International Business Review – Volume 26, pp. 1157-1167

Liabilities and benefits: Examining the two sides of the foreignness coin from entrepreneurial perspective

Arpita Joardar, Sibin Wu

This paper provides an in-depth examination of foreignness at the individual level by studying it in the context of entrepreneurs. Based on data collected from 470 domestic and foreign entrepreneurs operating in the U.S., it was concluded that foreignness has a curvilinear relationship with entrepreneurial performance. There was also evidence of moderating effects of entrepreneurial orientation on the relationship between foreignness and performance. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Journal of Business Research – Volume 96, pp 250-263

SMEs’ Internationalisation: When does innovation matter?

George Saridakisa, Bochra Idris , Jared M. Hansen , Leo Paul Dana

The objective of this research is threefold: first, to investigate the role of goods, service, and process innovation on SMEs’ internationalisation (i.e., exporting); second, to investigate the association between innovation’s degree of novelty (radical innovation vs. incremental innovation) and SMEs’ internationalisation; and, third, to examine the combined effect of different types of innovation and the degrees of novelty of innovation on firms’ internationalisation and compare the findings with their individual effects. Data from 12,823 SMEs in the United Kingdom support the concept that innovative SMEs are more likely to export than non-innovative SMEs; however, the link between innovation and internationalisation differs according to the type of innovation introduced and the degree of novelty of the innovation. Of importance to managerial practice, the combined effects of different types and degrees of novelty of innovation are greater than their individual effects, creating a synergy or amplified effect.

International Marketing Review – published online: 

Capitalising on knowledge from big-science centres for internationalisation

Tõnis Eerme, Niina Nummela

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how resource-constrained, knowledge-intensive firms capitalise on the knowledge from collaboration with big-science centres. It pays particular attention to what kind of knowledge a firm obtains and how it can be efficiently used in exploring and exploiting opportunities in international markets. The empirical basis for the study is a longitudinal case study of knowledge-intensive Estonian companies that collaborate with the European Space Agency (ESA). A rich data set was collected over three years. By studying the inward and outward activities of the two case companies collaborating with the ESA, the authors found that the internationalisation process of these firms had unique characteristics. Their international expansion was not driven by increasing market knowledge and reducing risk or uncertainty, but by resource seeking for research and development efforts. It was a cyclical, non-linear process, which was advanced by co-creation, learning and exploitation of the emergent knowledge, leading to an improved network position and identification of further opportunities. Collaboration with big-science centres provides companies with access to diverse types of knowledge. However, its impact on the future success in internationalisation also depends on other factors, such as the firm’s absorptive capacity and technological competence. Governments invest substantially on the development of big-science centres with the expectation that they would have significant knowledge spillovers on the technology development. A more qualitative approach to impact assessment opens new ideas how to develop their activities and in particular their collaboration with SMEs.

Administrative Science Quarterly – published online:

Waking from Mao’s Dream: Communist Ideological Imprinting and the Internationalization of Entrepreneurial Ventures in China

Christopher Marquis, Kunyuan Qiao

We theorize how an ideological imprint—ideology formed through past events—serves as an information filter that persistently affects individuals’ decision making and how subsequent behaviors of the imprinter—the entity that established the imprint—may alter it. We test our model with a longitudinal dataset of Chinese private entrepreneurs from 1993 to 2012, investigating the influence of a founder’s communist ideological imprint, which characterizes foreign capitalism as evil, and subsequent dynamics introduced by the imprinter—the Communist Party–led government of China—on two internationalization strategies that deal with foreign investors and markets: firms’ efforts to attract foreign capital and to expand globally. Our findings show that Chinese entrepreneurs’ communist ideological imprint negatively affects the internationalization of their ventures, while available and credible information contradicting communism—coming from the government directly, government-created industry social networks for entrepreneurs, or observing governmental support of internationalization—weakens the influence of the imprint. Our study contributes to a better understanding of imprinting and its decay, the effects of corporate decision makers’ political ideology, and the internationalization of firms.

CU Denver’s Institute for International Business (IIB) and Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) would like to request you to call the attention of interested PACIBER faculty and Ph.D. students to participate in the Junior Faculty and Doctoral Student Paper Development Workshop on International Entrepreneurship.

The workshop will take place at the site of the Academy of International Business annual meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 23, 2019.

The workshop is being co-sponsored by the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, Wilfrid Laurier University Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver Campus.

Click here to access the full CfP: FDIE Copenhagen 2019

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The IE-scholars wishes its members a successful 2019! We  look forward to growing our community and hearing about your accomplishments in the coming year. Please continue to share news about publications, events and other relevant information by contacting Martina Musteen at

The Graduate School of Management (GSM) at the University of Auckland is seeking candidates for the position of Professor/Associate Professor of International Business.

Application Deadline: February 18, 2019

The GSM is a multi-disciplinary department with faculty who are characterised by their desire to make a difference to business in New Zealand and the international perspective and connections they bring and continue to foster. It is known for its expertise in internationalisation of SMEs, Asian business and global value chains or developing further opportunities for International Business as it relates to strategy, entrepreneurship, management and marketing.

About the University of Auckland

The University of Auckland’s ranking in the top 100 of the 2019 QS World Universities Ranking (ranking top in New Zealand in 37 out of 40 subject areas including Business & Management and Economics) confirms both its status as New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led university and its place amongst the top 1% of universities worldwide.

For further information, contact:

Clare Litten, University of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9096, email:

Dr Kathrin Soehnel, University of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9006, email:

Applications should be submitted via the University website 

Position Reference: 20371

The 44th European International Business Academy (EIBA) Conference, with the theme “International Business in a Transforming World – the Changing Role of States and Firms” was held in Pozna?, Poland, in December 13-15.

The conference track on SMEs and international entrepreneurship, co-chaired by IE scholars Sami Saarenketo and Tiia Vissak, received 48 submissions in total, making the IE track by far the most popular track of the conference.

The Lazaridis Prize for the Best Paper in the IE track was awarded to our IE Scholars Ambassador Stine Øyna (University of Agder) for the paper titled “The Evolution of Born Globals: A Review of Recent Research

Congratulations, Stine!

The 2019 EIBA conference will be held in Leeds University Business School, UK, December 13-15 2019.

(Photos and this contribution is a courtesy of IE Ambassadors, Lasse Torkkeli, Sascha Fuerst and Stine Øyna)

BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway, invites applications for vacant PhD scholarships within Strategic Management including international entrepreneurship.

Application deadline: February 1., 2019

Starting date:  August 2019

About the Position: The PhD specialization in Strategic Management focuses on developing doctoral students’ theoretical knowledge and methodological skills required to become successful researchers in the area of strategic management. We encourage applications from students with a strong background in disciplines such as economics, business administration, and organizational and behavioral sciences. The ideal candidate is interested in pursuing an academic career in research and teaching, and has strong communication and analytical skills. We welcome research interests and project proposals in areas such as competitive strategy and business models, international strategy, corporate structures and governance, entrepreneurship, innovation, knowledge based strategy and strategic leadership and processes, alliances and M&As, as well as organizational design.

Accepted applicants will be offered close supervision and follow-up by the research faculty. The four-year scholarships are currently NOK 479 300,- per year (will be adjusted during 2019). The positions provide for automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Statens Pensjonskasse). The scholarships require 25% of the teaching responsibilities of a full time professor position.

About the Department: The Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship is currently home to about 40 faculty and 11 PhD students.  The Department is highly international (currently including 13 nationalities) with PhDs from some of the world’s best business schools (Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, among others). The department hosts research centers in IT, Construction, and Ocean Industries, which sponsor and provide data supporting faculty research, workshops and seminars. The doctoral program is an important element of the department’s research agenda and of BI’s vision of being one of the leading business schools in Europe. The selected candidates will be working closely with faculty and have the opportunity to collaborate on research projects.

Additional information about the doctoral program, admission requirements and the application can be obtained from the Doctoral Administration at BI Norwegian Business School (Email: and the department’s website (

(ie-scholars thanks Stine Oyna, IE Ambassador for Norway & Denmark, for heads-up regarding this position)

International Business Review (IBR) invites submissions for a Special Review Issue on

Looking Back to Look Forward: Setting Future Research Agenda for International Business Studies

Potential review topics include born globals, rapid internationalization, and internationalization of SMEs.

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2019

Guest Editors:

Justin Paul, Collins College- Florida & University of Puerto Rico- USA

Alex Rialp-Criado, Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

For a full Call for Papers, click here.

