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.