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*Call for PapersAcademy of International Business, Northeast Conference

*Global Cities & International Business Activity* *October 27-29, 2016*
Fox School of Business, Temple University
Philadelphia, PA, USA

*Proposal Deadline: August 31*

• Panel proposals are welcome.

• Best papers will be considered for a Special Issue of the Journal of
International Management on Global Cities (deadline: March 1, 2017).

• Submissions need not have an explicit international angle, since IB is
interdisciplinary by nature.

Submit your proposal at

who need more time to submit should e-mail the AIB NE Conference Chair for
special consideration: Bertrand Guillotin ([log in to unmask])

*Submissions can be submitted to one of the following tracks:*

Conference Theme - *Global Cities*



HRM / Organizational Behavior

Economics / Finance / Accounting

Marketing and Information Systems

International Business – General


*Featuring Keynote Speakers**Professor *
*Saskia Sassen*
S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University *and* Centennial
Visiting Professor of Political Economy, London School of Economics

*Keld Laursen*
Business School *and* President, Technology and Innovation Management (TIM)
Division, Academy of Management

*Sharon Belenzon*
School of Business, Duke University

*Confirmed Participlants Include*

*Juan Alcacer* (Harvard);

*Harald Bathelt*
(Toronto, also current editor of the Journal of Economic Geography);

*Sharon Belenzon* (Duke);

*John Cantwell* (Rutgers);

*Jonathan Doh* (Villanova);

*Gary Gereffi* (Duke);

*Masaaki (Mike) Kotabe*
President of AIB worldwide (Temple/Fox);

*Keld Laursen* (Copenhagen Business School);

*Saskia Sassen* (Columbia);

*Tim Sturgeon* (MIT);

*Mary Teagarden* (Thunderbird/ASU);

*Siri Terjesen* (American University);


International business is about relationships – relationships between
countries, academic disciplines, and people. The question for this year’s
conference is how global cities impact these relationships and vice versa.
We welcome conceptual and empirical papers from all disciplines on this
main topic and others.

Global cities, also called alpha centers or world centers, are critical
nodes in the world economy (Sassen, 2001; Goerzen et al, 2013). Research
indicates that in spite of the consistent decline in spatial transaction
costs, global cities are becoming more rather than less important in the
global economic system. In fact, the world economy has been characterized
as “spiky” along many dimensions including innovation (Florida, 2005),
services production and delivery (Mithas and Whitaker, 2007) and overall
economic activity (Ghemawat, 2011). The co-existence of these two trends –
declining costs of coordinating and operating spatially dispersed networks,
and the increasing concentration of economic activities in ever-denser
knowledge hubs is one of the great unresolved puzzles of our time.

This dynamic presents the international business community with a wide
range of research challenges both at the level of the individual
multinational enterprise (MNE) as well as the national production and
innovation system. Some scholars have predicted the decline of clusters and
economic agglomerations (Shaver and Flyer, 2000) while others are more
sanguine about their prospects and influence (Cantwell and Mudambi, 2011;
Hannigan et al, 2015). The very fact that this debate remains open suggests
that there are important nuances and contingencies that remain unexplored.
These include the rising importance of connectivity across space in global
value creation (Cano-Kollmann et al, 2016).


   - How global cities, such as Tianjin, China, shape global supply and
   global value chains
   - How scholars and practitioners impact policymaking with their research
   on Global Cities & IB activity topics
   - What impact on global cities the trend toward regionalization of
   international trade has;
   - How development of city brands and city marketing (e.g. *with love
   Philadelphia*) impact IB activity and FDI
   - How global cities best position themselves to increase their FDI
   inflows and levels of job creation
   - Whether FDI inflows create more opportunities for, or impede,
   - How human networks spark IB activity
   - What the best benchmarks and measurement tools are to spot and
   forecast the development of knowledge clusters and IB activity in and
   around global cities.

for additional details!*
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