Journal of International Marketing – Volume 26, Issue 4, pp. 18-37

The Interface of International Marketing and Entrepreneurship Research: Review, Synthesis, and Future Directions

Man Yang, Peter Gabrielsson

There is no intensive review available of research at the interface of international marketing and entrepreneurship. This article systematically logs and organizes the subject matter and provides research suggestions. An organizing framework with three main dimensions—international marketing, the nature of marketing, and entrepreneurship—guides the literature review, which relies on a full search of articles relevant to international marketing and entrepreneurship published in academic journals over the past two decades (1997–2016). The study adopts a qualitative research approach to analyze 169 articles that meet the definitions of both international marketing and entrepreneurship research. Nine research types emerge at the intersection of international marketing and entrepreneurship research, and the study examines the theoretical and empirical trends of each type. A promising avenue for future studies would be cross-cultural comparative research on the individual–opportunity nexus in marketing across countries. More mixed-method and longitudinal research designs are also welcomed. The authors conclude by offering suggestions for future interdisciplinary research.

International Business ReviewAvailable online 15 November 2018.

The earliness of exporting and creeping sclerosis? The moderating effects of firm age, size and centralization

Alfredo D’Angelo, Trevor Buck

By using a sample of 644 manufacturing firms in four EU countries and five regions, we investigate the earliness/exporting relationship. Firstly, we examine the firm’s ability to retain LAN over time as it gets older and bigger. Secondly, we examine the role played by the firm’s decision-making structure. Our results reveal that exporting sclerosis does set in, as age and size of the firm significantly and negatively affect the earliness/exporting relationship. In addition, however, we find that centralization plays a role in the sclerotic effects of size (though only weakly for age), exacerbating their moderating effects on the earliness/exporting relationship. Our study claims to contribute to internationalization research by advancing the idea that LAN is not path-dependent but subject to liabilities. Beyond age and size, we add the more nuanced “liability of centralization” to boundary conditions for retaining LAN. Theoretical and managerial implications emerge.

International Marketing Review – Volume 35, Issue 6, pp. 890-913.

International new ventures market expansion through collaborative entry modes: A study of the experience of Indian and British ICT firms

Pushyarag N. Puthusserry, Zaheer Khan, Peter Rodgers 

The purpose of this paper is to examine the role that different collaborative entry modes play in how international new ventures (INVs) expand into international markets. The paper’s arguments are based on the INVs and social network literatures. In order to investigate the entry modes adopted by British and Indian small and medium information and communication technology (ICT) firms into each other’s markets, the paper outlines the results of qualitative semi-structured interviews with the key decision makers of ten British and ten Indian ICT firms. The findings contribute to the relatively under-researched area of how INVs enter foreign markets through collaborative entry mode. The findings suggest that INVs utilize both equity and non-equity modes of collaboration to expand their international operations. The findings also indicate that financial and non-financial resources always limit the market expansion and internationalization of such companies. Against this background, the INVs rely on building collaboration as one of the safest methods for foreign market expansion and successful internationalization. The collaborative entry mode is enhanced by entrepreneurs’ prior experience, social ties and knowledge of the foreign market. Set against the backdrop of an ever-increasing trend of internationalization of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the paper offers important implications for understanding the conditions and factors behind the choice of collaborative and non-collaborative entry modes by INVs in particular and SMEs more broadly.

International Marketing Review – Volume 35, Issue 6, pp. 936-957.

Orientations and capabilities of born global firms from emerging markets

Mohammad Falahat, Gary Knight, Ilan Alon

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of entrepreneurial orientation and networking capabilities of born global firms in an emerging market on marketing strategy and foreign market performance.Structural equation modeling was used to analyze data from 1,001 internationalized firms in an emerging market and to test seven hypotheses regarding the development of marketing strategy and foreign market performance. Marketing strategy was found to mediate the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and networking capability and foreign market performance, while foreign market performance is affected by entrepreneurial orientation and marketing strategy.Research on emerging market multinationals can be merged with that of born globals to augment our understanding of how early internationalizers from emerging markets perform in foreign markets. This study is among the few focusing on born globals in emerging markets, which face the difficulties of newness and limited resources, as well as characteristics of emerging markets, such as institutional voids.

Journal of International Marketing – Volume 26, Issue 3, pp. 70-93.

Opportunity Discovery and Creation as a Duality: Evidence from Small Firms’ Foreign Market Entries

Sylvie Chetty, Masoud Karami, Oscar Martín Martín

Little research addresses the likely enabling character of the discovery and creation of opportunities during the internationalization of small firms or how international opportunities are found and constructed during the process of foreign market entry (FME). This article therefore studies how opportunities become connected during small firms’ FME. By incorporating the concept of duality, this article conceives of the discovery and creation of opportunity as mutually enabling rather than opposed. From this duality perspective, opportunity discovery and creation facilitate each other during internationalization processes. This case study involves five high-tech Australian firms and 30 FMEs. The findings show that knowledge, networks, and capabilities enable opportunities in the FME context. International opportunities are connected and nested in different levels of generality and specificity. The FME opportunities may be based on opportunity embeddedness, because each opportunity has implications for other opportunities. The findings lead to a model and propositions to explain the relationships between opportunity discovery and creation in FME.

The EIASM RENT Conference was recently held in Toledo, Spain. With the overarching theme “Sustainable Entrepreneurship: a Win-Win Strategy for the Future”, the conference featured several IE related research papers.

Some of the IE research highlights from the conference include:

The psychic distance distortion and the SME’s decision to internationalize: Evidence from the Pacific Russia 

Igor Novikov (Far Eastern Federal University)

This paper explores the concept of psychic distance through investigating its influence on international growth decisions by SMEs related to the automotive parts industry in Russia. This context is particularly interesting, as the SMEs considered are located within ‘Pacific Russia’, and thus are in close physical proximity, but arguably higher psychic distance, to East-Asian Markets compared with the more densely populated Western regions of Russia. The research (conducted using semi-structured interviews across three firms) presents evidence that can aid the development of internationalization support plans for Russian SMEs.

When green SMEs go international: Collective pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunities

Marcela Contreras Cruz (University of Montpellier), Karim Messeghem (University of Montpellier), Alexis Catanzaro (Jean Monnet University).

The authors highlight the importance of internationalization to green SMEs which through their work, tend to tackle problems of a global nature. Derived from a series in-depth qualitative interviews, the research offers guidance to green SME managers in relation to opportunity identification, partner identification, and opportunity exploitation.

The governance of born globals and their global value chains

Hang Do (Kingston University London),  David Smallbone (Kingston University London), Robert Blackburn (Kingston University London).

By drawing on seven case studies of born globals across the EU, this paper seeks to uncover critical factors determining the governance structure of the GVC amongst born global enterprises. The findings suggest that firm characteristics, network, nature of their business and the replicability of their partners determine the power of the GVC relationship.

Crossing the Border in a Cross-border Region: The Role of Networks in Small Firms’ Internationalization

Nataliya Galan (University West), Ellinor Torsein (University West).

This study aims at generating a better understanding of internationalization process of SFs using different kind of networks (business, social, institutional) by focusing on all phases of their internationalization process, i.e. IO recognition, evaluation and exploitation. The study takes into consideration a special geographical context of a cross-border region, which implies that firms located in such areas should benefit from a spatial proximity to a neighbouring foreign market and its potential.

TMT social capital, international performance and the mediating role of experimental learning for foreign markets

Alexander Strunz (RWTH Aachen University).

This paper assesses the influence of the social capital of the top management team (TMT) on liabilities of foreignness and smallness and consequently on the international performance of SMEs. It analyzes both the direct link between TMT social capital and international performance as well as the mediating role of experimental learning about foreign markets

(IE-scholars thanks IE Ambassador for Southern Europe, Andreu Blesa, and IE Ambassador for the Middle East, Ross Curran, for this contribution)

ARLA (Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración) released the list of articles included in the Special Issue on “Entrepreneurship and SME internationalization in Latin America” co-edited by Christian Felzensztein (Dean’s Chair in Strategy, School of Management, Massey University New Zealand) and Sascha Fuerst (Professor for International Business, School of Business, Universidad EAFIT Colombia).

The full issue will be available in December. Below are links to the article abstracts.

Country institutional profiles: evidence from Colombian software exporters

Innovation and internationalization on the competitiveness of exporting firms: Lessons from South American emerging economies

Entrepreneurship research in Latin America: a literature review

The influence of human and relational capital on the rapid internationalization of firms: A comparative study between Spain and Chile

Patterns in international ICT entrepreneurship: Mexico’s case

The cooperation mechanisms of trade associations

Export behaviour in Chilean exporters in service sector

(IE-Scholars thanks to Sascha Fuerst, IE Ambassador for Latin America, for this contribution)

Copenhagen Business School’s Department of International Economics, Government and Business (EGB) is inviting submissions for paper development workshop on “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Flows In and Out of Emerging Economies” taking place June 28. 2019.

