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Call for Papers






June 28, 2019


Copenhagen Business School

Department of International Economics, Government and Business (EGB)



Background and Research Topics 


Emerging markets have engaged in the process of technological upgrading for economic development. Businesses, both state-owned and private, are moving either upstream or downstream to capture more of the value added. Entrepreneurs are using both market voids and arbitrage opportunities to leverage their skills and capture new markets.  Emerging markets firms and entrepreneurs are among the most dynamic adjusting to fast moving markets at home and increasingly changing environment abroad.


Technological, industrial, and organizational processes are changing the global value chains (GVC) of various industries and newcomers from emerging markets are challenging the status quo and incumbents in the developed world. The flows of money, people, capital and products are changing with the rise of emerging markets. Innovation that takes place in emerging economies may be present through different forms of ‘hidden innovation’ like improvements in production capability, upgrading through engineering, new forms of software support or new business models. Emerging markets multinationals are especially vexing when it comes to value creation. Our understanding of the antecedents, processes and outcomes of such changes is still incomplete and the impetus for this post-AIB workshop in the Copenhagen Business School.


The aim of this one-day- workshop is to generate new theoretical, empirical and policy insights on this topic on both the large emerging markets, such as BRICS, as well as lesser researched regions, such as Latin America, Russia and South East and Central Asia. We invite submissions from different disciplinary perspectives addressing, but not limited to, the following topics: 


International business perspective

·       R&D and innovation by foreign multinational enterprises in emerging markets

·       Innovation and knowledge-seeking by emerging markets multinationals

·       Internationalization and modes of entry of R&D


Entrepreneurship perspective

·       International entrepreneurship from emerging markets

·       Venture capital and start-ups in emerging markets

·       Risk perceptions and opportunity recognition 


Science, technology and innovation perspective:

·       Development and adoption of digital technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, renewables, robotics, e-mobility, etc.) by emerging market firms

·       University-industry interaction in innovation

·       Innovation policy in emerging markets

·       Novel indicators and measures of technological progress applied to emerging markets


Global value chain perspective

·       Product, process and functional upgrading of emerging market suppliers in GVCs

·       Innovation and emerging market firms as lead firms in GVCs

·       Digitisation and GVC reconfiguration 


Best Papers


About a dozen papers will be selected based on quality and fit to the workshop. Best papers will be invited to submit to the European Journal of International Management(Scopus, SSCI, ABS). The Editor in Chief will be at the workshop to give feedback on the revision and resubmission process. Best papers will also be invited to submit to the International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development(IJTLID). You may use the AIB paper in the submission or submit an entirely new one.


Organizing committee


Ilan Alon, PhD., Otto Mønsted Visiting Professor, Copenhagen Business School (DK), and Professor,  University of Agder (NO)

Bersant Hobdari, PhD., Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School, (DK)

Björn Jindra, PhD., Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School (DK), and Senior Researcher at the University of Bremen (DE)


Important dates 


Paper submission: 15 February 2019 

Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2019

Registration deadline: 30 May 2019


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Best regards,
Bersant Hobdari
Best regards,
Bersant Hobdari
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