Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP) PDW - International Business
Policy for New Global Realities

EIBA Milan, December 14, 2017 8:30-12:30

International business policy is at a risky crossroads. It is widely
documented that the prosperity and growth of countries, regions and cities
depend on their openness to trade and investment, but new global challenges
require academics and policymakers to reassess the long-standing policy
goals and approaches in these areas.

A first global challenge is the apparent antitrade sentiment that has
emerged on both sides of the Atlantic. Many citizens believe globalization
is not working for them, and have channeled their frustration against
high-profile trade deals. Last summer, Britain surprised the world by voting
in favor of exiting the European Union. This year, U.S. President Trump
seems set on fundamentally changing U.S. trade policy - putting “America
first” while withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and
renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Without
question, the ripple effects of these retreats from a rules-based trading
system will bring considerable risk for the rest of the world.

A second global challenge is brought by the digital economy, and the
emergence of new products, services and technologies which are changing the
way that companies do business internationally. Improvements in
communication technology make it easier for firms to slice up value chains
and disperse activities across countries, leading to the rise of global
value chains. Developments in automation are pushing companies to rethink
the location of their production activities. These trends are forcing
academics and policymakers to rethink how to attract and retain high
value-added activities in their respective locations.

In this first JIBP paper development workshop (PDW), we aim to bring
together IB researchers that study how these new global realities affect the
design and implementation of effective international business policies in
any of the following five policy areas:

*         International business promotion

*         Foreign business attraction

*         Industrial policy

*         Social and development policy

*         Transnational governance

Papers may focus on identifying issues or dilemmas that are relevant for a
policy area. For example, an empirical study comparing the labor standards
of MNE affiliates and local firms could generate insights that are pertinent
for the framing of an emerging country’s foreign business attraction and/or
social and development policy. Alternatively, papers may focus on measuring
the effectiveness and impact of a specific IB policy for business and the
wider economy. For example, an empirical study examining the effectiveness
of trade adjustment assistance could help determine the policy’s usefulness
for countering trade‐related worker displacement.

The purpose of the PDW, to be held at the EIBA conference in Milan, is to
provide scholars with developmental feedback on their current research
projects. While we hope that many of these papers will eventually be
submitted to JIBP, the purpose of the PDW is broader, namely to improve the
quality of IB research and bring new scholars into the IB policy field. We
invite original papers particularly from junior scholars and scholars who
are located in universities in emerging and developing economies.

The PDW will be structured to provide developmental feedback to the authors
whose research papers have been accepted by the workshop organizers. The
program has two components. First, a 60-minute introductory session (8:30am
- 9:30am) led by members of the JIBP editorial team will discuss the
manuscript review process, and various topics relevant to authors seeking to
publish in JIBP or other outlets in the ecosystem of international business
journals. Second, during a 120-minute main session (10:00am - 12:00pm),
groups of two authors (with substantively related papers) will be paired
with two JIBP Editors/ERB members, whereby each individual paper will
receive attention from each paired Editor/ERB member for two times thirty

Only a limited number of manuscripts will be accepted for the PDW.
Participants will be invited based on the quality and potential intellectual
contribution of their submitted work. Papers should be submitted through the
JIBP Workshop Submission System located at Please note that each applicant
should submit only one paper. The deadline for submissions is September 1,
2017, in the authors’ time zone. Submitted papers must be less than 10,000
words in length, and follow the JIBP Style Guide. The Style Guide as well as
more information on the goals and editorial policies of JIBP is available at

Please note that authors need to be current members of the AIB and
registered for the EIBA conference in order to participate in the JIBP PDW.
Also please note that other pre-conference events run in parallel with the

Please address any questions to: Ari Van Assche ([log in to unmask]),
JIBP Deputy Editor and PDW Coordinator.

Sarianna Lundan


Journal of International Business Policy

Ari Van Assche

Deputy Editor and PDW Coordinator

Journal of International Business Policy

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