Paper Submission Deadline: 15 February 2019

Notification of Acceptance: 30 April 2019

Registration Deadline: 30 May 2019

The aim of this one-day- workshop is to generate new theoretical, empirical and policy insights on this topic on both the large emerging markets, such as BRICS, as well as lesser researched regions, such as Latin America, Russia and South East and Central Asia. Submissions from different disciplinary perspectives are welcome, including those on the topic of international entrepreneurship from emerging markets.

Best papers will be invited to submit to the European Journal of International Management (Scopus, SSCI, ABS). Editor in Chief will be in the workshop to give feedback on revision and resubmission. You may use the AIB paper in the submission or submit an entirely new one.

Organizing committee

Ilan Alon, PhD., Otto Mønsted Visiting Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and Professor,  University of Agder, Norway

Bersant Hobdari, PhD., Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Björn Jindra, PhD., Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and Senior Researcher at the University of Bremen, Germany

Please send your submissions to:

Journal of International Business Studies is seeking submissions for Special Issue on Studying Intellectual Property Rights in International Business through Multiple Levels of Analysis

Deadline for submission: December 23, 2019

The issue will focus on research that examines the joint impact of macro IPR protection regimes and MNEs’ knowledge acquisition and protection approaches on key international business decisions and outcomes of MNEs. Multidisciplinary research that expands current themes by incorporating insights from a broader range of disciplines, e.g., political science, sociology, economics, innovation, HRM, and business strategy is particularly welcome . Possible topics

  • Location choices in international expansion for knowledge exploiting and knowledge augmenting FDI.
  • Entry mode choices of large MNEs and international new ventures (INVs).
  • Non-market strategies in home and host environments.
  • Strategy adaptation to low IPR protection environments.
  • Autonomy, roles and corporate governance of MNE subunits.
  • Alliances, M&A and external network management.
  • Participation in clusters.
  • Organization of the R&D function.

 Special Issue Editors:

  • Victor Cui,  University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Dana Minbaeva, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Rajneesh Narula, University of Reading, UK
  • Ilan Vertinsky, University of British Columbia, Canada

The full Call for Papers can be found here: JIBS call for papers IPR

The annual Finnish FIGSIB Tutorial was held on 13 November in Turku, Finland. The event brought together over 40 doctoral students and Professors from the international entrepreneurship and international business across business schools in Finland. See some photos from the event below.

The FIGSIB consortium has six full members – Aalto University– School of Economics, Lappeenranta University of Technology, HANKEN School of Economics, Turku School of Economics (TSE), University of Vasa and Åbo Akademi University– School of Economics.  The University of Jyväskylä and the University of Tampere are two associate members.

The tutorial this year was organized by TSE scholars Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki, Anna Karhu and Riikka Harikkala-Laihinen and was chaired by Professor Niina Nummela.

More about the event can be found here.

The FIGSIB Tutorial in 2019 will be held with the 15th Vaasa Conference on International Business

(ie-scholars thank Lasse Torkelli, the IE Ambassador for Finland & Sweden, for this contribution)

Administrative Sciences – Volume 8(4), pg 56

A Community of Practice Approach to Teaching International Entrepreneurship

Martina Musteen, Ross Curran, Nuno Arroteia, Maria Ripollés, Andreu Blesa

With a dearth of research on international entrepreneurship pedagogy, there is a gap in knowledge on the effectiveness of educational programs, courses, and teaching methods in stimulating and promoting international entrepreneurship practice. To address the gap, this study evaluates an experiential teaching innovation in the area of international entrepreneurship, the Global Board Game project. Designed as a Community of Practice (CoP), the project provides students the opportunity to participate in the construction of their knowledge through interactions with their counterparts in other countries. A qualitative analysis of student essays indicates that the Global Board Game project is effective in helping students achieve learning outcomes, which include defining, recognizing, and evaluating international business opportunities; designing and validating a business model based on such opportunities; and creating a plan for pursuing these opportunities. Additionally, it indicates that participation in the project enhanced students’ attitudes toward entrepreneurship as a career path.

Journal of Teaching in International Business – Volume 29, Issue 3, pg 185-212

International Entrepreneurship as an Admittance-Seeking Educational Field

Valtteri Kaartemo, Nicole Coviello,  Peter Zettinig 

International entrepreneurship (IE) research has gained significant attention over the last 30 years, but IE education has not yet obtained the same recognition. We investigate whether and how IE might gain admittance as a specific educational field. By employing the Delphi method with expert scholars and practitioners from around the world, we identify the key knowledge base and attributes that potential IE graduates should possess. We position our findings relative to extant research on education from IE’s parent disciplines of international business and entrepreneurship. This allows us to discuss whether and how our identified IE curriculum is differentiated and potentially legitimate. We show that while our IE curriculum has these characteristics, it requires contributions from both parent disciplines. From these results, we discuss the pedagogical implications of our study.

Journal of Teaching in International Business – Volume 29, Issue 3, pg 213-248

Incorporating a Short-Term Study Abroad Service Trip for Educating International Entrepreneurship in the BOP Market

Yinglu Wu,  James Martin 

 The bottom of the pyramid (BOP) market has gained importance in international entrepreneurship due to its large market potential. Drawing on the literature of international business education, as well as social entrepreneurship and international entrepreneurship education, we propose a course to educate students how to develop business intimacy with the BOP community. We employ the experiential-learning pedagogical framework and design elements including a short-term study abroad service trip, an entrepreneurship project, and structured reflections. Using both qualitative and quantitative data, we demonstrate that the course facilitates students’ learning in the key areas of international and social entrepreneurship, including the economic and social value of community embeddedness for BOP ventures, the emotional intelligence in interacting with BOP communities, and the attitude toward social entrepreneurship.

Journal of Teaching in International Business – Volume 29, Issue 3, pg 249-265

Adopting International Entrepreneurial Finance Education to a Local Context

Paul A. Pounder, Tracy R. Pounder  

The purpose of this article is to consider an approach to teaching entrepreneurial finance using proverbs. It explores a process framework with teaching strategies that provides prescribed guidelines on the key aspects that assist in teaching using this approach. This article demonstrates that teaching with proverbs creates the construct for linking prior knowledge (proverbs) to new entrepreneurial finance concepts in a meaningful way. It further highlights that entrepreneurial finance education in different regions around the world is most effective for students when it is tailored to the local culture of the region. The authors present five main entrepreneurial finance topics with two to three subheadings, each with proverbs accompanied by their related entrepreneurial finance concept. The article concludes that the use of proverbs in entrepreneurial finance instruction provides several benefits and that proverbs have the potential to become an effective teaching instrument in the fields of entrepreneurship and finance.

The University of Seville, Spain, and the European Council for Small Business (ECSB) are seeking submissions for the II Paper Development Seminar that will take place on April 22-23, 2019, in Seville.

With the theme “New Developments in Entrepreneurial Process Research”,  the aim of this seminar is to help participants develop their research into papers fit for publication in top-tier journals.

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: December 31, 2018

More information about the Seminar, the registration process and notable key note speakers and participants can be found here: II-PDSeminar-Seville-2019

(IE-Scholars thanks to Andreu Blesa, IE Ambassador for Southern Europe, for information about this event)

Journal of International Business Studies – Volume 49(8), pg 1010–1032

Rapid expansion of international new ventures across institutional distance

Ziliang Deng,  Ruey-Jer “Bryan” Jean, Rudolf R Sinkovics

Rapid export expansion into institutionally distant locations has become more possible in the era of digital economy. Will such rapid expansion bring desirable outcome to firms? In a context of international new ventures (INVs) from emerging markets, we reconceptualize export expansion speed as the pace of exporting across institutional distance over a certain period of time. We then examine the relationship between rapid export expansion across institutional distance and overall firm performance. We incorporate directionality into export expansion and hypothesize the relationship to be positive when INVs export upwardly to more open countries, yet the relationship to be negative when INVs export downwardly to less open countries. We also hypothesize that the degree of market liberalization in subnational regions of origin of the INVs moderates the above speed–performance relationships. Instrumental variable models based on data of Chinese indigenous INVs during 2000–2009 support these hypotheses. This study both zooms in and zooms out the analytical lens along the location-related institutional axis, examines the joint effect of institutions involved in supranational directions and subnational origins on firm performance, and advances institutional theory.

