Dear Colleagues, 


We are excited to be hosting the 48th Academy of International Business UK & Ireland Chapter Conference.


48th Academy of International Business UK & Ireland Chapter Conference

14 – 16 April 2021, University of Greenwich (ONLINE)


We are very excited since this will be the first ever online AIB-UKI conference. ​


Theme: International Business: Mega Trends and the need of rethinking current terminologies


International Business is challenged by some states where globalisation is not seen as a necessary vehicle for prosperity and economic growth. Businesses face obstacles to internationalise their operations in markets when higher tariffs are imposed. A big question emerges: Will economies focus more on their domestic markets rather than opening them to FDI and international trade? The AIB-UKI conference in Greenwich will examine those challenges by stimulating interesting discussions. The Mega Trends in International Business offer an interesting angle on those topics and their implication for research. Moreover, for many years the International Business research community has been referring to emerging markets, those terminologies can be challenged by asking the right questions in the right setting. International Entrepreneurship offers interesting angles to analyse the challenges entrepreneurs face in the international arena. Social capital and effectuation are becoming essential during these challenging times. We aim to offer a setting where scholars will creatively debate and propel the field forward. We welcome paper submissions relevant to the conference’s theme but we also welcome ALL submissions in IB and related areas, and especially those relevant to our tracks


The AIB UK & Ireland Chapter organises the doctoral colloquium for PhD students doing research in the area of International Business. The Doctoral Colloquium provides doctoral researchers in international business with the opportunity to present and discuss their research with a panel of distinguished scholars in interactive sessions that are open to all conference delegates. 


Keynote SpeakersProfessors Garry Bruton, Tamer Cavusgil, Sylvie Chetty and Nicole Coviello. 


While we focus on this theme, we welcome papers in ALL areas of international business. Our tracks are as follows:

1. Internationalisation of family firms

2. Emerging economies

3. SME internationalisation and International Entrepreneurship

4. Networks and internationalisation

5. Research Methods in IB

6. Pedagogy and teaching methods in IB

7. Global Strategy 

8. International Marketing

9. Innovation, Geography and IB

10. International Human Resource Management 

11. Nonmarket strategy in International Business  

The conference will offer you unique opportunities such as:


Award opportunities at the AIB-UKI conference:


Paper submission opens: 24 December 2020
Submission deadline main conference: 1 February 2021
Submission deadline doctoral colloquium: 19 February 2021
Submission deadline Adam Smith Best Doctoral Dissertation Award: 19 February 2021 
Registration of presenter(s) deadline: 26 March, 2021 

Doctoral Colloquium: 14 April 2021
Main Conference: 15-16 April 2021


Please see below the links for the conference site and the submission site:


Conference Chair: Spiros Batas


We are looking forward to e-welcoming you at Greenwich and we do hope that you will join us.


Warm wishes,




Dr. Spyridon (Spiros) Batas, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in International Business

Director of the MA/MBA International Business Programmes

Department of International Business and Economics

Centre for Business Network Analysis

University of Greenwich

Room QM163, Queen Mary Court

Office Hours: By appointment, please email me

Telephone: +44(0)2083318123| Email: [log in to unmask]

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