*The Second GSJ sponsored Debate Panel at AIB 2020 – online* The *GSJ* Co-Editors Gabriel Benito, BI Norway; Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Northeastern University; Ram Mudambi, Temple University The debate centered on the second *GSJ* Best Paper. Hennart, J-F. 2012. Emerging market multinationals and the theory of multinational enterprise. *Global Strategy Journal*, *2*(3): 168-187. *THE MOTION:* "This House believes that the OLI paradigm cannot explain the rise of emerging market MNEs" *Speaking FOR THE MOTION*: The OLI paradigm *CANNOT* explain the rise of EMNEs Alain Verbeke, University of Calgary & Editor-in-Chief, *JIBS* Catherine Magelssen, London Business School *Speaking AGAINST THE MOTION*: The OLI paradigm *CAN* explain the rise of EMNEs Rajshree Agarwal, University of Maryland & Editor, *SMJ* Exequiel Hernandez, The Wharton School The debaters gave us a true intellectual treat of cerebral sparring in the best traditions of scholastic debating. All four brought their unique talents to the discussion – the experience and perspective of the senior scholars, the drive and energy of the juniors – in a display of world-class academic excellence. I am certain that our large audience (of over 130) took away a lot of food for thought. The evidence is plain – the number of attendees continued to rise over the first few minutes and remained steady through the entire debate – not a single person left. Finally, as we conduct these debates along the Oxbridge lines, I report the results of the pre- and post-debate polling (More than 50 voted in both polls). The pre-debate poll was 57% FOR and 43% AGAINST. The post-debate poll was 50% FOR and 50% AGAINST. However, in my mind, it was a win for the spirit of intellectual inquiry. Warm regards, Ram ----- Ram Mudambi Frank M. Speakman Professor of Strategy Fox School of Business, Temple University Philadelphia *PA 19122*, USA https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Cs5-OYYAAAAJ&hl=en Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB) Fellow of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) Co-Editor, Global Strategy Journal, (SMS) Area Editor, Journal of International Business Policy (AIB) ____ AIB-L is brought to you by the Academy of International Business. For information: http://aib.msu.edu/community/aib-l.asp To post message: [log in to unmask] For assistance: [log in to unmask] AIB-L is a moderated list.