Multinational Business Review – Volume 26, Issue 4

Special Issue Entrepreneurship and Innovation in China edited by David Ahlstrom, Xiaohua Yang, Liang Wand and Changqui Wu



AIB India Ind-IB Module will take place on December 18 -19, 2018, at the ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad, followed immediately by an intensive Paper Development Workshop (PDW) on December 20, 2018.

Application to Ind-IB and Paper Submission to PDW Deadline: November 22, 2018

About the Ind-IB and PDW

The Ind-IB Module will cover a wide range of theoretical lens pertaining to internationalization including IE. Ind-IB offers the opportunity to develop deeper insights into the field of International Business and generate thesis proposals/papers, while creating collegial networks within the IB community. The purpose of the AIB-India PDW is to provide junior scholars with developmental feedback on their current research projects related to international business (IB). The mentors will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each paper, with the aim of providing robust and constructive feedback to assist authors to improve their papers to the standard required for international conferences and journals.

Participating Lecturers:

Farok Contractor (Professor, RutgersUniversity, USA – AIB Fellow)

Charles Dhanaraj (Professor, Temple University, USA – AIB Fellow and former AIB Vice President)

Sumit Kundu (Professor, Florida International University, USA – former AIB Vice President)

Ram Mudambi Professor, Temple University, USA – AIB Fellow and former AIB Vice President)

Surender Munjal (Associate Professor and CoDirector, James E. Lynch India and South Asia Business Centre, University of Leeds)

Shameen Prashantham (Associate Professor, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), China)

S. Raghunath (Professor, IIM Bangalore – AIB-India Chapter Chair)

Elizabeth L. Rose (Professor and Director, James E. Lynch India and South Asia Business Centre, University of Leeds – AIB Fellow and former AIB Vice President)

Sreevas Sahasranamam (Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School, UK)

To participate in the Ind-IB module and PDW, please send your  filled in confirmation of participation and registration form (see attachment) to Professor S. Raghunath (

(IE-Scholars thanks to Sreevas Sahasranamam, IE Ambassador for India, for information about this event)

The 7th International Conference on Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (IMES) will take place on May 30 – 31, 2019 at the University of Economics in Prague. International Entrepreneurship is one of the conference tracks.

Deadline for full paper submission:  January 14, 2019

Submissions will undergo a double-blind review and best conference paper will be awarded 300 EUR. More about conference, its tracks and the Key Note speakers can be found here.

A full Call for Papers can be found here: IMES 2019 Call for Papers.

The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) of the KU Leuven has a vacancy for a full-time academic position in the field of Entrepreneurship for an internationally oriented researcher and teacher. The vacancy is open to both junior and senior researchers. PhD students in the final phase of their studies may also apply.

Starting date: September 1, 2019

Application deadline: November 30, 2018

About the School

The Faculty of Economics and Business has been ranked highly by several independent accreditation committees regarding the quality of its research and teaching programs. The FEB has recently acquired the renowned EQUIS accreditation and benefits from an extensive national and international network, both in academia and in the business world. For more information, please consult

Application Process

Candidates should describe their (future) research objectives and how their research contributes to the research program of the department in a Biosketch. Candidates should enclose teaching evaluations, if available, and a teaching statement (max. 1 page) explaining their didactic approach to teaching. External reference letters (required for junior applicants) can be sent directly If you experience problems applying online, please contact

Online application tool:

For Questions

Please contact

  • Arjen Slangen, chair of the search committee, Faculty of Economics and Business,
  • Johan Eyckmans, dean of the Brussels campus, Faculty of Economics and Business,

Just published by Palgrave:

Reverse Entrepreneurship in Latin America: Internationalization from Emerging Markets to Developed Economies (edited by Reyes-Mercado, P. & Larios-Hernández).

The book explores the concept of reverse entrepreneurship, providing real-life examples of innovative start-ups and ventures hoping to internationalize.

About the Book

Traditionally, entrepreneurial ideas have flowed from developed countries to emerging markets. This book, however, examines entrepreneurial ideas flowing in the opposite direction, with case studies from organizations that were initially launched in emerging markets. With a specific focus on Latin America, the cases examine the experiences of entrepreneurs and reveal much-needed strategies for entry into developed markets. This book will undoubtedly be useful to both academics and practitioners as it covers a wide range of industries, products and services and takes a closer look at market platforms and high-impact entrepreneurship. Providing a valuable contribution to a relatively unexplored area, this is a compelling collection of insights into reverse entrepreneurship which presents practical solutions for entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses in the future.

Full citation: Reyes-Mercado, P. & Larios-Hernández, G.J. (Eds.) (2019). Reverse Entrepreneurship in Latin America: Internationalization from Emerging Markets to Developed Economies, London: Palgrave Pivot.

(Based on contribution from Sascha Furst, IE Ambassador for Latin America)

The International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship Business and Management is taking place in Dubai in December 14-15, 2018.

The academic conference will host submissions on a range of research areas covering Economics, Finance, Strategic and Change Management, and Marketing and Consumer Behaviour. The International Marketing, Strategies for Internationalization, Global Competition and Strategy tracks may be of particular interest to IE-Scholars.

Abstract Submission Date: November 5th 2018

Full Paper Submission Date: December 4th 2018

Early Bird Registration: October 30th 2018

For more information, click here.

(Based on contribution from Ross Curran, the IE Ambassador for the Middle East)

To broaden its reach and to better support the online community, IE-scholars will be expanding on LinkedIn and Facebook. Please look out for invitations to join from your fellow ie-scholar, Eldrede Kahiya, IE Ambassador for New Zealand and Australia.

IE-Scholars welcomes the new IE Ambassadors who will be tasked with being the “eyes and years” on everything IE in their respective regions. Passionate about our field, they will also be taking on a more active role in growing and nurturing our virtual community.

See who they are here.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to them with information on IE in your part of the world and don’t be surprised if they approach you at your local events and conferences.

Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia, the PhD program in Business Administration, and the Department of International Business invite applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the field of International Entrepreneurship

Application Deadline: October 29, 2018

Starting Date: January 2019.

About the Position

The position is under the supervision of Professor Sascha Fuerst and linked to the research project ‘Strategy making during entrepreneurial internationalization’. The candidate will conduct research on the level of the entrepreneurial team making use of qualitative process research applied to new ventures embedded in Medellin’s ecosystem for entrepreneurship.

About the PhD Program

The PhD program in Business Administration was the first program of its kind offered in Colombia since 2005 and the first PhD program in the country to receive accreditation status by the National Council for Accreditation in 2017.

The PhD program is comprised of four years of full-time study. Most classes are taught in Spanish. The admitted student is offered a financial support package which includes a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend during 11 months of the year in Colombian Pesos of 2.5 times the legal minimum monthly wage in force during the 4 years of studies. A full-time dedication to study and research is expected over the 4 year period.

About the Department

The Department of International Business is the forerunner in international business teaching and research in Colombia with more than 17 faculty members and offers internationally-positioned undergraduate and master programs in international business.

For More and How to Apply, click here: Position In IE in Universidad EAFIT Medellin, Colombia

International Business Review  — Volume 27(5), pg 1045-1056

International entrepreneurial marketing strategies of MNCs: Bricolage as practiced by marketing managers

Man Yang

The extant research lacks information on entrepreneurial marketing in large international firms. This study explores the international entrepreneurial marketing strategies of multinational corporations (MNCs), and its results reveal that MNC marketing managers use bricolage to develop international entrepreneurial marketing. A novel finding of the study is that the international entrepreneurial marketing strategies of MNCs include co-innovation, accelerating customer value, and international expansion based on regional market leadership. Marketing managers use both parallel and selective bricolage in their international entrepreneurial marketing. Environmental uncertainty and entrepreneurship culture are important drivers of the implementation of bricolage to develop international entrepreneurial marketing. The research findings can inform MNC management of the options available to utilize corporate venturing to facilitate bricolage and in turn to realize international entrepreneurial marketing strategies.

International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal  — Volume 14 (3), pg 671–680

Epistemological foundations of international entrepreneurship

Silvia L. Martin, Rajshekhar (Raj) G. Javalgi

International entrepreneurship emerged in recent years as a promising research stream focusing on how firms explore and exploit opportunities across borders, creating customer value and anticipating competitors’ moves. This study addresses international entrepreneurship literature challenges by analyzing more than seventy studies from the last twenty-four years that deal with the international new venture’s phenomenon. Particularly this study discusses five literature challenges: the increased amount of international entrepreneurship content among different journals; the different types of research conducted in the international entrepreneurship field; international new ventures and high-tech industry; the controversy in the definition and the different labels given to the firms with international presence right from their birth or shortly after; and, the factors that characterize successful firm internationalization. The study findings offer a comprehensive review, synthesis, and organization in the field.

