International business in a virtual world: People, prospects and resilience 


The Executive of the Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) would like to announce a call for papers (and reviewers) for our February 2021 conference - ‘International business in a virtual world: People, prospects and resilience’.  Papers and panels on any International Business (IB) research topic, but particularly those related to the conference title and theme, are welcome.  The conference will be preceded by a Doctoral Colloquium (DC) and a Paper Development Workshop (PDW). More details are provided on the conference submission page ( Paper and panel submissions will open Monday 14 September 2020 and close Monday 16 November 2020. Submissions for the Doctoral Colloquium and Paper Development Workshop will be accepted up to and including Monday, 14 December 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will be held virtually.  All sessions will be conducted on the Zoom platform, and supplemental materials and instructions will be made available closer to the date through the ANZIBA website -  Presenters from anywhere in the world are welcome to submit, but they need to be aware that all sessions will be held between 10:30 AM and 4:00 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).  All presentations and panels will be live on Zoom and will be followed immediately by a short question and answer period. 

The conference is free, but attendees will need to formally register as a member of ANZIBA for 2021.  The nominal fee is A$10  (A$5 for PhD students) and can be paid via the ANZIBA website:



Given the virtual nature of the event, the conference will be formally hosted by the ANZIBA Executive, with the ANZIBA President – Professor Douglas Dow – as the Conference Chair. 



Our virtual Keynote Speaker for the conference will be Professor Dana Minbaeva of the Copenhagen Business School.  Professor Minbaeva is a leading scholar in the area of International HRM and is the recipient of several national and international awards for research achievements and knowledge dissemination, including the prestigious JIBS Decade Award in 2013.


  1. Internationalization, International Entrepreneurship and SMEs 
  2. Cultural and International HRM  
  3. International Marketing  
  4. MNEs, Global Strategy and Global Supply Chains 
  5. Global Services (incl Accounting, Finance, Tourism and Health)  

(more details are available on the



Monday, 14 September 2020 

All Submissions Open 

Monday, 16 November 2020 

Competitive Paper & Panel Submissions Close 

Monday, 14 December 2020 

Doctoral Colloquium & PDW Submissions Close 

Monday, 18 January 2021 

All Acceptance Notifications Released 

Monday, 18 January 2021 

Registration Opens 

Monday, 1 February 2021 

Lead Author / Panel Member Registrations Close 

Monday, 15 February 2021 

Remaining Registrations Close 

Wednesday, 17 February 2021 

Research Student Colloquium & PDW 

Thursday, 18 February 2021 

ANZIBA Conference Sessions 

Friday, 19 February 2021 

ANZIBA Conference Sessions & AGM 



All competitive paper submissions need to include: 

  • A cover page including the title of the paper, the author name(s) and affiliation(s), the lead author email address, and a nominated track (number and name from the list above).    
  • The second page of the submission should include the title and an abstract not exceeding 200 words, followed by the body of the paper.  

Papers should be double-spaced, referenced and formatted in conformity with Journal of International Business Studies manuscript submission guidelines. All submissions will be subject to a double-blind review process.  By default, all accepted papers will be published on-line by ANZIBA, but it will only be accessible by conference attendees.  If you do NOT want your paper published in this manner, please inform the Track Chair at the time of acceptance. 



Panel proposals must be submitted by the panel chair and include:  

  1. A title page that includes the names and contact information for all participants and identifies their roles.  
  1. An abstract, between 150-200 words, that summarizes the panel  
  2. An overview statement of the theme of the panel.  
  3. A 1 to 3-page description of the session format (e.g. paper presentations, round table, professional development workshop), with paper synopses where appropriate.  
  4. Emails from each participant, indicating s/he will participate if the panel is accepted.  
  5. Panel proposals should be no more than 3,000 words inclusive of all materials.  
  6. Each proposal must state, on its front page at the top right, the requested Track (number and title) and Panel Session Format.  
  7. Submissions must be written with double-spaced text and a font size of 11 points or larger.  

Panel proposals will be assessed by the Track Co-chairs. 



The Paper Development Workshop (PDW) will be held on Wednesday, 17 February 2021, and will involve small groups of submitting authors receiving feedback from selected editors.   

The format and process for submitting PDW papers is the same as for competitive papers except that authors should include the phrase ‘PDW paper’ rather than nominating a track. 



The Doctoral Colloquium (DC) will be held on Wednesday, 17 February 2021, and will comprise of sessions involving presentations by doctoral students (who are registered and accepted for the DC), followed by discussions among all participants and academic mentors.  A schedule of presentations by individual participants will be available one week prior to the conference. 


At the same time, all participants will receive copies of all the theses/proposals to be presented during the DC.  It is expected that all DC participants will read every thesis/proposal and participate actively in the discussion. 


To apply for the Doctoral Colloquium, students need to submit a summary of their thesis/proposal (maximum 5-page, single spacing) with the following details & headings:

    • Doctoral candidate - name, email, university affiliation, PhD area/discipline, number of years in the PhD program  
    • Title of the thesis/proposal  
    • Literature review/motivation for the research  
    • Research question(s)  
    • Potential contribution of the study
    • Theory underpinning the thesis/proposal, including the theoretical model and the hypotheses that will be tested in the study  
    • Method – including constructs, measures, data collection, and data analysis  
    • Preliminary results (if available), and study limitations

It is a condition of having a competitive paper or panel proposal considered for this conference that the lead author or panel organizer must review two other submissions.  These will be assigned by the Track Chairs.   

However, if competitive paper authors or panel members are willing to review additional papers, or if Doctoral Colloquium authors, PDW authors, and non-submitting members of our academic community are willing to review any papers, please email the conference chair – [log in to unmask] directly.  The additional assistance will be very much appreciated.

Douglas Dow
Professor in Business Strategy
Centre for the Practice of International Business
Research webpage:

Melbourne Business School
The University of Melbourne
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