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Call for Papers

Academy 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

Authors 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
Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University and Centennial Visiting Professor of Political Economy, London School of Economics

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

Professor Sharon Belenzon
Fuqua 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, innovation
  • 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. 

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