Hosted by the Emlyon Business School, the 12th Annual China goes Global (TM) conference will be held June 18th-20th, 2018, in Shanghai, China. The theme of the event is

The Belt and Road Initiative: Global Perspective

Researchers, panel presenters, book authors, professionals, representative of firms and PhD students researching China’s globalization (including areas related to international entrepreneurship and born globals) are encouraged to submit their work here.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: March 15, 2018
Paper acceptance/rejection: April 15, 2018
Revised paper submission: May 1, 2018

2018 Conference Committee

Dr. William Hua Wang, emlyon business School, France & China (Conference host)

Dr. Ilan Alon, School of Business and Law, Universitetet i Agder, Norway

Dr. Christoph Lattemann, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

Dr. John R. McIntyre, GT CIBER, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. Francesca Spigarelli, University of Macerata, Italy

Prof. Wenxian Zhang, Rollins College, USA

 For more information, click here.

Hosted by the University of San Diego School of Business, the annual Conference of the Business Association of Latin American Studies (BALAS) will take place March 21-24, 2018,  in San Diego, California. The conference theme is

“Bridging Borders for Peace and Prosperity”

The conference will feature special Theme Tracks and papers in all areas of business and economics in Latin America and the Caribbean including international and cross-border entrepreneurship.

Registration deadline: March 21-24, 2018

For more information and registration, please click here.

The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) is delighted to announce its 2018 annual conference that will take place November 7-8th in Birmingham (UK). This year’s theme is

Research, policy and practice: Collaboration in a disparate world”.

Abstract submission deadline: April 8th.

The conference is expected to attract over 400 attendees from more than 40 countries, and offer over 250 presentations of the highest quality new entrepreneurial research on a diverse range of topics along with high profile keynote speakers, stimulating panel debates and a number of specialist workshops. The International Entrepreneurship Track draws researchers from across the globe affording a variety of interesting international contexts of SME and enterprise research. Both working and full papers are welcome.

For any queries, please contact

The full Call for Papers can be found here:


The International Journal of Export Marketing (IJEXPORTM) invites submissions for its Special Issue on

“The Internationalisation Process of SMEs and MNEs from and to Africa”

This special issue aims to investigate SMEs’ and MNEs’ internationalisation processes from and to Africa. Studies on export activities, export barriers and export motives of born globals/international new ventures and other types of internationalisers, and also on African firms’ foreign direct investments, international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and divestments, are welcome. They can be conceptual or based on quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. Studies based on data from more than one African country are especially welcome.

Paper Submission Deadline:  February 1, 2019

The full Call for Papers can be see here.

Consider participating in a Research Workshop on

“Exploring the Relationships between Innovation and Internationalisation of Family Firm across Europe”

The workshop will take place at the Universita di Trento on June 4-5, 2018. Papers, extended abstracts and posters are welcome.

Submission Deadline: March 10, 2018

More information can be found here.

Fellow ie-scholars, Dr. Andreu Blesa and Dr. Maria Ripolles (Jaume I University), will be guest editing a special issue of Administrative Sciences entitled

“Widening International Entrepreneurship Research”

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2018

The special issue seeks original research on a wide range of topics that still limit our understanding of the early internationalization phenomenon, including (but is not limited to):

  • The influence of contextual variables in promoting international entrepreneurship, with a special interest in the role of universities and local and national governments.
  • Social entrepreneurship and it relationship with different international pathways.
  • The relations among international entrepreneurship strategy and other entrepreneurial strategies such as spin-offs, business transfers or born-again globals.
  • The role of new technologies such as digitalization in the process of discovering and exploiting entrepreneurial opportunities in an international context.
  • New perspectives in the study of social networks and social capital.
  • The relationship between IE and performance.
  • How human resource management can contribute to the strategy of early internationalization.

Both theoretical and empirical contributions are welcome.

For a full Call for Papers:

Submission guidelines:

International Business Review –Volume 27, Issue 1, pg. 93-101.

Entrepreneurs and internationalization: A study of Western immigrants in an emerging market

Joyce E.H. McHenry, Denice E. Welch

Our interview-based study began as an investigation of Westerners residing in Vietnam. Our sample fell into three groups: local expatriates, expatriate entrepreneurs, and hybrids (those who worked for a multinational while owning a local company). Based on this finding, we re-examined the data to explore expatriates as employers. Two themes emerged. The first revealed expatriate entrepreneurs and hybrids as active market players who were competitors for local talent and/or potential local distributors or partners in Vietnam. The second theme indicated a parallel process: the internationalization of firms entering a foreign market and the internationalization of individuals entering that same market. Our contribution is the opening of the ‘homogeneous’ black box of Western immigrants and the expansion of the concept of the expatriate entrepreneur, thus reinserting the role of the individual in the process of firm internationalization


International Business Review –Volume 27, Issue 1, pg. 149-160.

Post-entry survival of developing economy international new ventures: A dynamic capability perspective

Zaheer Khan, Yong Kyu Lew

Recent research suggests that the capabilities needed for the survival of international new ventures (INVs) may be at odds with the original aims that had brought them into the international markets. INV mortality is exacerbated by uncertainty and lack of familiarity with the host market environment, which elevates the liabilities of newness, smallness, and foreignness in the initiating companies. We investigate the key factors that determine the post-entry survival of developing economy INVs by analyzing in-depth seven software INVs originating in the developing economy of Pakistan. These INVs survived the 2000 dotcom crisis and the 2008 global financial crisis, and continue to grow. Based on a dynamic capability view on the INVs’ internationalization and survival from sensing-seizing-reconfiguration angles, we find the founders’ entrepreneurial orientations and network development capabilities (sensing), specialized product focus and niche market development (seizing), and transformation and renewal capabilities (reconfiguration) are the key capabilities that enhance the post-entry survival of these INVs. Importantly, we find that a stable leadership and the post-entry international experience of the leadership team continuously feed into facilitating the creation and maintenance of dynamic capabilities. This paper identifies key strategic aspects that determine the post-entry survival of the developing economy INVs.


Journal of International Entrepreneurship – Volume 15, pg. 416.

International entrepreneurship in resource-rich landlocked African countries

Dana, LP. , Ratten, V.

Despite the increase in research about international entrepreneurship, relatively little is known about the process in Africa. This is due to the disparity between the actualization of business ventures and global perceptions of African entrepreneurs. As a result of the diversity of countries within the African continent, the nature of international entrepreneurship varies with cultural and historical context. To address this research gap, we discuss how international entrepreneurship in Africa differs to the more studied traditionally North American and European perspective. To do this we develop a number of research propositions for resource-rich landlocked African countries (Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) that have unique characteristics in terms of how they approach international entrepreneurship. The research propositions suggest that resource-rich landlocked African countries need to focus on informal networks and cultural attributes as a way to differentiate themselves in the international marketplace. Managerial implications and theoretical research suggestions for differentiating resource-rich landlocked African countries from the more resource scarce and coastal countries are stated.

Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review – Volume 5, Number 4, pg. 205-224.

Exploring the Role of Ownership in International Entrepreneurship: How does Ownership Affect Internationalisation of Polish Firms?

Wach, Krzysztof

The article focuses on the role of ownership in the process of entrepreneurial internationalisation of the firm. The main objective of the article is to verify whether and how ownership impacts on the level of internationalisation. The study elaborates on three dimensions of ownership, which are ownership structure (foreign vs. domestic), family ownership and the characteristics of the owner (age, sex, global mindset and knowledge – the last two measured on a 5-point Likert scale). The sample of 190 internationalised Polish businesses were used in order to verify the assumed hypotheses. The investigated firms operating in Poland of foreign ownership are more internationalised, measured by TNI, than those of domestic capital only. As a general rule, the investigated non-family firms are more internationalised than family firms as for the average TNI value. International attitude of the entrepreneur-owner affect the level of internationalisation: the higher values of attitude index, the higher values of TNI. Neither the age nor the sex of the entrepreneur affect the level of internationalisation.

The International Journal of Business and Globalisation (IJBG) invites papers for a Special Issue on

Internationalization of Family Business Firms

Important Dates:

Manuscripts submission deadline: 31 March, 2018

Notification to authors: 30 June, 2018

Final versions due by: 15 September, 2018

Guest Editors:

Dr. Amiya Mohapatra,  Fortune Institute of International Business, India

Dr. Sudhir Rana, Fortune Institute of International Business, India

For the full Call for Papers, please click here.


The deadline for paper submission to the 6th International Conference Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (IMES 2018) was extended to January 31, 2018.

The conference takes place on May 31 – June 1, 2018 at the University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic, and it has a track dedicated to international entrepreneurship.

For more information please click here.

The European Journal of International Management (EJIM) invites submissions for a Special Issue on:

Value Co-creation in the Course of International Entrepreneurial Opportunity Development

Manuscripts due: 1 September, 2018

Notification to authors: 1 December, 2018

Final versions due: 30 April, 2019

 Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What are the characteristics of innovative ideas in the early stages of international value co-creation opportunities?
  • What are the characteristics of international entrepreneurs who handle value cocreation better than others?
  • How do entrepreneurial imagination, affection and cognition generate value propositions in value co-creation, and how do they facilitate value co-creation?
  • Are there any differences in value co-creation concerning developed, developing and transition economies? If yes, in what ways and how?
  • In which way do existing theories in management and entrepreneurship, such as the judgment0based view (Foss and Klein, 2012), causation, effectuation, bricolage and the resource-based view, contribute to our current understanding of the co-creation of values?
  • What factors influence value co-creation in each phase of opportunity development and venture formation (i.e. opportunity recognition, evaluation, exploitation and venture growth)?

 Guest Editors 

  • Veland Ramadani, South East European University, Macedonia
  • Amir Emami, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Leo-Paul Dana, Montpellier Business School, France

Full Call for Papers can be found here: EJIM SI 2018

The Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada invites applications for the position of Lazaridis Chair.

Start Date: January 1, 2019.

Applications Deadline: March 1, 2018.

One of the qualification of the position is a proven and active research agenda related to any combination of strategy, entrepreneurship and international business and the ability to study issues pertinent to the internationalization of high growth technology firms.

A full ad for the position can be found here: Lazaridis Chair 2018.

About the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics

The Lazaridis School of Business & Economics has over one hundred full-time faculty and more than five thousand undergraduate and graduate students on campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, and a location in Toronto, Ontario. With a mission to achieve excellence in management education, the school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, including Honours BBA, MBA, MFin, Executive Masters in Technology Management (EMTM) and PhD. Faculty publish in leading journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Management. Laurier’s undergraduate and graduate business programs are AACSB accredited. For more information, please see: The Lazaridis School of Business & Economics.

Hosted by the Cracow University of Economics and the AIB-CEE (Central and East European) Chapter,  the 5th AIB-CEE Chapter Annual Conference will take place in Krakow, Poland,  on September 12-14, 2018.

Conference theme: International Entrepreneurship as the bridge between international economics and international business

Paper submission deadline:  April 30, 2018

Conference chair: Krzysztof Wach, Cracow University of Economics

For more details and the full Call for Papers click here.

Aalto University School of Business invites applications for an Assistant Professor in International Business.

Starting Date:  August 2018.

The position is open to candidates in all areas of international business including international entrepreneurship. For more information about the requirements and application process, click here.

About the Research Group

The International Business Group focuses on understanding the phenomenon of international business through multiple theoretical lenses and methodologies conducting research on strategy and organization of multinational corporations, people management, sustainability in international business, multilingual organizations, emerging markets such as Russia and China, international entrepreneurship and qualitative research methods. For more information about our research activities, please visit

The University of Colorado Denver is seeking a new Assistant Professor in IB effective Fall 2018.  Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • International Entrepreneurship 
  • Digital Globalization (e.g., Global e-commerce)
  • International Business Strategy and Policy

This position was posted on December 20, 2017 and the job description and application details can be found at here.

The Department of Marketing & Management, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for one or more positions as Associate Professor in International Business & Entrepreneurship.

The positions are located in Odense and are vacant from 15 August 2018.

Application deadline:  1 February 2018.

About the Department

The research unit focuses specifically on the international business activities of B2B companies within the setting of an increasingly internationalized world. The research unit is engaged in two major research themes: International business and international entrepreneurship with special emphasis on international activities of small and medium-sized firms, international market relationships, entry modes, and business models in general.

The unit is currently developing additional research expertise in emerging markets and industry 4.0 consequences for international business and international entrepreneurship. The goal of the research unit is to contribute to an improved understanding of the emergence and growth of firms in diverse markets, through the study of the organization of marketing and strategic activities both within the firm and through the interplay with other actors on the market.

Full job description

See the University of Southern Denmark’s website. Applications have to be submitted via this page.

For more information

See the unit website and the Department website for more details.

As we are getting closer to the end of 2017, we would like to know if is still your source for IE-related news and resources. We have just hit 600 members indicating that there is value in our online community but we would like to know if you have any ideas or suggestions for improvement. Please spend a few minutes and let us know your thoughts by filling out our feedback form.

The Faculty of Economics and Management, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano invites applications for a Research Fellow on a fixed-term (3 years) contract (RTD) position comparable to a temporary Assistant Professor position in International Management with a special focus on SMEs and/or research interests including internationalization of SMEs, international strategic alliances, esp. IJVs, internationalization pro­ces­­ses of firms, knowledge transfer from/to HQs and other aspects of internationalization.

Application Deadline:  December 21, 2017

Starting Date:  March/April 2018.

About the Position

The position is intended to offer a career stepping stone for Post Docs who want to strengthen their research profile and consequently their publication record.

The official call at: includes detailed information regarding job requirements and the assessment of applicants as well as application instructions. As calls for different positions are jointed please refer to pp. 10-12 of the Call (PDF).

About the Faculty of Economics and Management

Based on its research productivity and output, the Faculty of Economics and Management ( ) ranks among the top universities in Italy, offering an inspiring environment and a performance-oriented research atmosphere.

Contact Michael Nippa (; +39.0471.013.181) with any questions related to this position or if you need assistance with the application process.

International scholars, including senior PhDs and PostDocs, are invited to submit and present their research on the topic

Internationalization of SMEs: New Insights and Future Research Opportunities

The interactive research development workshop and conference which will take place in the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (South Tyrol, Italy,) May 2-3, 2018, seeks to seeks to engage researchers from different (sub)disciplines such as organizational behavior, human resource management, entrepreneurship, innovation management, family business research, economics and accounting to share their approaches and insights with colleagues.


Summaries Submissions:   January 25, 2018

Acceptance Notifications:   February 27, 2018

Preliminary Program published:   March 2, 2018

For more information, detailed program, registration and submission guidelines please visit the conference website at:

Program Committee:

Timothy Devinney, Leeds University Business School

Marjanna Gunkel, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Michael Nippa, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Torben Pedersen, Bocconi & Copenhagen Business School

Jonas Puck,  WU Vienna

Christian Schwens, Heinrich Heine University, Duesseldorf

 Conference Organizers & Contact:

 Katharina Gilli (  

Marjaana Gunkel  (

Michael Nippa (



The American Councils for International Education is seeking potential partners among ie-scholars to support its new program aimed at developing capacity of entrepreneurship education for engineers at Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia. The program will focus on Case Studies for entrepreneurial thinking.

Other opportunities for collaboration and funding include:

  • Involving expert faculty to participate in an introductory session with a select group of Bauman faculty to assess their current relevant curricular offerings and introduce U.S. entrepreneurship education concepts (especially as it connects to engineers). The session will focus particularly on bringing the Case Study Method as a co-curricular tool for a traditional engineering school.
  • Developing and delivering in-depth Train the Trainer seminar at a U.S. university. Selected Bauman faculty will observe instruction and discuss teaching methods and the development of curricular frameworks, course syllabi, and sample lesson plans.

The Case Studies method will be piloted at Bauman and American Councils will observe and assess its implementation. Funding is available.

If interested, please contact Mr. Adrian Erlinger, Program Manager, Innovation and Capacity Building, American Councils for International Education, at

The 12th Annual China goes Global conference will be held in Shanghai, June 18th-20th, 2018

The theme of the conference is “The Belt and Road Initiative: Global Perspective” and a special issue from the conference will be published by the International Journal of Emerging Markets, an Emerald journal that is indexed and ranked by Scopus and ABS.

Deadline for panel proposals: Nov. 15, 2017
Deadline for submission: March 15, 2018
Paper acceptance/rejection: April 15, 2018

Ie-scholar Editor Note: submissions on Chinese Born Globals and internationalizing SMEs are encouraged.

For more information click here.

International Entrepreneurship research and pedagogy were discussed in a panel dedicated to the topic at the 2017 AIB Northeast Chapter conference that took place October 19-21  in Philadelphia, PA. Some of the themes from the discussion:

  • is entrepreneurship taught in a too US-centric way?
  • are millennials better equipped to create born globals?
  • can international entrepreneurship be taught?
  • more research is needed on entrepreneurship in emerging economies

The photo below (courtesy of Paige Bryant) features the four panelists: Donna De Carolis, Drexel University; David Deeds, St. Thomas University; Zahed Subhan, Drexel University; T.L. Hill, Temple University

Journal of World Business – Volume 52, Issue 5, 653-663

International and market-specific social capital effects on international opportunity exploitation in the internationalization process

Angelika Lindstrand, Sara Melén Hånell

We develop theory stating that international and market-specific social capital are two distinct forms of social capital which both increase international opportunity exploitation. We also argue that market-specific social capital mediates international social capital. Our theoretical developments are based on internationalization process theory and social network theory. Using data on 239 internationalizing SMEs, our results confirm that the effect of international social capital on opportunity exploitation is only mediated via market-specific social capital. Hence, we identify an internationalization process for social capital development in international business opportunity exploitation. Our contribution adds in several ways to existing international business research.

Journal of World Business – Volume 52, Issue 5, 664-679

SME international business models: The role of context and experience

John Child, Linda Hsieh, Said Elbanna, Joanna Karmowska, Svetla Marinova, Pushyarag Puthusserry, Terence Tsai, Rose Narooz, Yunlu Zhang

This paper addresses two questions through a study of 180 SMEs located in contrasting industry and home country contexts. First, which business models for international markets prevail among SMEs and do they configure into different types? Second, which factors predict the international business models that SMEs follow? Three distinct international business models (traditional market-adaptive, technology-exploiter, and ambidextrous explorer) are found among the SMEs studied. The likelihood of SMEs adopting one business model rather than another is to a high degree predictable with reference to a small set of factors: industry, level of home economy development, and decision-maker international experience.

European Born Globals – Job Creation in Young International Businesses

Through a combination of secondary data analysis, literature reviews and international case studies, European Born Globals sheds new light on the motivations and processes of job creation in born global firms. It contribute to understanding the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of job creation in born globals, essential not only for policy makers, but also for academic research and management education. Edited by Irene Mandl and Valentina Patrini, the book benefited from contribution of several ie-scholars.

For more information:


The International Journal of Export Marketing is inviting submissions for a Special Issue on:

The Internationalization Challenges of Latin American Firms

Studies on export activities, export barriers and export motives of born globals/international new ventures and other types of internationalizers, and also Latin American firms’ foreign direct investments, international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and divestments are welcome. They can be conceptual or based on quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. Studies based on data from more than one Latin American country are especially welcome.

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2018

Notification to authors: May 15, 2018

Guest editors:

Dr. Valeska V. Geldres-Weiss (Universidad de La Frontera, Chile)

Dr. Dafnis N. Coudounaris, (University of Tartu, Estonia)

For more information, please email the guest editors at: and


The International Journal of Export Marketing (IJEXPORTM) is inviting submissions for Special Issue on

The Internationalization Opportunities of Central and Eastern European Firms after Brexit and the Entry of Leading Chinese Multinationals into Europe.

The special issue aims to investigate Central and Eastern European firms’ internationalization opportunities after Brexit and leading Chinese multinationals’ recent entry to Europe. Studies on export activities, export barriers and export motives of born globals/international new ventures and other types of internationalizers, and also CEE firms’ foreign direct investments, international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and divestments are welcome. They can be conceptual or based on quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. Studies based on data from more than one CEE country are especially welcome.

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2018

Guest editors:

Dr. Tiia Vissak, University of Tartu

Dr. Dafnis N. Coudounaris, University of Tartu

For more information please email the guest editors at and

The 2018 EURAM (European Academy of Management) conference will take place in  Reykjavik, Iceland,  June 20 – 23.

Two tracks may be of particular interest to ie-scholars: the Growth Strategies & Internationalization for SMEs and SME Internationalization.

Submission deadline: 10 January, 2018

Click here for more information.

To date, the most comprehensive review and meta-analysis of the literature on cultural distance and firm internationalization that might be of  interest to ie-scholars

Beugelsdijk, S., Kostova, T., Kunst, V. E., Spadafora, E., & van Essen, M. Forthcoming. Cultural Distance and Firm Internationalization: A Meta-Analytical Review and Theoretical Implications. Journal of Management.

Full article is available here.


Special issue of European Journal of International Management on:

Value Co-creation in the Course of International Entrepreneurial Opportunity Development

Guest editors:

Veland Ramadani, South East European University, Republic of Macedonia

Amir Emami, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Leo Paul Dana, Montpellier Business School, France

Paper Submissions Due: September 1, 2018

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What are the characteristics of innovative ideas in the early stages of international value co-creation’s opportunities?
  • What are the characteristics of international entrepreneurs who do value co-creation superior to others?
  • How entrepreneurial imagination, affection, and cognition generate value propositions in value co-creation and how they facilitate value co-creation?
  • Are there any differences in value co-creation concerning developed, developing, and transition economies? If yes, in what aspects and how?
  • In which way the existing theories in management and entrepreneurship such as judgment based view (Foss and Klein, 2012), causation, effectuation, bricolage, resourced-based view etc., contribute to our current understanding in the co-creation of values?
  • What factors influence value co-creation in each phase of opportunity development and venture formation (i.e., opportunity recognition, evaluation, exploitation, and venture growth)?
  • What would be the business model in co-creation to keep the firm as a viable business for some time?
  • What are the characteristics of opportunity construct in realism and idealism traditions when it is viewed in the co-creation approach? E.g., discovery vs. creation views of entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • What are the role formal and informal institutions as well as social norms in value co-creation?
  • How learning impact value co-creation under the condition of uncertainty?

 For the full CfP: European Journal of International Management SI 2017

The second Manipa University University Dubai Entrepreneurship conference (MUDERC) will take place February 14-15, 2018 in Manipal University in Dubai International Academic City. Research papers are invited for the following tracks:

  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Family Business
  • Gender Issues in Entrepreneurship
  • High Technology
  • Entrepreneurship / Incubators
  • Crowd Funding
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Education & Training
  • Sustainable and environmental Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Intentions

Abstract Submission Deadline:       October 30 2017

Full Paper Submission Deadline:    January 1, 2018

More details here.

Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice — Volume 41, 677–707

Venture Capitalists’ Experience and Foreign IPOs: Evidence from China

Jing Zhang, Huizhi Yu

  • Integrating signaling theory with social network theory, we investigate the influence of venture capitalists’ (VCs’) IPO experience on the likelihood of foreign IPO successes. Using data from VC-backed Chinese companies listed on the U.S. or Chinese stock markets from 2002 to 2012, we find that U.S. VCs’ experience in either market increases the chance of listing in the United States. However, Chinese VCs’ experience in the United States plays the same role, but not in China. For entrepreneurs who desire to pursue opportunities in international capital markets, the novel findings offer important implications in their VC selection decisions.


Journal of International Entrepreneurship – Volume 15 (3), 324–351

Entrepreneurial intentions—theory and evidence from Asia, America, and Europe

Justin Paul,  Philippe Hermel,  Archana Srivatava

  • This paper examines the antecedents of entrepreneurial intentions and its strategic drivers with reference to country culture and proactive personality in a cross-country context. Our research is based on primary data from four distinct and strategically important countries: India, Japan, the USA, and France. We examine and compare entrepreneurial intentions of young managers within the context of the theory of planned behavior. We then postulate a theoretical framework to link entrepreneurial intention, and its drivers, to motivate further research in this area. The findings of the study indicate that a country’s culture and an individual’s proactive personality directly determine the degree of entrepreneurial intention and therefore contribute to competitiveness.

European Business Review invites papers for its Special Issue on

International firms’ strategic orientation in foreign markets

Guest Editors:

Anders Pehrsson, Linnaeus University, Sweden

Rosalina Torres, Linnaeus University, Sweden

Submission deadline: June 1, 2018

Following the seminal works of, for example, Kohli and Jaworski (1990), Narver and Slater (1990), and Miller (1983) an extensive body of knowledge has been built regarding direct relationships between the strategic orientations of entrepreneurial orientation/market orientation (EO/MO) and firm performance. However, there is still a need for knowledge on the importance of international firms’ EO and MO in foreign markets. For example, the literature review presented by Pehrsson (2016) shows that just a few studies capture direct relationships and moderations regarding foreign units. Extended knowledge is crucial as EO represents a way to achieve high performance by driving and building a foreign market, while MO manifests adaptation and a market-driven behavior. Thus, EO and MO are complementary strategic orientations. These are examples of questions that need answers:

  • Are existing components of EO and MO really relevant in trying to explain performance on the foreign unit level?
  • How do general environmental dynamics impact relationships between MO and performance of foreign units?
  • How do competitive dynamics impact relationships between EO/MO and performance of foreign units?
  • When is a combination of EO and MO appropriate for a foreign unit and how should it be carried out?

For the full CfP see here.

The European Journal of International Management (EJIM) is seeking new and active Editorial Review Board (ERB) members to join its ranks.  EJIM is a leading international management journal with an impact factor (Clarivate Analytics) for 2016 of 0.575 (5-Year Impact Factor: 0.831). The journal is indexed and ranked in Scopus, SSCI, ABS, and others.

EJIM current editorial structure has changed under the new leadership of Ilan Alon (University of Agder). The new editorial structure is now available online:

 Active ERB members are expected to:

  • Review one paper a month
  • Guest Edit for a special issue
  • Review and supervise Special Issue proposals
  • Promote the journal to colleagues and at events they attend
  • Recommend the journal to their libraries, colleagues and students
  • Help increase the impact of the journal

Successful ERB members

  • Have an academic impact factor (such as the one on Google Scholar)
  • Have experience in reviewing and/or editing
  • Are interested in enhancing the quality of the journal

For a sample of some articles published in the journal, please see:

Interested scholars should submit their one-page application and Google Scholar profile to by Oct 30th, 2017.

Journal of Innovation and Knowledge is inviting submissions for Special Issue on:

Open Innovation and Knowledge for Fostering Business Ecosystems

Submission deadline: September 30, 2017

Both conceptual and/or empirical papers, presenting cutting edge research on open Innovation and knowledge at micro, meso and macro level and offering empirical insights and theoretical contribution related to open innovation and knowledge driven business ecosystems are very welcome.  Possible topics may include:

  • How may business ecosystem inspire and support technology entrepreneurs and managers to innovate?
  • How may knowledge and creative skills be integrated with technology solutions to create high-value innovations?
  • How may open innovation act as an instrument to support organizational learning mechanisms are useful in business ecosystem?
  • What are the main impacts derived from cooperation and coopetition among firms?
  • Is there a relation between open innovation and the internationalization stance of businesses ecosystems?
  • How open innovation is devised and influenced by firms’ internationalization strategies and performance?
  • How may policy and public interventions favour these open relationships?
  • What are the main impacts of Science and technology parks to promote open Innovation?

Guest Editors:

João J. Ferreira (University of Beira Interior, Portugal)

Aurora Teixeira (University of Porto, Portugal)

For more information:

The 22nd McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference will take place August 22-24, 2018, in Halmstad University, Sweden.  Chaired by ie-scholar, Svante Andersson, the conference theme is “International Entrepreneurship Across Different Institutional and Industry Contexts“.

Key dates:

Abstract submission deadline: April 15, 2018

Feedback/notification of acceptance: May 5, 2018

Submission deadline for full papers: June 3, 2018

Early Bird registration close: June 16, 2018


For more information:


As part of the activities taking place before the formal start of the EIBA 2017 conference, the Journal of International Business Studies Paper Development Workshop (JIBS-PDW) will be held between 08:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, 14 December, at the conference venue (Politecnico di Milano). The 2017 program will start with an introductory session led by JIBS Area Editor and ie-scholar Becky Reuber.

Submission Deadline: September 11, 2017

Submission Details

Prospective participants in the 2017 JIBS-PDW are invited to submit their paper manuscripts to Jose Pla-Barber ( Please note that each applicant may make only one submission, but may also have submitted the same (or another) version of the paper for presentation at the EIBA 2017 Conference. All authors should indicate their names, e-mails, and affiliations, on the cover page of the manuscript. Papers must be less than 10,000 words in length, and should follow the JIBS Guide for Authors (http://www.palgrave-

JIBS-PDW 2017 Key Dates:

  • 11 September 2017 – Deadline for paper submissions (to José Pla-Barber)
  • 29 September 2017 – Notification of acceptance to successful applicants
  • 14 October 2017 – Confirmation that successful applicants have registered for EIBA 2017 and will attend the JIBS-PDW
  • 24 November 2017 – Deadline for submitting updated paper submissions (to José Pla-Barber)
  • 14 December 2017 – JIBS-PDW takes place at Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • 14-16 December 2017 – 43rd EIBA Annual Conference

All participants must be registered for the EIBA 2017 Conference ( before they confirm their attendance at the JIBS-PDW.

About the PDW

The purpose of the JIBS-PDW is to provide junior scholars with developmental feedback on their current research projects in international business studies. While we hope that many of these papers will be eventually submitted to JIBS, the purpose of the PDW is broader: to improve the quality of IB research and bring new scholars into the IB field. We invite original papers from junior authors or junior faculty members who have not previously published in JIBS. In particular, we hope to attract papers from scholars (1) who are located in universities in emerging economies or in universities that offer limited support for international business research, and/or (2) who are trained in disciplines less commonly associated with the field (e.g., human geography, political science, ethnography, or economic history) but interested in conducting international business research.

The PDW is the most extensive of the various JIBS outreach activities conducted by the JIBS editorial team. Organized by José Pla-Barber (AIB-WE Chapter Chair) and Becky Reuber (JIBS Area Editor), the 2017 JIBS-PDW involves JIBS editors, many experienced scholars, and editorial board members.