Journal of International Entrepreneurship – Volume 16(3), pg 421-440

Jan Henrik Gruenhagen, Sukanlaya Sawang, Scott R. Gordon, Per Davidsson

The aim of this paper is to investigate the impact of the breadth and depth of international experience on subsequent new venture internationalisation and to what extent growth aspirations moderate these relationships. Drawing upon previous literature on international new ventures, human capital and growth aspirations, we tested our hypotheses using longitudinal data from the Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE). Our results support the hypothesis that breadth of international experience has a positive impact on internationalisation. Depth of international experience on its own does not predict subsequent internationalisation activities. However, results support our hypothesis that the interplay of a high growth aspiration and depth of international experience has a positive effect on internationalisation activities. Our study contributes to the research stream on new venture internationalisation by distinguishing between breadth and depth of international experience, suggesting that these dimensions are differentially linked to internationalisation. Further, we test for interaction effects between international experience and growth aspirations. We thereby add to the knowledge by illustrating that some types of human capital are only utilised when accompanied by growth aspirations.

The 2019 USASBE (United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) meeting will take place January 23 – 27 in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida. It will feature an International Entrepreneurship track.

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2018

For more information, please click here.

The 5th AIB-CEE Chapter Annual Conference took place on September 12-14, 2018 in Krakow, Poland. Hosted by the Cracow University of Economics and chaired by Krzysztof Wach, the conference theme was

International Entrepreneurship as the Bridge between International Economics and International Business

The conference attracted 146 participants from 31 countries, 32 supporting journals and a Palgrave series. IE dedicated sessions started on day 2 with a Plenary Panel “International Entrepreneurship in Central and Eastern Europe: Present Conditions and Prospects of Future Development” chaired by Marin Marinov.

The 6th AIB-CEE Chapter Conference will be held in 2019 in Kaunas, Lithuania.

(Based on contribution from Oliana Sula, the IE Ambassador for Eastern Europe)

The Latin American Chapter of the Academy of International Business (AIB-LAT) announces its 9th Annual conference “Building Digital Bridges for International Business in Latin America and the World”, to be held in Cochabamba, Bolivia at UPB-Universidad Privada Boliviana

Conference Dates:  March 14-16, 2019

Paper Submission Deadline:  September 30, 2018

Communication of Decisions: November 12, 2018.

The Entrepreneurship and Family Business track is particularly suitable for IE-oriented submissions.

For a full call for papers click AIB-LAT 2019 Cfp.

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ETP) invites submissions to Virtual Special Issue on

Crowd-Funded Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Guest Editors:

Thomas H. Allison, Washington State University

Christina Guenther, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Markku Maula, Aalto University

Jeffrey M. Pollack, North Carolina State University

Maija Renko, University of Illinois at Chicago

The topics that may be of particular interest to ie-scholars:

  • When and how do crowdfunding platforms help entrepreneurs raise capital across geographic and country barriers (e.g., Guenther, Johan, & Schweizer, 2018; Lin & Viswanathan, 2016)?
  • What are the differences and similarities of cross-border crowdfunding with, e.g., cross-border venture capital (e.g., Liu & Maula, 2016)?

Submission Process:

There is not a specific deadline for submission-it is an open call for this virtual special issue. Accepted articles will be published in the first available regular issue of ETP and will simultaneously appear in a special section (online) dedicated to VSIs (that is already populated with previous articles in ETP). Thus, the content of the special issue could be seen at any time and it will be continuously expanding (providing a valuable reference point for the field). The VSI format is optimal in that it operates on an open deadline, making the publication process more dynamic.

For informal inquiries on topics and fit

Please contact Jeff Pollack (

Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice – Volume 42(5), pg 734–768

International Entrepreneurship: A Meta–Analysis on the Internationalization and Performance Relationship

Christian Schwens, Florian B. Zapkau, Michael Bierwerth, Rodrigo Isidor, Gary Knight, Rüdiger Kabst

The article conducts a meta–analysis on the relationship between internationalization and firm performance in international entrepreneurship. Empirical evidence from 15,648 internationalizing entrepreneurial firms nested in 43 independent samples reveals a positive relationship between degree and scope of internationalization and performance. Knowledge intensity positively moderates the relationship between speed of internationalization and performance and negatively moderates the scope of internationalization and performance association. In contrast, we neither find a relationship between speed of internationalization and performance nor for knowledge intensity’s moderation on the degree of internationalization–performance association. Based on the findings, the article systematically points at future research opportunities.

Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice – Volume 42(5), pg 671–697

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

Andreea N. Kiss, Stephanie Fernhaber, 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.

International Small Business Journal

Effectuation, network-building and internationalisation speed

Shameen Prashantham, Kothandaraman Kumar, Suresh Bhagavatula,  Saras D. Sarasvathy

We extend research on the speed of new venture internationalisation by distinguishing between effectual and non-effectual (i.e. causal) network-building approaches, and conceptualising their differential effects on the dimensions of initial entry speed, country (i.e. international) scope speed and international commitment speed. Drawing upon the extant literature on internationalisation speed, network building and effectuation theory, we argue that an effectual approach to network-building is positively associated with initial entry speed and international scope speed, but negatively associated with international commitment speed, while a causal approach is negatively associated with initial entry speed and international scope speed, but positively associated with international commitment speed. In addition, we contribute to effectuation scholarship by elaborating on the causal–effectual distinction in network-building and offering internationalisation speed as an important and interesting outcome variable.

Congratulations to the winners of the best doctoral work award at the 22nd McGill IE Conference, Satu Korhonen and Nathalie N. Larsen! Thanks to Svante Andersson (the conference chair) for sending the photos below.

On the photo above: Satu Korhonen, together with sponsor Director Evert Grahn

On the photo above: Nathalie N. Larsen, together with sponsor Nicole Coviello and Chair of conference Svante Andersson



The 22nd McGill International Entrepreneurship conference concluded last week in Halmstad, Sweden. Below are more photos (courtesy of Nicole Coviello). The next conference will be hosted by the Southern Denmark University in Odense.

Alex Rialp (Autonomous University Barcelona) and Nathalie Larsen (Southern Denmark University)

Tage Koed Madsen and Martin Hannibal (Southern Denmark University)

One of the social events

Many ie-scholars convened at 22nd McGill International Entrepreneurship conference taking place this week in Halmstad, Sweden. The photos below (courtesy of Tamara Galkina) show a lot of great IE energy and excitement and include the conference founder Prof. Hamid Etemad, Svante Andersson (the conference Chair), Mika Gabrielsson, Flora Man Yang, Tamara Galkina and others.

The John Molson School of Business (JMSB) at Concordia University is seeking qualified applicants for a probationary (tenure-track) position at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in international entrepreneurship.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

Starting Date:  August 1, 2019

About the Department

The Management Department at Concordia University houses a strong and growing faculty. There are several members in the Department currently involved on research related to International Business and/or Entrepreneurship including two Concordia University Research Chairs (Tier 1 & New Scholar), a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), and a CIBC Distinguished Professor. Members of the group have active research agendas and have recently published in leading journals including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal.

About John Molson School of Business

Located in the vibrant city of Montreal, the John Molson School of Business is the largest English-language business school in Canada. JMSB offers AACSB-accredited programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. With a reputation for innovative and practical teaching, its students regularly excel in national and international competitions while its faculty members enjoy national and international reputations, built upon successful publication and research grant records. The business school enjoys strong business support for its research and programs. The John Molson School of Business is housed in a dedicated 15-storey, LEED-certified building that is equipped with leading-edge teaching and research technologies.

Application Process

Qualified candidates should forward a cover letter, statements of teaching and research interests, curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations and the names and contact information of three referees. Please submit your application as a single pdf file. Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide reference letters. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Jisun Yu, PhD, Department Chair, at Applications should be sent by email to with the subject line: Assistant Professor – International Entrepreneurship.


The Academy of International Business (AIB) US West Chapter taking place in October 18-20, 2018, in Denver, Colorado, is hosting a Faculty Development Workshop in International Entrepreneurship.

When:   October 19, 2018, 3:30-6 pm


Dr. Patricia McDougall-Covin (Indiana University)

Dr. Manuel Serapio (University of Colorado Denver)  No additional registration fee required.

