Migrants, Migration Policies, and International Business Research:

Current Trends and New Directions


A Special Issue to Be Published in

Journal of International Business Policy


Proposal Submission Deadline Date:  EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 14, 2018


Special Issue Co-Editors


David Deeds                                       Helena Barnard
Paul M. Vaaler

Schulze Professor of                            Professor of Management
John and Bruce Mooty Chair 

                         Entrepreneurship                                &
Doctoral Programme Dir      in Law & Business

Opus College of Business                    Gordon Institute of Bus Sci
Carlson School & Law School

University of St. Thomas                     University of Pretoria
University of Minnesota

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Minneapolis, MN 55403                      Illovo, Johannesburg
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Special Issue Description


In the 2010s, individuals living outside their country of birth or childhood
total more than 250 million, making "Diasporia" the fifth largest "country"
in the world.  National laws in host and home countries as well as
international agreements linking those countries comprise a complex migrant
and migration policy (M&MP) web doing the following: regulating migrant
movement; defining migrant workplace rights; influencing migrant investment,
innovation and entrepreneurship; taxing migrant income and wealth;
attracting migrant votes; and otherwise "harnessing" migrants to serve
policy goals.  


How do such national and international M&MP trends matter for IB strategies
and the individuals and multinational enterprises (MNEs) behind those IB
strategies?  IB research has a long history of studying migrant executives
-expatriate managers- but today's M&MPs have broader implications for a
range of international workers, entrepreneurs and innovators, all of whom
are well-represented in Diasporia.  IB research can and should address
current M&MP trends, and the IB challenges as well as opportunities they
create for international investors, innovators, and entrepreneurs. 


The new Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP) aims to be a leader
in publishing high-quality research analyzing emerging public policy trends
and their impact on international investors and firms. You can learn more
about JIBP's aims here: JIBP more specifically intends
to champion research analyzing M&MP trends and their impact relevant to IB
research.  To that end, JIBP is sponsoring a day-long symposium on the topic
in conjunction with the Academy of International Business annual meeting in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on Monday, June 25, 2018.  You can learn more
about and register for the day-long symposium here:  There is no
cost to register for the symposium.  


JIBP is also issuing this call for paper proposals for subsequent
development into full manuscripts for submission, peer review, and possible
publication in a special issue of JIBP scheduled for late 2019.  


We welcome proposals addressing these M&MP issues and others:


*         Firm responses to host-country visa limitations on migrant worker

*         MNE influence on the emergence and terms of bilateral labor

*         Home-country voting rights and migrant-related foreign direct

*         Home- and host-country regulatory effects on migrant remittances.

*         The role of diasporas in international technology and knowledge

*         Migrant mobility and patenting patterns in home- and

*         Bilateral investment treaties and the internationalization of
migrant-run businesses.

*         Home- and host-country taxation policy effects on migrant

*         Home-country economic informality and foreign direct investment by

*         Dual citizenship laws and home- versus host-country business
activity by migrants.

*         Individual and joint effects of bilateral labor agreements and
bilateral investment treaties on MNE growth, structure, and performance.

*         International patenting conventions (e.g., Patent Cooperation
Treaty) and migrant innovation.

*         How home and host countries encourage refugee versus economic
migrant entrepreneurship.

*         How non-governmental international organizations affect migration
policy and business.

*         Migration and growth in international money transfer, banking and
related service industries.

*         The role of migrants in transmitting business norms and
entrepreneurial practices back home.

*         Home-country investment by refugees versus economic migrants
living abroad.

*         Relationships between official foreign and international
development aid and migrant remittances to developing countries.

*         The role of home-country migrant affairs ministries in harnessing
diasporas for more remittances, foreign direct investment, and other
economic purposes.

*         Host-country discrimination against migrants and migrant venture
funding, founding, and growth.

*         The role of host-country firms in settling refugees.

*         MNE lobbying strategies to change migrant policies in host and
home countries.


These M&MP issues are not meant to be exhaustive but illustrative of
possible proposal topics.  


We welcome proposals from researchers in IB, other management fields, and
fields outside of management such as economics, political science,
sociology, law, geography, development studies, public policy, and
international relations.  We especially welcome proposals bridging these
disciplines.  We welcome proposals primarily aimed at theory development, as
well as empirical investigation of theoretically-grounded research
questions.  Empirical investigations may be primarily quantitative,
qualitative, or a mix of both approaches.  We seek a broad range of
proposals addressing M&MP issues promising new and novel research
contributions to IB research on M&MP issues.  


Special Issue Proposals


Proposals should be written in English and not exceed a total of seven (7)
pages and 4000 words - five (5) pages for the body which can include charts,
graphs, diagrams, and up to two (2) pages of references. The 4000-word count
includes all text in the charts, graphs, diagrams, and references.


Only electronic submissions of proposal(s) will be accepted, submitted via
the Manuscript Central portal for JIBP:  A maximum of two (2) proposals,
either as an author or a co-author, may be submitted.


We seek original, unpublished work to move the scholarly conversation on
M&MP issues forward. Proposals may be rooted in or derived from prior work,
but the submitted proposal must reflect significant development. Any
proposal submitted that is judged to be identical or substantially similar
to work already published, presented or under review for another conference
or publication, will not be considered for invitation to develop a full


Proposals are easiest to handle if submitted in PDF format. MS Word (or
equivalent) will also be accepted. The title should be listed in the header
of each page. Please use single spacing and 10-point font or larger.


All proposals received by the deadline date (September 1, 2018) are deemed
as original and final.


Timeline from Proposal to Publication


All proposals will be evaluated by the special issue editors.  They will
follow this timeline for proposal acceptance, full manuscript development
and submission, peer review, acceptance, and JIBP publication:


*         September 1, 2018:  Deadline for submission of proposals via
Manuscript Central portal for JIBP ( <> 

*         October 1, 2018:  Notification of acceptance or rejection of
proposals for development as full manuscripts for submission.

*         February 1, 2019:  Deadline for submission of full manuscripts.

*         February 1 to September 1, 2019:  Double-blind peer review,
revision, and editorial notification of manuscript acceptance or rejection
for inclusion in JIBP special issue.

*         December 2019:  Publication of JIBP special issue. 


Proposals are reviewed by the special issue editors, so they are not
anonymous.  Proposals should include name and institutional affiliation of
all authors. Authors invited to submit full manuscripts can expect standard
double-blind peer review process once submitted. 


Please contact the special issue editors with any questions.



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