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To scholars interested in internationalizing SMEs and International Entrepreneurship

I would like to draw your attention to the Call for Papers for EIBA 2021 in Madrid. Together with Natasha Evers (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland), Arild Aspelund (NTNU, Trondheim, Norway) and I (Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain), we are co-chairing a track on SMEs and International Entrepreneuship, and would very much like to welcome your submissions:
We truly hope we finally have the opportunity to meet face to face in beautiful Madrid city 10-12 December 2021.
Looking forward to your submissions,

Natasha, Arild and Alex
Track 6 Co-chairs EIBA 2021

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Tema: EIBA 2021 Madrid - Invitation & Call for Papers

May 27, 2021

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EIBA 2021 | Madrid, Spain | December 10-12, 2021

"Firms, Innovation and Location: Reshaping International Business
for Sustainable Development in the Post-Pandemic Era"


Papers & Panel Proposals – submission deadline: July 15, 2021
Doctoral Events (JHD-DT | DVDB-DS) – subnission deadline: September 1, 2021
Posters & Paper Development Workshops (PDWs) – submission deadline: September 20, 2021

Introduction & Background

The challenges defined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are driving changes in the traditional development agenda; the UN’s 2030 Agenda means a radical shift where economic, political, and social actors are all being called to action. Many potential solutions are to be executed globally, even as the Covid-19 pandemic creates new challenges for the international community. Governments, NGOs, universities and other social actors – and business firms in particular – are all taking a more active role in contributing to both sustainable development and the post-pandemic recovery.

The presiding theme for EIBA 2021 is ‘Firms, Innovation, and Location: Reshaping International Business for Sustainable Development in the Post-Pandemic Era’. The rationale is to discuss local actions that can be applied to global solutions and to flows of information to and from the IB community. The responsibility of firms is no longer limited to the correction of negative effects in terms of sustainable development; now firms are active players, solution providers, and a major channel for investment and innovation. This is especially true under the assumption that innovation is a problem-solving process for a wide range of fields, from the technical and the economic to social, health, and environmental issues. Aspects such as energy, Covid19 treatment, infrastructure, urban mobility, digitalization and others require the establishment of local as well as international partnerships to advance the SGDs in the post-pandemic in a way that involves individuals (business leaders, policymakers, scholars), institutions, and international organizations.

MNEs hold a dominant position from the IB perspective, acting locally (at home or in host countries) and yet international in nature (through FDI and trade). The distributional impacts of MNE activity in terms of (for example) inequality or the gender gap can be addressed from both local and transnational angles, given the spatial heterogeneity between levels and the consequences for sustainable development. Sustainable entrepreneurships and small and medium firms are also relevant, entering the scene via global value chains. At the same time, academic activity enables research and discussions that ultimately result in scientific output, while case studies focused on firms and data collection from both national and international organizations are important inputs for stakeholders, feeding IB research directly.

The advance of academic knowledge results from collective efforts, and the theme of the EIBA 2021 Madrid conference will be operationalized through a selection of topics traditional to IB, along with parallel and panel sessions devoted to specific issues that seek to further integrate local actors (business leaders and policymakers) into the discussion. We encourage the submission of panels with interdisciplinary perspectives to enhance the inclusion of new approaches to global challenges such as health, digitalization, climate change, migration, poverty, and peace.

Conference Tracks & Track Chairs

We invite competitive and interactive papers, posters and panel proposals on any of the EIBA 2021 conference tracks listed below. Competitive papers should be close to a publishable state whereas interactive papers and posters may be in an earlier stage of development.

  1.  International Business and the 2030 Agenda<>  [conference theme track]
Elisa Giuliani, University of Pisa, Italy
Anne Jacqueminet, Bocconi University, Italy

  2.  Economic Geography and International Business<>
Luisa Gagliardi, Bocconi University, Italy
Davide Castellani, University of Reading, UK

  3.  Innovation and Knowledge Management<>
Grazia Santangelo, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Marcelo Cano-Kollmann, Ohio University, USA

  4.  Intersections between International Business and Public Policy<>
Ana Teresa Tavares-Lehmann, University of Porto, Portugal
Ari Van Assche, École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) Montréal, Canada

  5.  Global Value Chains<>
Ram Mudambi, Temple University, USA
Valentina De Marchi, University of Padova, Italy

  6.  SMEs and International Entrepreneurship<>
Alex Rialp, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Natasha Evers, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Arild Aspelund, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

  7.  Emerging Markets<>
Shlomo Tarba, University of Birmingham, UK
Ilan Alon, University of Agder, Norway

  8.  Business History<>
Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York, UK
Mark Casson, University of Reading, UK

  9.  MNE Organization and Global Strategy<>
Jens Gammelgaard, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Paloma Miravitlles, University of Barcelona, Spain
Cristina Villar, University of Valencia, Spain

  10. International Finance, Accounting and Corporate Governance<>
Jakob Müllner, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Igor Filatotchev, King's College London, UK

  11. International Marketing<>
Ulrike Mayrhofer, IAE Nice, Université Côte d’Azur, France
Eric Milliot, Université de Nantes | Atlas-AFMI President, France

