The 16th Vaasa Conference on International Business

"International Business in the Challenging 2020s"

17-18 August 2021, University of Vaasa, Finland


The conference consists of two plenary sessions and more than 20 focused sessions related to various fields of international business such as strategy, marketing, and human resource management. We especially welcome papers related to:

1)    Sustainable strategies in International Business;

2)    Use and impact of digitalization in IB;

3)    Impact of Covid-19 on IB strategies and performance; and

4)    Restructuring strategies in IB: export exits, foreign subsidiary divestments, relocating, and market re-entry strategies.

The full list of planned sessions and their chairs can be found here.   

The conference board consists of several well-known IB scholars like: Jean-Francois Hennart, Pervez Ghauri, Antonella Zucchella, Stefan Schmid, Svetla Marinova, Ilan Alon, Leonidas Leonidou and Arnold Schuh. The main chair is Jorma Larimo from the University of Vaasa.

The conference will be organized either in hybrid form or fully online depending on the development with the Covid-19. The form of realization will be confirmed latest in mid-June.

Vaasa IB conference is the largest biannually organized conference in International Business field in the Nordic countries since late 1990s with more than 100 participants.


An international doctoral tutorial will be organized on 16 August, where 25-30 conference board members and other IB faculty members will discuss the doctoral students’ proposals. The event will be at the same time the Annual tutorial of the Doctoral Program FIGSIB in Finland. 



Conference paper submission opens: 19 April, 2021
Submission deadline: 31 May, 2021
Acceptance letters deadline:   22 June, 2021
Doctoral tutorial submission opens: 10 May, 2021
Submission deadline:  31 May, 2021
Acceptance letters deadline:  8 June, 2021




Best conference and tutorial paper awards will be granted. There is also cooperation with some journals like European Journal of International Management and International Journal of Emerging Markets related to the publishing possibilities.   


Participation fees:

Physical participation:  

-       Other than doctoral students:         until 15 July  200 Euro;  from 16 July on  240 Euro

-       Doctoral students:                          until 15 July  150 Euro;  from 16 July on  180 Euro

We will pay special attention to the safety issues during the entire conference

Online participation:

-       Other than doctoral students:       until 15 July   100 Euro;  from 16 July on 120 Euro

-       Doctoral students:                        until 15 July    75 Euro;  from 16 July on   90 Euro

More information about the conference including all the planned sessions as well as of the tutorial is available on its official website.

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You are warmly welcome to participate the 16th Vaasa IB conference and International Doctoral tutorial in mid-August to the Sunniest city of Finland!

Jorma Larimo
Main Chair of the Conference


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