Management International Review (MIR) is inviting submissions for Special Issue on

International Networking and Success- Vs. Failure-Based Learning of SMEs

The goal of this Special Issue is to motivate researchers into exploring knowledge regarding the creation and capture of entrepreneurial opportunities across borders via international networking, specifically interplaying with organizational learning based on self and vicarious success- versus failure-based learning.

Submission deadline: 10 January 2019

Special Issue Workshop: Chongqing, China: 20 August 2019

Examples of appropriate topics and research questions for this focused issue’s submissions include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • How can perspectives from the entrepreneurship, international business, and organizational theory unify and improve homogeneous versus heterogeneous constructs and operational definitions for the international networking and success- versus failure-learning of SMEs?
  • What mechanisms are included in the creation and capture of international networking opportunities across national borders by SMEs?
  • How do the pursuit of international opportunities via international networking and its interplay with success- versus failure-based learning vary across SME types?

How does self and vicarious learning by internationalized SMEs affect future successes and failures? How does this self and vicarious learning interplay with international networking by large MNEs versus SMEs?

Guest Editors

Timothy M. Devinney, University of Leeds (UK)

Jeoung Yul Lee, Chongqing Technology & Business U./Hongik U./U. of Leeds (China/South Korea/UK)

Alfredo Jimenez, KEDGE Business School (France)

Submission Information

Contributions should be submitted in English, in a Microsoft Word or compatible format via e-mail attachment to Jeoung Yul Lee (

Are you interested in taking a more active role in the ie-scholars community? Would you like to make  an impact on the IE field and gain visibility in the process? Would you like to work and create stronger relationships with IE thoughts leaders?

If so, apply for a position of an IE-Ambassador! This is a great opportunity for IE-scholars early in their careers.


Report regularly on the IE-related events, conferences and new publications in your region. Create IE-related content and actively contribute to growing the ie-scholars community.

How to Apply

Send a brief application letter, along with your CV, to Martina Musteen ( including information on why you should be considered as an IE-scholar Ambassador and which country/region you will represent.

Journal of International Business Studies – Volume 49(5), 575-604

Cross-border venture capital investments: The impact of foreignness on returns

Axel Buchner, Susanne Espenlaub, Arif Khurshed, Abdulkadir Mohamed

Against the background of the growing internationalization of venture capital (VC) investing, this is the first global comparison of the returns generated by individual domestic and cross-border deals. We examine investments worldwide during 1971–2009 and find that cross-border investments significantly underperform compared with equivalent domestic investments. Returns are negatively affected by geographic distances, cultural disparities, and institutional differences between the home and host countries. Returns on cross-border and domestic deals also decline after the late 1990s. International portfolio diversification and the saturation of domestic markets may explain why VC investors make cross-border investments despite poor expected returns.


Multinational Business Review  – Volume 26 (2), pg 111-125

Corruption, political discretion and entrepreneurship

Alfredo Jiménez, Ilan Alon,

While common sense suggests that corruption will likely have a negative impact on the economy as it raises the cost of doing business, research on the topic showed inconsistent results (positive, negative and neutral). This paper aims to verify whether corruption has a “grease” or “sand” effect on the wheels of entrepreneurial rates and under which conditions corruption will have stronger or weaker effects. Using institutional theory as the basis for the hypotheses, generalized least squares estimation is conducted to empirically examine the role of corruption and political discretion in entrepreneurship in a sample of 93 countries. Countries with higher levels of corruption are associated with lower levels of firm creation. However, this negative effect of corruption is weaker when there are higher levels of political discretion. This is the first evaluation of the moderating effect of political discretion on the negative impact of corruption on entrepreneurship.


Entrepreneurship & Regional Development – Volume 30(5-6), pg 562-584

Network embeddedness in the internationalization of biotechnology entrepreneurs

Tanja Leppäaho, Sylvie Chetty,  Pavlos Dimitratos

This study investigates how entrepreneurs of biotech enterprises embed in domestic and international networks so as to internationalize. We advance a contextual framework of embeddedness of internationalizing entrepreneurs, providing a contribution (i) by synthesizing and applying existing conceptual insights from the networking literature to provide a more culturally sensitive view of getting embedded for international entrepreneurship in the biotech industry and (ii) by adding insights into the practices and (micro)processes of how and in what ways embeddedness integrates with the internationalization of biotech entrepreneurs. Our study involves six entrepreneurs from Canada, Finland, and New Zealand. Context-specific embeddedness was studied by exploring the (i) type, (ii) strength, (iii) locality, and (iv) importance of the international and national network ties among internationalizing entrepreneurs. We found differences in relation to the locality of universities and research institutes, role and type of financiers, and customer focus in internationalization. For instance, while customers were central to the embeddedness of Canadian and New Zealand entrepreneurs, Finnish entrepreneurs had no focus on their customers, but acted solely through sales channels and partners. The customer focus of New Zealand entrepreneurs was mainly international, whereas it was domestic in the case of Canadian entrepreneurs.

The 2018 Journal of International Business Studies Paper Development Workshop (JIBS-PDW) will take place at the 44th EIBA (European International Business Academy) Annual Conference, December 13, at the conference venue at the Poznan University of Economics and Business.

Key Dates

Paper Submission Deadline:  September 3, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: October 1, 2018

Submission Process

Paper manuscripts are to be submitted to José Pla-Barber ( 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

About the PDW

Organized by José Pla-Barber (University of Valencia) and Becky Reuber (JIBS Area Editor), the 2018 JIBS-PDW seeks to provide junior scholars with developmental feedback on their current research projects in international business studies. (IE-scholar Editor note: IE oriented papers are well within the scope of the PDW).

Please address any questions to José Pla-Barber, AIB-WE Chapter Chair.

Journal of World Business (JWB) is announcing a call for papers for a Special Issue on

Exploring the Next Generation of International Entrepreneurship: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

The aim of the Special Issue is to improve our understanding of the fast-changing phenomenon of international entrepreneurship, by shedding more light on its drivers and dynamics, and the related implications for entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers around the world. Submissions are encouraged from scholars that use different theoretical, empirical and experimental approaches to understand international entrepreneurship from different perspectives, including (but not limited to) international business, entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, management and finance.

Submission Window: April 1-31, 2019

SI Editors:

Sugato Chakravarty, Purdue University, USA,

Douglas Cumming, York University, Canada,

Samuele Murtinu, University of Groningen, Netherlands,

Vittoria G. Scalera, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands,

Christian Schwens, Supervising Editor, University of Cologne,

The full Call for Papers can found here: IE SI call for papers July 3 2018

Antonella Zucchella, Birgit Hagen, and Manuel G. Serapio are pleased to announce the publication of International Entrepreneurship  textbook. Available in July 2018 from Edward Elgar, the book is aimed at faculty teaching IE courses but also provides ample resources for infusing entrepreneurial content into the international business course and international dimensions into the entrepreneurship course.

For more information about the book and how to order an inspection copy: International Entrepreneurship Forthcoming.

A couple more photos from the recent Academy of International Business meeting in Minneapolis which saw a record number of international entrepreneurship presentations.

Panel Session: Cognition and Internationalization

(In the photo: Dan Li, Daniel Richard Clark, Denis Gregoire, Elizabeth Maitland, Andreas P.J. Schotter, Nicole Coviello)

Panel Session: Writing Better Theory in IB

(In the photo: Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Rebecca Reuber, Tailan Chi, Shaker Zahra)

Panel Session: International Marketing and Consumer Behavior in a Digital Economy

(In the photo: Peter Magnusson, Gary Knight, Susan Mudambi, Saeed Samiee)



The Policy area of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for the position of Lazaridis Chair.

Candidates should be active senior scholars in International Business, Strategy or Entrepreneurship. The position is an opportunity to lead an exciting team that includes Nina Rosenbusch, Anne Domurath, Sebastian Fourne, Daniel Waeger, Sepideh Yeganegi and Nicole Coviello.

For a full description of selection criteria, click here.

Anticipated start date:  July 1, 2019

Please email if you have any questions.

The 2018 Academy of International Business annual meeting concluded on June 28 in Minneapolis, MN. With a track dedicated to internationalization and entrepreneurship, the conference attracted many IE scholars. There were over 20 sessions and close to 80 paper presentations related to IE!

Below a few pictures from the great event. More to come next week.