Special Issue of the Journal of World Business (JWB):

Internationalization of Social Enterprises

Conceptual, theoretical and empirical (both quantitative and qualitative) papers that advance the state of knowledge on internationalization of social enterprises including international social ventures. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The internationalization process of social enterprises. Do extant theories apply?
  • Typologies of social enterprises and new theory of the multinational social enterprise
  • Scalability of social enterprises across diverse locations
  • Determinants of born global social enterprises
  • Comparative research among social enterprises in developed and developing countries
  • Market selection and modes of entry of social enterprises
  • International networks and stakeholders and their influence on social enterprises
  • The international landscape of impact investors and their influence on social enterprises
  • The trade-off between financial and social performance in international social enterprises
  • The finance of international social enterprises
  • International issues in microfinance, microfranchising, and the “bottom of the pyramid” businesses and related organizations
  • Structure and strategy of international social enterprises
  • Determinants of internationalization of social enterprises, including social mission focused businesses
  • Impact of social enterprises in differing market conditions
  • Entrepreneurial and managerial antecedents of international social networks
  • Internal and external antecedents of international social entrepreneurship

Submission deadline: January 31, 2018

Submissions open: January 1, 2018.

Special Issue Editors:

For the full Call for Papers: CfP Internationalization of Social Enterprises


The 8th Annual AIB Latin America Chapter (AIB-LAT) Conference will be held March 8-10, 2018, in exciting Buenos Aires, Argentina, hosted by IAE Business School of Austral University. The theme of the conference will be “Political Uncertainty and the Future of International Business in Latin America”. However, submissions are welcome on all research areas associated with international business and Latin America including international entrepreneurship.

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2017.

More information can be found here: AIB-LAT Buenos Aires Call for Papers 2017

International Small Business Journal – Volume 35 (4), 495-514

The implications of international entrepreneurial orientation, politicization, and hostility upon SME international performance

Ioannis C Thanos, Pavlos Dimitratos, Panagiota Sapouna

  • This article investigates the relationship between international entrepreneurial orientation (IEO) and international performance taking into account the moderating effects of politicization in internationalization decisions and international hostility. Using data from 208 Greek international small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), we found that IEO is positively related to international performance. We also found that neither politicization nor international hostility separately has any moderating effects on this relationship. However, the findings support the view that the combination of high levels of politicization and international hostility critically diminishes the effects of IEO on international performance. These findings enrich the international entrepreneurship field that has been relatively devoid of investigations examining decision-specific aspects of the firm.

International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal – Volume 13 (3), 855–880

A comparative study of net entrepreneurial productivity in developed and post-transition economies

Djula Borozan, Josip Arneric, Ilija Coric

  • The paper develops net entrepreneurial productivity (NEP) as a complex latent construct of second order composed of productive, unproductive and destructive entrepreneurial activity. Its parameters were estimated using the partial least squares structural equation modeling method in the selected 15 developed and 7 post-transition economies for the average values in the period 2006-2013. The results unveil the direct and indirect effects between entrepreneurial activities, and between entrepreneurial activities and NEP, as well as that the level of NEP and productive entrepreneurial activity in developed economies is at a higher level compared with post-transition economies. The results suggest that for NEP and productive entrepreneurship to take place, regardless of the group of economies considered, an effective institutional environment that supports human capital development, fair competition and transparency should be established and maintained before developing more specific entrepreneurial programs and policies.

I will be taking some time off and so there will be a break in weekly updates until the last week of August!

Enjoy the rest of the summer! ~Martina Musteen

Management International Review – Volume 57 (4), 631–652

Mapping the Intellectual Structure of Research on ‘Born Global’ Firms and INVs: A Citation/Co-citation Analysis

Francisco García-Lillo, Enrique Claver-Cortés, Bartolomé Marco-Lajara, Mercedes Úbeda-García

  • The present research paper shows the results of an analysis of the existing literature on one of the topics that has sparked the most interest among scholars and researchers in the fields of international management and entrepreneurship: born global firms or international new ventures. Concretely, with the aim of identifying and visualising the intellectual structure of research on this phenomenon, a total of 124 research papers whose titles contain the above terms are analysed. The methodology is mainly based on the bibliometric techniques of document citation and co-citation analyses and the analysis of social networks.

Journal of International Entrepreneurship – Volume 15 (2), 121–144

From global start-ups to the borderless firm: Why and how to build a worldwide value system

Angela da Rocha, Vítor Corado Simões, Renato Cotta de Mello, Jorge Carneiro

  • Although the original concept of international new ventures included the geographic configuration of value activities, the subsequent development of the literature has gradually abandoned the concern about the geographic configuration of both input sourcing and output marketing to concentrate almost exclusively on the latter. Therefore, this paper argues that there is a need to re-focus the research so as to figure out how and why some companies are borderless. Borderless firms are defined as the result of the combination, early on, of geographically dispersed resources and capabilities, defying the home-base logic. A borderless firm presents the following characteristics (or a combination of them) from inception (or shortly thereafter): (i) value-added activities dispersed across different countries and regions; (ii) entrepreneurs not bounded by a home base; (iii) multinational founders and/or management teams; and (iv) a multinational workforce. To enquiry into this issue, the study uses five case studies of borderless firms. The results advance the understanding of the motives and processes behind the development, early on, of a borderless configuration of value activities

Journal of International Entrepreneurship – Volume 15 (2), 177–206

Turning point: when born globals enter post-entry stage

Rubina Romanello, Maria Chiarvesio

  • The literature on firms’ early internationalization includes a huge number of studies investigating the entry stage of companies, while works on the post-entry growth and survival have recently been increasing. In this context, this study aims to better explain which factors determine the evolution of born globals (BGs) during their lifecycles. The authors analyze the growth processes of six Italian manufacturing BGs at different stages of their development, with a particular focus on the transition of the venture from entry to the post-entry stage. The findings show that the entrepreneurial capabilities of the founders have a crucial role during the first international expansion of the companies. As BGs enter the post-entry phase, a trade-off emerges between entrepreneurial capabilities and some specific firm resources aimed at achieving the sustainable growth of the company. Moreover, the authors identify the existence of a turning point when companies switch from the entry to the post-entry stage. During this phase, entrepreneurs manage a process to transform their individual capabilities into an organizational knowledge base. Future research areas and managerial implications are discussed.

Journal of International Entrepreneurship – Volume 15 (2), 207–228

Differences in international opportunity identification between native and immigrant entrepreneurs

Evgueni Vinogradov, Eva Jenny Benedikte Jørgensen

  • The aim of this study is to understand more about how identification of international opportunities differs between native and immigrant entrepreneurs. Based on a survey of 116 immigrant and 864 native Norwegian entrepreneurs with newly registered firms, we show that immigrant entrepreneurs are more likely to identify international opportunities than native entrepreneurs are. We reveal important differences in the identification process between native and immigrant entrepreneurs. Whereas general human capital has a significant positive effect on international opportunity identification for native entrepreneurs, we cannot find the same effect among immigrant entrepreneurs. Moreover, although financial capital positively influences international opportunity identification among native entrepreneurs, the same effect is significantly negative among immigrant entrepreneurs. Based on these findings, we conclude that native and immigrant entrepreneurs do not utilise the same resources to identify international opportunities. This study contributes to the literature on international entrepreneurship by documenting significant differences in how native and immigrant entrepreneurs identify international opportunities. It also contributes to immigrant entrepreneurship literature by bringing the opportunity-based view of entrepreneurship into the field.

There was a strong IE presence at the recent Academy of International Business (AIB) annual meeting that took place in Dubai in July 1-5. Over 100 papers in the Internationalization/Entrepreneurship track were presented in 11 competitive sessions and 11 interactive sessions.  There were four International Entrepreneurship Developmental Clinics.

IE paper “Returnee Social Network, Resource Acquisition, and International Entrepreneurship” (by Daomi Lin, Sun Yat-sen University; Wei Zheng, Peking University; Jiangyong Lu, Peking University; XiaohuiLiu, Loughborough University; and Mike Wright, ImperialCollege London) was among the finalists for the Temple/AIB Best Paper Award.

International entrepreneurship topics (including, among others, micronationals, IE in emerging markets, international services, family IE) were also featured in five IE-themed panels.  The photo below (courtesy of Mark Ballam) shows the participants from one of the panels – Drs. Ellie Banalieva, Jean-Luc Arrgle, Jean-Francois Hennart, and Alain Verbeke.


Hosted by Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, at the Southbank Campus in Brisbane, Australia, this 2-day workshop will take place November 30- December 1, 2017. It seeks to bring together researchers working with institutional perspectives in the areas of international business and/or entrepreneurship (ie-scholars Editor note: this includes international entrepreneurship).

The workshop goals are to:

  • Explore the potential of institutional approaches for generating novel insights in conceptual and empirical studies of international business and/or entrepreneurship
  • Foster an inter-disciplinary exchange of ideas and methods, with a view to building networks continuing conversations among workshop participants
  • Explore opportunities for practitioner and policy-oriented research in IB and entrepreneurship using institutional perspectives

Invited Keynote: Dr Jesper Edman, Hitotsubashi University, Japan

Submissions:  Papers (preferred) or extended abstracts should be sent via email to

Deadline for submissions:  September 3, 2017.

Support: There will be no registration or other fees.  Lunches, refreshments and a workshop dinner on 30 November will be provided for registered authors./ participants.  Presenters will need to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements.

For questions regarding the workshop, please email Professor Sara McGaughey (

The 2017 EIBA (European International Business Academy) Conference will take place  December 14-16 in Milan, Italy.  “SMEs and International Entrepreneurship” is one of a number of tracks for both competitive and interactive papers.

Deadline for papers and panel proposals: July 16, 2017

Deadline for posters, doctoral events and PDWs: September 1, 2017

Decision notifications: September 15, 2017

For more information click JOURNAL OF SMALL BUSINESS STRATEGY CfP 2017 EIBA_2017_Milan_CfP.

The Journal of Small Business Strategy announces a call for Special Issue on

 Internationalization Strategies of Family Firms: Challenges and Perspectives

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Internationalization and globalization of family firms
  • Succession planning and internationalization of family firms
  • International entrepreneurship specifics of family firms
  • Impact of internationalization on family dynamics
  • Strategic planning and organizational changes towards internationalization in family firms

Submission of manuscripts: September 01, 2017

Notification to authors: October 01, 2017

Final versions due: November 01, 2017

The full CfP can be seen here: JOURNAL OF SMALL BUSINESS STRATEGY CfP 2017

Guest Editors:

Veland Ramadani, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management at South-East European University, Macedonia

Dianne H.B. Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, United States

The Department of Management at San Diego State University (SDSU) invites nominations and applications for a tenure-track position in Strategic Management at the assistant professor level for Fall 2018.  An active research agenda and teaching capabilities at both the undergraduate and graduate level are required. The ideal candidate should have primary research and teaching interests in strategic management. The applicant’s ability to support related programmatic areas in entrepreneurship, international management and consulting will also be considered. (IE-Editor’s Note: candidates with interest in international entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply.)

The position is available starting August 2018. Consideration of applicants will begin immediately and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to respond by September 15, 2017.

The full description of the position available can be found here:  SDSU Position 2017

The Policy area of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada invites applications for the position of Lazaridis Chair in Global Business Strategy. The position is subject to budgetary approval, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018.  (IE-scholars Editor’s note: candidates with interest in international entrepreneurship research are encouraged to apply)

Minimum qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in management with a focus on global business strategy related to management issues of technology firms (i.e. firms that develop and sell technology or firms whose business model is critically-enabled by technology).
  • A proven and active research agenda related to global business strategy related to management issues of technology firms.
  • A distinguished record of scholarly achievement as evidenced by high-impact publications in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals.
  • A distinguished record of effective teaching in related area(s) of expertise.
  • Experience in working with technology firms on their global business strategy.
  • An international reputation and a record of leadership roles on editorial boards, advisory boards, and in professional academic associations.
  • An ability and commitment to provide leadership that will contribute to the further development of research and teaching within the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics.
  • A capacity to enhance the profile and status of both the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises (LI) and the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics within the University by developing strong and active links with other disciplines and faculties within Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • An ability and commitment to engage in substantial research collaboration with industry partners.
  • A proven competence to generate significant research funding.
  • A recognized ability to lead research collaboration and foster a culture of inquiry, collegiality and creativity.
  • A proven track-record of attracting and supervising high-calibre doctoral students.

Principle duties and responsibilities:

  • Assume a leadership role in strengthening and profiling global business strategy research and education within the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics.
  • Work with the Research Director of the LI, Professor Nicole Coviello, to provide academic leadership in the development of a research stream dealing with global business strategy in the context of scaling technology enterprises.
  • Enhance the School’s profile through the publication of high-impact research, establishing collaborative research networks and promoting inter-disciplinary, inter-institutional and international research partnerships.
  • Contribute to the development of academic programs and courses reflecting the importance of global business strategy at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics.
  • Provide excellent teaching in undergraduate and graduate programs in the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics.
  • Provide research leadership and mentoring to colleagues, junior faculty and PhD students within and across disciplines.
  • Work with the Dean of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics to ensure the development and maintenance of a research-based culture within the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics.
  • Attract and supervise high-calibre doctoral students and funding for research.
  • Enhance the reputation of the Policy area, LI, and Lazaridis School of Business & Economics through high-level engagement with the business community and through the dissemination of knowledge to wide society, both nationally and internationally.

The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises was established in 2016 to help Canadian technology companies become globally competitive. LI has three mandates: 1) help firms reach their next level of growth through innovative new programs and a global network of expert mentors; 2) conduct insightful research to develop new knowledge about management as it relates to technology companies; and 3) create links between international research, management best practices and curriculum to directly benefit the students at Wilfrid Laurier University. For more information, please see: The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises.
The full description of the job opening can be found here: Lazaridis School Position 2017

International Business Review – Volume 26(4), 614–627

Beyond learning by experience: The use of alternative learning processes by incrementally and rapidly internationalizing SMEs

Juan M. Pellegrino; Rod B. McNaughton

  • How firms learn about foreign markets and internationalization processes is an important theme in the literature on SME internationalization, evidenced by the Uppsala model’s emphasis on experiential learning as an explanation for incremental internationalization, and attempts to explain how early and rapid internationalization can be facilitated by alternative modes of learning, especially congenital learning. Yet, the learning processes used, and the content and source of learning, have not been compared systematically, especially with respect to how these evolve as firms become increasingly internationalized. This paper reports the findings of a retrospective longitudinal analysis of the learning processes, sources and foci of four New Zealand-based SMEs that internationalized incrementally, and four that internationalized rapidly. The findings demonstrate that while experiential learning is important, both incrementally and rapidly internationalizing firms use other learning modes at different stages of their internationalization, and that there are differences in the content and source of learning. Thus, the relationship between internationalization and learning processes may be more complex than the literature currently suggests, inviting further exploration of the multiple ways that SMEs learn, and the contingent factors that might influence this.

International Business Review – Volume 26 (4), 652-665

Knowledge and internationalization of returnee entrepreneurial firms

Wensong Bai, Martin Johanson, Oscar Martín Martín

  • This study aims to answer whether and how returnee entrepreneurs’ international experience and returnee entrepreneurial firms’ international market knowledge influence these firms’ internationalization. Anchored in a framework combining an entrepreneurial and knowledge-based view, we develop a model and four hypotheses on the relations between returnee entrepreneurs’ international experience, international market knowledge, international market commitment, and level of internationalization of the returnee entrepreneurial firm. Empirical evidence of the proposed model is derived from a recent sample of Chinese returnee SMEs in knowledge-intensive and high-technology industries. The main finding is that returnee entrepreneurs’ international experience nurtures international market knowledge of returnee entrepreneurial firms, which in turn has a positive effect on these firms’ international market commitment and level of internationalization. In terms of theory, the study extends our understanding of returnee entrepreneurial firms by uncovering the role of returnee entrepreneurs’ international experience and returnee firms’ international market knowledge during their initial and early international expansion

International Business Review – Volume 26(4), 736–748

 Competing on the edge: Implications of network position for internationalizing small- and medium-sized enterprises

Denis Odlin; Maureen Benson-Rea

  • Three generic competitive strategies attributed to internationalizing SMEs of targeting niches, differentiating products and leveraging networks fail to adequately explain how SMEs win customers in other countries against both large and small competitors. This study distinguishes competitive strategy (how firms compete) from competitive advantage, and from competitive engagements where firms deploy their competitive advantages to win customers within business network relationships. By abductively reasoning from the competitive engagements entered into by the internationalizing SMEs from the Fleet Management Systems industry segment in New Zealand, we show that these firms often compete with foreign rivals by using their position on the edge of a business network to leverage information asymmetries across structural holes. We contribute by integrating this conception of internationalizing SME competitive strategy with the business network foundations of the Uppsala internationalization process model.

Technology Innovation Management Review (TIMR) – May 2017

  • The Special Issue on “Lean and Global” contains some interesting IE-oriented articles and can be found here.


The Rowan University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE) solicits proposals for an inaugural cohort of (virtual) Rowan Entrepreneurship Research Fellows (RERFs) for the ‘17-‘18 academic year. The RCIE is especially interested in fellows with interests in entrepreneurial mindset, competencies, cognition, and/or education (ie-scholars Editor’s note: scholars with international entrepreneurship research interests are also encouraged to apply).

About the Fellowship

The program is designed to facilitate new research partnerships between RCIE faculty and a global, interdisciplinary, network of emerging scholars. This is a virtual (not a residential) fellowship meaning it is completed from the fellow’s home or home institution and not on Rowan’s campus – fellows will collaborate with their Rowan faculty partner virtually. Each fellow will receive a $2,500 (USD) honorarium and access to RCIE’s research resources. Each fellowship is unique, so individual outcomes will vary based on the mutually agreed upon project scope. While the goal and outcomes of a RERF may vary, preference will be given to scholars interested in collaboratively pursuing peer reviewed research publications with Rowan’s entrepreneurship faculty.

Ideal RERFs Candidates

Doctoral students, doctoral candidates, or recent PhDs with an interest in working on a collaborative research project with a member of the RCIE faculty. Interdisciplinary collaboration is a core focus of the RCIE so scholars from all fields are encouraged to apply. Masters students who have completed or are near completion of a research-focused thesis and are applying to doctoral programs will also be considered.

How to Apply

To apply please complete our online application form:

About Rowan

Rowan is rapidly becoming one of the go-to places for entrepreneurship education teaching and research. It is a comprehensive state-designated research institution with approximately 16,000 students, offers two undergraduate degrees in entrepreneurship (B.S. in Entrepreneurship, B.S. in Engineering Entrepreneurship), and has a plethora of graduate entrepreneurship course opportunities. Rowan’s entrepreneurship faculty span disciplines and have diverse backgrounds and accomplished records of scholarship in entrepreneurship education. Detailed bios of each Rowan entrepreneurship faculty member, including their research interests and past work, can be found here:


Hosted by the ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, the XIII Iberian International Business Conference (IIBC 17) will take place 20–21 October 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference theme is  ‘International Business and the Rise of Protectionism: Opportunities and Challenges for Iberian Firms’ and “Small and medium-sized enterprises, born globals and international entrepreneurship’ is one among its 11 tracks.

Paper submission deadline: July 15, 2017

Click here for more information.

Nine ie-oriented papers were presented at the recent Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) that took place at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Founded by Babson College in 1981, BCERC is considered by many to be the premier entrepreneurship research conference in the world. The 2018 conference will take place in Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland, in June 6-9.  More information can be found here.

On the picture below (courtesy of ie-scholar, Mujtaba Ahsan) Daniel Clark is discussing his paper “International Opportunity Pursuit: The Role of Country Specific Experience” in one of the interactive sessions.



The recent Special Issue in the Technology Innovation Management Review (TIMR) on “Lean and Global” features several articles that may be of interest to ie-scholars. One of them is a thought-provoking interview of ie-scholar, Nicole Coviello, by Stoyan Tanev. A full text of the interview where Nicole shares her thoughts on a new research phase in the field of international entrepreneurship is available here.

The Management Department in the City University of Hong Kong is recruiting for multiple open rank positions for scholars with expertise in human resource management, strategic management, international management, or entrepreneurship.  Applicants with overlapping skill sets in these areas are particularly encouraged (ie-scholars Editor Note: candidates with IE background could be a good fit).


A PhD in Management or related disciplines.  Candidates should demonstrate the ability or potential to publish in top-tier management journals as well as excellence in the classroom.  Teaching experience at the postgraduate level is a plus.

Salary and Conditions of Service

Remuneration package will be driven by market competitiveness and individual performance.  Excellent fringe benefits include gratuity, leave, medical and dental schemes, and relocation assistance (where applicable).  Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract.

Application Process

Application materials should be sent directly to CityU human resources versus the Management Department. To apply, please submit an online application at, and include a current curriculum vitae.  Preliminary interview will be arranged with a departmental representative during the Academy of Management meeting in August 2017.

Application Deadline

Applications and nominations received before 31 October 2017 will receive full consideration.

About the City University of Hong Kong College of Business 

The College of Business is currently ranked number 28 in the UT-Dallas Worldwide Business School Rankings.  The university is ranked 4th among the world’s top 50 universities under the age of 50 in the Quacquarelli Symonds 2016 survey.  Based on these ranking, we are the number two business school in Asia for research.  CB faculty are also leaders in funded research projects sponsored by the Hong Kong government.  The College is accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS.

The Department of Management is one of six academic departments in the College of Business, and conducts teaching and research in the broad areas of management, including international business, strategic management, product innovation management, human resources management, business ethics, contemporary business communication, organizational behavior, organizational change and entrepreneurship.  The Department provides a vigorous and supportive environment that is conducive to the pursuit of excellent research and teaching.  Our Kowloon campus is conveniently placed in the heart of Hong Kong.  The working conditions and compensation are comparable with major research universities in the United States.  The College recently relocated into a new building, with state-of-the-art facilities.  Our faculty occupy leadership roles in many professional societies and scholarly journals, as well as in the College of Business.


The Graduate School of Management (GSM) at the University of Auckland invites applications for the position of Professor/Associate Professor, International Business, Graduate School of Management (GSM)

While all areas of expertise within IB will be considered, the focus is on internationalisation of SMEs, Asian business and global value chains. A full description of the position can be found here: Position Description University of Auckland.

Application deadline: 12 June 2017

International Business Review – Volume 26, 448–460

Born Globals—Is there fire behind the smoke?

 Eliane Choquette, Morten Rask, Davide Sala, Philipp Schröder

  • Are Born Globals really different from firms with other start-up histories? We address this question based on a unique longitudinal data set that tracks all Danish manufacturing start-ups founded between 1994 and 2008 (23,201 firms). This novel application of register data allows us to provide the first detailed account of Born Globals compared to proper control groups of other start-ups. Chiefly we investigate firm performance, which in turn permits interference on socioeconomic impact. We find that the occurrence of BGs is not specific to certain sectors, nor does their frequency change in light of rapid ICT progress. However, we find that Born Globals have significantly higher turnover and employment levels as well as job growth rates. Moreover, they show a considerably wider market reach, but little to no productivity advantage compared to firms with less or later internationalization. Thus, Born Globals are special in some but not all aspects.

International Business Review – Volume 26, 527-543

Marketing capabilities, positional advantage, and performance of born global firms: Contingent effect of ambidextrous innovation

 Silvia L. Martin,   Rajshekhar G. Javalgi, Erin Cavusgil

  • Research on international entrepreneurship field is still in its infancy, where innovation is particularly emphasized in the pursuit of opportunities. The literature exhibits considerable gaps related to how newly born international firms, known as born globals, can overcome their asset-constrained conditions to enhance performance. In this regard, numerous scholars have proposed controversial arguments, such as that born global should leverage the highest levels of innovation for superior performance. However, innovation is asset-consuming and born global firms are asset-constrained. Drawing from the competitive advantage theory, we develop and test an original framework exploring the role of a balanced innovation approach, the ambidextrous innovation of born global firms. Our study reveals how the moderation effect of ambidextrous innovation could strengthen the link between marketing capabilities and positional advantage. Also, our findings suggest that positional advantage has an important mediating role in the relationship between marketing capabilities and export venture performance. Likewise, positional advantage mediates the relationship between competitive strategy and export venture performance. Additionally, we propose that competitive strategy mediates the relationship between marketing capabilities and positional advantage. This study presents valuable managerial implications to monitor closely ambidextrous innovation as key decision-making input for performance enhancement of born global firms. The empirical context for the study is a sample of high-technology born global firms from Mexico—an important emerging market yet relatively understudied.

European Journal of International Management – Volume 11, 262-279

Cross-border entrepreneurship in a global world: a critical reconceptualisation

 Julie Emontspool, Per Servais

  • This article shows that international entrepreneurship and immigrant entrepreneurship increasingly intersect in a global world. Both research streams address cross-border entrepreneurial activity in parallel to each other. International entrepreneurship focuses on outgoing entrepreneurial activity, while immigrant entrepreneurship mainly considers incoming entrepreneurial activity. The article critically discusses such a dichotomy, highlighting how differentiating immigrant entrepreneurs and international entrepreneurs perpetuates orientalist assumptions about cross-border business activity. Focusing on entrepreneurship as a behaviour, the article proposes an alternative perspective to cross-border entrepreneurship, discussing cross-border opportunity identification and exploitation between an entrepreneur’s country of residence and a foreign country. This perspective provides a number of avenues for further research open for scholars in the field of entrepreneurship to investigate either alone or in collaboration with other disciplines.

European Journal of International Management – Volume 11, 365-382

International entrepreneurship of small firms and their export market performance

 Aytug Sozuer, Gultekin Altuntas, Fatih Semercioz

  • This study investigates small firms’ international entrepreneurship as a predictor of their export market performance in an emerging country context. Built on resource-based view and prior empirical work, the research proposes that international entrepreneurship, as an organisational culture and a distinct competence, positively relates to export performance of small firms. Evidence from a cross-sectional survey of 326 firms in Turkey reveals product and customer focus can potentially explain foreign market success. The findings also encourage authors to speculate on a higher-order construct and coin ‘new offer orientation’, which is composed of innovation propensity, market orientation, and employee motivation directed to international markets. Moreover, it is inferred that risk assessment and business networking across borders can be complicated for small firms within the scope of this research

The annual conference of the Academy of International Business US Southeast (AIBSE)  will take place October 26-28, in Washington D.C. The conference has a track for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Born Globals (chaired by Amit Arora, Savannah State University, and  Kaveh Moghaddam, University of Houston – Victoria).

Paper Submission Deadline:  June 15, 2017

For a full call for papers can be found here: 2017-CFP-AIBSE-April

See a new method article that may be of interest.

Kahiya E.T. (2017). Discriminant analysis in export research: An imperative for methodological rigor. Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, 29(1), 145-170.

Visit also a collection of methods-related cites in the Best Practices for IE Research section.

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The 48th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute will take place in November 18 – 20, 2017, in Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C. The Entrepreneurship Track welcomes papers on international entrepreneurship.

Full Paper Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017

Abstract, Workshop, & Panel Proposal Deadline: May 30, 2017

For more information:

Contextualizing Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies and Developing Countries

Edited by Marcela Ramírez Pasillas, Ethel Brundin, Magdalena Markowska

This book highlights top-down and bottom-up initiatives as well as driving forces for entrepreneurial activities in emerging economies and developing countries, presenting the diversity, nuances and multiplicity of facets of relevant but unexplored contexts that we need in order to expand our dominant and traditional understandings of entrepreneurship

Journal of International Business Studies – online publication March 27, 2017

Beyond categorization: New directions for theory development about entrepreneurial internationalization

 Rebecca Reuber, Pavlos Dimitratos, Olli Kuivalainen

  • Categorizations emphasizing the earliness of internationalization have long been a cornerstone of international entrepreneurship research. Here we contend that the prominence of categories has not been commensurate with theory development associated with them. We draw on categorization theory to explain why earliness-based categories are persistent, and argue that a greater focus on notions related to opportunity can open new avenues of research about the entrepreneurial internationalization of business. We propose and discuss three directions for opportunity-based research on entrepreneurial internationalization, involving context, dynamics and variety.


Journal of International Business Studies – online publication March 21, 2017

A time-based process model of international entrepreneurial opportunity evaluation

Yanto Chandra

  • This article investigates two important research gaps in international business (IB): how entrepreneurs evaluate international entrepreneurial opportunities (IEOs) and the role of time in the evaluation process. Drawing on the literature on decision-making models and the philosophical foundation of opportunity, this study employs Gioia’s methodology and content analysis to examine how the founders of 15 early-internationalizing firms evaluated IEOs in the early- and late-stage of internationalization. The findings reveal that the interaction of time and three general rules of IEO evaluation that I coin ‘simple’, ‘revised’, and ‘complex’ influenced the entrepreneurs’ decisions. The findings show that the founders transitioned from simple to revised and to complex rules in the IEO evaluation process and that various contingent factors such as time pressure, resource availability, and type of stakeholders drove these transitions. The three general rules correspond to what I label as ‘opportunity actualization’, ‘revision’, and ‘development maximization’ processes, respectively. I propose a Time-based Process model that reconciles extant internationalization models’ (i.e., Process, Network, Economics, and Entrepreneurship) different explanations regarding why and how firms internationalize.


Journal of Business Venturing – Volume 32, 302–317

Commercialization strategy and internationalization outcomes in technology-based new ventures

 Noni Symeonidou, Johan Bruneel, Erkko Autio

  • Advances in business process outsourcing and open innovation practices have made the choice of technology commercialization strategy increasingly relevant for technology-based new ventures. We investigate effects of intellectual property (IP)-based, product-based, and hybrid (both product and IP) commercialization strategies on internationalization propensity and intensity in technology-based new ventures. We find that new ventures adopting a product-based commercialization strategy are less likely to internationalize than those with hybrid or IP-based strategies. In addition, new ventures using IP-based commercialization strategies exhibit higher international intensity after foreign market entry than those with hybrid and product-based strategies. These findings provide novel insights into the dependence on external resources associated with different types of commercialization strategy.