  12. International Human Resources Management and Cross-Cultural Issues<>
Dana Minbaeva, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Haeseen Park, King’s College London, UK

  13. International Business Networks<>
Ulf Andersson, Mälardalen University, Sweden

  14. New Approaches and Methods in IB Research and Teaching in the 2020s<>
Bo Nielsen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark | University of Sydney, Australia
Catherine Welch, University of Sydney, Australia

  15. The New International Business Landscape Following the Emergence of Covid-19<>
Philippe Gugler, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

For more information including the descriptions of tracks, visit the EIBA 2021 Madrid conference website:

Call for Competitive & Interactive Papers

All papers received by the submission deadline (which meet the eligibility requirements) will be evaluated in a double-blind review process. Accepted papers that are presented in the competitive and interactive sessions will be published online in the EIBA 2021 Madrid proceedings. Guidelines for preparation and submission of papers are available at the link:

Submission deadline for competitive and interactive papers: Thursday, July 15, 2021

Call for Panel Proposals

Panel proposals for EIBA 2021 Madrid on contemporary issues within all areas of interest to IB scholars are welcome. Guidelines for the submission of panels are available on the conference website:

Submission deadline for panel proposals: Thursday, July 15, 2021

Call for Posters

We also welcome Poster submissions to any of the EIBA 2021 conference tracks – those accepted will be presented in a dedicated Poster Session (during a plenary slot where no other conference activities are scheduled). High-level academics are invited to review the posters and provide quality feedback to the authors. Guidelines for submitting posters are available at the link:

Submission deadline for posters: Monday, September 20, 2021

Call for Reviewers

We invite volunteers to register as Reviewers for the EIBA 2021 Madrid conference. Reviewers can expect to be sent 2-3 manuscripts to review soon after the submission deadline for papers (Thursday, July 15, 2021) – all reviews to be completed and returned by Friday, August 20, 2021. The quality of academic meetings depends critically on the invaluable input and presence of the reviewers of the papers – we fully realize how dependent we are on our able volunteers. You will be able to register as a Reviewer for EIBA 2021 Madrid online at the link (Note that one excellent EIBA 2021 reviewer will receive the EIBA Best Reviewer Award!)

Other Activities at EIBA 2021 Madrid

Alongside the regular conference program, a series of pre-conference events and other activities (some listed below) will be held prior to or during EIBA 2021 Madrid. Information on these events will be posted on the conference website as it becomes available:

  *   35th John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial in IB (JHD-DT)
  *   10th Danny Van Den Bulcke Doctoral Symposium in IB (DVDB-DS)
  *   7th EIBA Early Career Network (EIBA-ECN) Workshop
  *   Journal Paper Development Workshops (PDWs) – IBR | JIBS | JIBP
  *   PIBR Book Launch – Volume 16
  *   EIBA General Assembly 2021
  *   Social networking events (e.g., New Member Meet & Greet, Conference Dinner & Award Ceremony, etc.)

Participation at the two doctorial activities is limited. More information on how to participate in the events will be available on the EIBA 2021 Conference website and via the EIBA Secretariat. There will also be a set of special social activities for doctoral students.

Submission deadline for both doctoral events: Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Submission deadline for EIBA-ECN and journal PDWs: Monday, September 20, 2021


As featured each year, several awards and sponsored prizes will be presented for best papers and outstanding contributions to the EIBA Annual Conference as well as to the IB community. Winners of the following awards & prizes (among others) will be announced and presented at the EIBA 2021 Madrid Conference:

  *   Danny Van Den Bulcke Best Conference Paper Prize<>
  *   EIBA Best Doctoral Thesis Proposal in IB Award<>
  *   SSE Gunnar Hedlund Award<>
  *   Copenhagen Business School Prize<>
  *   IBR Best Journal Paper of the Year Award<>
  *   GSJ Global Strategy Research Prize<>
  *   Lazaridis Institute Best Paper Award for International Entrepreneurship <>
  *   EIBA Best Reviewer Award<>
  *   EIBA Distinguished Honorary Fellowship Award<>

Key Dates

► April 15, 2021 – Submission opens
► July 15, 2021 – Submission deadline for papers (competitive / interactive) and panel proposals
► September 1, 2021 – Submission deadline for doctoral events (Doctoral Tutorial | Doctoral Symposium)
► September 7, 2021 – Registration opens
► September 15, 2021 – Decision notifications for papers (competitive / interactive) and panel proposals
► September 20, 2021 – Submission deadline for posters and paper development workshops (PDWs)
► October 15, 2021 – Early-bird registration deadline
► December 10-12, 2021 – EIBA 2021 Madrid Conference

Consult & Contact Us

Please visit and consult the EIBA 2021 Madrid website ( for conference-related information – this site is regularly updated. If you cannot find what you are looking for, or would like to contact us, please send an e-mail inquiry to  [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> – you will receive a reply promptly.

We look forward to welcoming you to EIBA 2021 Madrid!

On behalf of the EIBA 2021 Madrid Conference Team

Prof. Isabel Álvarez
EIBA President & EIBA 2021 Conference Chair
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

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