The deadline for submissions has been extended to August 15, 2018
Submissions require extended abstracts only, not full papers.

*Sponsored by*

* The Journal of International Business Studies*

*The Journal of Economics Geography*

*Global Strategy Journal     *

*International Business, Economic Geography and Innovation*

*i**BEGIN 2018*

*The relationship between local and global connectivity*

*October 26-27, 2018*

*Fox School of Business, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA*


*Alain Verbeke, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Business Studies*

*Harald Bathelt, Editor, Journal of Economic Geography*

*Ram Mudambi, Co-Editor, Global Strategy Journal*

While the multinational enterprises (MNEs) have long been central actors in
global economy, their knowledge creation remained centralized at within
their home countries even toward the end of the 20th century (Patel &
Pavitt, 1991). However, by the turn of the century, research documented an
antithesis: MNE innovation activities were undergoing rapid and widespread
globalization (Frost, 2001, Cantwell & Mudambi, 2005). This process
accelerated as MNEs began to take advantage of large pools of
cost-effective knowledge resources in gigantic emerging market economies
like China and India (Awate, Larsen & Mudambi, 2012; Zhao, Anand & Mitchell,
2005). This process has continued in spite of the weak protection of
intellectual property in many emerging markets (Zhao, 2006). The most
recent evidence suggests a potential synthesis: while innovation networks
appear to display both local and global knowledge connectivity, the volume
and breadth of the former appears to be many times larger than the latter
(Scalera, Perri & Hannigan, 2018); most MNEs display an unbalanced
geography (Coeurderoy & Verbeke, 2016). The synthesis points to a new
research agenda encompassing the three disciplines of international
business, economic geography and innovation.

Ram Mudambi
Frank M. Speakman Professor of Strategy
Fox School of Business, Temple University
Philadelphia *PA 19122*, USA
Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB)
Fellow of the European International Business Academy (EIBA)

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