International Business Review –Volume 26, 225-238

The dynamics of experiential learning: Microprocesses and adaptation in a professional service INV

 Thorsten Bunz, Lucrezia Casulli, Marian V Jones, Andreas Bausch

  • In international new ventures (INVs), experiential learning happens in quick succession and across a wide number of diverse contexts. Yet, we lack an empirical understanding of the microprocesses through which INVs learn and adapt in their foreign expansion. Understanding those microprocesses is important because timely adaptation can save the venture time and resources, thus promoting sustainable growth. In this study, we investigate the dynamics of experiential learning and adaptation in the internationalisation process of an INV in the professional service sector. Findings from our study illustrate that the firm applies deliberate experiential learning by developing, revising, and finalising criteria for important dimensions in the international growth process, and adapts its internationalisation practices accordingly. We further show that deliberate experiential learning is predicated on an actively and closely monitored learning process, involving critical evaluation, adjustment of criteria, and acceptance of affordable mistakes, as opposed to learning by default.


International Business Review –Volume 26, 250-263

SME foreign market entry mode choice and foreign venture performance: The moderating effect of international experience and product adaptation

 Lina Hollender, Florian B. Zapkau, Christian Schwens

  • Firms’ foreign market entry mode choice attracts considerable research attention. However, the performance implications of this choice remain inconclusive, particularly in the context of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The present paper draws on the resource-based view (RBV) and develops a theoretical model specifically tailored to the context of SMEs in order to study the relationship between entry mode choice and foreign venture performance. Testing hypotheses on 133 German SMEs, we show that international experience as a resource and product adaptation as a capability improve the performance of non-equity entry modes by mitigating liabilities of smallness inherent to SMEs. We furthermore find empirical support for the joint moderating effect of international experience and product adaptation on the focal relation. Our findings contribute to the SME foreign market entry mode literature and have implications for practitioners and future research.


International Business Review –Volume 26, 288-302

Informal institutions and international entrepreneurship

 Etayankara Muralidharan, Saurav Pathak

  • This study examines the influence of three informal institutions, performance orientation, self-expression and social desirability, on the extent of internationalization by early stage entrepreneurial firms. We employed multi-level modeling techniques using 20,656 individual-level responses obtained from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) survey for 39 countries from 2001 to 2008, and supplementing with country-level data obtained from the World Values Survey (WVS) and the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) study. The results demonstrate that high performance orientation, high self-expression, and low social desirability of entrepreneurship in societies increase the extent of internationalization by early-stage entrepreneurial firms. The study promotes new theory and empirical findings on the relationship between informal institutions and entrepreneurial agency.


International Business Review –Volume 26, 365-379

Rapid multinationalization: Propositions for studying born micromultinationals

 Heini Vanninen, Olli Kuivalainen, Luciano Ciravegna

  • This study examines how so-called born micromultinationals multinationalize. Existing theoretical frameworks do not capture the multinationalization of young and small firms because of the literature gap separating studies on born globals and international new ventures from the research on multinational enterprises. However, firms go beyond accelerated internationalization and engage in accelerated multinationalization. Born micromultinationals invest and operate in multiple countries from, or soon after, their foundation. We argue that it is necessary to examine their smallness, newness and entrepreneurial nature, as suggested in the BG/INV literature, as well as to investigate why and how they invest abroad through the lenses of MNE theories. We discuss existing theories and examine them in the light of four case studies of Finnish born micromultinationals. Our results show that the organizational, locational and internalization approach and transaction costs economics for example, have explanatory power for the FDIs conducted by born micromultinationals. We suggest that the multinationalization process of born mMNEs consists of commitment decisions; reconfigurations of the value chain; and learning from, and creating and building trust with internal sources.


International Business Review –Volume 26, 380-390

When marketing and innovation interact: The case of born-global firms

Kalanit Efrat, Shaked Gilboa, Moshe Yonatany

  • Previous research on born-global firms (BGs) has emphasized their strong dependency on establishing a competitive positioning from the early days of their existence. While many researchers emphasized BGs’ innovativeness as a driver of their competitiveness, the capabilities underlying BGs’ innovativeness are still under-researched, specifically, marketing, and innovation-related capabilities. Based on a preliminary stage of in-depth interviews with senior managers, we identified three capabilities, market intelligence generation, marketing adaptability, and team cohesion, that underscore the interaction between innovation and marketing. We then performed a SEM analysis based on data collected from 127 BGs. Our findings indicate that marketing intelligence and team cohesion directly and positively impact BGs’ innovativeness. Marketing adaptability was found to be moderated by environmental conditions—economic development and technological development. When economic development is high, salesforce adaptability enhances BGs’ innovativeness, while product adaptability or communication adaptability decreases BGs’ innovativeness. When technological development is high, product adaptability enhances BGs’ innovativeness, while salesforce adaptability decreases BGs’ innovativeness.

Looking for instructors (outside of the U.S.) interested in involving their (English speaking) students in a cross-border collaborative project designed for an undergraduate level international entrepreneurship course. This would be a semester long project (August to December 2017).

Brief Description:

Students from each institution (one from the U.S. and one from outside the U.S.) would form small teams 4-6 students. Each team would be tasked to ideate and develop a prototype of a board game aimed at customers at the other country.  They would send the prototype to their “partner team” along with instructions in English.  Each team would then test the “partner” prototype locally. The partner teams would provide feedback to each other  with the focus on cultural differences and their impact on their product.  The product will then be redesigned to fit the local market needs and a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) would be sold to customers (using personal networks, Ebay, Craiglist, etc). Incorporating customer feedback, the individual teams would do a research to assess manufacturing options, shipping costs and feasibility of commercialization.

If you are interested please contact me at

The Chinese government has been reforming the Chinese education system for a few years now. According to some sources, a law has been passed requiring every university student to take at least one entrepreneurship and innovation class. This raises some interesting, if not controversial, questions:

Will this have a significant impact on entrepreneurial activity in China?

Will this have a significant impact on international entrepreneurship on the global scale?

How important is entrepreneurship education for international entrepreneurs?

What do you think?

The International Small Business Journal (ISBJ) is announcing a call for papers for Special Issue on:

International New Ventures and Their Post-Entry International Performance

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2017

Special Issue Editors:

Professor Kevin Ibeh, Birkbeck, University of London

Professor Marian Jones, University of Sheffield

Professor Ollie Kuivalainen, University of Manchester

For the full Call for Papers: CFP-International-New-Ventures_ISBJ 2017

Hosted by the Henley Business School, University of Reading, the 44th annual UK and Ireland Chapter of the AIB was held in conjunction with the 6th Reading IB Conference on April 6-8, 2017. There were numerous presentations and a number of sessions focusing on IE and SME internationalisation. Pavlos Dimitratos chaired a panel on ‘Micromultinationals – What can international business theories and concepts explain about their activities?’ which featured presentations from Ulf Andersson, Luciano Ciravegna, Jean-Francois Hennart, Olli Kuivalainen and Becky Reuber.

Pavlos Dimitratos  was elected to become a new chair of the United Kingdom and Ireland Chapter. Great to know that the strong chapter will be in ‘good hands’ of the IE-scholar!

On the photo below Igor Laine from Lappeenranta University of Technology is presenting his review paper focusing on ‘Institutions and entrepreneurial internationalisation’.

A doctoral student from the University of Magdeburg, Germany, seeking help from the ie-scholars community in gaining access to top management teams of INV/Born Global firms for the purpose of administering a questionnaire.

If you can assist, please contact Anastasiia Moskovets at



The University of Lancaster and the Entrepreneurship Studies Network ISBE SIG invite you to a new workshop taking place Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.

The theme of the workshop, which will include key note speeches, panel debates, and round table discussions, is Process, Practice and Context (IE-Scholars Editor Note: attendance by scholars with IE interest is encouraged).

Registration Deadline: Monday 10th April 2017

To register:  Contact Shuangfa Huang at

Attendance at this workshop is free of charge through the financial support of the University of Lancaster and the Entrepreneurship Studies Network ISBE SIG.

A doctoral student asking fellow ie-scholars for help in reaching  participants for her dissertation on Strategies of American SMEs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Looking for five business owners who have been operating in the UAE for at least 5 years for a 9-question interview. If you know of any leads, please contact Shelly Mosley at

Journal of Business Venturing – Volume 32, pg 131-144

Venturing into the unknown with strangers: Substitutes of relational embeddedness in cross-border partner selection in venture capital syndicates

 Miguel Meuleman, Mikko Jääskeläinen, Markku V.J. Maula, Mike Wright

  • Syndicating with prior partners through relationally embedded ties may be widespread, but not always optimal when investing across borders especially if few prior partners operate in the focal market. However, the substitutes of relational embeddedness for trust creation in cross-border partner selection are poorly understood. We develop and test a model of how relational embeddedness interacts with structural embeddedness and legal and normative institutions and how relational embeddedness and these three substitutes jointly affect cross-border partner selection in venture capital syndicates. We test the hypotheses in the context of cross-border venture capital syndication in 12 European countries. Our findings based on a case-control analysis suggest that although relational embeddedness is a key driver of future partnering, structural embeddedness and trust generating institutions such as high quality legal frameworks and industry associations facilitate cross-border partnering and diminish the need to rely on relationally embedded ties in cross-border partner selection.

European Business Review – Volume 29(2), pg 61-102.

Export barriers as liabilities: Near perfect substitutes.

Eldrede T. Kahiya

  • This study aims to use analogical reasoning to draw a conceptual link between liabilities in International Business (IB) and export barriers. Following a review of 130 articles on export barriers, the study develops and applies a “liabilities” metonymy to connect the source construct (liabilities in the IB) and target subject (export barriers).

International Journal of Emerging Markets – Volume 12, pg 108-124

Internationalization and performance of Indian born globals
Manish B. Ganvir and Neeraj Dwivedi

  • The purpose of this paper is threefold: first, to study internationalization-performance relationship of Indian born global (IBG) firms from multi-theoretical lens and establish the nature of this relationship; second, to highlight the role of foreign equity in moderating this relationship; and third, to establish the relevance of export intensity (EI) in determining these firms’ financial performance. In total, 411 IBG firms were identified based on born global (BG) definition and post-entry internationalization age requirement of this study. A balanced panel comprising of three years from 2010 to 2012 was analyzed using pooled panel and moderated multiple regression techniques. The authors empirically prove that though EI and financial performance are positively related at overall level, this relationship is curvilinear in nature. In presence of foreign equity this positive curvilinear relationship is moderated to inverted-U shape.


The School of Business and Law at the University of Agder in Norway invites applications for up to seven full-time fixed-term appointments in the PhD Program as PhD Research Fellows in International Management, including International Entrepreneurship. Remuneration is highly competitive.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017

For more information about the position:

New methods article that may be of interest.

Chabowski, B. R., Samiee, S., & Hult, G. M. (2017). Cross-national research and international business: An interdisciplinary path. International Business Review, 26(1), 89-101.

Please note that will be added to the collection of cites in the Best Practices for IE Research section.

Small Business Economics Journal announces a Call for Papers for a Special Issue on:

SMEs and Entrepreneurship in the era of Globalization: Reviews, Framework and Models

Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2017

Deadline for Papers: August 30, 2017

For the full Call for Papers: SBE SI-Full CfP

With the conference season upon us, the IE-scholars would like to see its members in action! Please send us your conference/events photos (or even videos) that could be used to post on our website. We have a lively, growing community (over 500 members strong) that truly spans the globe. Let the world see who we are!

If you have anything you’d like to share, contact Martina Musteen at:

The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) is delighted to announce its 2017 annual conference that will take place November 8-9th in Belfast. This year’s theme is Borders, Prosperity and Entrepreneurial Responses.

Abstract Submission Deadline:  March 31, 2017

There is an International Entrepreneurship Track which draws researchers from across the globe affording a variety of interesting international contexts of SME and enterprise research. Both working and full papers are welcome. For any queries, please contact

The full Call for Papers can be found here:

Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice – Online publication February 20, 2017

Slack, Innovation, and Export Intensity: Implications for Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Andreea N. Kiss, Stephanie Fernhaber and Patricia P. McDougall-Covin

  • Despite the acknowledged importance of resources to small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) internationalization, scholars have largely focused on the absolute level of resources rather than excess resources. Drawing on behavioral theory and literature on SME internationalization, we argue that SMEs intensify exports when pressured to find a way to survive at low levels of resource slack or when adequately prepared at high levels of slack. In contrast, moderate levels of slack result in a domestic focus by SMEs. We also suggest that for highly innovative SMEs, this pattern of effects changes. Analyses performed on a cross-country sample of 3,280 SMEs confirm our hypotheses.


Journal of Small Business ManagementOnline publication February 17, 2017

Born-Global SMEs, Performance, and Dynamic Absorptive Capacity: Evidence from Spanish Firms

M. Ángeles Rodríguez-Serrano and Enrique Martín-Armario

  • Interest has grown in explaining the positive performance of small businesses that internationalize from start up. In response to this question, we have empirically confirmed the relevant role played by dynamic absorption capacity in these firms and the influence of an entrepreneurial market-oriented culture, on the basis of the Dynamic Capabilities Approach, through a sample of 102 Spanish born-global SMEs. The success of these firms is determined by their ability to assimilate and to use knowledge in accordance with the demands of the market.


International Business Review – Volume 26, pg. 12-22

Small Italian wine producers’ internationalization: The role of network relationships in the emergence of late starters

Barbara Francioni, Tiia Vissak and Fabio Musso

  • This paper aims to examine how network relationships influenced the internationalization of small Italian wine producers characterized as late starters. It is based on four cases. It shows that foreign tourists helped these firms to expand internationally: they identified business opportunities, suggested firms to contact importers, contacted importers themselves to get access to the same wine in their home country or provided foreign market knowledge. Thus, small wine producers should pay more attention to attracting tourists and creating network relationship with them. Several other network relationships, for instance, with friends and relatives, Italian expatriates and other business partners, also advanced the case firms’ internationalization. Moreover, they were affected by lack of time and resources, language barriers and other factors. Thus, all these aspects also need managers’ attention. Furthermore, they should take a more strategic approach towards internationalization and understand that not all internationalization attempts succeed or result in continuous orders.


Journal of International Entrepreneurship – Published online February 10, 2017

The effect of sub-national institutions and international entrepreneurial capability on international performance of export-focused SMEs: Evidence from China and South Korea

Man Zhang, Qian Gao and Hyuk-Soo Cho

  • A number of recent studies have taken notice of the differences among sub-national institutions within the convoluted structures of Asian economies. The influence that the institutional environment exerts upon the performance of larger multi-national enterprises (MNEs) in Asian markets is well-documented; however, the relationship between sub-national institutions, international entrepreneurial capability (IEC), and international performance (IP) is a realm that has been less closely explored. This paper seeks to address that gap by assessing the effect of relevant sub-national institutions, namely, local government support, legal rules, government transparency, and government efficiency on the IEC of export-focused small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in two leading Asian economies. The researchers have devised and assessed a model that links sub-national institutions, their IEC and IP. To this end, data was collected from export-focused SMEs in two important emerging markets, China and South Korea. Three rounds of data collection resulted in 217 complete surveys. This paper discusses the analyzed data as well as the theoretical and managerial contributions of those findings.

Academy of International Business (AIB)  Southeast Chapter is excited to announce its 2017 annual conference that will take place October 26-29th in Washington, DC. The theme of the conference is:

Navigating (Anti)Globalism.

Paper Submission Deadline: June 15th, 2017

The full Call for Papers can be found here: 2017 CFP AIBSE February

Ie-scholars Editors Note: Amit Arora (Savannah State University) and Kaveh Moghaddam (University of Houston-Victoria) are chairing the Entrepreneurship, SMEs, and Born Global track.

International Studies of Management & Organization is inviting scholars to submit papers for a special issue focusing on:

Global Networks and Innovation in China

The issue aims to contribute to the literature on global network management, and innovation in emerging economies. Ie-scholars Editor Note: international entrepreneurship oriented papers are welcome.

Deadline: 28 February, 2017
The full Call for Papers can be found here: International Studies of Management & Org CFP for SI

Hurry and register for the 2017 California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (CEEC) which will feature two main sessions on IE research and pedagogy this year.

The San Diego State University CIBER  (Center for International Business Education and Research) has a limited number of fellowships to support ie-scholars’ attendance. For more information please contact Martina Musteen at

A teaser for a session on IE Research by Gary Knight can be found here: GaryKnight_CEEC

See two new methods articles that may be of interest.

Kingsley, A.F., Noordewier, T.G., Vanden Bergh, R.G. (2017). Overstating and understating interaction results in international business research. Journal of World Business, 52: 125-326.

Cortina, J. M., Aguinis, H., & DeShon, R. P. (2017). Twilight of dawn or of evening? A century of research methods in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Journal of Applied Psychology. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1037/apl0000163.

Please note that these are added to the collection of cites in the Best Practices for IE Research section.

The University of Colorado Denver (UCD) Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) is joining the Georgia State University CIBER in inviting you to participate in the June 1-4, 2017 International Business Pedagogy Workshops to be held in Atlanta, Georgia.

For ie-scholars, the International Entrepreneurship workshop will be of particular interest. Led by Patricia McDougall and Manuel Serapio, it is designed to assist faculty in gaining practical knowledge and skills for teaching international entrepreneurship classes as well as opportunities to network with faculty with similar interests.  More details about the workshop can be found here: 2017 FDIE Brochure

Application deadline for early bird admission is: April 30, 2017.

A limited number of faculty fellowships is available. The deadline for faculty fellowships is due April 15, 2017.

Information on fees and registration are at:

Journal of International Business Studies – Volume 47, Issue 9, 1135–1144

A note on the revisited Uppsala internationalization process model – the implications of business networks and entrepreneurship

Mats Forsgren

  • In their article from 2009, Johanson and Vahlne suggest a reformulation of the Uppsala internationalization process model by incorporating business network theory and entrepreneurship theory into the model. The present paper makes a critical examination of this reformulation. The overall conclusion is that several issues have to be addressed regarding the relationship between business networks and firms’ internationalization, the meaning of entrepreneurship as well as the possibility to combine business network theory and entrepreneurship theory in the Uppsala model before the full potential of such an incorporation can be realized.

Group & Organization Management – Volume 41, Issue 6, 786–822

Liabilities, Advantages, and Buffers of Newness: How Young Age Makes Internationalization Possible

Maija Renko, Sumit K. Kundu, Rodney Shrader, Alan L. Carsrud, Annaleena Parhankangas

  • This article presents a conceptual discussion and a theoretical framework explaining how the liabilities of newness, which are traditionally thought of as disadvantages that young companies face, contribute to early firm internationalization. Through a systematic analysis of the liabilities that international new ventures face, as well as the liabilities and the advantages that a young age provides, we are able to integrate findings from the existing body of diffuse research on newness and internationalization, and develop propositions for future empirical research. Based on previous liabilities of newness and foreignness research, our study provides a novel theoretical model that explains early internationalization over and beyond existing internationalization models.

National University of Ireland, Galway is proud to host the 21st McGill International Entrepreneurship (MIE) Conference from 30th August to 1stSeptember 2017.  The MIE conference is designed to bring together state-of-the art research from the fields of International Entrepreneurship, SMEs and International Business.

2017 Conference theme: Speed, Diversity & Complexity in International Entrepreneurship

Key Dates

Abstract submission and registration is now open

May 1st 2017 – Abstract submission deadline

June 5th 2017 – Feedback / Notification of acceptance

July 3rd 2017 – Submission deadline for full papers

Aug 30th– Sep 1st 2017 – Conference, NUI Galway, Ireland

Conference Website:

Conference Chair: Dr. Natasha Evers, Marketing Discipline, JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway, Ireland

Is anyone aware of master programs in (international) entrepreneurship that specifically focus on the creation and development of internationally-oriented ventures like born globals, born regionals, international new ventures (INVs) and alike?

If so, please contact:

Sasha Fuerst ( and  Martina Musteen (

The Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) announces a call for Special Issue on:

Applying and advancing internalization theory: Explaining the existence of the multinational enterprise in the 21st century

 The focus of this Special Issue is on the following two themes (ie-scholars Editor note: the former may be particularly relevant to IE research):

  1. Applying Internalization Theory to New Realities: Firms and Markets in the Contemporary Global Economy
  2. Advancing Internalization Theory by Rethinking its Foundations: Rationality, Learning, and Evolutionary Dynamics

Deadline for submission: June 1, 2017

Tentative publication date:   Summer 2018

Special Issue Editors:

For the full Call for Papers: CALL FOR PAPERS JIBS Jan 2017

PSB Paris School of Business is delighted to host the Workshop Entrepreneurship Research: Past, Present & Future from May 10th to May 12th 2017.

The evolution of entrepreneurship will be the core subject of this three-day meeting. Many world-renowned researchers (including Shaker Zahra and Leo Paul Dana and others) will take part in the event and will share their experience in this research field.

 Summary deadline: January 28, 2017

For more information: CFP-entrepreneurship-Paris-May-2017

The Journal of Teaching in International Business announces a Special Issue Call for papers on:

 International Entrepreneurship

Papers are invited for publication in this special issue of the Journal of Teaching in International Business (JTIB) published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis. JTIB is the premier scholarly journal in its field now in its 27th year of publication (JTIB home page, ).  Papers submitted for this SI should make significant contributions and provide fresh insights for the teaching of International Entrepreneurship, preferably based on empirical evidence. Topic areas (but not limited to) can include how entrepreneurship is taught around the world.  Specifically:

  1. To what extent research and case studies on entrepreneurship are brought into undergraduate, MBA, and PhD curriculum, and/or how effective this has been for the following topics:
    • entrepreneurial finance
    • entrepreneurship and innovation
    • crowdfunding
    • venture capital and private equity
    • cross border entrepreneurship
    • entrepreneurial opportunities
    • measuring entrepreneurship
    • country comparisons
    • microfinance
    • IPOs
    • culture and entrepreneurship
    • public policy and entrepreneurship
    • legal perspectives on entrepreneurship
    • corporate governance perspectives on entrepreneurship
    • gender and entrepreneurship
  2. To what extent student study abroad programs have enriched the international entrepreneurship education?
  3. What are some specific challenges entrepreneurs facing globally and how can we educate them better to prepare these challenges?

Submission Deadline: July 1st, 2017

Online Submission:

Special Issue Guess Editors:

Douglas Cumming (York University Schulich School of Business)

Feng Zhan (John Carroll University Boler School of Business)

About JTIB

JTIB instructs international business educators, curriculum developers, and institutions of higher education worldwide on methods and techniques for better teaching to ensure a global mindset and optimum, cost-effective learning in international business. JTIB seeks original, significant, scholarly, and applied articles that use empirical data and analysis to show the effectiveness of various approaches to teaching international business; enrich and make more effective the classroom presentations of teachers of international business; facilitate research endeavors of international business consultants, researchers, business education foundations, and institutions of higher learning.  Papers for this special issue should not have been published or submitted elsewhere for publication.


Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review (EBER) announces a Special Issue call for Papers:

International Entrepreneurship: New Perspectives in International Business Research

The concept of ‘international entrepreneurship’ (IE), as one can assume, was used for the first time in the doctoral dissertation of Tomas Otto Kohn in 1988 at Harvard. It is most probably that it was published for the first time in the work of J.F. Morrow in the same year. A year later, this notion appears in scientific publications by various authors, including P.P. McDougall , who together with B.M. Oviatt developed this theory in the following years. It can therefore be assumed that the current international entrepreneurship as an area of research is only 25-30 years old, although its intensive development occurred only in the first decade of the 21st century, that is, de facto, a few years ago. IE has been developing very intensively, however it must be admitted that, apart from some elements of this school, it is still quite promising field of research.

The special issue seeks papers that discuss and analyse:

  • international entrepreneurship as a new field of research,
  • international entrepreneurship vs. international business,
  • international entrepreneurship school vs. theory of internationalisation of firms
  • traditional versus rapid internationalisation of firms,
  • role of the entrepreneur in the process of internationalisation of firms,
  • internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs vs. LEs),
  • internationalisation of family businesses,
  • recognising and exploring international business opportunities,
  • entry modes and internationalisation patterns of firms,
  • international strategies of Central European small businesses (SMEs vs. LEs),
  • international competitiveness of Central European small businesses (SMEs vs. LEs),
  • internationalisation of Central European small businesses (SMEs vs. LEs),
  • int’l entrepreneurship vs. int’l management and int’l marketing.

Contributors are welcome to propose other topics that meet the objectives of this issue.

Submission deadline: March 15, 2017

Issue editor: Krzysztof Wach and Agnieszka Glodowska

Publication: September 2017

Online submission:

Journal of Small Business Management — Volume 55, Issue 1, 128-148

SME Networks and International Performance: Unveiling the Significance of Foreign Market Entry Mode

Maria-Cristina Stoian, Josep Rialp, Pavlos Dimitratos

  • This study investigates the relevance of interorganizational networks for the international performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in relation to the foreign market entry mode (FMEM) selected. We distinguish two groups of internationalized SMEs: exporting firms and micromultinational enterprises (mMNEs). Drawing on insights from the network theory, our study accounts for the role of intermediate outcomes (innovative behavior and foreign market knowledge). Structural equation modeling is conducted in a sample of U.K.-based internationalized SMEs. Our findings suggest that interorganizational networks have an indirect influence on international performance but differences are found among the two groups of internationalized SMEs.


Journal of International Management – Volume 22, Issue 4, 365-379

Does Gender Matter in the Export Performance of International New Ventures? Mediation Effects of Firm-specific and Country-specific Advantages

In Hyeock Lee, Yongsun Paik, Ugur Uygur

  • Based on a sample of 4240 Korean firms, this study explores the relationship between owner gender and export performance of international new ventures (INVs) by investigating four mediating mechanisms: venture capital financing, upstream firm-specific advantages, downstream firm-specific advantages, and country-specific advantages. Our empirical findings are threefold: (1) female-owned ventures are disadvantageous in obtaining access to venture capital, but venture capital financing is not positively associated with their export performance; (2) male-owned ventures achieve better export performance through superior innovation and marketing capabilities (i.e., mediation effects) than their female-owned counterparts; (3) while gender is not associated with the home-region destination of exports, the country destination of exports within the Asia-Pacific region positively affects INVs’ export performance.


Technovation – Volume 57-58, 47-57.

The impact of opportunity connectedness on innovation in SMEs’ foreign-market relationships.

Emilia Roviera Nordman, Daniel Tolstoy

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) use of business networks has grown significantly during the last decades, partly due to increasingly complex innovation processes. This article investigates how different kinds of networks, depending on location, contextualize innovation in specific foreign market business relationships. Building on internationalization, network, and innovation research we develop a model that views opportunity connectedness in specific host-markets, home-markets, and other international markets as prerequisites to innovative collaboration and innovation outcomes in foreign business relationships. The results of our linear structural relations (LISREL) analysis of Swedish SMEs provide empirical evidence that the effect of opportunity connectedness on innovation outcomes in foreign business relationships is mediated by the level of innovative collaboration. These results indicate that SMEs need a relatively higher level of innovative collaboration in their partnerships with foreign market customers to convert opportunities conceived in home- and international- market networks into innovative outcomes in comparison to opportunities conceived in host-market networks. This finding implies that as opportunities become increasingly contextually remote, the importance of collaborative business relationships increases. By showing these results, the study contributes to research in the international small-business domain that seeks to identify important prerequisites of SME innovation.

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Journal of International Entrepreneurship – Volume 14, Issue 4, 483-512

Functional and contextual dimensions of INVs’ alliance partner selection

Nancy Haskell, Sophie Veilleux, Donald Béliveau

  • Prior research on the selection of international alliance partners calls for investigation of the potential specificity of selection criteria for evaluating partners for alliances with different objectives or functions. The present study responds to this need and contributes to the development of the field of international entrepreneurship by examining the relation between the alliance function and the criteria chosen. We studied three alliance functions: R&D, production, and marketing. Second, for each alliance function, we analyzed the criteria selected within two contexts: developing countries and those that consider emerging markets in their partner choice set. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with 25 executives from international new ventures (INVs) in two major North American biotechnology clusters, representing 239 alliances; 65.7 % of these were signed with international partners. Results indicate that, aside from compatibility/complementarity of resources (R&D and production alliances), all criteria used within a single function are unique to that function. Furthermore, these criteria differ somewhat when the potential partners considered by a firm include those from both emerging and developed markets, compared with firms that limit potential partners to those in developed market contexts. Finally, the study reveals that respondent firms integrate country, industry, and market attractiveness factors with partner selection criteria for marketing alliances. This suggests that, for many firms, market choice and partner selection are not successive steps. The study’s originality lies in its focus on the relationship between alliance function and partner selection criteria used by INVs as well as within different contexts.

Don’t be fooled by the name! The third annual California Educators Conference , which will take place March 9-11, 2017, in the beautiful San Diego State University campus, is not only for entrepreneurship educators from California but has been attracting scholars from around the world!

While emphasizing the “E” of  IE, the highly interactive, fast paced event will feature at least two IE-related events.  Gary Knight from Willamette University will be leading a workshop on IE research while Martina Musteen (SDSU) and Dante DiGregorio (Cal State Monterey Bay) will be presenting a session on IE pedagogy.

Click here for more information and registration:

Two new titles from World Scientific that may be of particular interest to those studying or teaching comparative entrepreneurship:

Entrepreneurship in Western Europe: A Contextual Perspective (by Léo-Paul Dana) looks to explain how different local contexts can yield radically different entrepreneurial scenarios across Europe. Over 20 countries are examined in detail, with a comprehensive history of the evolution of entrepreneurship in these countries and across Europe. The book concludes with a look at the future implications of current policy on entrepreneurship. Richly illustrated, this book is perfect for undergraduate students or anyone with an interest in the business practices, economics or public policy of Europe. ISBN: 978-1-78326-793-4 (hardcover)

Angels Without Borders: Trends and Policies Shaping Angel Investment Worldwide, (edited by John May and  Manhong Mannie Liu) draws on chapter contributors from more than two dozen nations and is the only book on the market to examine angel investment from a global perspective. It is a very useful reference for anyone who is interested in learning about the angel investment movement. ISBN: 978-981-4733-05-2 (hardcover)

The 42nd Annual Conference  of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) and the Institute for International Business (IIB) concluded this past weekend in Vienna, Austria.  Themed “Liabilities of Foreignness vs Diversity: Conflict or Complement?”, the conference attracted a number of IE scholars. Indeed, the “Internationalisation Process, SMEs and Entrepreneurship” track included a number of IE-oriented sessions and panels. IE scholars presented over 40 papers in competitive, interactive, and poster sessions. Not bad!