Panel Session: “Innovating in a Digital Economy: Challenges for Global Strategy and Entrepreneurship Research” (among panelists: Gary Knight, Keith D. Brouthers, Peter Liesch, Erkko Autio)

Interactive Session: “Seeking Entrepreneurial Opportunities and International Business” (among participants: Pavlos Dimitratos, Linda Hsiu-Yun Hsieh)

Panel Session: “The Uppsala Model at 40 Years: Taking Stock and Moving Forward” (presenting: Jan-Erik Vahlne)




Guest editors Mohamed Yacine Haddoud, Adah-Kole Emmanuel Onjewu, and Paul Jones are inviting submissions for the 10th volume of the Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research book series published by Emerald.  The focus of this volume will be:

International Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets:  Nature, Drivers, Barriers and Determinants”

Important Dates:

August 31, 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline

September 15, 2018: Notification of Acceptance

December 30, 2018: Full Chapter Submission

February 15, 2019: Review Results Returned

March 30, 2019: Revised Chapters deadline

April 30, 2019: Final Decision Deadline


Full Call for Papers can be found International Enterprneurship Book Call _ Emerald.

Journal of Business Venturing  – Volume 33 (4), pg 534-550

International entrepreneurship beyond individuals and firms: On the systemic nature of international opportunities

Tuija Mainela, Vesa Puhakka, Sakari Sipola

The present study approaches opportunities in international entrepreneurship from a systemic perspective. Based on research on the collectiveness of opportunities in international entrepreneurship and the concepts of activity and object from activity theory, we develop a systemic conceptualization of opportunity-oriented international entrepreneurship. Through an empirical study in Finland and Israel, we depict six collective opportunity beliefs, considered from the viewpoints of society, international venture, and outcome expectations. Furthermore, we induce three modalities for international opportunity as the object of collective activity and model systemic opportunity shaping as the core activity of international entrepreneurship.


International Business Review – Volume 27(3), pg 714-725

Maturing born globals and their acquisitive behaviour

Stine Øyna,  Tamar Almor, B. Elango, Shlomo Y. Tarba

Born globals are becoming more common in our interconnected world. While a body of knowledge exists regarding the establishment and early growth of born globals, we know less about how these companies develop. Arguing that acquiring new knowledge, technologies, and products will enable companies to survive beyond their initial success, the current study specifically aims to explore the value of technology-motivated acquisitions, and their effect on performance. To this end, the study employs a hybrid methodology; statistically studying 108 acquisitions conducted by 45 maturing, technology-based born globals in Israel over a period of 10 years, and further substantiate the findings with an in-depth case analysis of four sample companies. The results indicate that technology-motivated acquisitions are valuable in terms of both financial performance and independent survival, but that there likely exists an optimal threshold, indicating that such a strategy, though beneficial, should be carefully managed.

Interested in meeting other IE-Scholars at the AIB Conference later this month? If so, please send me an email at with ideas on possible dates/times, location and format. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Journal of International Business Studies – Volume 49, Issue 4

The long awaited Special Issue on “The Creation and Capture of Entrepreneurial Opportunities Across National Borders.” In addition to two Editorials (International entrepreneurship research versus international business research: A false dichotomy? By Alan Verbeke and Luciano Ciravegna and International entrepreneurship: The pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunities across national borders by Rebecca Reuber,  Gary Knight,  Peter Liesch, and Lianxi Zhou), the issue includes four interesting articles listed here.


Journal of World Business

Extending the international new venture phenomenon to digital platform providers: A longitudinal case study

Ojala, A., Evers, N. and A. Rialp

People increasingly interact with services enabled by digital platforms. This has been a consequence of the digitalization of artifacts, which has transmuted traditional businesses into digital forms. With the increasing digitalization and modularization of services, digital platforms have given many digital service providers possibilities to scale globally, and to rapidly transcend national borders by serving multi-sided markets. However, we still know very little about how digital platform providers actually internationalize their services, or how they make their platforms available for global markets. In this paper, we contribute to the increasing literature on digital-based INVs, examining how firms of this type internationalize their services, and more specifically, how recent technological developments have shaped the firms’ internationalization processes. Drawing on concepts from the network approach to internationalization, resource dependency theory, and INV theory, we extend the scope of INV theory via a model that encompasses the internationalization process of digital platform providers. We report on a longitudinal case study of a digital platform provider (covering the period 2000–2017), which allowed us to gain in-depth insight into the INV phenomenon.


Journal of Business Research  – Volume 85, pg 281-294

A bibliometric analysis of born global firms

Piotr Dzikowski

This study aims to review the scientific research on born global firms’ phenomena to date. Based on a bibliometric analysis of 453 scientific papers on born global firms from the Thompson Reuters’s Web of Science™ Core Collection database for the period 1994–2016, the authors discuss the results from the following perspectives: general results, number of publications per year, the articles that other authors cite most, most eminent authors, journals with the highest citation per article, institutions with the highest citation per document, and countries with the highest productivity. This analysis provides networks of co-cited references, journals, and first authors, and their respective clusters, revealing their rankings in terms of contributions to the born global firms’ literature. The results of the analysis can be used to enhance our understanding of born global firms’ research and support further research in this area.


Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia, the PhD program in Business Administration, and the Department of International Business invite applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the field of International Entrepreneurship starting January 2019.

Application Deadline: August 13, 2018

Working under the supervision of Associate Professor Sascha Fuerst, the candidate will conduct research on the level of the entrepreneurial team making use of qualitative process research applied to new ventures embedded in Medellin’s ecosystem for entrepreneurship.

For more details, click PhD position in International Entrepreneurship at Universidad EAFIT Medellin.

The Journal of International Entrepreneurship (JIEN) is announcing a call for papers for Special Issue on:

Looking Inside Born Globals and International New Ventures: Strategic Orientations for International Growth

Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2018

Guest Editors:

Natasha Evers, National University of Ireland, Galway

Gabriela Gliga,  National University of Ireland, Galway.

Alex Rialp-Criado, Universitat Autònoma Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain

 A full Call for Papers can be found here:  JIEN Call for Papers _31July18.

The 9th Annual AIB-LAT Conference will be held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, at UPB-Universidad Privada Boliviana, March 14-16, 2019. The theme of the conference is “Building Digital Bridges for International Business in Latin America and the World.” IE-scholars may consider submitting their papers to the Entrepreneurship and Family Business Track.

Submission Deadline: September 10, 2018

A Call for Papers can be found here: C ochabamba_CallForPapers.

The 2019 USASBE (U.S. Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship) will take place January 23-27, 2019, in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

The conference welcomes submissions for the Teaching, Research and Program Tracks (IE-scholars Editor Note: IE is well within the scope of the conference and USASBE has a strong IE special interest group).

The submission window opens May 16, 2018

Submission deadline: October 15, 2018

For more information please click here.

I will be traveling over the next two weeks and so IE-scholars will be taking a break. As always, let me know if there is anything that may be of interest to our community!

~Martina Musteen

Journal of Business Venturing  – Volume 33, Issue 3, 241-260

Are SMEs with immigrant owners exceptional exporters?

Horatio M., Morgan, Sui Sui, Matthias Baum

Immigrant owners possess valuable human and social capital from which small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) might derive advantages when internationalizing. According to this resource-based perspective, such advantages might be manifested in immigrant-owned SMEs’ enhanced ability to identify, evaluate, develop and exploit opportunities in international markets. However, a cognitive perspective offers an opposing view: insofar as immigrant owners are more prone to overconfidence than their non-immigrant counterparts when making internationalization decisions, immigrant-owned SMEs might reap less financial rewards from potentially high-risk international markets. We pit the two perspectives against each other theoretically and empirically by evaluating a) the relationship between business owners’ immigrant background and SMEs’ export intensity, and b) the extent to which such background moderates the relationship between SMEs’ export intensity and (risk-adjusted) financial performance. Based on a representative sample of 9977 Canadian SMEs, we find that the presence of immigrant owners positively impacts export intensity, but negatively moderates the relationship between export intensity and financial performance. We interpret this evidence, combined with supplementary analyses, as support for a cognitive theory of international entrepreneurship in general, and particularly in relation to the role and consequences of entrepreneurs’ immigrant background.


International Business Review – Volume 27, Issue 2, 443-454

Home country institutions, social value orientation, and the internationalization of ventures

Jie Chen, Sami Saarenketo,  Kaisu Puumalainen

We examined how home country formal institutions and the venture’s value orientation influenced the venture’s likelihood of internationalization based on a data set that was adapted from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) data in the year 2009, covering 7668 individual ventures in 25 countries. Better-developed home country formal institutions are found to have a supportive impact on the venture’s likelihood of internationalization. The supportive impact is also found to be weaker for socially oriented ventures than for profit-oriented ventures. The venture’s social value orientation negatively moderates the home country formal institutions–likelihood of internationalization relationship. The negative moderating effects can be explained as follows: Socially oriented ventures in the better-developed home country institutional environment are less likely to develop coping skills against uncertain and risky institutional environments, which are common in their host countries. Besides the theoretical contributions, this paper also highlights the implications for both business researchers and policy makers.

