October 10, 2016

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

Call for Registration, Program Overview
and Travel
Early Bird Deadline: October 15, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Allow us to remind you of the upcoming Early Bird registration deadline for EIBA 2016 in Vienna coming up this Saturday. We have received a record number of submissions of just under 600 manuscripts and expect a record number of delegates to be welcomed on our new WU Vienna Campus! For regular updates and additional information, please visit the conference website: www.eiba.wien and follow us on facebook: www.fb.com/eiba2016

Please find all important information about the registration here: www.eiba.wien/registration

Below, please find an overview over what your registration for EIBA 2016 will get you as well as what to consider when booking travel and accommodation.

Conference Theme & 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.

Academic Program

EIBA 2016 will feature competitive and interactive papers, posters, as well as panels:

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 and Social Program

In addition to the regular conference program, a series of satellite events will take place during the course of EIBA 2016 in Vienna. Click on the links for more information on available activities

  • 30th John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial
  • 5th EIBA Doctoral Symposium
  • IBR Paper Development Workshop (IBR-PDW)
  • JIBS Paper Development Workshop (JIBS-PDW)
  • 2nd EIBA Early Career Network (EIBA-ECN) Workshop
  • Faculty Development Workshops – full-day events on December 5 at additional cost (apply by: October 31)
  • Social Program  (Opera tickets, traditional City & Christmas Market tour, Campus tour, Conference Bar, etc.)

Travel and Accommodation

December 2-4 ("2nd Advent Weekend") is usually one of the busiest weekends in Vienna all year so we highly recommend to use the links provided on our homepage to book one of our five exclusive hotels early. Most offers end mid-/end-October so dont miss out: www.eiba.wien/accommodation

For public transport in Vienna, please also check out our getting-around page, where you can pre-book a public transport ticket, among others: www.eiba.wien/vienna

Final Remarks

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. 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