The Internationalization of African Firms: Nature, Drivers, Outcomes and Boundary Conditions

The special issue welcomes studies that examine international business activities of African firms of all sizes (including micro, small and large multinational enterprises) and ownership forms (e.g., state-owned, privately-owned, private-public partnership enterprises). Thus, could be relevant to IE scholars.

Submission Deadline: December 30, 2016

Both conceptual and empirical (quantitative, qualitative or mixed method) papers that address the following research questions or topics will be considered:

  1. Do African firms exhibit unique internationalization behaviors that can help extend extant IB theory?
  2. What are the motivations for, and outcomes of, Africa-to-Africa internationalization strategy?
  3. Do similar-aged African multinationals internationalize in the same manner as other emerging market or developed economy multinationals?
  4. Do African foreign direct investors emphasize different factors than non-African investors in deciding if and how to invest in Africa?
  5. Do African multi-continental and global players emphasize different factors when investing in Africa than non-African countries?
  6. What are ownership advantages in the context of intra-African Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)? How can internationalizing African firms help broaden the concept of ownership advantages?
  7. How do the springboard and linkage-leverage-learning perspectives apply to internationalizing African firms?
  8. To what extent do colonial heritage influence location decisions of internationalizing African firms? Do regional economic blocs (e.g. Economic Community of West African States) and trade agreements play a role in the international location decisions of internationalizing African firms?
  9. What kinds of resources and capabilities do African firms need to internationalize rapidly?
  10. To what extent can managerial network ties help or hurt internationalization of African firms?
  11. Do rapidly internationalizing African firms perform better than their counterparts that follow a more gradual process of internationalization?
  12. How do institutional conditions in African markets help African firms penetrate and grow in foreign markets with similar conditions?
  13. How do industry-, country-, sub-regional-, regional-specific or firm-specific factors condition the international performance effects of international strategies of African firms?
  14. What role does stakeholder engagement play in the internationalization of African firms?
  15. Can international companies operating in African markets enhance their performance by being good corporate citizens? Does commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability initiatives translate into positive financial results in Africa? What factors moderate the impact of CSR and sustainability strategies on performance for internationalizing African firms?

Guest Co-Editors:

Dr. Nathaniel Boso, University of Leeds,

UK Prof. Kevin Ibeh, Birkbeck University of London,

UK Prof. Amon Chizema, University of Birmingham, UK

Dr. Ifedapo Adeleye, Lagos Business School, Nigeria





Welcoming submissions in the IE area, the 44th AIB (UK&I) & 6th Reading IB Conference will take place between 6 and 8 April, 2017, in Reading, UK.

Main Conference Submission Application Deadline: December 9, 2016

Doctoral Colloquium and Panel Proposals Deadline: January 24, 2017

More information can be found here: AIB-UKI_Reading_Conference_2017

International Business Review — Volume 25, Issue 6, 1211–1222

SME internationalization: How does the opportunity-based international entrepreneurial culture matter?

Pavlos Dimitratos, Jeffrey E. Johnson, Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki, Stephen Young

  • We employ the opportunity-based international entrepreneurial culture (IEC) comprehensive notion that draws upon the opportunity-based view (OBV). The OBV supports the idea that entrepreneurs mold the organizational behavior and characteristics of their firms to pursue opportunities abroad. We set out to explore possible attitudinal differences as regards exploitation of opportunities within firms in each of three internationalization dimensions that are previously identified in the literature, notably time to internationalization, country market presence and international mode. We perform eighteen case studies on high-performing internationalized small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in knowledge intensive sectors. The evidence refines the OBV as it manifests how three IEC characteristics (namely risk attitude, market orientation and networking propensity) matter for firms in the three internationalization dimensions. The study further adds to the international entrepreneurship literature that has until now myopically focused on international new ventures as if they were the sole opportunity-driven group of internationalized SMEs.

Journal of Small Business and Management — Volume 54, Issue S1, 90-112

Entrepreneurial Orientation and International New Entry: The Moderating Role of Autonomy and Structures in Subsidiaries

Henri Hakala, Charlotta Sirén, Joakim Wincent

  • We study how the entrepreneurial orientation (EO) of subsidiaries influences international initiatives—new entries originating from a subsidiary that go beyond the local environment of the subsidiary. Building on structural contingency theory, we expect to find that the effect of EO is contingent on the structural conditions of decision-making autonomy and the subsidiary decision-making structure. Our results from 294 subsidiaries confirm that decision-making autonomy and internal structures are important boundary conditions delimiting the effectiveness of EO in terms of international new entry. Although autonomy is highly important for international new entries, when it is restricted, formal rather than organic structures benefit new-entry initiatives.

The issue of ruling out alternative explanation is relevant to IE scholars engaged in empirical work whether qualitative or quantitative. Partially, this is due to the fact that few replication studies are published in the IE area (as is true of the broader IB and ENT field). This recent JIBS editorial may be therefore of interest to those seeking to ensure that their findings are “worthy of confidence”.

Cuervo-Cazurra, A., Andersson, U., Brannen, M., Nielsen, B., & Rebecca Reuber, A. (2016). From the Editors: Can I trust your findings? Ruling out alternative explanations in international business research. Journal Of International Business Studies, 47(8), 881-897. doi:10.1057/s41267-016-0005-4

The SMS Banff 2017 Special Conference on Transforming Entrepreneurial Thinking into Dynamic Capabilities will take place June 2-4, 2017.  Doctoral Workshop will precede this conference.  It will take place on Friday June 2, 2017, at the Rimrock Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada. ( Editor Note: IE oriented submissions/applications are encouraged and welcome)

Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

PhD Workshop Co-Chairs

Yasemin Kor, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Becky Reuber, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Confirmed PhD Workshop Faculty Mentors

Xavier Martin, Tilburg University

Torben Pedersen, Bocconi University

Zeki Simsek, Clemson University

Shaker Zahra, University of Minnesota

More information can be found here: sms-special-conference-banff-doctoral-workshop-cfa

2017 Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business, US-West Chapter will be held in San Jose, California on February 23-25, 2017.

The theme of the conference:

The Role of Technology and Innovation in International Business

 Submission deadline: November 15, 2016

For more details see here:  aib-us-west-cfp

We are pleased to report that has now successfully transitioned to San Diego State University (SDSU)!  We are excited about this move and thank Nicole Coviello, the previous champion for her help with the transition and continued support.  We have big shoes to fill!

Administered by Martina Musteen, Professor of International Entrepreneurship and Faculty Director of SDSU CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research), will be housed in the newly named Fowler College of Business Administration.  We hope SDSU, with its nationally recognized programs in entrepreneurship and international business and CIBER team dedicated to promoting international entrepreneurship research and pedagogy, will become a natural home for the ie-scholars community.

Critical Perspectives on International Business announces a Special Issue Call for Papers:

“Critical Perspectives on International Business in Africa”

Submission process and deadlines:

Submissions should follow the author guidelines for critical perspectives on international business which can be found at:

The submission deadline is 30th November, 2016, with initial reviewing to be completed by 1st March, 2017, revisions due by 30th June 2017, final decisions by 31st August, 2017, and anticipated publication in 2018.

Submissions should be via the Scholar One Manuscripts online submission system (  Enquiries about the special issue should be directed to the special issue guest editors:

Dr Richard B. Nyuur (

Dr Roseline Wanjiru (

Dr Joseph Amankwah-Amoah (

Dr Simeon E. Ifere ( Editor’s Note:  submissions with the international entrepreneurship theme are encouraged and welcome

More information about the Special Issue can be found here: critical-perspectives-on-international-business-in-africa

China Business Studies Initiative (CBSI), University of San Francisco, School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Peking University and Department of International Science and Technology Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology of China are inviting academic papers, case studies, and practitioner perspectives for the 2nd CBSI International Conference taking place in May 17-19, 2017, in Beijing, China.

Conference Theme: China Innovation and Global Integration: Silicon Valley and Beyond

Submission Deadline: January 25, 2017

Notice of Acceptance: February 25, 2017

Early Bird Registration: March 10, 2017

Topics of special interest:

  • Innovation by Chinese multinationals inside & outside of China
  • Venture capital/angel investments from China & towards China
  • China’s “Mass entrepreneurship and innovation” strategy
  • China’s “One Belt One Road” strategy & global economy
  • Technology transfers and reverse knowledge transfer between Chinese multinationals and the host country
  • M&A of Chinese firms in the foreign market: challenges and opportunities
  • Challenges of global integration: cultural, institutional, regulatory and legal issues.
  • Image: managing skepticism toward China’s innovation
  • Politics: managing conflicts and relationships with local and national governmental entities
  • Adapting managerial practices to the overseas market
  • Marketing Chinese brands across the globe
  • CSR philosophy and practices and community engagement performance in Chinese multinationals
  • Human Resources: Recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining overseas talent in Chinese multinationals
  • Cross-cultural differences between China and other parts of the world
  • Organizational Behavior and innovation within the Chinese context
  • The social and psychological dynamics of Chinese entrepreneurship
  • Understanding individual and organizational constraints of employee creativity in China
  • Chinese overseas investment in real estates & hotels and Chinese tourists
  • Chinese innovation/integration in Global energy and sustainability practices
  • Other related topics Editor’s Note:  Submissions with international entrepreneurship themes are encouraged and welcome

Participation & Submission Guidelines:

For scholars, the conference aims to provide an opportunity to present research, connect with practitioners, and identify questions concerning practitioners. Case study submissions should include a 2~3-page abstract on case triangle (Theory, Context and Business Situation, and Learning Objectives). Participants with complete case studies and teaching notes will have the opportunity to have their work recommended to publishers, such as Ivey Publishing. Academic paper submissions should follow the style guide of Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) for general formatting and include a 2~3-page extended abstract with the following components (where applicable):

  • Purpose
  • Design/methodology/approach
  • Findings
  • Research limitations/implications
  • Practical implications (every abstract is expected to include a minimum of a half page of this component)
  • Originality/value

For practitioners, the conference aims to provide an opportunity to present concerns and questions on China Innovation & Global Integration, to share the best practices, and to access knowledge found in academic research. Practitioner submissions are encouraged, but not required, to follow the standard academic format. (A brief one-page summary of questions, concerns, and/or best practices should suffice.)

Best Paper Awards & Publication Opportunities:

All accepted submissions will be included in the conference proceedings, unless advised otherwise. The Best Paper Award will be presented to the individual(s) judged by the conference committee at the end of the conference. Authors who wish to have their papers considered for the best paper award should submit full papers following the JIBS guidelines by the submission date. The conference is partnering with an international journal to compile a special issue reflecting the theme of the conference. The author(s) of articles presented will be invited to submit their work to the special issue. The author(s) of cases presented will be invited to have their work submitted to Ivey Publishing.

Abstracts and panel proposals should be submitted to:

For additional information and questions, please visit the or email


Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice — Volume 40, Issue 6, 1269–1282

An Assemblage-Theoretic Perspective on the Internationalization Processes of Family Firms

A. Rebecca Reuber

  • Much scholarly attention has been paid to the internationalization of family firms. In this paper, I contend that our knowledge remains limited because of a dominant focus on decision making. I problematize this dominant focus in the literature, propose assemblage theory as a new lens through which to examine family business internationalization, and draw attention to new research questions constructed around the conceptualization of internationalization as a destabilizing influence on family firm logics and routines. In doing so, I pay particular attention to processes associated with internationalization triggers, geographic distance, cultural differences and the family firm as an unfamiliar market actor, and to temporal considerations associated with these processes.

British Journal of Management – 2016, Volume 27, Issue 4, 687–692.

International Business and Entrepreneurship Implications of Brexit

Douglas J. Cumming and Shaker A. Zahra

  • This paper provides an overview of the international business and entrepreneurship implications of Brexit. Our perspective is preliminary and based on a review of the practitioner, policy and academic literature over the first month following the Brexit vote. We highlight some of the potentially negative consequences for markets in the UK and around the world that result from barriers to trade and immigration associated with the uncertainty created by Brexit.

 Competitiveness Review – 2016,  Volume 26, Issue 5, 517-536.

Have we made it? Investigating value-creating strategies in early internationalizing ventures

Romeo V. Turcan and Anita Juho

  • The extant research on early internationalizing ventures focuses primarily on these ventures’ start-up phase or their initial internationalization. Scarce attention is paid to how these ventures grow, if at all, beyond their start-up phase or initial internationalization phase. This paper aims to explore how international new ventures transition from the internationalizing phase to the phase of being international, and whether they actually made it to that phase. Understanding whether and how these ventures reach their “made-it” point would contribute to our understanding of how early internationalization affects a venture’s survival and growth. In this, the authors draw on the dynamic capability theory of the firm. Given the scarcity of theoretical understanding and empirical evidence in this substantive area of research, the authors adopted a multiple case study methodology for the purpose of theory building. Following an intensity sampling strategy, they purposefully selected information-rich, but not extreme two-case companies. The authors initially collected unobtrusive data in the form of running records and mass-media news reports from the inception of the case companies. They then conducted in-depth interviews with key decision makers of the case companies, namely, their co-founders and CEOs. Critical incident technique guidelines for data analysis were employed. Grounded in data, the following constructs emerged related to value creation: strategic experimentation, gestalt tensions and legitimacy lies. Entrepreneurs experiment with and reconfigure their venture at several levels: goal (vision), decision (strategic) and behavioral (tactical) levels of the organizational gestalt to reach a threshold level of practiced activity. Entrepreneurs’ strategic experimentation efforts are fueled by tensions that exist at these three levels of the organizational gestalt. During this experimentation process, entrepreneurs may tell legitimacy lies to legitimate their ventures in the eyes of their stakeholders.

Call for papers for Special Issue:  International Marketing Review

 International Entrepreneurship in the Contemporary Multi Speed Global Economy

 International entrepreneurial firms, in their various manifestations as born global (BG) firms, international new ventures (INVs), rapidly internationalizing firms, micro multinationals and similar, have contributed significantly to global economic growth over the past few decades. They do so by deploying innovative strategies to explore and effectuate opportunities in national and international markets (Kalinic, Sarasvathy & Forza, 2014), and by disrupting the dynamics of competition in various industries (Sundqvist, Kyläheiko, Kuivalainen & Cadogan, 2012). Their role is likely to be even more crucial as the contemporary multi-speed global economy (i.e. the post-financial crisis world of markedly diverging economic growth outcomes) continues to offer a kaleidoscope of opportunity-risk profiles across countries and sectors (El Erin, 2014; Reuters, 2014; Spicer and Singh, 2015).

Although the past two decades of research have generated a significant stock of knowledge and literature base on the international entrepreneurship phenomenon, including influential winners of the prestigious Journal of International Business Studies’ article of the Decade award (e.g. Oviatt and McDougall, 1994; Knight and Cavusgil, 2004), relatively little is known about how international entrepreneurial firms leverage international marketing knowledge in ‘the discovery, evaluation, enactment, and exploitation of opportunities across national borders’ (Oviatt & McDougall 2005, p. 540). Not enough also is known in respect of how these firms develop their respective international marketing strategy (Aspelund, Madsen, and Moen, 2007) and manage customer and brand relationships, and marketing mix elements in overseas markets. This relative neglect of the marketing underpinnings of international entrepreneurship (Styles & Seymour, 2006; Aspelund, Madsen, and Moen, 2007; Zou, Xu and Shi, 2015) is surprising given the well-established marketing-entrepreneurship nexus (Carson et al., 1995; Gilmore et al., 2013).

The purpose of this special issue is to avail researchers of a platform to share important insights on how resource-constrained international entrepreneurial firms leverage international marketing knowledge and strategies to identify, evaluate, enact, and take advantage of growth opportunities, while mitigating risks in the highly competitive, multi speed global markets. A related aim is to improve understanding of how international entrepreneurial firms utilize overseas opportunities in marketing their way out of recessionary pressures in growth-challenged domestic markets and achieving growth in third markets.

The guest editors will welcome rigorous contributions, including conceptual and theoretical papers, state-of-the-art reviews, empirical studies, and insightful case studies, which address the above-mentioned aims or respond to the following or proximate questions:

  • How do international entrepreneurs capitalise upon their knowledge of buyer behaviour and market conditions in contemporary international markets, including variations thereof, to create, co-create and exchange value internationally?
  • How might extant theories and theory building at the interface of marketing and international entrepreneurship further illuminate the behaviour of individual consumers world-wide?
  • How can inter-organisational and interpersonal collaborations, including alliances, value chains, networks and associated social capital, be leveraged for greater value creation and customer satisfaction in international markets?
  • How do international entrepreneurial firms formulate and implement marketing strategies for enhanced performance in contemporary international markets?
  • What core trade-offs, if any, do international entrepreneurial firms need to consider when developing their marketing strategy? What contextual variables, for example, may influence the most appropriate managerial orientation?
  • How and why do the nature and configuration of marketing capabilities and strategies shift as INVs and BG firms develop and grow? What impact has this shift on performance?
  • What role do dynamic marketing capabilities play in enabling international entrepreneurial firms to achieve evolutionary fitness?
  • How are insights from established marketing concepts such as customer orientation, segmentation, targeting and positioning, product-service innovation being leveraged to enhance growth and performance outcomes among international entrepreneurial firms?
  • How do international entrepreneurial firms select entry modes? Which market entry modes, including digital channels, have been preponderantly favoured? Why and what are the boundary conditions? To what extent do they learn from suboptimal entry mode choices or replicate past mode choices?
  • How do the Internet-enabled experiences of entrepreneurial founders impact their firms’ orientation, strategy, capabilities and performance during internationalization? How do they impact the organizational form?
  • What do we know about the marketing activities of the so-called born-to-flip companies, i.e. start-ups essentially created for acquisition or venture capital attraction?
  • What major marketing challenges do international entrepreneurial firms face in contemporary international markets, e.g. in building brands and ensuring consistent brand image and positioning across overseas markets or mitigating severe service recovery in developing versus advanced economies? Do particular types of international entrepreneurs experience these challenges more acutely than others? How might these be systematically addressed?
  • How do institutional environments influence the ability of international entrepreneurial firms to create value at the national, international, and global levels?
  • What contribution might a marketing mindset, marketing capabilities, and marketing knowledge make toward addressing some of the world’s major socio-economic challenges, including poverty alleviation, sustainability, and geo-political tensions?
  • What lessons might be learnt from international entrepreneurial firms operating in ‘fragile’ economies or bottom-of-the-pyramid markets?
  • How are local policies impacting entrepreneurial marketing strategies at local and global levels?
  • How could internationally- and marketing-oriented entrepreneurial firms deal with policy and contextual differences world-wide?
  • How might advocacy advertising and corporate communications be integrated into entrepreneurial marketing to combat adverse contextual settings?
  • What are the current and emerging methodological challenges that need to be addressed to advance knowledge at the interface between international entrepreneurship and marketing?
  • How would the concept of co-creation be successfully operationalised in diverse international markets?
  • What new methods are required, and what techniques can be used, to uncover true relationships between incipient opportunities and exploitation, and to minimize invalid conclusions?

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017

For specific questions about this special thematic issue, contact one of the guest editors:

Kevin Ibeh (,uk)

David Crick (

Hamid Etemad (

Expected publication: 2018

Call for Papers for Special Issue:   Journal of East-West Business

 Internationalization of Russian economy and firms: inward and outward perspective

Volume 1. Strategy and operations of foreign firms in Russia

Volume 2. Internationalization process of Russian firms

 (ie-scholars Editor’s Note: the scope of the SI includes studies on small firms and thus can be relevant to IE scholars)

Internationalization of emerging markets is not brand new phenomenon, with many economies (such as Brazil, India, Kazakhstan, Poland, South Korea and many others)  being successfully integrated in the global business environment. The economic development in these countries is based on the intensive presence of foreign companies in these countries markets, and also strongly affected by international trade and investment projects of firms from these economies.

Russia, in contrast with these countries, is late-internationalizer, due to the delayed economic development and political constrains remaining from the time of the Soviet Union. As a consequence, western firms first established their operations in the markets of Eastern Europe, bringing capitals and technologies and investing in the infrastructure and institutions, which led to the more advanced economic position of many east-European economies compared to Russia (Filippov & Duysters2011).

The internationalization record of Russia is also characterised by the limited amount of Russian multinational enterprises (MNEs), outward foreign direct investments (OFDI) targeting mostly tax havens, weak knowledge base of Russian firms with international operations, and modest advantages of Russian MNEs over their global counterparts. Nevertheless, the interest of foreign investors in Russia has always been high. The immediate reaction of Western firms to the fall of the communism resulted in a waterfall of investment and trade projects from Europe and the USA to Russia (Wright et al. 2002). After the stabilization of the investment climate, in the early 2000s, global companies further increased not only amount but also the scale of their investment projects, with several ‘mega-deals’ in the energy sector. Even facing obstacles such as global financial crisis in 2008 and sanctions in 2014, the interest of western enterprises in Russia remained relatively high (WIR 2016).

Recent developments of the Russian economy and institutions have also initiated a new wave of outward investments from Russia and increased the international involvement of Russian firms. This became even more evident with the increased support by the Russian government of various cooperative incentives, e.g., between Russian and Chinese enterprises (Panibratov 2016).

In addition, many traditional patterns of Russia’s internationalization have changed. Being historically based on the exploration and trade in the area of natural resources (from agriculture to petroleum), today international achievements of Russian firms, as well as their ability to overcome liability of foreignness, are more and more explained with the ability to rely on technologies and know-how (Panibratov 2015), and knowledge-based competencies of these firms including human capital development and harvesting of talents (Latukha 2015).

Although the combination of financial and political resources with local approaches to business development is discussed in the context of other emerging economies (Ramamurti 2009), Russian firms create their own, often unique business models, based on the various government attitudes towards Russian firms (Panibratov 2012). This is, in general, more applicable to the large enterprises in strategically important sectors (Mihailova and Panibratov 2012), but is also relevant for more technology-intensive industries such as IT and software (Panibratov and Latukha 2014) due to remaining influence of post-communist legacy on these firms’ operations.

Although some research on internationalization of Russia’s economy and enterprises has been done (Puffer & McCarthy 2011), the literature remains modest. The existing gap can be addressed by topics such as business strategy, competitive advantages, knowledge and innovations, and political capital – as of foreign firms in Russia, and as of Russian firms abroad.

This Special Issue, hence, provides the opportunity to present two perspectives – inward and outward internationalization – of Russia. Potential research questions that could be answered in this Special Issue are:

  • How multinational firms from advanced economies adjust their competitive advantages for expansion in Russia, what is the cost of this adaptation?
  • What capabilities of multinational firms cannot be successfully implemented in Russia, and how does this influences these firms’ competitive position?
  • What are the specifics of the knowledge acquisition, exploitation, and dissemination between headquarters and subsidiaries of Western firms in Russia, and of Russian firms abroad?
  • To what extent the experience of pioneers-multinationals in Russia generated a learning advantage over other foreign firms in the current economic and geo-political situation?
  • How does the process of switching from natural-resources to technologies-driven expansion define internationalization of Russian firms at country-, industry- and firm-level?
  • What are the determinants of Russian firms’ strategy abroad? What are the origins and explanations?
  • What is the role of home country institutions in the internationalization of Russian firms?
  • What are the effects of liability of foreignness for Russia’s inward and outward investments? What are the consequences of the country of origin effect? What are the specifics of ‘being Russian’ liability?
  • What is the role of political capital in the internationalization of Russian firms?
  • How strategies of multinational firms originating from Russia help to broaden the IB theory?

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017

Submission Guidelines: Submissions to the Special Issue must be submitted through the WJEB website. The preference is made for submissions establishing a debate consistent with the literature cited below. Please indicate that your submission is to be reviewed for the Special Issue on Internationalization of Russian economy and firms: inward and outward perspective. Papers will be blind peer-reviewed. For questions about the special issue, please contact.

Initial editorial decisions: June, 2017.

Special Issue Editor: Andrei Panibratov (

Indicative literature consistent with the theme of Volume 1 – Strategy and operations of foreign firms in Russia

Kouznetsov, A. (2009). Country conditions in emerging markets and their effects on entry mode decisions of multinational manufacturing enterprises: Evidence from Russia. International Journal of Emerging Markets, 4(4): 375-388.

Latukha, M, Doleeva, A., Järlström, M., Jokinen, T, & Piekkari, R. (2016). Does corporate language influence career mobility? Evidence from MNCs in Russia. European Management Journal, Published online 13 January 2016.

Mihailova, I. (2015). Outcomes of learning through JVs for local parent firms in transition economies: Evidence from Russia. Journal of World Business, 50(1): 220-233.

Panibratov, A. (2014). Developing brand awareness via social networks as a new sprout of global firms’ strategy on the Russian market, Journal of Euromarketing, Special Issue ‘Branding as a Lever of Competitiveness in the Bigger Europe’, 23(1-2): 37-56.

Panibratov, A. (2009). Internationalization process of Russian construction industry: Inward investments perspective. Journal for East European Management Studies, 2: 210-228.

Panibratov, A. (2016). Unraveling the IJV rationale in emerging markets: The case of multinational enterprises in the Russian construction industry. Journal of East-West Business, 22(2): 97-117.

World Investment Report. (2016) Investor Nationality: Policy Challenges. United Nations publication. Geneva: UNCTAD.

Wright, M., Filatotchev, I., Buck, T. and Bishop, K. 2002. Foreign partners in the former Soviet Union. Journal of World Business, 37(3): 165-179.

Indicative literature consistent with the theme of Volume 2 – Internationalization processes of Russian firms

Dikova, D., Panibratov, A., Veselova, A., & Ermolaeva, L. (2016). The joint effect of investment motives and institutional context on Russian international acquisitions, International Journal of Emerging Markets, 2016, 11(4): 674-682.

Filippov, S. & Duysters, G. (2011). Competence-building in foreign subsidiaries: The case of new EU member states, Journal for East European Management Studies, 16(4): 286-314.

Kalotay, K. & Panibratov, A. (2013). Developing competitive advantages of Russian multinationals through foreign acquisitions, in P.J. Williamson, R. Ramamurti, A. Fleury and M.T.L. Fleury (eds.) The Competitive Advantage of Emerging Market Multinationals. Cambridge University Press, New York: 220-238.

Kalotay, K. & Sulstarova A. (2010). Modeling Russian outward FDI. Journal of International Management, 16: 131-142.

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Academy of International Business, US-West Chapter 2017 Annual Conference will be held in San Jose, California on February 23-25, 2017.

The theme of the conference is “The Role of Technology and Innovation in International Business” and  it will feature a Paper Development Workshop (PDW) for doctoral students and junior faculty and a teaching/pedagogy workshop, as well as competitive paper sessions, and panels on leading issues in international business. One of the conference tracks is Entrepreneurship, SMEs, and Born Globals.

Call for Papers can be found here:

Submission deadline: November 1, 2016

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management is hiring an Assistant or Associate Professor in (International) Strategy or Entrepreneurship.

About the Position

The successful candidate will be hired as an Assistant or Associate Professor (according to his/her qualifications) at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (within the ULB).

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Management or other relevant discipline and are expected to have an active research agenda, outstanding publication record (relative to their academic age) and a commitment to excellence in teaching. The successful applicant will be expected to teach 3 to 4 courses per year according to teaching needs and expertise, and supervise master theses in his/her field. Currently anticipated teaching needs include Introduction to Entrepreneurship, International Entrepreneurship and Business Planning.

Submission deadline: November 18, 2016,

Required Qualifications:

  • A PhD degree in an appropriate field
  • Ability to produce research at a high international level, including publications or progress towards publications in the field’s internationally recognized top journals
  • Ability to teach at the required academic level

Required Skills:

  • Significant teaching and research experience in the field of strategy or entrepreneurship
  • Excellent command of English

Application package

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A description of the applicant’s research agenda (approx. 2 pages)
  • A description of the applicant’s teaching experience (approx. 2 pages)
  • A note on international projects and achievements
  • The names of five referees

Additional information can be found at:

For administrative information on the application procedure, please contact:

For teaching or research related details of the position, please contact Manuel Hensmans (e-mail:


Georgia State University’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) is pleased to announce the 2017 International Business Pedagogy Workshops, to be held June 1-4, 2017 at GSU’s Buckhead Center, a state-of- the-art conference facility in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sponsored by a consortium of CIBERs (Centers of Excellence designated by the U.S. Department of Education), Globalization Workshops have trained over 1,000 faculty from around the U.S. and other countries. The workshops are designed to assist business faculty improve their practical knowledge and skills for teaching international business.

 Plenary workshops:

  • Insights from Master Teachers (featuring seasoned IB educators)
  • Designing and Teaching the Introductory IB Course
  • Instructional Technology and Resources for Teaching International Business
  • Teaching Effectiveness: What Does Research Show?
  • Career Development for New Faculty and Doctoral Students

 Thematic workshops:

  • Introduction to International Business (Michael Pustay, Attila Yaprak)
  • International Management (Leigh Anne Liu, Liesl Riddle)
  • Essentials of International Finance for IB Educators (Hakan Saraoglu)
  • International Entrepreneurship (Patricia McDougall, Manuel Serapio)
  • International Marketing (Erin Cavusgil, Erkan Ozkaya)

 Bonus workshops:

  • Research in International Business (Tamer Cavusgil, Seyda Deligonul)
  • Teaching Pedagogy (Mourad Dakhli, Fernando Doria, Roberto Garcia)
  • Case Writing for International Business (Attila Yaprak)
  • Cross-national Perspectives (Linda Gerber, Leigh Anne Liu, Piet Pauwels)

Poster sessions allow participants to share their innovative classroom teaching practices with others. Top three selections are recognized with a monetary award. The submission deadline is due February 1, 2017. For more information, go to:

 For early arriving participants, cultural experiences include visits to The World of Coca-Cola and the world-renowned Georgia Aquarium.

Application deadline for early bird admission is: April 30, 2017. A limited number of faculty fellowships is available. The deadline for faculty fellowships is due April 15, 2017. For complete description, costs, and registration information, please visit: or send an email to:

The 2017 International Business Pedagogy Workshops are a project of the a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Consortium, hosted by GSU-CIBER and sponsored by CIBERs at Brigham Young University, George Washington University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Temple University, Texas A&M University, University of Colorado-Denver, University of Maryland, University of Miami, and the University of Texas Austin.



The University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business invites applications for an Assistant Professor in organizational behavior (OB) and/or human resource management (HRM). We especially encourage applicants with research and teaching interests in entrepreneurship (e.g., corporate, environmental, family, international, social, sustainable, technology, etc.) and related domains (e.g., innovation and creativity).

