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Managing International Political Risk: Arising Challenges for Multinationals in a Changing World

24 - 25 May 2018
Würzburg, Germany


The Würzburg International Business Forum’s International Business Conference will be held in Würzburg, Germany. We encourage paper writers, panel presenters, book authors, professionals, representative of companies and graduate students researching political risk within the context of multinational companies, foreign direct investment, foreign entry modes etc. to submit their work (as an attachment by emailing to [log in to unmask] ).

The International Business Conference is designed to bring together current research from the fields of international business, multinational corporations, foreign direct investment, and small and medium sized multinationals with a particular focus on international political risk management. The objective is to analyse patterns and forces, which influence political risk management in today’s fast changing world affairs with regard to multinational corporations’ foreign operations. The conference offers an excellent opportunity to meet thought leaders and professionals from around the world to exchange information and ideas on a variety of international business topics. Full papers, extended abstracts and case study presentations are invited. All accepted extended abstracts (minimum 3 pages) and full papers will be published in the conference proceedings volume and delivered during the conference.

In many countries, the political agenda is rapidly changing, and the ever-diminishing stability is replaced by huge uncertainty and high dynamics. Uncertainties caused by unexpected political developments in various countries involve significant politics-induced financial risks for MNCs, and surprisingly, this situation is not limited only to developing and emerging countries. In fact, in some cases the focus for political risk seems even to be shifting from developing countries to developed industrialized ones. For instance, it seems that there is a rise in populist and nationalist views among a number of politicians in the western world. When such people are elected they may bring trade and investment restrictions, higher government spending and lower taxes, resulting in wider fiscal deficits and restrictions on immigration. As is known, some of such views have even been able to gain additional power recently. Therefore, there are serious concerns among business people, politicians, academics and thought leaders that the world is getting more insecure due to global terrorism, nationalist and authoritarian tendencies etc. 

Publication Opportunities: All accepted extended abstracts (minimum 3 pages) and full papers will be published in the conference proceedings volume. 

In addition, some selected papers may be further reviewed and expanded if necessary and subsequently published in a special volume of an edited book by an internationally recognized publisher.

Furthermore, some of the best papers may be invited to submit to one of the affiliated journals (European Journal of International Management
[please see: http://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=ejim] or International Journal of Emerging Markets 
[please see: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=ijoem]) 

Keynoters: This year’s keynoters will be among the foremost experts in the area of concern. We will utilize both an academic (Professor Ilan Alon, University of Agder, Norway) and an academic & practitioner (Professor Sencer Imer, Hacettepe University & Ufuk University, Turkey) to keynote. (please see: https://wibf.fhws.de/people/keynote-speakers/)

Additional Scholarly Activities: The WIBF International Business Conference in Würzburg will also feature another event specifically designed for graduate students and young scholars. Accordingly, one of the keynote speakers, Professor Ilan Alon, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Emerging Markets and the European Journal of International Management, will deliver a seminar on publishing in peer reviewed journals. Application procedure for this activity will be provided at a later date.

Languages of Presentation: All the reviewed papers for the scholarly program should be submitted in English.

Local Attractions: There will be some social programmes for those participants who are willing to join. Würzburg is an excellent city with very attractive surroundings (Please see: Würzburg: http://www.wuerzburg.de/en/visitors/tourist-information1/index.html).  It is also centre of one of the best well-known wine locations in Germany (Franconian Wine Country: http://www.franconian-wine-country.com/?forceLanguage).

Submissions: We accept submissions only to the email address: [log in to unmask]

Papers should follow the author style and referencing guide provided on the conference website (https://wibf.fhws.de/fileadmin/wibf/Forms/WIBF%40FHWS-TYPING-STYLE-GUIDELINES_TEMPLATE.docx). Paper not following the guidelines will be rejected.

To ensure that your submissions are received and reviewed, please submit as EARLY as possible. By submitting a paper, all authors also agree that at least one author would attend the conference.

WIBF IBC International Advisory Board (please see: https://wibf.fhws.de/people/international-advisory-board/)

Dr. Ilan Alon, University of Agder, Norway

Dr. Diederich Bakker, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, Netherlands

Dr. Harald J. Bolsinger, University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany

Dr. Lourdes Casanova, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University, US

Dr. Sencer Imer, Hacettepe University & Ufuk University, Turkey

Dr. Shou Wang Kuo, Shih Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan

Dr. C. Coşkun Küçüközmen, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey

Dr. Kari Liuhto, Turku School of Economics, Finland

Dr. Marin A Marinov, Aalborg University, Denmark

Dr. Rattanavalee Maisak, Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon, Thailand

Dr. Jaya Prakash Pradhan, Central University of Gujarat, India

Dr. Olga Saginova, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia

Dr. Nataliia Stukalo, Dnipro National University, Ukraine

Dr. Dominic Szambowski, International College of Management, Sydney, Australia

Dr. Andrius Tamošiūnas, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania

WIBF IBC Organisation Committee

Dr. Rainer Wehner, University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany

Dr. Emin Akcaoglu, University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany

Patrizia Kujaschewski, University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany

Dr. Christine Wegerich, University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany

Dominik Winkler, University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany

Martin Langhammer, University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany

Important Dates & Deadlines:

Deadline for submissions (full papers & extended abstracts): 28 February 2018
Acceptance confirmation: 14 March 2018

Authors will be provided with additional time for revisions if necessary.


Early bird registration: 14 March 2018 – 30 March 2018
Regular registration closes: 7 April 2018

Fees: Please see: https://wibf.fhws.de/registration/fees-and-payment/
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