EIBA 2021 Madrid

47th EIBA Annual Conference, 

December 10-12, 2021. Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

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


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 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.

Conference Tracks & Track Chairs

(See the EIBA 2021 Madrid conference website for detailed descriptions, submission instructions, etc.)

  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 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, Kings 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 Resource 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

  • Key Dates

July 15, 2021

Submission deadline for papers (competitive | interactive) and panel proposals 

September 1, 2021

Submission deadline for doctoral events (JHD-DT | DVDB-DS)

September 7, 2021

Registration opens

September 15, 2021

Decision notifications

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

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Don’t miss the opportunity to participate "in person” in Madrid!! Call for papers is open. We look forward to welcoming you to EIBA 2021 Madrid this coming December!

On behalf of the EIBA 2021 Madrid Conference Team,

Isabel Álvarez

EIBA President & EIBA 2021 Conference Chair Complutense University of Madrid 

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