About the Position

This will be a full-time, tenure-track appointment with a preferred start date in August 2017 – the start of our fall semester. Our ideal candidate will be an experienced scholar who has earned a doctorate in OB/HRM or a related discipline (e.g., Management or Industrial & Organizational Psychology) and can demonstrate substantial ability to:

  • publish high quality research (e.g., FT50 or ABS 4 & 4* lists)
  • teach at undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly in one or more of our School’s three interdisciplinary themes
  • contribute to our experiential initiatives, such as our Business Pitch Competition, Entrepreneurship and Enactus clubs, Global Family Enterprise Case Competition, and UVM’s campus-wide Entrepreneurship Forum

Overall, candidates should demonstrate a longer-term potential to build the research reputation of the School, develop innovative new courses, inspire students both inside and outside the classroom, and engage with stakeholders both inside and outside of the School and University.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted through the UVM website The application package should include:

  • a cover letter outlining one’s fit with the position and the Grossman School of Business
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • a statement of research interests and plans
  • a statement of teaching interests and experience
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • contact information for at least three references.

Applicants with inquiries may contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Erik Monsen at Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged. The University is especially interested in candidates who can actively contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. Therefore, candidates should explicitly address this goal in their application materials.




Call for papers for Special Issue in  Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

Entrepreneurship in Africa: Exploring entrepreneurial behaviour and small business practice within emerging contexts

The phenomenon of entrepreneurship behaviour in the developed world is well recorded within the academic literature. However, literature observing entrepreneurial behaviour and small business practice on the African continent is less prominent especially within international journals. The entrepreneurial dynamic in Africa is rapidly evolving in the face of economic, political, technological and cultural change sweeping the continent. There is widespread recognition for the need for effective entrepreneurial behaviour to ease a myriad of systemic problems including high graduate unemployment, endemic poverty, economic growth inequality, corruption, excessive bureaucracy, ineffective infrastructure and a lack of enterprise support mechanisms. Moreover, research into entrepreneurial behaviours remains limited in the complex and heterogeneous African context. This special issue seeks to provide improved and increased understanding of the phenomena and offer recommendations for enhanced policy and practice across the African continent.

Topics should consider but are not limited to:

  • Comparative country level studies of entrepreneurial behaviour and small business practice.
  • Diaspora entrepreneurship, trans-national diasporas and entrepreneurial networks.
  • Enabling opportunity / systemic entrepreneurship.
  • Ethnic entrepreneurship, spatial and temporal dimensions of ethnic minority businesses.
  • Family businesses.
  • Gender studies of entrepreneurial behaviour and small business practice.
  • Necessity and ‘copy-cat’ entrepreneurship and its evaluation.
  • Studies considering entrepreneurship education and its role in Africa.
  • Studies highlighting examples of best practice to enhance entrepreneurial behaviour or small business practice.
  • Studies of entrepreneurial behaviour or small business practice in a national and regional context.
  • Studies of rural entrepreneurship.
  • Technology usage as an enabler of entrepreneurial behaviour and small business practice.
  • The emergence of entrepreneurial activity in new industry sectors.
  • The role and emergence of social enterprise.
  • The role of transformational entrepreneurship in engendering change.

Studies will be considered in a comparative, regional, national or international context and can include case histories of entrepreneurial behaviour and small business practice, qualitative/quantitative or mixed method studies. The special issue would also welcome usage of novel or nascent data analysis methods. The special issue would particularly welcome submissions from African academics. All submissions will be subject to a rigorous double blind peer review process.

Submission deadline: February 28th 2017

Initial enquiries should be directed toward Professor Paul Jones on:

Guest Editors

Professor Paul Jones (Coventry University, UK)

Professor Gideon Maas (Coventry University, UK)

Dr Stephen Dobson (Coventry University, UK)

Dr Daniel Agyapong (University of Cape Coast, Ghana)

Dr Robert Newbery (University of Newcastle, UK)

The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking to fill one or more tenure-track or tenured faculty positions in the Strategy & Entrepreneurship area, starting July 1st, 2017. Successful candidates will be both productive researchers and creative and effective teachers capable of contributing to the school’s Undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D., and Executive Development programs. Selected applicants are anticipated to research and teach in areas of Strategy and/or Entrepreneurship. (Editor’s note: given the strong IB area, the position may be a good fit for IE-oriented candidates)

Position Requirements

  • Doctorate (or foreign equivalent) granted, or nearly completed, in Strategy and/or Entrepreneurship, or in a related field. Hired candidates with a Doctorate can anticipate an initial appointment of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. Hired candidates with a Doctorate nearly completed can anticipate an initial appointment of Instructor. We are particularly interested in hiring candidates at the Assistant Professor stage of their career.
  • Successful applicants will have strong research skills, and will be expected to publish in top-tier academic journals.

Application Procedure

  • Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae; sample research paper; and the names, titles, email addresses, and telephone numbers of a minimum of one (1), and a maximum of four (4), reference letter writer(s). Reference letter writers will receive an email with instructions for submitting letters of recommendation to the recruitment system.
  • At the time of hire, four (4) letters of reference must have been received for selected applicants. Materials should be submitted electronically, but be addressed to: Dr. Atul Nerkar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Campus Box 3490, McColl Building, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490.
  • The review of applications will commence on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016.

About the Department

The Strategy & Entrepreneurship area comprises an eclectic group of scholars, and includes the following tenure-track/tenured faculty: Rich Bettis, Chris Bingham, Olga Hawn, Isin Guler, Jim Johnson, Patia McGrath, Arv Malhotra, Mahka Moeen, Atul Nerkar, Hugh O’Neill, Scott Rockart, Al Segars, Venkat Kuppuswamy, Michelle Rogan, and Kristin Wilson.

Applicants may view the job posting, and follow the application process to be considered at:


Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice – 2016, Volume 40, Number 5, 1149-1177.

Entrepreneurs’ Assessments of Early International Entry: The Role of Foreign Social Ties, Venture Absorptive Capacity, and Generalized Trust in Others

Anne Domurath and Holger Patzelt

  • Drawing on the literature on social ties, we develop a model toward entrepreneurs’ assessments of early international entry. We argue that social ties in foreign markets trigger entrepreneurs’ assessed attractiveness of exploiting potentially valuable opportunities contingent on their perceptions of the venture’s absorptive capacity and their generalized trust in others. We test these hypotheses using a metric conjoint experiment, and data on 4,352 international entry assessments nested within 136 entrepreneurs. Our findings reveal significant cross-level interactions between the characteristics of entrepreneurs’ social ties, venture absorptive capacity, and entrepreneurs’ trust in others in explaining how they assess international entry.


International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal – 2016, Volume 12, Number 3, 629-657.

Exploring the role of FDI in enhancing the entrepreneurial activity in Europe: a panel data analysis

Claudiu Tiberiu Albulescu and Matei Tamasila

  • This paper explores the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) on the entrepreneurial activity in 16 European countries. By using Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) data, which enables the distinction necessity-driven vs. opportunity-driven entrepreneurs, we assess the influence of both inward and outward FDI on the entrepreneurial activity during the time span 2005–2012. We resort to a static, as well as to a dynamic panel data analysis. Our findings highlight the fact that the FDI has no clear influence on the total entrepreneurial activity, or on the established business ownership rate. Nevertheless, our results clearly state that both inward and outward FDI positively influences the necessity-driven entrepreneurs, while having a negative impact on the opportunity-driven entrepreneurs. The results prove to be robust regarding the use of a fixed and random effects panel model, two stages least square (2SLS) model, as well as the use of a system-Generalized Method of Moments (system-GMM) approach.


International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal – 2016, Volume 12, Number 3, 765-790.

A configurational approach to understanding gender differences in entrepreneurial activity: a fuzzy set analysis of 40 countries

Krista B. Lewellyn and Maureen I. Muller-Kahle

  • This paper explores entrepreneurial activity for men and women across 40 countries. Building on research grounded in social cognitive and institutional theories, we propose a configurational approach to explore how effects of different causal conditions are interdependent in explaining gender specific entrepreneurial activity. Using fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis, we find that no one causal element is sufficient for promoting entrepreneurial activity. Instead micro-level attributes of entrepreneurial self-efficacy and opportunity recognition in combination with macro-level business environment formal institutions and national culture create configurations of conditions that lead to high levels of entrepreneurial activity amongst men and women. Moreover, the causal factors configure in different ways for male and female entrepreneurs. This study demonstrates the value of using a configurational analytical technique to explore together the micro- and macro- complexities of what drives men and women around the world to engage in entrepreneurial activity.


Journal of International Entrepreneurship – 2016, Volume 14, Number 3, 296-322.

Born global or local? Factors influencing the internationalization of university spin-offs—the case of Halmstad University

Svante Andersson and Eva Berggren

  • Although many studies have shown how born globals can achieve success if they access resources through their relationships from actors in their networks, few studies have explored the relationship between born globals and universities. Universities are important actors in creating new technology knowledge, and many studies have shown how new firms, or so-called university spin-offs (USOs), are formed around universities. The current study explores why some USOs are successful in their international growth strategy and discusses the factors that influence and facilitate the internationalization process. The study investigates 10 USOs around the newly established Halmstad University in Sweden and finds that universities have a positive effect on firm creation and initial international growth. The regional competence base increases from the establishment of a local university, primarily by strengthening the regional human capital and by increasing university research. This study shows that researcher entrepreneurs’ ventures start as born globals, but that these firms do not continue to grow. Born global business models, per se, do not lead to competitive advantage and successful internationalization. Instead, a strategy built on customer focus and an ability to adapt to different customer demands lead to growth, and the location of growth is dependent on the size of the home market. This study also shows that student entrepreneurship can be a successful growth strategy for USOs focusing on both international and local markets.


Journal of International Entrepreneurship – 2016, Volume 14, Number 3, 323–344,

Growth determinants in entrepreneurship: A longitudinal study of Spanish technology-based university spin-offs

María Jesús Rodríguez-GulíasSara Fernández-López and David Rodeiro-Pazos

  • The study explores whether the university origin of a technology-based firm conditions its growth in terms of both sales and employment. The small firm size of a significant percentage of technology-based university spin-offs (T-USOs) puts into question the policies geared towards promoting university entrepreneurship. A sample of 340 Spanish technology-based firms (219 T-USOs and 121 T-non-USOs) was constructed by using the non-parametric technique of propensity score matching and the data refer to the period 2001–2010. Applying panel data methodology, we find that the T-USOs outperform the T-non-USOs. Therefore, the need for support of university-based entrepreneurship by governments and by the universities is justified, because in this way, they are promoting economic growth and social development. By launching T-USOs, universities not only contribute to the economic growth but also to the internationalisation of the economy, as T-USOs show a more international orientation. In addition, the results lead us to emphasise the need to customise university policies aimed at promoting the growth of T-USOs. Given that the study is focused on a ‘moderate innovator’ country, the conclusions and proposals of this paper may be extrapolated to other countries with similar innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems, namely the Mediterranean and Latin American countries.


Journal of International Entrepreneurship – 2016, Volume 14, Number 3, 410–440.

Do they matter? The role of non-academics in the internationalization of academic spin-offs

Noelia Franco-LealDanny Soetanto and Carmen Camelo-Ordaz

  • Internationalization and academic entrepreneurship have been receiving a lot of attention not only in academic research but also in policy practice. While academic spin-offs suffer from limited resources and lack of entrepreneurial skills, they often penetrate international market through their innovative products and technology since the very early years of their establishment. In the literature, little attention has been paid to explicitly examine the internationalization process of academic spin-offs as well as the role of non-academics. In order to investigate the impact of non-academics on the performance of spin-offs, we carried out an empirical analysis of 126 Spanish spin-offs which were divided into two market categories, international and domestic market. With regard to the percentage of non-academics in founding team, we found that their impact was more relevant to the performance goals than to innovativeness. On the other hand, the size of non-academic networks contributed significantly not only to the performance goals but also to innovation. However, we did not find a significant relationship between the strength of non-academic networks and the performance goals and innovativeness of the international spin-offs. Overall, we concluded that the role of non-academics was crucial for supporting the internationalization of the spin-offs.


3E ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference from 10 – 12 May, 2017, Cork, Ireland

The past decades have born to witness a rapid increase in the offerings of entrepreneurship education across Europe. There is an explicit political agenda both at the national level and at the EU level to promote entrepreneurship education at all levels of the school system because policy makers expect that entrepreneurial skills to be the key to enhancing an innovative culture, which in turn will result in higher competitiveness and economic growth. However, in order to achieving these objectives it is important that educational systems and methods move from traditional to creative, interactive and student-centred educational models that will help change student mindset and prepare students for the challenges of the future.

Unlike more traditional academic events, the conference will focus on problems and questions rather than on ready-made solutions and presentations of research findings.

Through an innovative and untraditional format, the 3E conference establishes a new paradigm for entrepreneurship conferences. It offers an exclusive and engaging opportunity for researchers, educators and politicians to debate and exchange their experiences of the major challenges and advances in enterprise education with a special and unique focus on Europe. Unlike more traditional academic events, the conference will focus on problems and questions rather than on ready-made solutions and presentations of research findings. There are no keynote speakers to tell us the way but we will pave it ourselves in a joint effort!

Conference theme:  Building for the Future – Entrepreneurship Education, Training and Policy


  • Entrepreneurship education for non-business students
  • Entrepreneurial “classrooms”
  • Social and civic entrepreneurship education
  • Pedagogical theories in entrepreneurship education
  • Online and blended-learning approaches
  • Engagement, impact and evaluation
  • Innovations in Assessment
  • Values, ethics and critiques of entrepreneurship education
  • Learning philosophies in entrepreneurship education
  • Gender perspectives in entrepreneurship education
  • Entrepreneurial universities
  • Student incubator initiatives
  • Entrepreneurship education policy
  • Case studies in entrepreneurship education

Note: While there is no specific sub theme for International Entrepreneurship Education in the proposed list, the context for a lot of the papers, research, case studies and workshops at the conference over the last four years has been international, with a specific focus on Europe.  Cross country comparisons, international entrepreneurial learning experience,  global virtual entrepreneurial learning environments etc,  are examples of some of the topics covered.

Key dates

  • Conference: 10 – 12 May 2017
  • Call for Papers: 1 July 2016
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 December 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance: 20 January 2017
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: 19 March 2017
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: 15 March 2017

Full conference details available at

Call for Papers

This year there are two calls, one for research papers and the other for practitioner development workshops . Each author can appear in maximum of 2 abstracts/proposals. Regardless of the submission, the focus on questions, challenges and problems should be central throughout. All submitted proposals will be double blind peer-reviewed and feedback provided on submissions.

Conference Chair: Dr Breda Kenny, Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland.

The Department of Management of Tilburg University invites applications for at least one tenure track position with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, including one at open rank (Assistant to Tenured Full Professor). Within the field of entrepreneurship, we prefer someone who studies startups, but welcome applications from other subfields of entrepreneurship.


  •  Candidates should have top research potential and a commitment to teaching excellence, whose work fits our orientation towards entrepreneurship scholarship from a management perspective (i.e., entrepreneurial strategy and management).
  • Applicants can join the Department in any month during 2017; however, ABD applicants are expected to have completed their doctoral dissertation prior to taking up employment.

Position Background

The teaching load for pre-tenure faculty is the equivalent of two courses plus guidance of Bachelor and Master’s thesis projects, in total per year (40% teaching time). Time allocation for more senior faculty is a function of individual performance and preferences, but research towards publication in top journals remains a priority at all ranks. Compensation is competitive with similar schools, and we provide support for conferences and other research related expenses. Faculty moving to the Netherlands may be eligible for a large tax abatement for a period of ten years.

 Application Procedure

  • Applications will start being processed no later than October 1, 2016, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should submit:

(1) a motivation letter,

(2) a curriculum vitae,

(3) a research statement and (as relevant) a dissertation summary,

(4) a main (job market) paper and up to two other examples of research,

(5) a teaching statement, and

(6) teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching ability.

  • In addition, they should ask three referees to submit their letters of reference directly. Application documents should be uploaded via the online application system at: Select the position titled “Assistant to Full Professor in Entrepreneurship (open rank, tenure track).” Please specify in your motivation letter for what rank (untenured assistant professor, tenured associate professor, tenured full professor) you are applying.

 About the Department

The Department has a very strong research orientation with a focus on high-quality publications and  is associated with several research institutes, among which the Tilburg Center of Entrepreneurship (TCE) and the Center for Innovation Research (CIR), and with several large-scale research initiatives. It also plays an important role in the new Jheronimus Academy (JADS), a campus and graduate school in Den Bosch that focuses on data science and entrepreneurship. Depending on their seniority, the person hired may undertake initiatives or take on a leadership position in TCE or JADS.

Further information about the Department is available at

Tilburg University and Area

  • Tilburg University is one of Europe’s leading universities in the fields of business and economics – indeed, it regularly ranks among Europe’s top three by research productivity (e.g. UT Dallas Ranking 2016). The university campus provides a pleasant, academically centered environment with convenient transportation and other infrastructures.
  • Tilburg is a dynamic university city located in the Southern Netherlands, within one of Europe’s foremost high-tech regions, with excellent social and cultural facilities and varied housing options nearby. It is equidistant from Amsterdam (Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium) and the Düsseldorf/Cologne area (Germany).





The Brown University Department of Sociology seeks applications for an appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor of Sociology, to begin July 1, 2017, for a scholar with a specialization in the area of organizational studies and entrepreneurship.

About the Position

  • Within this focus, we particularly seek candidates who conceive their work broadly, and whose work contributes to the larger discipline of sociology. We welcome applications from all scholars whose work in this area is intellectually-sophisticated and sociologically-informed, regardless of whether their training and faculty experience have been primarily in sociology departments, business schools, or elsewhere.  We are also open to scholars studying organizations and/or entrepreneurship in any setting, whether commercial or non-commercial, US-based or international, contemporary or historical.
  • The new faculty member will join a growing community of scholars associated with Brown’s newly created Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship and will participate actively in teaching undergraduates interested in organizational studies and entrepreneurship. A successful candidate must have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement, a proven record of research funding, and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising.

Candidates should submit:

(1) a cover letter describing research completed and planned,

(2) a curriculum vitae, and

(3) the names of five references who would be contacted at the appropriate time by the search committee.

To receive full consideration applications must be received by October 15, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled or the search is closed. Brown is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and women and minorities are enthusiastically encouraged to apply. Send materials to:

The LUT Doctoral School invites applications for full-time positions (1-2) of doctoral students in the research field of Business Administration in the Doctoral Programme in Business and Management. These positions are in Lappeenranta, Finland.

The positions will be available from 1 January 2017 or as agreed and one of the research topics could be as follows:

Entrepreneurial internationalisation decision-making

  • Internationalization decisions are critical for companies as they search for growth and profitability. These decisions are also highly complex. We are interested in enhancing understanding of the following questions: How and why do firms decide to enter a market? How do they justify the chosen entry mode? What decision-making logics are applied? The ideal candidate for the position has previous experience in managerial decision-making (intuition, judgement, processes) and internationalisation theories. Expertise in statistical analysis is also needed.


  • The applicant must hold a Master’s degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in a relevant field giving eligibility for doctoral studies and be able and motivated to complete the doctoral degree in the target time of four years. A scientifically sound research proposal or a description of research ideas or interests, as well as a research subject suitable for the doctoral programme in question are essential selection criteria. The postgraduate study right required for completing the doctoral degree is to be applied for within the one year of the beginning of the employment relationship.

Employment Terms

  • The employment relationship is fixed-term with a four-month trial period. The position will be available initially for one year and can be extended for another three years, provided that the studies and research have progressed well. Applicants who already have a doctoral study right at LUT are also eligible, but the maximum duration of the employment relationship will still be four years counted from the beginning of the first employment contract of the doctoral student.
  • The pay will be determined in accordance with the pay system for university teaching and research staff. The job grade of a doctoral student is 1-4 (EUR 1 808.42 – 2 475.31/month). In addition, the salary will include an individual pay component based on performance and competence, amounting to a maximum of 46.3% of the job-specific pay component.
  • If selected a candidate would be a full time student but at the same time ‘part of the faculty’ with a salary.

The application is to include the following attachments:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Certificates/diplomas: scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees. If the original documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, each document must be accompanied by an official certified translation into English or Finnish.
  • Research proposal or research idea/interest (max. two pages A4). After the selection, the successful applicants will refine their plans together with the supervisors.
  • You may also attach a separate application describing your motivation as a researcher.
  • List of scientific publications (optional)

Candidates may also be interviewed by video or online / face to face. The steering group of the LUT Doctoral School will select candidates based on proposals from the doctoral programmes. Applicants will be informed of the results by e-mail by the end of November 2016.

Further information: Professor Olli Kuivalainen and Professor Sanna-Katriina Asikainen, LUT School of Business and Management,, +358 40 147 6702.

For the actual online application link and further information see also:

Please note that the application deadline is on the 18th of September 2016.


About the LUT School of Business and Management:

The LUT School of Business and Management combines business, industrial engineering and management, as well as software expertise in a unique way. The focus of both education and research is on building sustainable competitiveness and promoting green technology. The objective of our School’s research is to form a better understanding of the factors that lead to sustainable value creation, i.e. approaches that will ensure that companies are successful in international competition and, at the same time, operate in a way that is economically, ecologically and socially sustainable. Please see


Early Bird Heads-Up!

The 21st McGill IE Conference will be held at the National University of Ireland, Galway

When? 30 August – 1 September, 2017

Conference Theme? Speed, Diversity, Complexity in International Entrepreneurship

Key Dates?

  • Abstract submission deadline – May 1st 2017
  • Feedback / Acceptance – June 5th 2017
  • Submission deadline for full papers – July 3rd 2017

Additional information can be found here: 21st McGill Conference – Ireland

New Frontiers in Latin American Entrepreneurship and SME Internationalization: Research and Practice

Submission deadline: December 1st, 2016

Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración (ARLA) announces the forthcoming publication of a special issue, “New Frontiers in Latin American Entrepreneurship and SME Internationalization: Research and Practice” in association with the Global Entrepreneurship Development Centre (GEDC) at Kingston University London, UK. The GEDC is a global community on entrepreneurship research. It is the mission of the GEDC to raise levels of knowledge, theory and practice on entrepreneurship worldwide through the promotion of research.

Guest edited by Christian Felzensztein, Professor of International Entrepreneurship & Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Development Centre (GEDC) at Kingston University London, and Sascha Fuerst, Associate Professor of International Business at Universidad EAFIT Colombia.

Information be found here: Call for Papers



The conference will be hosted by the University of South Australia Business School, in Adelaide, South Australia


The doctoral colloquium will be on Wednesday 15 February 2017, hosted by Flinders Business School

Full details are available at –

There are three broad themes that form the pillars for the theme of the 2017 ANZIBA conference – Internationalisation, International Entrepreneurship and the Emerging Markets.
Some aspects that are especially worthwhile, include:

  • How rapid internationalization in emerging markets have brought about broader — social, political — consequences e.g., political activism, attitudes toward women in the workplace, attitudes towards environment, etc.
  • Similarly such transformation has influenced the economic sphere and nurtured a new breed of young (bold) entrepreneurs. What do we know about the new entrepreneurial breed?
  • What are the consequences of the rising middle class in emerging markets? Has it served as the driver for the new entrepreneurial breed? What about the tension between the traditional and the ‘new’ middle class?
  • What impact has the recent slowing down in the emerging markets had on: internationalization of emerging markets firms, new start-ups, and the growth of middle class?
  • Revisiting business linkages between emerging markets and their major trading partners in the western economies; for example, China and Australia.
  • Revisiting ethnic entrepreneurship, again in the same context.

Below are a few additional questions that you might consider:

  • What governance structures are most effective in helping an entrepreneur manage the risks of an asymmetric relationship when partnering with an MNC?
  • Using a comparative approach that compares data across nations, what cultural and institutional influences have the greatest impact on entrepreneurial internationalization?
  • At what point do industry clusters become so concentrated that over competition and resource scarcity impede new entrepreneurial activity and success?
  • How do networks within an industry cluster location influence the formation of alliances that facilitate internationalization?
  • What network ties have the greatest impact for identifying international opportunities?

ANZIBA welcomes:

  • Competitive Papers: Suitable for paper at an advanced stage of development. Competitive Papers submitted for review should be up to 25 double-spaced (A4) pages in length, including references, figures and tables.
  • Workshop Papers: Suitable for work-in-progress papers, Workshop papers are shorter conference papers that should be 10-15 double-spaced (A4) pages in length, including, references, figures and tables.
  • Panel Proposals: Suitable for focused panel sessions that are held during the conference. These highly specialized sessions explore a common theme. Panel proposals that address the conference theme are especially welcome.
  • Proposals from research students for participation in the Doctoral Colloquium.

All submissions will be subject to a double-blind review process.

Further updates will also be available on our website –


  • Submissions Open: 1 July 2016
  • Submissions Close: 23 September 2016
  • Acceptance Notification: 25 November 2016
  • Doctoral Student Colloquium Submissions Close: 11 November 2016
  • Early bird registration deadline: 1 January 2017

Hi everyone.

IE-scholars is taking a little holiday. We will return with posts in late August!

Happy summer or winter, wherever you may be.






Journal of Business Research – 2016, Volume 69, Number 6, 2040-2051
Entrepreneurial orientation, marketing capabilities and performance: The moderating role of competitive intensity on Latin American international new ventures
Silvia L Martin and Rajshekhar (Raj) G Javalgi

  • International new ventures (INVs) face constant competitive intensity, which serves to increase the already high difficulty of enhancing marketing capabilities to gain superior performance in foreign markets. International entrepreneurship (IE) literature suggests that entrepreneurial orientation (EO) may influence INVs’ performance. However, EO can be a resource-consuming strategic orientation, and INVs face resource constraints. Specifically, the literature expresses doubts as to whether increasing levels of EO are favorable for all INVs, all the time. From the resource-based view (RBV) perspective, the present paper extends previous IE research by investigating whether the degree to which EO and corresponding marketing capabilities vary under differing competitive intensities when enhancing performance. The findings highlight the moderating role of competitive intensity between EO and marketing capabilities for better INV performance. These have important implications for the decisions of IE scholars and practitioners about EO allocation in order to enhance the required marketing capabilities for INV’s increased performance. The survey data consist of Mexican INVs, where the emphasis on constrained resources is high as are the competitive intensity challenges that these firms face in foreign markets. Therefore, this study contributes to the almost wholly ignored research about Latin American new venture internationalization and performance debate.

Journal of Business Research – 2016, Volume 69, Number 6, 2052-2060
International entrepreneurial firms in Chile: An exploratory profile
José Ernesto Amorós, María Soledad Etchebarne; Isabel Torres Zapata and Christian Felzensztein

  • The internationalization of new small and medium-sized enterprises is a challenge for many developing countries, especially those with open economies and small internal markets like Chile. This study, in an exploratory way, analyzes some of the factors that determine how new ventures are oriented to international markets from their early stages. This paper develops a model that integrates variables related to firm characteristics like industrial sector, competitiveness, and size of the firm with a degree of internationalization. The empirical analysis uses data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s (GEM) adult population survey carried out in Chile during the period 2007-2013 (n = 4208). An ordinal logit regression model was used to test the hypotheses. Descriptive results show that 12.8% of Chilean entrepreneurs in the sample have a relatively high tendency towards internationalization and that the factors related to competitiveness are significant with respect to this tendency. The size of the firm and the propensity to create employment are also significant. Practical implications are discussed.

Journal of International Entrepreneurship – 2016, Volume 14, Number 2, 168-212
Is international entrepreneurship a field? A bibliometric analysis of the literature (1989-2015)
Vinciane Servantie, Matthieu Cabrol, Gilles Guieu and Jean-Pierre Boissin

  • The abundant academic literature on international entrepreneurship has attracted the attention of many researchers in various fields (international business, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, to mention a few). A debate has been opened on whether international entrepreneurship is indeed a field. In this article, we seek to contribute to this debate. We applied a bibliometric analysis to 567 articles on international entrepreneurship published during the 1989–February 2015 period. The main indices that this is an emerging field are as follows: a concentration of publications on central contributors and universities, key dates of social events, the creation of a journal dedicated to the topic and a strong identity of keywords. A co-citation analysis shows that the international entrepreneurship field is structured on a stable body of references, organised into five key clusters, distinct from its mother disciplines: international business and entrepreneurship. Our work helps to identify the paradigmatic approaches that structure international entrepreneurship.

Journal of International Entrepreneurship – 2016, Volume 14, Number 2, 213-238
Expressions of relationship network in international entrepreneurship
Yákara Vasconcelos Pereira Leite, Walter Fernando Araújo de Moraes and Viviane Santos Salazar

  • The role of networks is a major factor in the internationalization process for entrepreneurs. In this article, we analyze the influence of social networks in international entrepreneurship. We developed a multiple case study based on a qualitative perspective, selecting four fruit exporters from the Brazil’s semi-arid region and used a qualitative and longitudinal design. These firms are among the largest fruit exporters in Brazil. Content analysis was derived by examining organizational documents, bibliographical material, and semi-structured interviews with 30 managers and consultants. We used ATLAS.ti software to analyze the collected material. The major networks were formed with buyers and competitors, affording benefits such as trust and information; relationships were therefore formed in both vertical and horizontal directions. Consequently, and due to their influence on the internationalization process, social networks are considered a relevant subject in international entrepreneurship. Moreover, the expressions of social networking have interfaces with both the exploration of international opportunities and attitude towards risk, as well as the development of competitive features that are the fundamental dimensions of international entrepreneurship. The results reveal that social networks are fundamental to entrepreneurs’ businesses and are strategic for their development and maintenance. Recognition of such role of these networks in international entrepreneurship is the main contribution of this paper.

