Call for Papers

2nd Vietnam-Japan International Business Conference

*Asia’s Global Business in the New Era*

*March 26 – 27, 2021*

*Tokyo, Japan*

Hosted by

College of Business, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan

In cooperation with

VJCC Institute, Foreign Trade University, Hanoi, Vietnam

*Conferenc**e Goals:*

l  Offer a forum for scholars and graduate students to harness advanced
interdisciplinary knowledge on the past, current, and future of the
globalization of business in Asia

l  Offer paper development opportunities especially for young scholars and
graduate students for possible publication

l  Provide opportunities for networking and further research collaboration

*Conference Theme: *

The conference allows scholars and doctoral students to explore broad
topics of the past, current, and future of the globalization of business in
Asia from a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. The globalization of
business has been around for quite some time. Already at the end of the
1980s, Kenichi Ohmae (1989) published an article titled “Managing in a
Borderless World” in *Harvard Business Review,* arguing that national
borders became obsolete for business. Once in the 21st century, Thomas
Friedman (2005) published a book titled “The World Is Flat,” which became
an instant bestseller.

Asia has been considered one of the best beneficiaries of the globalization
of business. Starting with Japan (K. Akamatsu, 1961; C. Johnson, 1982),
followed by Korea and Taiwan (B. Cumings, 1984; A. Amsden, 1992) and soon
China and ASEAN economies (World Bank, 1993; S. Lall, 1996), East and
Southeast Asia have been integrated into global markets through
export-oriented industrialization and FDI-intensive global production

Along the process, the transfer of technologies by firms of developed
economies has helped Asian firms acquire not only advanced technologies but
also organizational capabilities (S. Yusuf, M. A. Altaf, and K. Nabeshima,
2004; H. W. Yeung, 2009). The results are their deep integration into
global production networks, contributing to their sustained growth and

Until recently, the globalization of business was considered irreversible.
Asia’s continued success was considered a sure bet. However, just in the
past few years, new developments have started challenging this
understanding and casting doubts on the linear prediction of the continued
rise of Asia. The “Occupy Wall Street” movement in 2011 that spread across
the world was one of earlier developments to highlight growing public
discontent with globalization (M. Hardt and A. Negri, 2011). China becomes
more confident and assertive, raising a host of challenges and questions to
governments and firms in the United States and across the world (T.
Christensen, 2015). The multilateral trade system, one of the pillars of
the globalization of business, has become strained. The WTO Doha Round
negotiation was stalled, uncovering the sheer difficulty of sustaining and
updating multilateral rules while regional trade blocks have emerged (A.
Capling and R. Higgott, 2009). More firms support their governments overtly
or covertly pursuing nationalist economic policies (A. D’Costa, 2012).
Unilateral actions of major economies, including the United States, become
rampant and undermine the integrity of the multilateral system. Then comes
the Covid-19 pandemic.

How have Asian firms been acquiring and building capabilities and
developing competitiveness under globalization? How have Asian governments
been assisting them? Have Asian firms been fairing well under the latest
round of new developments to globalization? Are they pursuing business as
usual, or anticipating major changes and preparing themselves to cope with
them? Is a globally dispersed production network sustainable? Are these
developments constraining the rapid growth and development of Asian
economies? Finally, are Asian governments addressing these challenges
through public policies? The conference invites papers that explore the
past, the present, and the future of Asia’s global business by examining
these and other related/surrounding questions from broad perspectives.

*Submission Guideline:*

l  Paper submission due by December 31, 2020

l  Acceptance notification by January 31, 2021

We consider all academic papers that are applied, empirical, and
policy-relevant and related to Vietnam, Japan, and other Asian economies.
Theory papers that are relevant to the theme of the conference and can
develop applied research will also be considered. Possible paper topics may
include, but not limited to, the following:

l  Business Administration, Strategy, and Business Economics

l  Management of Organization, HR, Knowledge, and Technology

l  Marketing

l  Accounting and Finance

l  International Economics

l  Industrial Organization

l  Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth

l  Other Miscellaneous Categories

Manuscripts must be written in English, single-spaced, font size 11 or 12,
with a margin of 2.5cm (1 inch) on all sides. Please submit your manuscript
electronically as a PDF or Word file to [log in to unmask] by December 31,
2020. All the submissions will go through the double-blind review process.
The result will be notified to the authors by the end of January 2021.

*Publication: *We aim to publish a select few papers in a special section
of a journal and/or an edited volume.

*Cost: *There will be no fee to participate in the conference. However, the
participants must cover the cost of their travel to the venue if the
conference is held on the campus of Rikkyo Unversity, Tokyo, Japan.

*Venue: *Currently, we plan to hold the conference on the campus of Rikkyo
University, which is conveniently located in the center of Tokyo, Japan.
However, depending on the Covid-19 situation, we may hold the conference
virtually by using Zoom.

*Organizing Committee and Contact:*

*Dr. Nguyen Thi Hien*, Director, VJCC Institute, Foreign Trade University,
Hanoi, Vietnam

*Dr. Mitsuhiko Kataoka*, Professor, Graduate School of Public Management
and Administration, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan

*Dr. Tomohiro Machikita*, Associate Professor, Center for Southeast Asian
Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

*Dr. Toshiya Ozaki*, Professor, College of Business, Rikkyo University,
Tokyo, Japan

For further information, please contact the organizer (c/o Prof. Toshiya
Ozaki, College of Business, Rikkyo University, email: [log in to unmask]).


Akamatsu, Kaname (1961), “A Historical Pattern of Economic Growth in
Developing Countries,” *The Developing Economies*, Vol.1(1).

Amsden, Alice (1992), *Asia’s Next Giant: South Korea and Late
Industrialization*, Oxford University Press.

Capling, Ann and Richard Higgott (2009), “Introduction: The Future of the
Multilateral Trade System – What Role for the World Trade
Organization?” *Global
Governance*, Vol.15.

Christensen, Thomas (2015), *The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a
Rising Power*, W. W. Norton.

Cumings, Bruce (1984), “The Origins and Development of the Northeast Asian
Political Economy: Industrial Sectors, Product Cycles, and Political
Consequences,” *International Organization*, Vol.38, No. 1.

D’Costa, Anthony (2011), *Globalization and Economic Nationalism in Asia*,
Oxford University Press.

Friedman, Thomas (2005), *The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the
Twenty-first Century*, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri (2011), “The Fight for ‘Real Democracy’ at
the Heart of Occupy Wall Street,” *Foreign Affairs*, October 11, 2011.

Johnson, Chalmers (1982), *MITI and the Japanese Miracle: The Growth of
Industrial Policy, 1925-1975*, Stanford University Press.

Lall, Sanjaya (1996), *Learning from the Asian Tigers: Studies in
Technology and Industrial Policy*, MacMillan.

Ohmae, Kenichi (1989), “Managing in a Borderless World,” *Harvard Business
Review*, May–June 1989 Issue.

Yeung, Henry Wai-chung (2009), “Regional Development and the Competitive
Dynamics of Global Production Networks: An East Asian Perspective,” *Regional
Studies*, Vol.43(3).

Yusuf, Shahid, M Anjum Altaf and Kaoru Nabeshima (2004), *Global Production
Networking and Technological Change in East Asia*, World Bank.

World Bank (1993), *The East Asian Miracle: Economic Growth and Public
Policy*, Oxford University Press.

*Toshiya Ozaki, PhDProfessor of International BusinessCollege of Business,
Rikkyo University Tokyo, Japan 171-8501Tel: +81-3-3985-4077*

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