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.



"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 Mudambi
Frank M. Speakman Professor of Strategy
Fox School of Business, Temple University
Philadelphia PA 19122, USA
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)
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