Journal of International Entrepreneurship – 2016, Volume 14, Number 2, 239-258
It is not whom you know, it is how well you know them: Foreign entrepreneurs building close guanxi relationships
Tebogo Rahaba Ngoma

  • Within the growing body of Chinese entrepreneurship literature, guanxi is increasingly recognized as an important indigenous Chinese business practice with important implications for firm performance and success. Guanxi is defined as relationship or connection. China’s continued economic growth and forecasts of it becoming one of the world’s largest consumer markets present multinational corporations and foreign entrepreneurs alike with unprecedented economic opportunities. Thus, greater insight is required into how foreign entrepreneurs, as outsiders, establish and develop close guanxi relationships. Conceptualizing guanxi as a dynamic process, this paper explores the underlying interactions and processes foreign entrepreneurs engage in to establish and build a strong emotional connection and trust with their closest guanxi partner. Using an exploratory single case study approach, data from 15 foreign entrepreneurs operating legally registered small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in Shanghai was collected and analyzed. In addition, self-administered structured questionnaires that utilize the McAllister trust scale were used to measure 20 foreign entrepreneurs’ levels of cognitive and affective trust toward their closest guanxi partner. Overall, the findings of the study provide an in-depth understanding of the complex interplay and functioning of third-party and anticipatory bases. In so doing, the study’s outsider perspective addresses a critical gap in the literature that yields initial yet important insights that contribute to a better understanding and appreciation of the inherent nuances and differences in relationship-building processes in cross-cultural settings. Furthermore, these findings bring to the fore the need to consider the ways in which this indigenous Chinese business practice may be evolving in the face of increasing internationalization.

Small Business Economics – 2016, Volume 47, Number 1, 53-76
What makes student entrepreneurs? On the relevance (and irrelevance) of the university and the regional context for student start-ups
Heiko Bergmann, Christian Hundt and Rolf Sternberg

  • Student start-ups are a significant part of overall university entrepreneurship. Yet, we know little about the determinants of this type of start-ups and, specifically, the relevance of context effects. Drawing on organizational and regional context literature, we develop and test a model that aims to explain student entrepreneurship in a contextual perspective. Based on unique micro-data and using multi-level techniques, we analyze nascent and new entrepreneurial activities of business and economics students at 41 European universities. Our analysis reveals that individual and contextual determinants influence students’ propensity to start a business. While peoples’ individual characteristics are most important, the organizational and regional contexts also play a role and have a differentiated effect, depending on the source of the venture idea and the stage of its development. Organizational characteristics, like the prevalence of fellow students who have attended entrepreneurship education, influence whether students take action to start a new firm (nascent entrepreneurship) but do not seem to support the actual establishment of a new firm. In contrast, the latter is less dependent on the university context but more strongly influenced by regional characteristics. Overall, our study contributes to our understanding of the emergence of start-ups in the organizational context of universities and has implications for initiatives and programs that aim at encouraging students to become entrepreneurs.


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Department of Management, Missouri State University

The Department of Management in the College of Business at Missouri State University seeks qualified applicants for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship commencing August 2017. The successful candidate will teach primarily in the area of entrepreneurship but is also expected to teach in a secondary area, preferably strategic management or international management.

A doctoral degree in business administration or management from an AACSB accredited institution with an emphasis in entrepreneurship, strategic management or a closely related field is required. University teaching experience and a publication record or evidence of scholarly ability are also required. Candidates who are ABD at time of application may be considered, but only if they are able to complete and successfully defend their dissertation by date of appointment. Teaching load and salary are competitive and commensurate with qualifications.
Missouri State University is located in Springfield, Missouri, the state’s third-largest city and the gateway to the colorful Ozarks. Springfield offers a high quality of life, featuring a very attractive cost of living, temperate climate, and abundant recreational opportunities. Missouri State University’s College of Business is the largest in the state, with more than 4000 majors, including more than 900 in management.

All candidates must apply online at
Submission of an application cover letter, CV, evidence of teaching ability, and contact information for three professional references is required. Confidential references will be contacted for only those candidates moving forward in the process. Cover letter should clearly state the applicant’s interest in Missouri State University as well as research and teaching interests.

Review of applications will begin on August 22, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Missouri State University will be holding informational interviews with prospective candidates at the Academy of Management Meeting August 5 – 9, 2016 in Anaheim, CA. To be considered for an interview at the AOM meeting, send an electronic copy of your vita with cover letter by July 25, 2016 to Dr. Stephen Mueller, Management Department Head at Appointments will be scheduled before the Meetings.

Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/minority/female/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity employer and institution. We encourage applications from all interested minorities, females, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and sexual orientation/gender identity. Employment will require a criminal background check at University expense.

Address inquiries to:

Dr. Stephen Mueller, Department Head Department of Management Missouri State University 901 S. National Avenue Springfield, MO 65897 417-836-5415


For the past week, I have been at the European Innovation Academy in Nice, France.

Offered in both Nice and Torino (Turin), this is the world’s largest extreme accelerator. We have nearly 400 students in Nice from all over the globe, accompanied by faculty observers and industry mentors. Truly outstanding. There are another nearly 300 students in Italy.

This extraordinary organization was conceived in Estonia and continues to be run by a top-class Estonian team. The Chair of the EIA council is the visionary Ken Singer from Berkeley’s Global Venture Lab.

If you are interested in this experience for your students, I encourage you to contact Johanna Tukk, Head of University Relations for EIA.

  • On a related note – I write this on 15 July, the day after the immense tragedy of Bastille Day. The EIA and all it’s family join France in a three day mourning and remembrance period. I hope you will join me, as part of our own global family. Nicole



We are happy to announce that this autumn, the site will be moving to San Diego State University.

Under the leadership of Martina Musteen and her team at SDSU’s CIBER, the new managers of our virtual community will continue to strengthen our global membership. They will also penetrate the US, Latin American and Eastern European markets.

Martina is Faculty Director of SDSU’s CIBER (part of the US-wide system of Center’s for International Business Education and Research). Among many other accomplishments (, Martina is Senior Editor for IE at Journal of World Business.

Congratulations Martina and SDSU!




Yay! It seems like there is a lot of IE interest in business models!

Last week’s post quickly drew a response from two authors I cited: Erik Rasmussen and Stoyan Tanev. Their thoughts are here: Comments on Business Models in IE (Rasmussen and Stanev, June 2016)

In addition, the 2016 AIB conference had a particularly stimulating discussion on the topic from Erkko Autio and Ivo Zander – all done with pictures 🙂

Finally, the panel session at AIB was pretty fun: Gary Knight, me, Alain Verbeke and Peter Buckley. For information on my presentation (posted in our members only section), please click here.


Professor in Business Administration, with specialization in International Business, Kalmar, Sweden

Reference number: 2016/2812-2.2.1

Full information can be found at: IBprof LNU, Sweden

Welcome to Linnaeus University! A place for knowledge, ideas and development. For growth potential and a belief in the future. In Småland and in the world.

Field of subject for the appointment: Business Administration, with specialization in international business.

Permanent employment, full-time.

Requirements: Doctoral degree in business administration or equivalent and demonstrated pedagogical skills. Demonstrated research skills at a level, which both in quantity and quality substantially surpasses those required for an associate professor. The requirements regarding research skills also include demonstrated skills concerning planning and leading research projects involving other senior researchers and supervision of doctoral students. The pedagogical skills should be demonstrated in teaching at the basic and the advanced as well as at the doctoral level. This includes planning, performance and assessment of teaching as well as supervision and examination. Excellent ability to carry out research and teaching in English is also required as well as high interpersonal skills and demonstrated excellent ability to co-operate.

Other merits are:

  • Demonstrated ability to obtain external funding.
  • Research or teaching experience from the particular fields of emerging markets or strategy, especially from a marketing perspective
  • Experience of or interest in research in international business connected to international entrepreneurship
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with industry and external organizations

The holder of the professorship is expected to have continuous physical presence at the workplace. Willingness to settle in the Kalmar region will be highly valued.

Welcome with your application. Closing day for application is September 1, 2016



It’s time to re-think IE research by considering business models.

Why? Well, I recently read the following paper:

  • Onetti, A, Zucchella, A, Jones, MV and PP McDougall-Covin (2012), Internationalization, innovation and entrepreneurship: Business models for new technology-based firms, Journal of Management & Governance, 16, 3: 337-368.

They argue that little is known  about the extent to which business models accommodate or are adapted to internationalization, innovation and entrepreneurship. Their paper reviews the business model literature from which a generic business model framework is derived, identifying and introducing the main elements of these processes as the firms’ focus, modus and locus.

Onetti et al (2012) integrate arguments from strategy with IE. In a similar vein, because we work at the interface of IB and Entrepreneurship, an understanding of entrepreneurial business models is essential.

One such model is the Lean Start-up, and this is the focus of recent attention by Erik Stavnsager Rasmussen, Stoyan Tanev and others working with them. For a quick overview of their thoughts on the parallels between global start-ups and lean start-ups, see:

  • Rasmussen, ES and S Tanev (2015), The Emergence of the Lean Global Startup as New Type of Firm, Technology Innovation Management Review, 5, 1, 12-19.

Personally, I’m not sure that this is a new type of firm BUT I do think we need to better account for entrepreneurial business models in our research.

To learn more, feel free to attend the following panel at AIB next week:

Session 2.3.1 on Wednesday, 1300-1425 in Napoleon AB

Title: Global Innovation and IE (Chairs: Shameen Prashantham & Vassiliki Bamiatzi)


  • Peter J Buckley
  • Gary Knight
  • Nicole Coviello
  • Alain Verbeke (new JIBS editor)

Hope to see you there!

The Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands is hosting a conference on 15 December, 2016.

The focus is on export promotion research. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

  • New ways for measuring export promotion performance and results
  • Export promotion instrument and transaction costs for business
  • Export promotion and developing countries
  • Technological innovation and export promotion
  • Export promotion for specific types of industry
  • Born globals and export promotion
  • New theoretical approaches to study and explain export promotion

Further information can be found here.

If you haven’t tried using globalEDGE in your IE teaching, you might consider doing so. I (Nicole) use it with my International Marketing & Entrepreneurship course to help students explore country data as they help young venture determine which markets to enter.

Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University, globalEDGE™ is a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals, academics and students worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities.

You can find it at

globalEDGE also offers a variety of teaching/learning modules such as this one pertaining to IE: Identifying and Measuring Drivers of Global Entrepreneurship



UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA — The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business invites applications from talented scholars to fill two tenure track positions at the Assistant Professor level in the area of International Business.

Applicants must have earned or be close to completing a PhD in International Business or Management, Global Strategy, or a related international management discipline.

Qualified candidates will have a strong international business focus in both their research and teaching, as demonstrated by experience in conducting research and teaching courses where international business issues are focal rather than peripheral. Our faculty are recognized research leaders and we seek to complement and extend our already vibrant research community with a scholar dedicated to publishing high quality international business research in top-rated academic journals.

Commensurate with their career stage, qualified candidates must have either an established publishing record in leading scholarly journals or a strong research pipeline including high quality scholarly papers targeted to such journals. Scholarly expertise in at least one of the following areas is strongly desired:

  • Global strategy
  • Emerging markets
  • International entrepreneurship

Full details of the application process are available here: UVic Position 2016

Please send a letter of application with curriculum vitae, appropriate evidence of research (publications or work in progress) and teaching skills (such as course evaluation scores, teaching statements, syllabi) and three references to: Saul Klein, Dean, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, PO Box 1700, STN CSC, Victoria, BC  V8W 2Y2, telephone: (250) 721-6068, e-mail:, website:

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

Consideration of applications will begin on August 10, 2016. Representatives from the Gustavson School will be available to meet interested candidates at the Academy of Management annual meeting and at the Academy of International Business annual conference.

In late June, over 1000 academics will converge on New Orleans for the Academy of International Business conference.

The IE track has 21 sessions! One panel also includes Peter Buckley and Alain Verbeke (the new editor of JIBS). This is a HUGE accomplishment.

IE has clearly established a major presence at AIB. This is rather remarkable given IE has only had a track since about 2010. IE’s visibility due to the work that you – the members of our community – continue to produce. Thank you.

Please look out for – and say hi to – all the IE scholars in New Orleans. There are too many to mention here but the IE editor for JIBS will be in attendance (Becky Reuber), the IE editor for JBV (Nicole Coviello) and one of the IE editors for JWB (Martina Musteen).

See you in New Orleans.


Scholarships for MSc in International Business & Entrepreneurship – University of Glasgow

The MSc in International Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School is delighted to announce that the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School is offering over £450,000 worth of postgraduate funding for both Home/EU and International students for over 20 taught Masters programmes (including this one) starting in September 2016. All scholarships will be awarded as a tuition fee waiver either fully or part-funding your tuition fees. The Adam Smith Business School is in the elite group of less than 1% of the world’s business schools that hold triple-accreditation.

Any interested students are free to contact Dr Margaret Fletcher:

Items that students have identified as particular strengths for the programme include the quality of the staff and the courses, a very good balance between theory and practice, and the fact that the students are really international.

Graduates of the programme take wide-ranging posts in multicultural contexts, working in multinational companies, or develop their own entrepreneurial ventures. Some graduates go on to study for a PhD in Glasgow or further afield.

1st Global Entrepreneurship Development (GEDC) Conference, Kingston University

When? 5-7 October, 2016

The GEDC is a global community on entrepreneurship research. It is the mission of the GEDC to raise levels of knowledge, theory and practice on entrepreneurship worldwide through the promotion of research. The theme for this first conference is New Frontiers in International Entrepreneurship: Research and Practice.

Submit your extended abstract (about 1000 words) by July 1st to the track chairs:

  • IE and SMEs internationalization in Latin America: Sascha Furst
  • IE and SMEs internationalization in Africa: Ernest Abaho
  • IE and SMEs internationalization in Asia: Hang Do
  • Institutions and networks on IE and SMEs: Luciano Ciravegna
  • GEM and new challenges on IE and SMEs: Ernesto Amoros
  • Economy, SMEs and IE dynamics in Europe: George Saridakis

Acceptance for presentation will be communicated by August 1st, 2016

More information can be found at:


The Department of Marketing & Management at the University of Southern Denmark invites applications for one or more positions as Assistant Professor in International Business and International Entrepreneurship.

The positions are mainly located in Odense, but teaching may be required at the campuses in Slagelse and Sønderborg. The positions are vacant from January 1, 2017 and has a time limit of three years.
Applications close August 15, 2016.

Further information can be found here: 2016 Assistant Professor – Odense Denmark

See also the SDU website:

In case you missed it…

In 2014, the University of Southern Denmark (in Odense) hosted the first ‘Odense IE Workshop’. This workshop is intended to facilitate both paper and career development.

In 2016, the workshop was repeated, attracting 70 registrants from 23 countries. The non-traditional format involves publishing sessions from leading scholars and editors, paper development sessions, and topic specific sessions involving some combination of seminar and presentation of research ideas or works-in-progress.

As one of the participants this year, I can confirm it was AWESOME.

Congratulations to Tage Koed Madsen, Martin Hannibal, Per Servais and Erik Rasmussen for a highly productive and engaging event!

Journal of Business Venturing – 2016, Volume 31, Issue, 3, 253-271

Escalation of commitment in venture capital decision making: Differentiating between domestic and international investors

David Devigne, Sophie Manigart and Mike Wright

  • Drawing upon an escalation of commitment framework, this study investigates how differences between cross-border and domestic venture capital investors in emotional, social, and institutional factors affect their decision to terminate an unsuccessful investment. We track the exit outcome of 1060 venture capital investments in 684 European technology companies. Results show that domestic investors have a high tendency to escalate their commitment to a failing course of action, while cross-border investors terminate their investments efficiently, even when investing through a local branch. This is explained by cross-border investors having a lower social and emotional involvement with the project and a lower embeddedness in the local economic and social environment, decreasing individual decision biases. Further, they are affected to a lower extent by normative pressures to further invest from their co-investment network. Local branches of cross-border investors are also shielded from escalation of commitment. We conjecture that their international investment committee acts as an organizational safeguard against individual decision biases. Domestic investors may hence benefit from mimicking the behavior of cross-border investors.


Journal of International Business Studies – 2016, Volume 47, Number 3, 295-318

International knowledge brokerage and returnees’ entrepreneurial decisions

Daomi Lin, Jiangyong Lu, Xiaohui Liu and Xiru Zhang

  • Based on the knowledge brokerage literature and the international entrepreneurship literature, we investigate whether returnees’ international knowledge transfer affects their entrepreneurial decisions and the extent to which this relationship is contingent on perceived supportive policies for returnee entrepreneurship and returnees’ difficulties with cross-cultural readjustment in their home countries. Analyzing first-hand survey data, we find a positive relationship between international knowledge transfer and returnees’ decisions to become entrepreneurs. This positive relationship is strengthened by the perception of the home country’s supportive policies for returnee entrepreneurship but is weakened by returnees’ perceived difficulties in readjusting to the local norms and culture in their home countries.


Journal of Small Business Management – 2016, Volume 54, Number 2, 445–461

The impact of social networks on perceptions of international opportunities

Witold Nowinski and Alex Rialp

  • The paper emphasizes the importance of social networks in the gestation of international new ventures, particularly through their impact on the perceptions of nascent entrepreneurs. Their contribution consists not only in providing new information to assist new venture founders in identifying international opportunities but, and perhaps more importantly, in assessing them. By modifying the way in which entrepreneurs perceive the feasibility and desirability of opportunities, networks trigger the enactment of international opportunities. Whereas opportunity evaluations by more experienced international entrepreneurs tend to be linked to their strong network ties, the international role models of novice entrepreneurs seem to be transformational.


Journal of Small Business Management – 2016, Volume 54, Number 2, 462–480

Entrepreneurial orientation and international performance: The moderating effect of decision-making rationality

Ioanna Deligianni, Pavlos Dimitratos, Andreas Petrou and Yair Aharoni

  • This research examines how entrepreneurial orientation (EO) influences international performance (IP) of the firm taking into account the moderating effect of decision-making rationality (DR) on the EO-IP association. Such an investigation is significant because it considers the interplay of strategic decision-making processes supported by the bounded rationality concept in the entrepreneurship field. Drawing from a study on activities of 216 firms in the United States and United Kingdom, the evidence suggests that DR positively moderates the EO-IP association. The findings suggest that managers can improve IP by combining EO with rational (analytical) processes in their strategic decisions.


Journal of Small Business Management – 2016, Volume 54, Number 2, 679–696

What does really matter in the internationalization of small and medium-sized family businesses?

Andrea Calabro, Marina Brogi and Mariateresa Torchia

  • Internationalization of family businesses is often considered a way to revitalize both the family and the business. However, the debate on its challenges and constraints is still inconclusive. This study explores whether incoming generations’ involvement impacts the decision to exploit and explore international opportunities and to what extent altruism and competence-based trust mediate that relationship. Three propositions are formulated drawing from international entrepreneurship literature and stewardship theory. To validate this framework, a multiple case study on four Italian family firms has been conducted. Implications for theory and practice are finally discussed.


Journal of World Business – 2016, Volume 51, Number 1, 93-102

Internationalization: From incremental to born global

Gary Knight and Peter W Liesch

  • In this paper, we summarize how internationalization research has evolved over time, where it stands today, and how it might evolve going forward. Specifically, we examine internationalization research from earlier times to the present day. We contrast the incremental internationalization characteristic of older multinational enterprises with the early, rapid internationalization of born global firms. The paper summarizes the evolution of research on early internationalization and born global firms, and provides evidence to suggest why this area now has attained legitimacy in scholarly research. We then examine important theoretical issues in born global research and suggest avenues for future research.

Lecturer in International Business – School of Marketing and International Business, Victoria Business School

The School of Marketing and International Business at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand is a dynamic and growing school within the Victoria Business School. Victoria Business School is located within the centre of New Zealand’s thriving capital city. Wellington is the administrative and financial centre of New Zealand and many businesses have their head offices here. Excellent links are in place with many of the corporate leaders, financial institutions, and government agencies in the city to develop mutually beneficial partnerships. Victoria Business School is among just 73 business schools worldwide that hold the ‘Triple Crown’ of international accreditations (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA).

An opportunity has arisen to join the School as a Lecturer in International Business. The successful applicant will work closely with colleagues in the International Business group and across the School and play an active role in building the School’s research culture.

A Lecturer must have a PhD in a relevant discipline. The appointee will be expected to publish high quality research in an international business discipline and will strengthen existing capabilities in the School. All areas of International Business are welcome including FDI, international strategy and entrepreneurship, internationalisation, cross-cultural management, etc. Teaching and course management in international business topics, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level is required. In addition, the appointee will be expected to supervise postgraduate students.

To apply, visit the VUW vacancies website: . Please note that only online applications will be accepted.

If you have any queries or require further information please contact Associate Professor Dan Laufer, Head of School of Marketing and International Business at

Reference: 1079

Applications close: 15 July 2016

Hi everyone

If you are interested in assuming the management and ongoing development of the website, please submit a short proposal outlining:

  1. Why you would like to manage the site
  2. What you would like to do with the site; and
  3. What value you think you can offer to the ie-scholars community

Your information should include the details of you/your team, as well as your capabilities and resources for taking over this role.

Please submit your applications to Nicole ( by 23 May 2016.




The 2nd Annual MDE Conference will be held in Bremen, Germany (28-29 November, 2016).

This is an international conference that aims to create a better understanding of the challenges in the realm of migration and diaspora entrepreneurship. Migration paths become more important and modern nations tend to be or become transnational societies. This conference brings together international researchers from different backgrounds investigating the  entrepreneurial and business activities of migrants as well as diasporans. Besides that, also policy-makers and practitioners are invited to join.

This conference is highly related to IE, and highlights international entrepreneurial activities of migrants and diasporans.

You can download the call for papers here:

Our homepage:


We are seeking applications from members of who are interested in managing this website (i.e. taking over from Nicole).

If you would like to apply, here are some things to know:

  1. This is a WordPress site hosted by Arvixe. That means it’s generally easy to use and the annual costs are low.
  2. Nevertheless, there is the occasional hiccup and so I pay a technical person to fix any problems that might occur.
  3. Once your learning curve is over, every week requires about an hour to identify and upload material to the site. This is facilitated by having feeds from different sources coming to me – I accumulate, sort, choose and then post relevant information.
  4. Every week also requires a few minutes to assess and approve new users because we still get phishing attempts.
  5. It’s fun to do!
  6. We reach over 500 people working in IE!
  7. More can be done to improve the site and it’s usefulness to the community.

Any interested parties should email me at I can then provide further information.

Please contact me with a proposal outlining: 1) the details of you/your team, 2) your capabilities and resources for taking over this role, and 3) any ideas for improving the ie-scholars site.


Small Business Economics has issued a call for Special Issue papers on:

“Effectuation and entrepreneurship theory: How effectuation relates to other concepts, models, and theories within entrepreneurship”

Special Issue Editors:

  • Gry Agnete Alsos, Nord University
  • Tommy Høyvarde Clausen, Nord University
  • René Mauer, ESCP Europe Berlin
  • Stuart Read, Willamette University
  • Saras Sarasvathy, University of Virginia

Deadline: December 1 2016

Effectuation is a new proposed theory of entrepreneurship that challenges the traditional understanding of entrepreneurial decision-making and behavior (Sarasvathy, 2001). During the last 15 years, a growing number of studies examine entrepreneurship from an effectuation lens and further develop a variety of ideas related to effectuation. Although effectuation has gained substantial interest in the literature (Arend, Sarooghi, & Burkemper, 2015) theorizing on effectuation is still in its infancy and fragmented. Despite its potential, there is still rather limited diffusion of effectuation into the wider literature. In this Special Issue, we seek to advance effectuation as a theory of entrepreneurship by examining how it relates to other concepts, models, and theories that also seek to understand and explain entrepreneurial action. Such an endeavor may help diffuse the insights from effectuation theory to other literatures, fertilize theorizing in other domains (Arend et al., 2015), and offer new insights back to effectuation. More generally, these efforts may help establish the unique contribution of effectuation to our understanding of entrepreneurial action. To accomplish these objectives, it is useful to construct connections with related and important literature streams related to management, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Starting from existing work on effectuation, several literature streams can be identified. One explores different building blocks of effectuation, such as the different principles or the notion of expertise (Dew, Read, Sarasvathy, & Wiltbank, 2008, 2009; Dew & Sarasvathy, 2007; Dew, Sarasvathy, Read, & Wiltbank, 2009; Sarasvathy, Dew, Read, & Wiltbank, 2008). Another tests the borders of effectuation by using it to examine R&D project behavior (Brettel, Mauer, Engelen, & Küpper, 2012), business angel investing (Wiltbank, Read, Dew, & Sarasvathy, 2009), and product/market strategy decisions (Deligianni, Voudouris, & Lioukas, 2015), with some studies conceptualizing effectuation as a corporate strategic orientation (Werhahn, Mauer, Flatten, & Brettel, 2015). These studies demonstrate that the applicability of the effectuation concept is wide with promising routes also for further research.

Existing studies have begun to relate concepts from the entrepreneurship literature to establish conceptual antecedents and consequences of effectuation and causation. Issues such as the role of human capital and organizational environment (da Costa & Brettel, 2011; Johansson & McKelvie, 2012), experience of the entrepreneur (Alsos & Clausen, 2014; Harms & Schiele, 2012), entrepreneurial self-efficacy (Engel, Dimitrova, Khapova, & Elfring, 2014), and career motives (Gabrielsson & Politis, 2011) for the use of effectuation by entrepreneurs have been studied. Further, studies have tested relationships between effectuation and various outcomes such as exit strategies (DeTienne & Chandler, 2010), export/internationalization (Harms & Schiele, 2012; Kalinic, Sarasvathy, & Forza, 2014), R&D project performance (Brettel et al., 2012), new venture performance (Deligianni et al., 2015), creativity in new product development processes (Blauth, Mauer, & Brettel, 2014), and conflict in entrepreneur-investor relationships (Appelhoff, Mauer, Collewaert, & Brettel, 2015). Finally, the potential overlaps and complementarity of effectuation and other emerging concepts as opportunity creation and bricolage (Fisher, 2012; Welter, Mauer, & Wuebker, 2015). Although these studies suggest a variety of interesting mechanisms, critical reviews have called for more solid theoretical grounding for effectuation as well as a better integration with other concepts, models and theories (Arend et al., 2015).

The aim of this Special Issue of Small Business Economics is to embrace this development, encouraging the discussion of effectuation in relation to key topics and theoretical concepts in the field of entrepreneurship. We anticipate that the special issue will follow a trend of integrating effectuation into the wider entrepreneurship literature, responding to calls for advancing entrepreneurship theory and the development of entrepreneurship as a distinct field of research (Davidsson, Low, & Wright, 2001; Shane & Venkataraman, 2000; Shepherd, 2015). On the other side, we expect that special issue submissions will also respond to calls for testing and critically examining effectuation as theory (Arend et al., 2015; Perry, Chandler, & Markova, 2012). Hence, we seek papers that integrate effectuation theory with other theoretical concepts, models, and theories related to entrepreneurship, with the aim of contributing to the understanding of effectuation as well as to the broader field of entrepreneurship. Convergent and divergent approaches are welcomed, i.e. effectuation can contrast or fertilize other perspectives. To provide some specifics, topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:


  • What are antecedents to effectuation, and how does context matter?
  • How do different types and sources of learning relate to effectuation and causation?
  • What is the role of goal setting, planning, and negotiations in effectuation and causation?
  • How is effectuation and causation related to characteristics of entrepreneurial opportunities or business ideas, and to opportunity development processes?
  • How do effectuation and causation materialize in levels beyond the individual, such as entrepreneurial teams or at the organizational level?


  • What are relevant dependent variables for effectuation, and how do the causal mechanisms between effectuation and the dependent variables work?
  • How do effectuation and causation relate to innovation?
  • How is effectuation and causation by the entrepreneur related to subsequent organizational processes such as resource acquisition, financing, resource configuration, internationalization, and the choice of product/market strategies?
  • What role does effectuation and causation play in corporate entrepreneurship?

 Related Literatures & Ideas

  • What are the relationships between entrepreneurial concepts (such as start-up activities, venture gestation, pivoting, business models, venture performance, failure, etc.) with effectuation?
  • How does theory of effectuation relate to broader theoretical frameworks such as evolutionary theory, resource dependency theory, resource-based view, institutional theory, etc.?
  • What is the relationship between effectuation, bricolage, and improvisation?
  • How can effectual and causal behavior be influenced or shaped by institutional pressures, and how is effectuation linked to the formation and change of institutions?

This is an open call and we welcome articles for consideration from members of the global research community with interest in the above mentioned issues. This special issue of Small Business Economics is offered in conjunction with the 4th Effectuation Conference that is to be held in Bodø, Norway June 5-7 2016.

Guidelines for authors

  • Submissions to this special issue should be sent electronically to
  • Papers should be 5000-8000 words in length, including references.
  • All papers should be fully referenced and follow the publisher’s submission policies for style and format. Appropriate permissions should be obtained, where relevant. Journal guidelines are found at:
  • Submitted papers should not currently be in print or submitted for consideration to another journal.
  • All papers will undergo double blind review as per standard review process followed by Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal.
  • Submission deadline: December 1 2016

For additional information, please contact


Nicole Coviello and Helena Yli-Renko are (beyond) pleased to announce that their edited book is now available:


Handbook of Measures for International Entrepreneurship Research:
Multi-item Scales Crossing Disciplines and Contexts


You can obtain information and get a peek inside at:

The book is IN STOCK for the UK and the Rest of the World. It can be pre-ordered for North and South America.

Best news of all: Here is a discount voucher for 35% off! Coviello Handbook Discount


The IM Division is offering two important Consortia at the 2016 Annual Academy of Management meeting in Anaheim, California, U.S.A.

Both are on Saturday, August 6, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Doctoral Student Consortium (DSC)

  • Have you defended your dissertation proposal, or are you very close to defending it? Are you planning to start searching for a job this year? Would you like to get feedback on your dissertation proposal, get career development advice in the field of international management, be it teaching, research or publishing? If yes, the DSC is for you!
  • Check out the detailed call for more information and application instructions:
  • Application deadline: May 15, 2016.

Junior Faculty Consortium (JFC)

The 2016 Academy of International Business-Australia and New Zealand (AIB-ANZ) Chapter meeting will be 11-12 November in Sydney, Australia.

Details? AIB-ANZ 2016

The meeting includes a 1-day Symposium and a half-day Paper Development Workshop (PDW). It is hosted by the Management Discipline Group at UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney.

We look forward to welcoming to you to Sydney in November!


This week, I was very happy to see that we now have 500 members in

Our membership is worldwide and we welcome you ALL!

I hope to meet some of you at the upcoming workshop in Odense (May).




