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Management International Review

Call for Papers for a Focused Issue




Guest Editors

Timothy M. Devinney, University of Leeds (UK)

Jeoung Yul Lee, Chongqing Technology & Business U./Hongik U./U. of Leeds (China/South Korea/UK)

Alfredo Jimenez, KEDGE Business School (France)


In recent decades small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have undertaken a huge volume of cross-border foreign direct investment (FDI). These entrepreneurial organizations created innovative products and services, entering various countries based on entrepreneurial capabilities linked to their home countries. In adapting for these new territories, SMEs were required to construct local networks within their host countries, and, in turn, link into global networks based on their technological, managerial, and marketing capabilities.

However, despite this golden era of SME¡¯s internationalization, many SMEs both from developed and developing regions fail in their attempts to conquer overseas markets. One major reason explaining SME¡¯s failure is the lack of significant advantages, particularly in terms of technological capabilities or local and global networking abilities. Similarly, another critical determinant is SMEs¡¯ success- versus failure-based learning from both self and peer successes or failures. This learning pattern echoes Madsen and Desai (2010), who showed the importance of self and peer success or failure effects on organizational learning, specifically its emphasis of ¡°failing to learn¡± versus ¡°succeeding to learn.¡± Both self and vicarious success- versus failure-based learning by SMEs can interact with international networking within the global realm.

The goal of this Focused Issue is to motivate researchers into exploring knowledge regarding the creation and capture of entrepreneurial opportunities across borders via international networking, specifically interplaying with organizational learning based on self and vicarious success- versus failure-based learning. Examples of appropriate topics and research questions for this focused issue¡¯s submissions include, but are not limited, to the following:

¡ñ All papers will be subject to double-blind peer review

¡ñ Authors should follow MIR guidelines:

¡ñ Contributions should be submitted in English, in a Microsoft Word or compatible format via e-mail attachment to Jeoung Yul Lee ([log in to unmask])

¡ñ Questions can be addressed to any of the co-editors: Timothy M. Devinney ([log in to unmask]), Jeoung Yul Lee ([log in to unmask]), or Alfredo Jimenez ([log in to unmask])

¡ñ Submission deadline: 10 January 2019 ¡ñ Special Issue Workshop, Chongqing, China: 20 August 2019

¡ñ Any further information can be found on the MIR website:



Madsen, P. M., & Desai, V. (2010). Failing to learn? The effects of failure and success on organizational learning in the global orbital launch vehicle industry. Academy of Management Journal, 53(3), 451¨C476.

Alfredo Jim¨¦nez, PhD

Associate Professor
KEDGE Business School
Coordinator "HR, Leadership and Change Management" Master Track
Senior Editor European Journal of International Management
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