedback.

Participants who will present their poster at this session will receive a regular attendance mention in the conference booklet and are considered as “active participants”.

To submit, please find all relevant information and guidelines in the poster section of the conference website and upload an extended abstract (max. 1,500 words): (or

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 may not be sufficiently developed yet) to the more developmental poster session.

Conference Theme 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.

Conference Tracks

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.

For more information, please visit the conference website: (or

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)

Additional Activities at EIBA 2016

In addition to the regular conference program, a series of satellite events will take place during the course of EIBA 2016 in Vienna. For all of these pre- and post-conference events (listed under the PROGRAM menu tab), more details and regularly-updated information are posted on the conference website: (or

  • Social Program (including Opera tickets, traditional City & Christmas Market tour, Campus tour, Conference Bar)


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 EIBA 2016 Vienna conference, with more to follow. For more information, visit

  • Gunnar Hedlund Award
  • Danny Van Den Bulcke Prize
  • Copenhagen Business School Prize
  • EIBA Best Doctoral Thesis Proposal in IB Award
  • IBR (International Business Review) Best Journal Paper of the Year Award
  • MRQ (Management Review Quarterly) Best Reviewer Award
  • Best Paper in each Track Awards (including the IMR International Marketing Prize,
    and the GSJ Global Strategy Research Prize)

Final Remarks

We are looking forward to hosting you at WU Vienna for EIBA 2016!

Please check our conference website (or for any additional information you may be looking for, such as: venues, travel, accommodation, registration and fees, etc.

In case you wish to contact us, please send an e-mail to [log in to unmask].


All the best,

Jonas Puck (WU Vienna)
EIBA President & 2016 Conference Chair