Queen’s Management School, Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading business schools in the UK and Ireland. We attract students from around the world and educate them for dynamic 21st century careers. Queen’s Management School academics are engaged in progressive world-class research which is transforming economies, organizations and people around the globe.  Our vision is to increase our global impact and become an increasingly important international institution.

We are seeking to make appointments at the lecturer or senior lecturer level in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Marketing or International Business. These positions are situated within the Management group at Queen’s Management School. This group is renowned for its high-quality research and excellent teaching standards as indicated by REF2014, National Student Satisfaction and Times Higher results. Our academics have research interests in entrepreneurship, human resource management, innovation, international business, marketing, strategy, supply chain management and operations management. The group is responsible for a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate programs encompassing these areas.

The successful applicant(s) at Lecturer level will be a committed teacher and possess the potential to publish in journals at international standard in entrepreneurship, international business or marketing.

Applicants for Senior Lecturer should have a strong record of excellence in teaching and an extensive track record of publications of an international standard. They must also be committed to providing academic leadership.

In your application, please clearly state the position (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer) for which you are applying and detail how you meet the job criteria as set out in the job description.

Informal enquiries for this post may be directed to Dr Kristel Miller, email: telephone: ?028 9097 4560 or Dr. Geoff Simmons, email: telephone: 028 9097 4716

Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 1 June 2016
Salary scale: Lecturer: £34,576 – £50,702 per annum (including contribution points)?Senior Lecturer: £49,230 – £62,322 per annum (including contribution points)
Closing date: Monday 25 April 2016

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. Queen’s Management School is working towards an Athena SWAN award

Apply online at For further information or assistance contact the Personnel Department, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on



University of Tartu (Estonia) is seeking to hire an Associate Professor in Innovation Management and International Business.

Contract Type: Permanent, full time (40 working hours per week)

The University of Tartu (UT) was founded in 1632. It is a member of the Coimbra Group. UT belongs to the top 3% of world’s best universities ( It has about 14500 students ( The School of Economics and Business Administration has about 1300 students (including about 70 doctoral students) and 80 staff members ( In Fall 2019, the School will move to the new IT House together with the Entrepreneurship Centre, the Institute of Computer Science and the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics.

The School of Economics and Business Administration seeks applicants for a position of an Associate Professor in Innovation Management and International Business preferably beginning on September 1, 2016 with the following responsibilities:

  • conduct and publish internationally excellent research on innovation management, international business and related themes alone and/or with colleagues from the university and/or other scholars
  • teach core and elective courses in innovation management and international business to BA, MBA and PhD students
  • supervise MBA and Ph.D. students specialized in innovation management and/or international business research
  • apply for local and international research grants
  • lead or act as a principal investigator in local and international grant projects
  • represent the university at local, regional, national and international level: participate at conferences, in international organizations, professional bodies etc.

Essential criteria

  • PhD in innovation or international business or a close field
  • sufficient knowledge in innovation management and/or international business to teach and conduct high quality research
  • proven publication record in internationally acknowledged journals
  • a good track record in teaching
  • excellent communication, presentation and co-operation skills
  • established record of supervision of research students
  • ability to identify new collaboration opportunities
  • ability to teach and write scientific articles fluently in English (the applicant is not required to study Estonian – all teaching will be in English)

Desirable criteria

  • ability and readiness to interact with local businesses and entrepreneurs
  • experience in developing and delivering new courses
  • excellent management and leadership skills
  • fluency in applying quantitative and/or qualitative research methods
  • experience in international research and/or teaching co-operation
  • demonstrable potential to attract research funding

Priority is given to a candidate with combined capabilities in innovation management and international business, but candidates specialized in one of these fields will be also seriously considered.

The salary will be higher than the minimum of the UT salary scale: approximately around 20 000 (net) per annum. The deadline for submitting applications is May 2nd 2016, but candidates are strongly encouraged to submit as soon as possible. To apply for this role, please see the detailed information about the application procedure, personnel regulations and documents of the University of Tartu at

To find out more about the position, please contact Prof Urmas Varblane, Head of the Chair of International Business and Innovation,


Special Issue: “The Internationalization of African Firms: Nature, Drivers, Outcomes and Boundary Conditions”

Proposed Deadline for submission of Manuscripts: 30 December, 2016

The guest editors welcome both conceptual and empirical (quantitative, qualitative or mixed method) papers that address the following research topics. Please note – some of these are IE specific.

  • Do African firms exhibit unique internationalization behaviors that can help extend extant IB theory?
  • What are the motivations for, and outcomes of, Africa-to-Africa internationalization strategy?
  • Do similar-aged African multinationals internationalize in the same manner as other emerging market or developed economy multinationals?
  • Do African foreign direct investors emphasize different factors than non-African investors in deciding if and how to invest in Africa?
  • Do African multi-continental and global players emphasize different factors when investing in Africa than non-African countries?
  • What are ownership advantages in the context of intra-African Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)? How can internationalizing African firms help broaden the concept of ownership advantages?
  • How do the springboard and linkage-leverage-learning perspectives apply to internationalizing African firms?
  • To what extent do colonial heritage influence location decisions of internationalizing African firms? Do regional economic blocs (e.g. Economic Community of West African States) and trade agreements play a role in the international location decisions of internationalizing African firms?
  • What kinds of resources and capabilities do African firms need to internationalize rapidly?
  • To what extent can managerial network ties help or hurt internationalization of African firms?
  • Do rapidly internationalizing African firms perform better than their counterparts that follow a more gradual process of internationalization?
  • How do institutional conditions in African markets help African firms penetrate and grow in foreign markets with similar conditions?
  • How do industry-, country-, sub-regional-, regional-specific or firm-specific factors condition the international performance effects of international strategies of African firms?
  • What role does stakeholder engagement play in the internationalization of African firms?
  • Can international companies operating in African markets enhance their performance by being good corporate citizens? Does commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability initiatives translate into positive financial results in Africa? What factors moderate the impact of CSR and sustainability strategies on performance for internationalizing African firms?

Kindly note that the above listed research questions or topics are in no way exhaustive. We encourage authors to think about research questions that creatively address the core theme of the special issue call.

Guest Co-Editors            

Dr. Nathaniel Boso, University of Leeds, UK Prof. Kevin Ibeh, Birkbeck University of London, UK Prof. Amon Chizema, University of Birmingham, UK Dr. Ifedapo Adeleye, Lagos Business School, Nigeria

Further Information? TIBR Call for Papers 2016

Pervez Ghauri (University of Birmingham, UK) and VH Manek Kirpalani (Concordia University, Canada) are pleased to announce the publication of:

Handbook of Research on International Entrepreneurship Strategy: Improving SME Performance Globally

Details? Edward Elgar Publishing, ISBN 978-1783471577225

This Handbook provides a dynamic perspective on the IE strategies of SMEs including the role and experience of their founders, as well as the collaboration of these SMEs in networks with larger firms.

The expert contributors from all over the world and the editors explore the origin and evolution of internationalizing SMEs, the changing history and the future outlook of this sector. They study the effects of different cultures on the origin and growth of entrepreneurship and SMEs. The Handbook also outlines the various types of Born Globals that emerge from different parts of the world.

Welcome to the Global Entrepreneurship Development Centre (GEDC) first conference.

The GEDC is a global community on entrepreneurship research. It is the mission of the GEDC to raise levels of knowledge, theory and practice on entrepreneurship worldwide through the promotion of research.

The current partners in the GEDC include: Kingston University, UK; Zhejiang University, China; UNC Charlotte, USA; Robert Gordon University, UK; St Gallen University, Switzerland; Turku University, Finland; EGADE Tec de Monterrey, Mexico; Universidad EAFIT, Colombia; University of Chile, Chile; Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile; Linnaeus University, Sweden; Tel Hai University, Israel; Makerere University, Uganda, among others that are planning to join us during 2016-2017.

Members of the GEDC are involved in joint entrepreneurship research programs, joint PhD workshops and conferences, faculty exchanges and cooperation. The theme for this first conference is New Frontiers in International Entrepreneurship: Research and Practice to be held at Kingston Business School, London, UK on 5-7 October 2016.

Plenary session & research-intensive workshops

A plenary session with key speakers including Professors Pavlos Dimitratos (Glasgow), Kevin Ibeh (London), Pervez Ghauri (Birmingham), Zhongming Wang (Zhejiang) and Christian Felzensztein (Kingston) discussing the topic “IE and SMEs internationalization: new directions in developed and emerging economies” will be the opening session of the conference.

The intensive, two-day conference will serve as a platform for the GEDC members to network and discuss the further development of new theories and methodologies for better understanding of internationalizing entrepreneurial firms facing new internationalization challenges. Only unpublished papers are invited for presentation in the competitive sessions.

A selected list of papers will be considered for further publication in a special issue of the International Small Business Journal (IF: 1.8).  This 1st GEDC conference will include two best paper awards for competitive papers presented by PhD researchers or young scholars under 40, as well as the announcement of the next conference to be held during 2017 by another GEDC partner institution.

Doctoral Students, GEDC partners and Business plenary

Doctoral Candidates are encouraged to participate and present their work in the main conference. Kingston University Business School will offer conference fee waiver for contributing doctoral students and scholars from the GEDC partners’ institutions. International entrepreneurs will be invited to join and interact with scholars and share mutual perspective on IE and SMEs themes.

Key dates and submission:

Submit your extended abstract (about 1000 words) by July 1st to the track chairs:

  1. IE and SMEs internationalization in Latin America: Sascha Furst
  2. IE and SMEs internationalization in Africa: Ernest Abaho
  3. IE and SMEs internationalization in Asia: Hang Do
  4. Institutions and networks on IE and SMEs: Luciano Ciravegna
  5. GEM and new challenges on IE and SMEs: Ernesto Amoros
  6. Economy, SMEs and IE dynamics in Europe: George Saridakis

Acceptance for presentation will be communicated by August 1st, 2016

Conference days: 5-7 October 2016

Conference Chair

Professor Christian Felzensztein
Director, Global Entrepreneurship Development Centre
Kingston University, UK 


International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Call for Papers for Special Issue on:

“Entrepreneurship, Migration and Family in Peripheral Contexts – Avenues for Growth and Internationalisation”

Guest Editors

  • Maria Elo, University of Turku, Finland
  • Susanne Sandberg, Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Per Servais, University of Southern, Denmark
  • Allan Discua Cruz, Lancaster University Management School, UK
  • Rodrigo Basco, American University of Sharjah, UAE

Full information can be found here: IJESB CfP – Entrepreneurship Migration and Family in Peripheral Contexts

We cordially invite you to The Second Odense Workshop on International Entrepreneurship, May 20-21, 2016.

There is no conference fee. Our university provides lunches and dinner. Our website ( provides more information as well as a registration module.

Please register by 1 April 2016!

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers with similar interests to spur discussion and further development of ongoing research as well as new research ideas. The sessions will be organized as genuine workshops lasting 2-3 hours, involving short presentations and ample of time for discussion. There will be several parallel workshops with a maximum of 10 participants in each session. Each workshop will have a moderator who will initiate and head the discussions. This will present a unique opportunity for participants to develop new research initiatives with the potential for advancing the field of International Entrepreneurship.

Workshop Topics:

  • The Entrepreneurs Driving IE
    Moderated by Nicole Coviello, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Waterloo, Canada
  • Paper Development Workshop for Young Scholars
    Moderated by Nicole Coviello, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Waterloo, Canada and Gary Knight, Willamette University, USA
  • Strategic Internationalization
    Moderated by Hamid Etemad, McGill University, Canada
  • Internationalization-Technology-Time Interactions
    Technology-enabled Internationalization Challenging Internationalization Theories. Moderated by Hamid Etemad, McGill University, Canada
  • Theory Development: Appropriate and Novel Theories in International Entrepreneurship Research
    Moderated by Gary Knight, Willamette University, USA
  • Marketing Strategies in International Entrepreneurship
    Moderated by Svante Andersson, Halmstad University, Sweden and Natasha Evers, JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics, Ireland
  • International New Ventures and Born Global Firms
    Conceptualization and Operationalization. Moderated by Tage Koed Madsen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • International Entrepreneurship
    Opportunity Recognition and Improvisation. Moderated by Jesper Strandskov and Per Servais, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Innovation and Internationalization
    Two sides of the same coin? Moderated by Erik S. Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Time as a Concept in International Entrepreneurship Research
    Considerations and developments. Moderated by Martin Hannibal, University of Southern Denmark
  • Born Globals and INVs from Emerging Economies
    Empirical evidence and theoretical development. Moderated by Xiaotian Zhang, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark



Romeo Turcan has shared one of his IE teaching cases:

Growth Challenges in Small Manufacturing Ventures from Emerging Economies: The Evidence from Moldova

You can find the case and teaching note here, along with other IE cases.

Thanks to all the contributing authors!

The new issue of the Journal of International Management has published a glowing review of the new Routledge Companion to International Entrepreneurship, edited by Stephanie Fernhaber and Shameen Prashantham. The review (by S Stoyanov and V Stoyanova) is available here: Review of Fernhaber and Prashantham IE Book

Congratulations to Stephanie and Shameen, as well as all the authors included in the book!

Three new IE cases are available (with teaching notes). Please click here for access.

If you have any IE cases you would like to share, please send them to





Georgia Tech’s Center for International Business Education and Research (GT CIBER) announces the 2016 Japan FDIB.

Japan’s unique approach to modern life offers many examples and opportunities for learning. Japan has overcome many historic disasters and tragedies, and re-emerged to a new period of growth. This program will allow you to experience many aspects of the “real Japan;” to see both its cutting edge technology, it’s fascinating and ancient culture, and all the things in between.  This program will travel much of the length of Japan, from the disaster affected areas in the northeast, through Tokyo and to the Kansai region in the southwest. We will work with some of Japan’s top-rated universities, as well as experiencing the business, culture and history of Japan.

Shared Accommodation Before March 31 (extended) – $4100 USD After $4700 USD
Single Accommodation Supplement Available.

What is included:

  • 3-star shared accommodations (Single Supplement Available) with breakfast
  • Bilingual local guides
  • Ground transportation including the Shinkansen “Bullet Trains”
  • Guided Tour of Tsukiji Market, including the famous Tuna Auctions – Last Chance before it closes in November!
  • Sake brewery tour
  • Kyoto tour including the Kinkakuji “Golden Pavilion” temple and Shogun’s residence Nijo Castle

Faculty from Minority Serving Institutions and Community and Technical Colleges can apply for a cost reduction.


May 22-23 – Orientation in Atlanta (optional – No additional program cost)

May 24 – Fly to Japan
May 25 – Arrive in Japan

May 26-June 6 – Tokyo, Sendai, Kyoto, Osaka, and more!
June 7 – Return home

To register:


The University of Miami Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) is pleased to announce our 2016 Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB)-Latin American Pacific Alliance Program, to be held from June 12-24th.  This program, open to faculty, business professionals, and PhD students, focuses on the business opportunities and challenges of Peru and Colombia, two of Latin America’s fastest growing economies.

Participants will discuss each country’s social and economic processes with public, private and academic leaders; visit companies in the agribusiness, financial, healthcare and resource management sectors, among others; explore unique cultural and tourist sites; and meet with peers from leading Universities and businesses

The $4,500 program fee per participant includes 5-star hotel accommodations (based on single occupancy), airfare within Latin America, ground transportation, cultural/business visits, and relevant reading materials.

Register before March 28, 2016 to receive a $500 discount on the program fee!

For additional information, please visit our website at or feel free to contact our office at or 305-284-8014.



The Management Programs department in the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University is seeking applications for the following position, to start in Fall 2016:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP / OPEN RANK: Tenure-track position in the entrepreneurship area at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor. The successful candidate will have a completed doctoral degree from an AACSB or other known accrediting body in business. Documented research accomplishments are essential (e.g., journal articles) as well of evidence of excellence in teaching. The department has programs at the undergraduate, Master’s and PhD levels. The individual will be a thought leader in entrepreneurship research and teaching, and will work as a team member with other faculty in the department, college and university and other elements of the college and university entrepreneurship effort, including the Adams Entrepreneurship Center and the Tech Runway (accelerator). Questions about this position should be sent to Roland Kidwell (, Gary Castrogiovanni (, or Chandra S. Mishra (chair of the search committee) ( Position number: 01004512.

Faculty in the department of Management Programs publish high quality scholarship in the areas of management, business policy/strategy, organizational behavior, human resource management, health care management/administration, entrepreneurship and international business.

The College of Business is located in Boca Raton and also has a campus in Davie. Both campuses are located on the beautiful coastal areas of South Florida, which offer a high quality of life. Florida Atlantic University is currently serving around 30,000 students, has more than 1,000 faculty and its 10 colleges offer more than 170 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With 46% of its student body classified as minority or international students, FAU ranks as the most racially, ethnically and culturally diverse institution in Florida’s State University System. The College of Business has almost 7,000 students, 20% of which are enrolled in graduate programs. The department of Management Programs hosts several programs including International Business and Health Administration and employs 37 faculty members.

All applicants must complete the Faculty, Administrative, Managerial & Professional Position Application that is available on-line through the Office of Human Resources: and apply for the currently posted position. See specific position numbers above. All applicants must provide a cover letter, CV, sample research paper (recent publication), the names of three references, and transcripts. Transcripts for faculty positions must be an official copy scanned into an electronic format and attached to the application. Degrees from outside the United States must be validated by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts). The evaluation should be scanned and uploaded to the application site. Questions about the Office of Human Resources online employment system should be sent to Emailed application submissions will not be accepted. Review of applicant materials is underway and will continue until the appointment is made.

Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of the Journal of International Business Studies


Special Issue Editors:

Full details can be found here: JIBS Special Issue on Networks

Deadline for submission: October 10, 2016

Tentative publication date: Spring 2018



The terminology we use in IE

A new publication from Catherine Welch, Maria Rumyatseva and Lisa Hewerdine offers a useful assessment of how we, as IE scholars, have used and mis-used the concepts of INV and BG in our research.

I encourage you to read their paper because it is a good reminder of how easy it is misrepresent what you think you are looking at. I too have learned this and it’s one of the reasons I work hard to clarify the language we use. To this end, I want to address one particular comment made by Catherine, Maria and Lisa. What follows is an excerpt from their paper followed by one from work written by another team: me, Tricia McDougall-Covin and Ben Oviatt.

Excerpt from:

Welch, C, Rumyatseva, M and LJ Hewerdine (2016), Using case research to reconstruct concepts: A methodology and illustration, Organizational Research Methods, 19, 1, 111-130.

  • “Our review therefore found considerable evidence of conceptual stretching in the form of attributes being dropped or defined inconsistently, and indicators being relaxed, usually without any theoretical justification as to why these decisions were made. This amounts to reification: the theoretical nature of the concept is no longer even acknowledged. While in our analysis we checked for any debates concerning the dropping of specific born global attributes, the only one that we found was in relation to technology orientation. Although Knight and Cavusgil (1996) specify that ‘‘born globals’’ have a technology orientation, this has been disputed by others, notably McAuley (1999), who investigated ‘‘born globals’’ in the arts and crafts sector. Theoretically driven ways of changing the concept—such as creating subtypes or comparing rival concepts—were rare. We found one example of subtype construction in our database. Kuivalainen, Sundqvist, and Servais (2007) have proposed the subtype ‘‘true born global.’’ However, this subtype can be seen as an attempt to rescue the original boundaries of the concept from the stretched versions that have become ubiquitous. More recently, but beyond the scope of our original database, Coviello (2015) has suggested that the born global is a subtype of the international new venture, which is a broader and more general term. While it is too early to judge, it is unlikely that moving the international new venture up the analytical ladder of abstraction will reduce conceptual stretching—in fact, it may well have the unintended consequence of encouraging it [italicized by Nicole]”

The concern I have lies with the italicized point. Here’s an excerpt from Coviello, McDougall and Oviatt (2011) that helps explain why:

Excerpt from:

Coviello, NE, McDougall, PP and BM Oviatt (2011), The emergence, advance and future of international entrepreneurship research – an introduction to the special forum, Journal of Business Venturing, 26, 6, 625-631.

  • “Jones et al. (2011) suggest that the labels attached to venture types in IE are often applied loosely. For example, when they discuss research on entrepreneurial internationalization, they are concerned that the term ‘international new venture’ (INV) is regularly used interchangeably with ‘Born Global’ (BG). We would like to comment further on the interchangeable use of terms to describe organizations in IE, but first we provide some historical perspective on the issue. We believe Rennie (1993) introduced the term ‘Born Global’ in print and this is the term that appears to be most commonly used in today’s literature. Over the years, various efforts to operationalize this concept have emerged (see Rialp et al. (2005) for a review of research on early internationalizing ?rms). Also popular is the term INV, and this was introduced by Oviatt and McDougall in their 1994 JIBS article. In that article, Oviatt and McDougall included the term ‘global start-up’ as one of four types of INV (with a global start-up described as a new venture that was active in many countries and coordinated many value chain activities across countries). Since the mid-1990s, they have consistently used the term INV, but have recognized in their publications that the terms INV and BG are used interchangeably within the broader literature.Importantly, their specific choice of the term INV is reflective of the conversation by IB scholars who often distinguish the term ‘international’ from ‘global, with ‘international’ referring to crossing a single or a few country borders while ‘global’ is reserved for involvement in many countries or continents. With this in mind, Oviatt and McDougall chose to use the term INV in recognition of that fact that many of the ventures they were examining competed primarily in their regional markets or in a relatively limited number of countries, rather than necessarily having a truly global focus. This is re?ected for example, in their conceptual distinction between the geographically-focused start-up and the global start-up, an argument supported empirically by (e.g.) the ‘early internationals’ that are distinguished from BGs by Aspelund and Moen (2005) or the ‘born regionals’ identi?ed by Lopez et al. (2009).

So what’s my point? The original argument that the BG (aka the Global Start-up) is one form of an INV is from the seminal work of Oviatt and McDougall (1994). Since then, research has refined our understanding of firm types although much work is yet to be done. I believe it remains pertinent to understand if how and why differences exist for sub-types of firms. My hope is that this type of research will reduce conceptual stretch – not expand it. This is because scholars will more carefully consider and distinguish the types of firms under examination.

If you are interested in this issue, please read Welch et al (2016 ORM), as well as the full versions of Coviello et al (2011 JBV) and Coviello (2015 JIBS). And of course, comments are welcome!!

The 21st McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference will be hosted by the Department of Management, Hanken School of Economics in Vaasa, Finland

When? August 23-25, 2016

Details? 2016 McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference

Key Dates?

Monday, May 2, 2016

  • Submission deadline for extended abstracts, maximum 800 words to be email in word-format to

Monday, June 6, 2016

  • Feedback / Acceptance

Monday, July 11, 2016

  • Submission deadline for completed papers between 6000 and 8000 words, and detailed synopsis of PhD research

Submission and Contact Information



Economist Intelligence Unit, 2016
Shameen Prashantham
How start-ups from emerging economies make inroads abroad

International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal – 2016, Volume 12, Number 1, 47-66.
Unpacking the relationship between young ventures’ international learning effort and performance in the context of an emerging economy
Dirk De Clercq, Lianxi Zhou and Aiqi Wu

  • This study investigates the relationship between international young ventures’ learning effort and performance in foreign markets, as well as its underlying contingencies, in the context of an emerging economy. We predict that international learning effort enhances international performance, that this effect is stronger at higher levels of market turbulence and intrafirm trust, and that the enabling role of trust for leveraging international learning effort into enhanced performance is particularly strong in turbulent markets. Results from a sample of 162 Chinese international young ventures support the hypotheses. The study has important implications for research on international entrepreneurship.

International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal – 2016, Volume 12, Number 1, 283-307.
Determinants of early internationalization of new firms: the case of Chile
José Ernesto Amorós, Rodrigo Basco  and Gianni Romaní

  • The aim of this article is to analyze the factors related to the early internationalization of new firms in Chile. We grouped the internationalization driver factors into three categories: individual, organizational, and firm-environmental factors. Using a sample of 374 entrepreneurs from Global Entrepreneurship Monitor data and performing a logistic regression model, we found that owner-manager’ high educational levels, opportunity-oriented motivation, new technology use, and activities related to extractive sectors (e.g., farming, forestry, fishing, and mining) contribute to a higher likelihood of early firm internationalizing. The implications for theory and practice are discussed.

International Business Review – 2016, Volume 25, Number 1, 244-254.
Drivers of export entrepreneurship 
Antonio Navarro-Garcia

  • The existing knowledge concerning the determinants of exporting entrepreneurship – conceived to be the speed, degree and scope with which the exporting activity is developed – is both scant and scattered. In order to cover this research gap, the main aim of this investigation is to get to know the drivers of export entrepreneurship from the resource-based view – RBV – and the contingency approach. A conceptual model that is verified with a multi-sectorial sample of 212 Spanish exporting companies is proposed. The results reveal that export entrepreneurship positively depends on internal factors, such as export commitment and resources associated with experience and structure. It likewise depends on contingency factors linked to the external environment, such as competitive intensity and the distances between the export firm’s different markets. The results produce academic and managerial contributions for the field of export activities.

International Business Review – 2016, Volume 25, Number 1, 333-345.
An exploratory study of international opportunity identification among family firms
Reza Zaefarian, Teck-Yong Eng and Misagh Tasavori

  • This research examines how family firms identify international opportunities. Family firms are characterized by long-term orientation, being risk averse, and benefiting from familiness capital, resources and capabilities related to family involvement and interactions. Built upon opportunity identification theory and in two perspectives of accidental discovery and purposeful search, we explore the role of social and business networks, and prior knowledge in a first and subsequent international opportunity identification by family firms. In addition, we attempt to understand the role of family characteristics in the process of opportunity identification. Multiple case studies were carried out with seven family businesses from emerging economies, namely, India, Turkey and Taiwan. The findings of this research illustrate that because of being risk averse and long-term oriented, family firms are more likely to identify the first international opportunity through accidental discovery and subsequent international opportunities through purposeful search. The findings of this research show that, as risk-averse firms, family firms are not proactive in initiating international opportunity identification but rather learn about opportunities through accidental discovery. After the first experience of internationalization, family firms engage in a more purposeful search to identify avenues that will aid their longevity through internationalization. In the identification of firms’ first international opportunities, it is mainly social networks that play a crucial role, especially those that contain international industry and market-specific knowledge. There is also a positive relationship between a family entrepreneur’s prior knowledge and international opportunity identification and this relationship is moderated by the prior knowledge of their network. Familiness capital of these organizations can also play a role in long-term international opportunity identification.

International Business Review – 2016, Volume 25, Number 1, 4-14.
How culture influences the way entrepreneurs deal with uncertainty in inter-organizational relationships: The case of returnee versus local entrepreneurs in China
Yipeng Liu and Tamar Almor

  • Entrepreneurship is widely associated with uncertainty that stems from inter-organizational relationships. The concept of uncertainty, however, has mostly been analyzed as a uni-variate variable that addresses perceived environmental uncertainty. In this conceptual paper we analyze the concept of uncertainty stemming from inter-organizational relationships in the entrepreneurial context as a multivariate concept, utilizing Milliken’s framework, which examines uncertainty by differentiating between state, effect and response uncertainty. Cultural influences are critical in determining how entrepreneurs perceive, analyze and deal with uncertainty in inter-organizational situations. By using illustrative cases of returnee versus local entrepreneurs in China, we propose that entrepreneurs influenced by Western cultures tend to treat state uncertainty as a focal change event, whereas entrepreneurs from Eastern cultures are more likely to consider the contextual factors; entrepreneurs influenced by Western cultures tend to limit effect uncertainty in the professional work setting by looking at cause-effect in an analytical way, whereas entrepreneurs from Eastern cultures are more likely to look at effect uncertainty beyond work; and entrepreneurs influenced by Western cultures tend to respond to perceived uncertainty by analytical-strategic thinking, whereas entrepreneurs from Eastern cultures are more likely to connect multiple factors holistically and to react to uncertainty by engaging the wider community. We argue that in a globalizing world it is pertinent for entrepreneurs who operate in the international environment to have a better understanding of the various facets of uncertainty and how these are related to culture when dealing with inter-organizational relationships.

International Business Review – 2016, Volume 25, Number 2, 484-494.
Crowdsourced translation for rapid internationalization in cyberspace: A learning perspective
Yen Tran, Moshe Yonatany and Volker Mahnke

  • This paper explores how Facebook effectively used crowdsourced translation to accelerate its rapid internationalization. We apply the learning perspective of internationalization theory to unpack what the firm learned in order to mobilize crowd-based knowledge to facilitate internationalization in the virtual context, and how it did so. Increasingly, global activities are conducted in virtual space and virtual markets and thus the paper offers insights into successful expansion in this new terrain. The findings highlight two key points: (1) the firm used cognitive/explicit learning to acquire external and codified knowledge, rather than the experiential knowledge traditionally suggested in the literature on the process of internationalization, and (2) the firm’s success rested on its ability to use virtual learning tools and incentive systems to acquire, articulate and integrate knowledge from communities of internationally dispersed users – the “crowd” – to accelerate its internationalization in cyberspace. This empirical study extends internationalization theory regarding knowledge and organizational learning.

International Business Review – 2016, Volume 25, Number 2, 522-534.
What drives the internationalization of Chinese SMEs? The joint effects of international entrepreneurship characteristics, network ties, and firm ownership
Xiao Zhang, Xufei Ma, Yue Wang, Xin Li and Dong Huo

  • The paper first investigates how Chinese small-to-medium enterprises’ (SMEs) network ties at home moderate the relationships between different international entrepreneurship (IE) characteristics and the degree of internationalization of the firm. The paper further explores how the Chinese SMEs’ ownership arrangement might explain the boundary conditions of the proposed moderating effects of network ties on the relationship between IE characteristics and internationalization. Findings of our empirical study generally support the hypotheses derived from our theoretical framework. The paper offers new insights into the internationalization of Chinese SMEs by ascertaining the differential contingent value of business versus political ties in the relationship between IE characteristics and internationalization and explores the bounds of our findings in terms of the ownership arrangement unique to the Chinese context.


The use of control variables is widespread in [international] entrepreneurship research. Herman Aguinis notes there are many  judgment calls, undisclosed practices, and an overall lack of transparency in what controls are included and excluded, and how their usage is reported. He also suggests these practices may partially account for a lack of repeatability of empirical results.

To help address concerns about control variable usage, he has made the following article available at (item #126):

Bernerth, J. & Aguinis, H. 2016. A critical review and best-practice recommendations for control variable usage. Personnel Psychology, 69: 229-283.

