Dear colleagues,

May I draw your attention to the 52nd Hawaii Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). It will be organized at Maui, which is a beautiful island of Hawaii. Below you will find the details of a Minitrack on "Culture, International Business, and Knowledge Systems", which we think could be of interest to many of us.

Time of conference: January 8-11, 2019
Place: Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
Deadline for submission: 2018, June 15, 11:59PM (HST)
Submissions and more information:

Best regards,

Mika Gabrielsson
Professor of International Business and Sales
University of Eastern Finland

Track: Knowledge Innovation and Entrepreneurial Systems

Minitrack: "Culture, International Business, and Knowledge Systems"

This minitrack explores the impact and role of culture on managing knowledge and designing and implementing knowledge systems within local and global groups and organizations. This is crucial for instance for internationalizing firms and already global organizations. Success of their international business operations and marketing is depending on effective learning and knowledge coordination. Our minitrack covers broad issues related to culture (sub-cultures as well as national cultures) and knowledge systems. We are open to all methodological and theoretical approaches and welcome papers as well as research-in-progress papers from researchers and practitioners.

Potential topics in our minitrack may include, but are not limited to:

  *   Transferring and sharing of cultural and indigenous knowledge and designing knowledge systems
  *   Implementing knowledge systems in internationalizing firms or global organizations
  *   Managing knowledge in international new ventures and other entrepreneurial firms
  *   Cultural differences in managing and designing customer relationship and other  marketing related knowledge systems
  *   Challenges of managing knowledge in culturally diverse teams and organizations
  *   Knowledge systems in cross-border mergers & acquisitions
  *   Sharing and using knowledge collected from different markets and regions
  *   Global Account Management and knowledge systems
  *   Case studies focusing on knowledge systems in culturally diverse groups and organizations
  *   Practitioner papers and field studies in topics above

Minitrack co-chairs:

Minna Rollins
University of West Georgia
Department of Marketing & Real Estate
Carrollton, GA-30188, USA
Phone: +1-770-847-8151
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Minna Rollins (D.Sc.) is Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of West Georgia (USA). Her research interests include in customer information usage, customer relationship management systems, sales management, and international marketing. She has published her research in the journals as Industrial Marketing Management, the Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, and in a number of international conference proceedings such as Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science. She is Associate Editor for Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing and she is a frequent reviewer in many marketing and logistics journals and serves at the Editorial board of Industrial Marketing Management. Dr. Rollins serves as Visiting Professor of International Business in University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio campus.

Mika Gabrielsson
University of Eastern Finland
Business School
Kuopio, Finland
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Mika Gabrielsson  (D.Sc.) is Professor of International Business and Sales Management at the University of Eastern Finland. In his present capacity he heads the International Business and Sales Management unit and the Doctorate Program in Business. Prior to this position he served for ten years as professor at Aalto university, where he now is an Adjunct Professor.  Also, he is affiliated as a Visiting Professor of Human Resource Management & Organizational Strategy at University of Portsmouth, UK. His teaching covers areas such as international business and sales management in global context, and research interests include among others rapid globalization. He has been active in research projects funded by Academy of Finland and Tekes, such as the 'Born Globals' and 'Response to Globalization' projects.  Also, he has headed several EU funded ESR projects, such as 'International Business and Sales' (IBS) and 'International Growth and Interaction'. He has published about 150 articles in refereed international journals or conference proceedings, and many of them have been included as chapters in International Business books. He is a frequent reviewer in many journals and serves for instance at the Editorial board of Industrial Marketing Management.  Before joining the academic world he held several senior positions in purchasing and marketing of global high-tech companies.

Nilmini Wickramasinghe
Epworth Health Care
and Faculty of Health Deakin University
Bldg BC Level 4, 221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9244 3052
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Professor Nilmini Wickramasinghe(PhD, MBA, Grad DipMgtSt, BSc) is the inaugural Professor - Director Health Informatics Management at Epworth HealthCare and the Professor of Health Informatics Management at Deakin University, Australia. For over 20 years she has been actively, researching and teaching within the health informatics domain with a particular focus on developing suitable models, strategies and techniques grounded in various management disciplines to facilitate more effective design, development and implementation of technology solutions to effect superior, value-based patient centric care delivery. Professor Wickramasinghe has collaborated with leading scholars at various premier healthcare organizations throughout Australasia, US and Europe and is well published with more than 300 referred scholarly articles, more than 10 books, numerous book chapters, an encyclopaedia and a well established funded research track record. Professor Wickramasinghe is the editor-in-chief of two scholarly journals published by InderScience: Intl. J. Biomedical engineering and Technology(<>) and Intl. J Networking and virtual Organisations(<>).

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