Call for Chapters

Emerging Issues in International Business in a Transformed Asia-Pacific Region

Terry Wu, Ontario Tech University, Canada
Nailin Bu, Smith School of Business, Queen's University, Canada

We invite academics and practitioners who are interested in the area of international business and the economies in the Asia-Pacific region to submit book chapters for possible publication in a book entitled "Emerging Issues in International Business in a Transformed Asia-Pacific Region". This book is expected to be published in late 2020 by Springer.

Brief Description
The Asia-Pacific region, sustaining more than four decades of rapid growth, has emerged as an economic force comparable in significance to North America and the Europe Union. The success of the Asia-Pacific economies, first led by Japan, followed by the Four Asian Tigers of South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and then by the southeast nations including Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, has made the region the most important global manufacturing hub. The economic rise of China, resulting from its manufacturing dominance and technological advancement of the last two decades, has further propelled a massive shift in the center of gravity of the global economy from the industrialized West to the Asia-Pacific region.

The economic rise of the Asia-Pacific region has profound implications for international business. On one hand, Asia-Pacific region's manufacturing success has led to economic disruptions in other parts of the world. As a result, retreats from globalization in the form of trade wars have gained popular support recently in some parts of the world, which will likely have drastic impact on global firms' existing manufacturing supply chains in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. On the other hand, the emergence of the Asia-Pacific region as an economic powerhouse has also reshaped the global economy beyond manufacturing supply-chains. Consumer spending among the Asia-Pacific region's emerging middle-class households is likely becoming the most important driver of global economic growth in the decades to come. Furthermore, the Asia-Pacific region has also risen as fertile ground for cutting-edge technological innovation and new global brands, which presents global firms with both exciting opportunities and mortal threats. Indeed, global companies need to re-examine the emerging threats and opportunities in every dimension of their business including investment, technology, production, innovation, and markets.

With this perspective in mind, we invite you to submit a chapter that will offer new insights into the emerging and cutting-edge issues in the global business environment in which the Asia-Pacific region is a powerful player. Both conceptual and empirical (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods) papers are welcome. Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

*       The Changing Nature of International Business in the Asia-Pacific Region and beyond
*       Regionalization versus Globalization: Emerging Theoretical Frameworks in the Asia-Pacific Region
*       Implications of Trade Agreements and Trade Wars for the Asia-Pacific Region
*       Emerging Frameworks of Political Risk and CSR Strategies in the Asian Markets
*       The Impact of Culture on Doing Business in the Asia-Pacific Region
*       Business Opportunities in Asia's Hyper Aging Societies
*       The Management of Migration and Human Capital in the Asia-Pacific Region
*       Clusters of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Asia-Pacific Region
*       The Changing Characteristics of the Asian Consumers and the Implications for Multinationals
*       Asia's Emerging Brands on the Global Stage
*       The Boom of the New Economy in the Asia-Pacific Region (e.g.: e-Commerce, Digital Payment, Fintech, Sharing Economy, Social Media Marketing, AI, etc.)
*       Global Firm Strategies for the Asia-Pacific Region: Firm Specific and Country Specific Advantages


-       Submit a book chapter proposal: August 15, 2019
-       Notice of accepted chapter proposal: September 15, 2019
-       Submission of full book chapter: April 15, 2020
-       Final chapter submission after revisions: July 15, 2020

Submission Process
Chapter proposals must be submitted by August 15, 2019 to be considered.  We will make initial editorial decisions on chapter proposals by September 15, 2019.  Authors of accepted proposals will be invited to submit their full book chapters by April 15, 2020.  All submissions will be double-blind peer-reviewed.  Contributors may be asked to serve as reviewers.
-       You are invited to submit a 2-3 page chapter proposal
-       Manuscripts must be original, and should not have been previously published or currently under consideration by other books or journals.
-       Please submit your chapter proposals via email to both editors: Terry Wu, [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>; Nailin Bu, [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.
-       All submissions must follow the format and reference styles of the Journal of International Business Studies.

Any questions pertaining to the book chapters, please contact the co-editors:

      Dr Terry Wu: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

      Dr. Nailin Bu: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Nailin Bu, PhD.
Associate Professor of International Business
The Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Tel: 613 533-2332
Fax: 613 533-6847
Email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

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