Professor Justin Paul - Rollins College- Florida & University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA
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Alex Rialp-Criado - Associate Professor, Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain ([log in to unmask])
The globalization of production and consumption has brought about several challenges, as the pace of globalization is different across markets (Buckley & Ghauri, 2004). Consequently, the scope of international business studies has expanded and the volume of business has gathered momentum with the establishment of organizations such as the World Trade Organization (Paul, 2015), the increased internationalization of new businesses and SMEs, and the emergence and of (micro)multinational enterprises from the developing countries. Firms need to possess and gain certain capabilities in order to be drivers in the foreign markets (Ghauri et.al, 2016).
In this context, it is important to recognize that well-performed, comprehensive and extensive literature reviews (Frank and Hatak, 2014) on different scholarly topics/areas generally falling under the international business (IB) stream help identifying the research gaps and set future research agenda to provide clear directions for further research and to make sure that the IB stream is no running short of exciting ideas for the future.
Potential review topics
Based on the above, we call for literature reviews with research agenda on different international business-related areas such as (but not limited to):
- Foreign direct investment (FDI) and MNEs
- Gradual vs. early and rapid internationalization
- Born global models/International new ventures/Micro-multinationals
- International/export marketing in developed countries.
- International Marketing strategies for emerging markets
- Outward/inward FDI from/in emerging economies
- Internationalization opportunities and challenges for SMEs
- International market selection and foreign entry mode research
- Cross border mergers and acquisitions (M&As)
- Global outsourcing of manufactures and licensing
- Global Outsourcing of services
- Emergence of BRICS and other developing countries and their relevance for IB
- Global brand management and consumer behaviour
- Cross-cultural issues
- International Negotiation and related topics
- International retailing
- Impact of organizations such as WTO
- Free Trade Agreements and Regional Trade Blocks- Antecedents and Consequences
Both systematic and narrative reviews as well as meta-analyses are welcome. At least 25% of the paper, however, should be dedicated for developing future research agenda with reference to theory, methodology and context. Potential contributors are recommended to take into account the following issues at developing their review papers:
Relevance: The manuscript should thoroughly review a significant and important research area within the international business.
Scope: Papers of broad interest to international business scholars worldwide in a variety of specialty areas are greatly preferred.
Future Work: The review should convey important implications for future international business and management scholars and practitioners.
Contribution: Reviews should be ideally on topics for which no recent reviews exist and needs to emphasize how the review will contribute to future knowledge in that area.
Some recent examples of the most downloaded/cited review articles on different International Business topics are:
- Rosado-Serrano et.al (2018). International Franchising: A Literature Review and Research Agenda. Journal of Business Research. 85 (238-257).
- Paul, J., & Benito, G. R. (2018). A Review of Research on Outward Foreign Direct Investment From Emerging Countries, Including China: What Do We Know, How Do We Know, and Where Should We Be Heading?. Asia Pacific Business Review, 24(1), 90-115.
- Bailey, N. (2018). Exploring the relationship between institutional factors and FDI attractiveness: A meta-analytic review. International Business Review, 27(1), 139-148.
- Paul, J., Parthasarathy, S., & Gupta, P. (2017). Exporting Challenges of SMEs: A Review and Future Research Agenda. Journal of World Business, 52(3), 327-342.
- Keupp, M.M & Gassman, O. (2009). The Past and the Future of International Entrepreneurship: A Review and Suggestions for Developing the Field. Journal of Management, 35 (3): 600-633.
- Canabal, A., & White III, G. O. (2008). Entry Mode Research: Past and Future. International Business Review, 17(3), 267-284.
- Rialp, A., Rialp, J., & Knight, G. A. (2005). The Phenomenon of Early Internationalizing Firms: What Do We Know After a Decade (1993–2003) of Scientific Inquiry? International Business Review, 14(2), 147-166.
Between February 1st and February 28th 2019 authors should submit their manuscripts online via the International Business Review submission system:
To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for consideration for this Special Issue, it is important that authors select the ‘SI: Looking Back’ option in the “Article Type” step of the submission process.