You may also be interested in reviewing other methods paper in Herman’s list.


Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School (equivalent to Assistant Professor)

  • Location: Birmingham, UK
  • Salary: £31,656 to £46,414 Grade 8, per annum
  • Hours: Full-time
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closes: 13 March 2016
  • Job Ref: R160039
Aston Business School (ABS) is one of Europe’s leading business schools, with the majority of its research rated world-leading or internationally excellent in RAE 2014, and accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.  It has a thriving research culture, convenient location and, experiences strong demand from well-qualified students for a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience courses.
The Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship group contributes to this success. It is particularly strong in entrepreneurship, with three Chairs in the area (Mark Hart, Tomasz Mickiewicz, and Ute Stephan). In addition, there are a number of younger colleagues with strong interest in entrepreneurship.
  • Prof. Mark Hart, jointly with Warwick University, leads the ESRC-financed Enterprise Research Centre (£2 million budget for 2016-2017), with several other colleagues from the group involved. The centre is a focus for research on entrepreneurship and small business growth in the UK (
  • Led by Professor Mark Hart, the group is the home of the UK national team of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor project, which is the unique and the single most important project on internationally harmonized data on entrepreneurship, on which a wide range of world class research, policy, and business advice is built.
  • The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme delivered across the Midlands by Aston is a flagship example of intensive business support; led by Professor Mark Hart.
  • ‘SEFORIS – Social enterprise as a force for more inclusive and innovative societies’ International FP7 project funded by the European Commission: UK team is led by Prof. Ute Stephan, studying in which contexts social enterprises thrive, the inclusiveness of ecosystems for social entrepreneurship, and how social enterprises change their context, as well as the management of social ventures.
  • The growing importance of entrepreneurship research within ABS and its reputation is reflected in the launch of a new MSc programme in International Business and Entrepreneurship.
Applicants should have a doctorate in a relevant discipline (either economics, business, or management). A publication record in peer-reviewed journals at the national and international level on entrepreneurship themes is expected, and where (and only where) evidence of it is strong, we will consider applicants, whose PhD has not yet been formally awarded.
Once appointed, an applicant will be expected to apply for research funding. Past experience of being a CI (or PI) on externally funded projects will therefore be considered an advantage.
In addition, applicants should be able to demonstrate effective and innovative teaching practice. Amongst others, a successful applicant is likely to contribute to entrepreneurship modules on undergraduate and postgraduate level. Additional expertise in one of the following would be advantageous: economics, finance, innovation, international business.
For an informal discussion about this role contact Professor Tomasz Mickiewicz (Head of Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship group). Tel: +44(0) 121 204 3007
Aston University is committed to disability equality and is a Positive about Disabled People Symbol User.Please visit our website for further information and to apply online.  If you do not have access to the internet telephone 0121-204-4500 and leave your name and address quoting reference number R160039


The EIBA 2016 conference is dedicated to exploring the double-edged sword nature of liabilities of foreignness and the value of diversity by theorizing and investigating their impact on business practice and international business research.

Conference Tracks

We invite competitive and interactive papers, posters as well as panel proposals on any of the EIBA 2016 conference tracks to take part in this conference. Competitive papers should be close to a publishable state, whilst interactive papers and posters may be in an earlier stage of development.

For more information, please visit the conference website: (or

Note there is a track specific to IE, chaired by Pavlos Dimitratos:  Internationalization Process, SMEs and Entrepreneurship



We’d like to introduce you to the recently renamed journal Review of International Business and Strategy (RIBS). 
Edited by Hussain Rammal (University of Technology, Sydney) and Elizabeth Rose (University of Otago), RIBS seeks contributions which investigate phenomena that advance our understanding of IB and global strategy issues.
The journal takes a broad perspective. We welcome empirical studies that employ quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods, and investigate issues at the macro and/or micro levels. The journal also publishes theoretical/conceptual studies that are grounded firmly in the IB/global strategy literature, and either propose new perspectives or challenge existing theories.
As the journal moves forward, we thank our Senior Advisory Board (listed below), and welcome your individual contributions and/or proposals for special issues.  Please read the journal homepage for further information and submission details.
Senior Advisory Board
  • Kazuhiro Asakawa, Keio University, Japan
  • Gabriel R. G. Benito, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
  • Farok Contractor, Rutgers University, USA
  • Douglas Dow, Melbourne Business School, Australia
  • Pervez Ghauri, Birmingham Business School, UK
  • Gary Knight, Willamette University, USA
  • William Newburry, Florida International University, USA
  • Bent Petersen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Sunil Venaik, University of Queensland, Australia



International Journal of Emerging Markets – 2016, Volume 11, Number 1, 57-71

Informal institutions and technology use by entrepreneurs: An empirical study across 18 emerging markets

Saurav Pathak , Andre O. Laplume & Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira

  • Given the increasing relevance of emerging economies in the global economy and the neoclassical argument that technological progress is the main driver of economic growth, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the under-researched role of informal institutions on the likelihood that individuals will enter into technology entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Since the authors combined individual-level and country-level observations, data were analyzed employing hierarchical linear modeling methods and random-effect logistic regressions to estimate the influence of country-level factors on the likelihood of individuals’ entry into techno-entrepreneurship. The data set comprised 10,280 observations for 18 emerging countries during the 2002-2008 period. The selected informal institutions relate to techno-entrepreneurship as follows: the size of the shadow economy has a U-shaped relationship; ethnic diversity is positively associated; and ethnic polarization is negatively associated, though the latter is not significant. The authors did not theorize on cross-level mechanisms through which these informal institutions could influence individual-level attitudes, nor did the authors assess the role of such institutions on general entrepreneurship. However, this paper provides a base for more fine-grained studies. The authors disseminate novel insights into the particularities of emerging economies since all informal institutions studied here have been negatively associated with the overall economic experiences of developing and least developed countries. In addition, the authors provide a unique contribution by identifying a potential U-shaped relationship between the size of the shadow economy and the likelihood of individuals engaging in techno-entrepreneurship.


Journal of Asia Business Studies – 2016, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 1-19

Institutional effect on born global firms in China: The role of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War strategies

Man Zhang, Qian Gao, Jane V. Wheeler & Jungsook Kwon

  • This paper aims to investigate the role of Sun Tzu’s significant strategies on the relationship between the institutional environment and international performance of Chinese born global firms, a type of small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) characterized by the company’s limited resources and its early efforts to internationalize. The methodology is based on a multi-case analysis of interviews conducted with four chosen born global firms, coupled with public database and Web site searches. Through the use of qualitative methods, propositions were developed. This paper provides insights regarding how the institutional environment, both formal and informal, has a strong positive relationship with born global firm’s international performance. Moreover, Sun Tzu’s significant strategies play a critical role in the internationalization process of born global firms in emerging markets. Although existing studies discuss the application of Eastern philosophical strategies adopted by firms in emerging markets, to the best of our knowledge, this is one of the earliest studies which evaluates the moderation effect of Sun Tzu’s significant strategies on the relationship between institutional environment and business performance. The paper contributes to scholarly discourse on the influencing factors of born global firm’s internationalization process. It also has practical relevance to international entrepreneurs and SMEs from emerging markets.


Journal of East-West Business – 2015, Volume 21, Number 4, pp 257-291

New Venture Internationalization from an Emergent Market: Unexpected Findings from Russia

Irina Mihailova, Galina Shirokova & Igor Laine

  • This article offers new insights on determinants of degree and scope of new venture internationalization from emerging markets. We set our study by development of a theoretical framework and hypothesis integrating entrepreneur-, firm-, industry-, and institutional factors to be tested in the Russian empirical context. The results indicate that institutional factors have the strongest relationship with the degree and scope of internationalization in Russian NVs. However, contrary to our expectations and existing literature, entrepreneur-, firm-, and industry-related factors are not associated with new venture internationalization. These unexpected findings have motivated us to implement the second round of empirical research using qualitative approach. As an outcome, we were able to explain the underlying forces behind the inconsistencies in the survey results and to develop four puzzles that provide a foundation for the theoretical extension of new venture internationalization from emerging markets.


Management International Review – 2016, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 67-94

Speed of SME Internationalization and Performance

Mikael Hilmersson & Martin Johanson

  • This paper studies the performance consequences of the speed of SME internationalization. The authors identify three research gaps: few studies treat speed as an independent variable; most studies analyze speed only until internationalization starts; and, finally, studies have paid little attention to the multidimensionality of the speed concept. The authors seek to address these gaps and to contribute to the literature on the dynamics of internationalization by developing three measures of internationalization speed, which capture its multidimensionality. Building on the theories of learning advantage of newness and time compression diseconomies, the study presents three hypotheses on speed’s effect on performance, and the theoretically derived research model is tested on a sample of 183 SMEs visited on site. The analysis demonstrates that the speed of a firm’s increase in the breadth of its international markets has a positive but curvilinear effect on firm performance. It also demonstrates that the speed of a firm’s increase in commitment of foreign resources has a negative but curvilinear effect on the performance of the firm. These results have implications both for scholars interested in the dynamics of firm internationalization and for SME managers.

Antonella Zucchella and Giovanna Magnani have just published the 2nd edition of their book: “International Entrepreneurship: Theoretical and Practical Foundations“.

Information on the book can be found here.

Congratulations Antonella and Giovanna!


The Management Group at Ozyegin University, Istanbul, invites applications for two open rank positions in the fields of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business.

The appointments are open to candidates at all ranks. Applications are invited from ambitious individuals who have (or show evidence of building) an established international research reputation through publications at leading journals in their respective fields, and who are willing to play a leading role in the further development of the management group at Ozyegin University. Successful candidates are expected to teach core and elective courses in our undergraduate and graduate (MBA, EMBA) programs in their respective field.

We will be conducting preliminary interviews at the Academy of Management meeting in Anaheim. Candidates interested in a preliminary interview can contact Dr. R. Isil Yavuz at

Requirements: Candidates should have their PhD or expect to complete their PhD by June 2017. More senior candidates are expected to demonstrate an extensive record of publication in leading journals and success in the classroom. More junior candidates are expected to have potential to do independent research and publish in high quality journals. Finally, candidates are expected to demonstrate a passion in teaching students at all levels.

Application: Candidates who are interested in either position should submit their CV, cover letter, samples of research, teaching evaluations (if available) and any other supporting material to Candidates should also arrange three letters of recommendation to be emailed or sent to the address below. Recruitment will continue on an ongoing basis until all positions are filled.

BRQ welcomes submissions for a Special Issue

Inter-Regional Internationalization: Ties and Flows between Latin America and Europe

Submission Deadline: July 30, 2016

Guest editors:

  • Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Northeastern University, USA
  • Jose Pla-Barber, University of Valencia, Spain

Note – I have communicated with Jose Pla-Barber and IE submissions relevant to this special issue are welcomed.

For further details please see the full call for papers: BRQ Call for Papers

June 5-7, 2016, Bodø, Norway

Starting with a story about “Curry in a Hurry”, there are many unique aspects to effectuation. One we treasure in particular is how the idea crosses the lines of research, teaching and practice while retaining its integrity and its usefulness. We hope to embody that aspect, bringing together intellectually curious people to dive deep within the lines, blur the lines or maybe even remove the lines.

Present your work

We invite participants with a research interest, a teaching interest and/or an interest in practical application to present their work. For those with a primary interest in research, we require participants to present a working paper. This work will be discussed in small groups in dedicated workshop sessions. For those with a primary interest in teaching and/or practice, we require participants to present a description or design of a practice they have used or are considering. We plan to have interactive sessions in which the various practices are shared between participants.

Paper submission

Research orientation: please submit an academic paper, or extended abstract of at least seven pages, but maximum 30 pages. Papers can be fully developed, but we particularly encourage the submission of working papers that can benefit from our interactive workshop format.

Teaching and practice orientation: please submit at least a three-page description or design of a practice you have used or are planning to use. That could be a teaching practice, a tool, an intervention design or a (consulting-) case. Please describe your experiences and list potential questions that you may have for discussing.

Both types of papers should be sent to the organizers at: Please indicate the track you are submitting for (Practice/Teaching or Research).

Information & registration

The registration fee for the conference is € 220 (incl. VAT). To keep the interactive and community atmosphere of the previous conference, participation will be limited to 50 participants. For information concerning registration and logistics, as well as updates of the program, please consult the website:

Important deadlines

Paper submission February 8, 2016
Author notification February 28, 2016
Registration opens March 30, 2016
Registration closes April 18, 2016
Conference June 5-7, 2016


Practical conference information

We look forward to see you in Bodø!

The local organizing committee:

  • Tommy Høyvarde Clausen, Nord University Business School
  • Gry Agnete Alsos, Nord University Business School
  • Sølvi Solvoll, Nordland Research Institute

And our committed stakeholders: Saras Sarasvathy, Darden Business School; Stuart Read, Willamette University; René Mauer, ESCP Europe Berlin; Tiago Ratinho, University of Baltimore; Phillippe Silberzahn, EM Lyon; Thomas Blekman, De Beukelaar Group; Michael Faschingbauer, Effectuation Intelligence


International Journal of Emerging Markets – 2016, Volume 11, Number 1, 72 – 88

An ethnographic study of new venture and new sector legitimation: Evidence from Moldova

Romeo V. Turcan and Norman M. Fraser

  • The purpose of this paper is to explore the process of legitimation of international new ventures (INVs) from an emerging economy and the effect such ventures have on the process of creation and legitimation of a new industry in that economy. It is a longitudinal ethnographic case study. Following an inductive theory building approach, data were collected over an 11-year period via in-depth interviews, participant observations and unobtrusive data. Data reveal three different contexts in which legitimation takes place: legitimation of the new industry and of the new venture domestically and internationally. A new venture drives the process of industry legitimation by achieving legitimacy threshold first nationally at meso and micro levels as well as internationally. The challenge therefore for such a venture is to establish legitimacy in the absence of any precedents at the organization, industry or international levels. Unless at least one new venture achieves legitimacy threshold in a new industry there is no possibility for that industry to become institutionalized.


Journal of World Business – 2016, Volume 51, 58–73

International strategy: From local to global and beyond

Michael A. Hitt, Dan Li and Kai Xu

  • To survive and thrive, multinational enterprises (MNEs) have had to adapt to dramatic changes and increasing complexity in the global competitive landscape over the past 50 years. MNEs’ international strategies and the academic research on the various attributes and outcomes of these strategies have evolved accordingly. This work reviews the evolution of international strategy research over the past five decades. In particular, the research on international diversification and the timing and speed of entering international markets is closely examined. In recent years, the influence of formal and informal institutions on international strategy has become a central research topic. Furthermore, MNEs’ strategies often seek to explore and exploit critical capabilities to build advantages in international markets. Finally, emerging research themes, such as institutional complexity, business sustainability, emerging economy firms and international new ventures are highlighted.


Journal of World Business – 2016, Volume 51, 93–102

Internationalization: From incremental to born global

Gary A. Knight and Peter W. Liesch

  • In this paper, we summarize how internationalization research has evolved over time, where it stands today, and how it might evolve going forward. Specifically, we examine internationalization research from earlier times to the present day. We contrast the incremental internationalization characteristic of older multinational enterprises with the early, rapid internationalization of born global firms. The paper summarizes the evolution of research on early internationalization and born global firms, and provides evidence to suggest why this area now has attained legitimacy in scholarly research. We then examine important theoretical issues in born global research and suggest avenues for future research.


Do you have an idea or best practice to share with fellow educators who teach international business? Are you interested in learning about their classroom innovations? Or just network with others who share a passion for enhancing international business education?

If so, consider attending the annual Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB, sponsored by the national network of CIBERs and hosted by Georgia State University CIBER in Atlanta, GA, June 2-5, 2016.

Participants in the 2016 FDIB are also invited to submit proposals to poster sessions. These poster sessions are dedicated to expose and share cutting-edge practices in teaching IB. The FDIB 2016 program will include a list of poster presenters and their topics. Top three presenters will be recognized with a monetary award.

Proposal Themes

The 2016 FDIB Poster Session Committee is seeking proposals that reflect the best thinking and cutting-edge practices in the field. These proposals should:

  • Reflect innovation and cutting edge content
  • Encourage discussion and audience engagement
  • Present evidence based on or supported by research
  • Target a variety of professionals
  • Lend themselves to adoption by other educators

The following are illustrative of issues that may be considered:

  • Classroom innovations to enhance learning of international business concepts
  • Creating active and engaging learning experiences
  • Use of instructional technology in content delivery and learning
  • Engaging exercises to reinforce learning of IB concepts
  • New content (modules, cases, games, etc.) for teaching IB
  • Experiential learning in IB (study abroad, internships, field studies, etc.)
  • The scholarship of teaching and learning in IB
  • Creating and sustaining cross-border partnerships that enrich classroom experience
  • Content specific to teaching specialized IB courses such as International Marketing, Cross-cultural Management, etc.

Submission Instructions

Submit two documents, one for the poster proposal and one for your contact information. Both documents must include the title of your submission. Please follow the following format and style:

  • Use double-spaced format, Times New Roman, 12-point font
  • Start with the poster title
  • Include an extended abstract: 1000 words maximum, plus selected references

Please include the following headings in your submission:

  • Description of the contribution
  • Target audience
  • Relevance to teaching specific course in IB
  • Your own experience with this practice or tool

Include any additional materials such as tables, figures, graphs, etc.

Your submission can be either a Word document or pdf format.

To ensure a blind review, authors should avoid revealing their identities in the body or reference section of the proposal. Contact information including authors’ names, address, phone numbers, e-mails, titles, affiliations, and proposal title should be provided in a separate document.

Please submit poster proposals at by January 15, 2016. If you have any questions regarding the poster session or the submission process, please contact GSU-CIBER team at

Proposal Selection Process

All poster proposals will be evaluated by a peer review committee following a double-blind process; reviewers will not know the authors, nor will authors know the names of their reviewers. The Poster Session Review Committee is made-up of five members with extensive IB teaching and research experience, and representing institutions of higher educations on four continents.

The Committee will review the poster proposals and official notices of acceptance for the Poster Session will be communicated by February 15, 2016. Poster presenters must register in the 2016 FDIB by April 30, 2016 to be included in the program.

Note: Additional instructions will be shared with Poster Session participants along with acceptance notices.

Colleagues whose proposals are accepted for presentation at the poster session will have their names included in the official FDIB 2016 conference program. Each poster proposal will be evaluated for:

  • Importance of the topic to the audience
  • Novelty and creativity
  • Adaptability for use by other faculty members

Best Poster Awards

Workshop attendees will be asked to cast ballots for the top three posters. Monetary prizes will be awarded for the first, second, and third place posters during the lunch on Sunday, June 5. Prizes will be $1,000, $700, and $500 for first, second, and third places, respectively.


The University of Sydney Business School, Reference no. 2539/1115

Closing date EXTENDED to 31 January

The University of Sydney Business School<> is regarded as a leader in the region, and is one of the very few Australian schools to hold business and accounting accreditation from AACSB<> International and EQUIS<> accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD<>). It is also the only Australian member school of CEMS<>, the Community of European Management Schools & International Companies. The Business school has an outstanding international reputation in management research, learning, development of resources, and journal publishing and works in close cooperation with industry, government and the not-for-profit sectors.

We are currently seeking to make a new appointment in Entrepreneurship at the Associate Lecturer or Lecturer level.

For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.<>

Specific enquiries about the role can be directed to Professor Sid Gray, Chair, Discipline of International Business, University of Sydney Business School at<>

Enquiries regarding the recruitment process can be directed to Tim O’Neill at<> or on +61 2 8627 0478.

CLOSING DATE: Sunday 31 January 2016  (11.30pm Sydney time)

QMR is pleased to call for papers for a Special Issue on the topic:

Qualitative Research at the Marketing/Entrepreneurship Interface

Guest Editor: David Crick

Full information can be found at: QMR Call for Papers

The list of possible topics includes:

  • Decision making at the marketing/entrepreneurship interface (causation versus effectuation based studies)
  • Opportunity recognition and exploitation both domestically and overseas
  • Lean start-up business models
  • Profit and not-for-profit business models
  • Strategies of lifestyle versus growth oriented firms
  • The effect of institutional conditions on entrepreneurial marketing strategies
  • Micro-foundations research within multiple stakeholders
  • Innovative methodologies at the marketing/entrepreneurship interface

The special issue of the journal requires submissions by November 30th, 2016. However, the guest editor welcomes submissions before this date. The estimated publication date is the end of 2017 to allow for refereeing and revisions of submissions.

How to submit:

Submissions are to be made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at Please indicate that the submission is for this special issue.

IMR is pleased to announce a Special Issue on:

International Marketing Knowledge and International Entrepreneurship in the Contemporary Multi-Speed Global Economy

Guest Editors: Kevin Ibeh, David Crick and Hamid Etemad

Detailed information can be found here: IMR Special Issue

All submissions should be made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system, by November 30, 2016. Registration and access is available at

For specific questions about this special thematic issue, contact one of the guest editors: Kevin Ibeh (,uk), David Crick ( or Hamid Etemad (

Global Strategy Journal – 2015, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 303–320.

Speed of Internationalization: Mutual Effects of Individual- and Company- Level Antecedents

Lee Li, Gongming Qian and Zhengming Qian

  • In recent years many small, young firms have started internationalizing early and have become ‘born globals’ (BGs). This study traces the phenomenon to five individual-level and company-level antecedents, including propensity to act, risk tolerance, company-level organization of knowledge, ability to forge company-level consensus, and company-level responsiveness to new environments. Individual-level antecedents are entrepreneurs’ psychological qualities and company-level antecedents are organizational behaviors. While these antecedents may or may not individually contribute to the rapid internationalization of small BGs, their interaction significantly speeds up the process. Evidence collected in this study demonstrates that the interaction among these antecedents is a complex mechanism. The interaction can be moderation, mediation, and even mediated moderation. The complex interaction of these antecedents explains the fast internationalization of BGs. The evidence sheds light on the relationships between entrepreneurs’ psychological qualities and organizational behaviors.


Journal of International Entrepreneurship – 2015, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 370-389.

An experimental analysis of risk and entrepreneurial attitudes of university students in the USA and Brazil

Dennis Barber

  • There is a long-standing debate about whether entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs differ in risk aversion levels. The paper addresses international differences in risk and entrepreneurial attitudes of university students, specifically in the USA and Brazil. This paper also aims to add to the ongoing debate surrounding the risk attitudes of entrepreneurial persons when compared to non-entrepreneurial persons. The data from the paper was generated from an economic experiment. The economic experiment included a sample of students from both the USA and Brazil. Subjects completed a shortened version of the Entrepreneurial Attitude Orientation (EAO) and then participated in an investment game. Subjects in the USA were found to be more entrepreneurial than the sample in Brazil. This held true for two separate definitions of entrepreneurial. There was no difference in the investment decisions between subjects from the two countries. Also, entrepreneurial subjects invested a higher percentage of their money in a risky asset. This is one of the first papers to present results from an internationally conducted economic experiment testing for differences in risk aversion levels between entrepreneurial and non-entrepreneurial individuals.


Journal of International Entrepreneurship – 2015, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 418-451.

The effect of internal capabilities and external environment on small- and medium-sized enterprises’ international performance and the role of the foreign market scope: The case of the Malaysian halal food industry

Noor Azlin Ismail and Olli Kuivalainen

  • This study investigates the internal capabilities, the external environment, and the moderating effect of geographical scope (international or global geographical presence) on the international performance of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Malaysian halal food industry. Although the majority of research on SME internationalization concerns developed countries and knowledge-intensive industries, this study focuses on an emerging global industry from the perspective of a developing country. Furthermore, most of the literature on international entrepreneurship neglects the role of geographical scope as a moderator: current findings are still inconclusive with regard to the factors that affect performance on various levels of foreign market presence. The findings of our holistic study, in which we use several complementary theories as a backdrop, reveal the need to investigate internal and external factors in parallel with geographical scope to enhance understanding of their effect on the international performance of SMEs.


Journal of International Entrepreneurship – 2015, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 452-476.

The effects of demographic, cognitive and institutional factors on development of entrepreneurial intention: Toward a socio-cognitive model of entrepreneurial career

Ali Dehghanpour Farashah 

  • Based opon a well-established theoretical foundation Social Cognitive Career Theory; Lent, Brown, and Hackett (J Vocat Behav 45:79–122, 1994; J Couns Psychol 47:36–49, 2000), this study examines the effects of cognitive, affective, social, demographic, and contextual factors on the development of entrepreneurial intention. To test the hypotheses, binary logistic regression analysis was conducted using data from Global Entrepreneurship Monitor survey in which 183,049 individuals nested within 54 countries that participated. Entrepreneurial self-efficacy beliefs and entrepreneurial career outcome expectations are significantly correlated with entrepreneurial intention. Mastery experience including previous business ownership, entrepreneurial activity as part of a regular job or investing in a venture, exposure to a role model, social persuasion through media, and fear of failure are significant sources of entrepreneurial self-efficacy. A moderate relationship exists between country-level institutional profile and the sources of self-efficacy.


Journal of Small Business Management – 2016, Volume 54, Issue 1, pages 139–161.

Linking Processes and Dynamic Capabilities of International SMEs: The Mediating Effect of International Entrepreneurial Orientation

Bernhard Swoboda and Edith Olejnik

  • Previous research on the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has highlighted the role of knowledge and learning about foreign markets. However, empirical results on the performance implications of foreign market scanning and planning have been mixed. Following the dynamic capability perspective, we argue that SMEs can capitalize on scanning and planning processes because of their international entrepreneurial orientation. We test our hypotheses with a sample of 604 established SMEs and find that entrepreneurial orientation completely mediates the relationship between scanning and planning and international performance. Moreover, the results implicate a bidirectional relationship between processes and international entrepreneurial orientation.


Management International Review – 2015, Volume 55, Issue 6, pp 857-883.

The Effect of Global Orientation on the Performance of International New Ventures: Evidence from Italy

Daniele Cerrato and Mariacristina Piva

  • The aim of this paper is to investigate the relationship between global versus regional orientation and the performance of international new ventures (INVs). Building on internalization theory and organizational learning literature, we develop two competing hypotheses on the performance effect of geographic scope on INV performance. We test these hypotheses on a sample of Italian manufacturing INVs. The study extends the regionalization/globalization debate to the context of INVs. Our findings show that INVs mainly operate on a regional, rather than global basis. However, when they succeed in achieving a global reach, the effect on profitability is positive and significant, supporting the hypothesis that global orientation improves firm performance.


Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal – 2016, Volume 19, Number 1.

An appreciative inquiry into the first export order

David Crick and James Crick

  • This study aims to report on an investigation into decision-making leading to a UK firm’s first export order. It demonstrates the application of appreciative inquiry (AI) as an underutilized research method in marketing investigations. An AI research approach was undertaken in a firm that had not started exporting at the commencement of the study whereby the interventionist approach allowed the management team to overcome negative perceptions in their decision-making. From a research perspective, marketing decision-making could be understood in real time as opposed to in hindsight. While the key decision-maker is likely to be the owner/manager in small newly internationalizing firms, a variety of factors will affect the decision to start exporting including the influence of the management team. In particular, the management team’s perceptions towards a combination of effectuation- and causation-based decision-making where risk/reward considerations in exploiting various international marketing opportunities are undertaken in light of perceived affordable losses, as well as against evolving objectives. The contribution is to demonstrate the AI methodology, which to date has received attention in management domains other than marketing; it offers an interventionist approach to help managers overcome barriers and move positively forward in decision-making. It offers researchers an opportunity to understand marketing decision-making in real time.


ASSOCIATE LECTURER/LECTURER IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP – The University of Sydney Business School Reference no. 2539/1115

The University of Sydney Business School<> is regarded as a leader in the region, and is one of the very few Australian schools to hold business and accounting accreditation from AACSB International and EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). It is also the only Australian member school of CEMS<>, the Community of European Management Schools & International Companies.

The Business school has an outstanding international reputation in management research, learning, development of resources, and journal publishing and works in close cooperation with industry, government and the not-for-profit sectors.

We are currently seeking to make a new appointment in Entrepreneurship at the Associate Lecturer or Lecturer level.

To be successful as an Associate Lecturer (Level A) you will possess:

  • PhD awarded or nearing completion in entrepreneurship or related discipline
  • Expertise in one or more of the key areas of entrepreneurship, including social entrepreneurship and international entrepreneurship
  • An active research program with significant potential to achieve research outcomes and produce high quality publications
  • Capacity for high quality teaching with significant potential for the further development of expertise at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including expertise in experiential problem based learning pedagogy
  • Evidence of the potential to engage as a member of the University community in committees, administrative duties and governance at any or all of school, faculty or University level, as appropriate
  • Evidence of successful teamwork and a collegial approach to interacting with staff and students
  • Evidence of the potential to contribute to the School’s engagement with industry and the wider community including willingness to inform the general public or engage in public debate on key issues of public importance, where appropriate and consistent with University policy.
  • Desirably, experience working with enterprises in rural, remote and Indigenous communities

To be successful as a Lecturer (Level B) you will possess:

  • PhD awarded in entrepreneurship or a related discipline
  • Expertise in one or more of the major areas of entrepreneurship, including social entrepreneurship and international entrepreneurship
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve research outcomes and publish in high quality international refereed journals
  • An active research program with significant potential for future high quality publications
  • Evidence of high quality teaching ability with substantial experience, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and contributions to course and program development
  • Evidence of the ability to engage as a member of the University community in committees, administrative duties and governance at any or all of school, faculty or University level, as appropriate
  • Evidence of successful teamwork and a collegial approach to interacting with staff and students
  • Evidence of the capacity to contribute to the School’s engagement with industry and the wider community including willingness to inform the general public or engage in public debate on key issues of public importance, where appropriate and consistent with University policy.
  • Desirably, experience working with enterprises in rural, remote and Indigenous communities, and experience with experiential and problem based learning pedagogy

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit:

How to apply for an advertised position<>

Remuneration package Associate Lecturer: $79K – $108K p.a. (which includes a base salary Level A $67K to $91K p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation).

Remuneration package Lecturer: $114K – $135K p.a. (which includes a base salary Level B $96K to $114K p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation).

Specific inquiries about the role can be directed to Professor Sid Gray, Chair, Discipline of International Business, University of Sydney Business School at<>