Webinar: Curse or Blessing? The Role of Technology Advancement in Transforming MNE Partnership & Performance

Speaker: Ilya Cuypers (Singapore Management University), Qian (Cecilia) Gu (Georgia State University), Yong Li (University of Nevada)

Time: Jun 3, 2021, 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)



Interfirm relationship has played a crucial role in firm’s international expansion and operation. Extant literature has long studied the influences of interfirm relationship on multinational enterprises’ (MNEs) knowledge transfer and innovation outcomes. However, we know much less about how modern technology transforms collaborations between firms and consequently affects MNE performance. For example, advancement in infrastructure and technology such as high-speed railway and 5G communication can profoundly alter the competitive landscape for local and foreign firms. According to a recent McKinsey Global Survey of executives, the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the digitization of MNEs’ interactions with their global partners by three to four years. Digital disruption has significantly shaped the scope of and the expectations from MNEs’ global partnerships. The purpose of this webinar is to offer a discussion on the impact of technology advancement on MNEs’ global partnership and the influences on partnership strategy and performance.

More Information: https://ciber.robinson.gsu.edu/webinar-curse-or-blessing-the-role-of-technology-advancement-in-transforming-mne-partnership-and-performance/

Zoom Registration (Free): https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3916220373017/WN_QAX6QxVgRIyYH2qdT1aPnQ

About the Speakers
Ilya Cuypers is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University. He received his PhD in strategic management and international business from Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He works in the areas of strategic management and international business. Specifically, his current research focuses on the governance, dynamics and performance implications of (cross-border) external corporate development activities (e.g., acquisitions, alliances and joint ventures), investment decisions under uncertainty, and issues related to interorganizational ties. His work has been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), and Academy of Management Annals. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal and he has previously served as a Guest-Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies. He also serves on the Editorial Review Boards of Strategic Management Journal, Global Strategy Journal, JIBS and Journal of World Business.

Qian (Cecilia) Gu is an Associate Professor of Strategy and International Business at the Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of corporate strategy and international business. In particular, she is interested in understanding how emerging market firms strategize to respond to increasing global competitions and opportunities. Her works appear in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, among others. She has taught courses for undergraduates, MBA, EMBA, Master of International Business, and Ph.D. on topics of corporate strategy and international business. Cecilia serves as the Associate Editor for the Management and Organization Review. She also serves on the Editorial Boards of Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Research, Journal of World Business, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. She was recognized as the Best 40 Under 40 Business Professors by Poets & Quants in 2020. She has been elected six times (2015-2020) as the GSU IIB Professor of the Year Award. 

Yong Li is Lee Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Research Director of Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He serves as an associate editor for Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, and Journal of International Business Studies. Yong conducts research at the confluence of strategic entrepreneurship, innovation and internationalization, studying venture capital, crowdfunding, new venture innovation and international expansion. His work has been published in major management journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal, and in major entrepreneurship journals including Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. His research has been supported by the Kauffman Foundation and SSHRC Canada, recognized by AOM and SMS, and featured on Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Knowledge@Wharton, among others. Yong teaches strategy and entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate, MBA and PhD levels. He has developed well-received courses including “Technology Entrepreneurship” and “Entrepreneurship Lab”, and authored several case studies on Amazon.com. His teaching was recognized by the University of Illinois. Yong was previously a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at State University of New York at Buffalo and served as the inaugural academic director of the university’s Entrepreneurship Academy. He received Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.





Best regards,



Qian (Cecilia) Gu
Associate Professor
Institute of International Business
Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA 30303

Office: 404-413-7282


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