Management International Review – Volume 58, Issue 2, 251–280

Interactions Among Factors Driving and Inhibiting the Early Internationalization of Small, Young Technology Enterprises

Gongming Qian, Lee Li, Zhengming Qian

This study traces the early, rapid internationalization of small, young technology enterprises (SYTEs) to the interaction between industry dynamism and resource constraints. The evidence collected in this study shows that industry dynamism drives the speed of the internationalization and resource constraints inhibit it. Niche and strategic alliance strategies are found to mediate or moderate the relationships among resource constraints, industry dynamism and the speed. These mechanisms have important managerial implications.

Ie-scholars are cordially invited to submit a paper to the 5th AIB-CEE Chapter Annual Conference taking place in Krakow (Poland) on September 12-14, 2018. The conference theme is

“International Entrepreneurship as the bridge between international economics and international business”.

Deadline for papers submission: June 15, 2018

Registration deadline: April 30, 2018

Besides lively discussions in the academic panels and numerous broadly defined conference tracks, there will be a rich program (social events) allowing for networking in an informal environment. Click here for details.

The 2018 California Entrepreneurship Educators conference that took place last week in San Diego, CA, hosted several ie-scholars. Nuno Arroteia (Abertay University, Scotland), Andreu Blesa (UJI, Spain), Maria Ripolles (UJI, Spain), Martina Musteen (SDSU), and Ross Curran (Heriot-Watt University, Dubai) (see photo below) showcased their international entrepreneurship collaboration project Global Board Game. Now spanning institutions in 6 countries (including US, UK, Spain, Dubai, Turkey and Mexico), the project is designed to provide a  simulated learning experience to students in international entrepreneurship classes.

The 52nd Hawaii Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) will take place January 8-11, 2019 in Grand Wailea, Maui. The minitrack on “Culture, International Business, and Knowledge Systems” welcomes papers on International New Ventures.

Deadline for submission: 2018, June 15, 11:59PM (HST)

Submissions and more information:

International Business Review  (IBR) invites submissions for a Special Issue on

Looking Back to Look Forward: Setting Future Research Agenda for International Business Studies

Online submission:  February 2019

Guest editors:

Justin Paul, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA

Alex Rialp-Criado,  Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

For more information, click here.

The Department of Marketing & Management, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for a 3-year position as PhD Student in International Business or International Entrepreneurship.

The position is mainly located in Odense, but teaching may be required at the campus in Slagelse. It is vacant from September 1, 2018 or soon after.

More details can be found here: PhD position SDU

The Department of Marketing & Management, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for a position as Part time Professor (20%) in International Business & Entrepreneurship.

The position is located in Odense and is vacant from 1 August 2018 or soon after.

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.

See the unit website and the Department website for more details. Applications must be submitted via this page.


Graduate School of Management (GSOM) St. Petersburg University is inviting submissions for the 5th International Research GSOM Emerging Markets Conference which will take place October 4-6, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The conference has several tracks including Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms for which IE-oriented papers are welcome.

Papers submission deadline: May 10, 2018
Notification of authors: June 25, 2018
Early Bird Registration: June 25 – August 15, 2018
Registration deadline: September 25, 2018

Organizing Committee contacts: E-mail:


International Business Review – Volume 27, Issue 1, 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, 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.


International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal – Volume 14, Issue 1, pg 195-215

Dimensional effects of Korean SME’s entrepreneurial orientation on internationalization and performance: the mediating role of marketing capability

Byoungho Jin, Sojin Jung, So Won Jeong

This study examines how three different dimensions of entrepreneurial orientation (proactiveness, innovativeness, and risk-taking) each determine internationalization strategies and enhance international performance among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through the mediating role of marketing capabilities. An integrative theoretical framework built on international entrepreneurship and a resource-based approach was tested in the context of Korean SMEs. Analyses of 401 survey data collected from Korean exporting SMEs revealed the differential effects of each entrepreneurial orientation and the mediating effect of marketing capability on internationalization strategies and performance. Proactiveness and risk taking appeared to function as significant antecedents of marketing capability. Marketing capability, in turn, significantly decreased internationalization scope and increased the financial performance of Korean SMEs, though it did not influence internationalization scale. This study further confirms that the mediating role of marketing capability in entrepreneurial orientation-performance relationships vary by entrepreneurial orientation dimensions. Taking the direct and indirect roles of the entrepreneurial orientation dimensions together, this study recommends the critical prioritization of risk-taking over proactiveness. It extends previous approaches to the triad of resource–capability–performance. Theoretical contributions and insightful managerial implications are also provided.


Journal of International Management –Volume 24, pg 33-51

Informal Institutions and Internet-based Equity Crowdfunding  

Nir Kshetri

Equity-based crowdfunding is emerging as an increasingly important source of entrepreneurial financing. This paper examines the effects of informal institutions on entrepreneurs’ ability and willingness to engage in efforts to raise equity crowdfunding. It also investigates how informal institutions are linked to investors’ response to ECF. Also reviewed are the differences in the effects of informal institutions on equity crowdfunding vis-à-vis other forms of crowdfunding. The paper also delves into factors that are likely to lead to the development of favorable informal institutions from the standpoint of equity crowdfunding. It utilizes inductive theory-building approach.

The 2018 Academy of International Business (AIB), Southeast USA Chapter will take place November 1–3, 2018, in Nashville, Tenneesee. The conference theme is

Intellectual Property and the Creative Economy  

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2018

A track devoted to Entrepreneurship, SMEs, and Born Globals will be chaired by Profs. Amit Arora (Savannah State University) and Kaveh Moghaddam (University of Houston-Victoria).

The full Call for Papers can be found here: 2018 CFP AIBSE 02052018

Business Research Quarterly (BRQ) invites submissions for a Special Issue on

Internationalization of SMEs: Building models for long-term development

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2018

Aims and Scope:
The objective of this special issue is to advance our understanding on how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) build firm-specific advantages (FSAs) after their internationalization, and what are the entrepreneurial actions that help them to sustain such competitive advantages over time.

Guest editors:
José Pla-Barber, University of Valencia, Spain
Cristina Villar, University of Valencia, Spain
Pervez N. Ghauri, University of Birmingham, UK

The full Call for Papers can be found here: Business Research Quarterly CfP for SI 2018

The  2018 International Business Pedagogy Workshops sponsored by the national network of CIBERs and hosted by Georgia State University CIBER in Atlanta, GA will take place May 31-June 3, 2018. Drs. Patricia McDougall and Manuel Serapio will lead one of the thematic workshops on International entrepreneurship.

Participants are invited to submit proposals for poster sessions dedicated to cutting-edge practices in teaching IB.

Deadline for Poster Proposals: April 15, 2018

Top three posters will be awarded monetary prizes of: $1,000, $750, and $500 for first, second, and third places, respectively.

For more information please click here.

The 3rd Odense IE workshop will take place May 17-18, 2018, at the University of Southern Denmark. It aims to bring together researchers with similar interests to spur discussions and further development of ongoing research as well as new research ideas.

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2018

The following workshop topics will be covered:

  • Mature born globals – what happens to born global firms when they grow up? Moderated by Svante Andersson
  • International New Ventures and Born Global Firms: Future research paths. Moderated by Tage Koed Madsen
  • Sustainable International Entrepreneurship. Moderated by Lasse Torkkeli
  • Diaspora and Transnational Entrepreneurship. Moderated by Maria Elo, Susanne Sandberg, & Per Servais
  • Born Global Firms and International New Ventures from Emerging Markets: Empirical evidence and theoretical development. Moderated by Yi Wang
  • The collectiveness of international entrepreneurship: on the activity of communities, societies and other multi-actor settings. Moderated by Tuija Mainela
  • New types of INVs and Born Global firms in the age of digitalization and new business models. Moderated by Erik S. Rasmussen
  • IE and industry 4.0: new opportunities and challenges. Moderated by Martin Hannibal
  • Human Resource Management, work organisation and workplace practices in international companies. Moderated by Irene Mandl
  • Paper Development Workshops for young scholars moderated by Gary Knight, Elizabeth Rose, and Romeo Turcan

In addition to the above-mentioned workshops, Hamid Etemad will contribute with a workshop on current IE topics relevant for publication in Journal of International Entrepreneurship

Conference Chairs:

Martin Hannibal, Associate Professor & Head of  Research

Erik S. Rasmussen, Associate Professor

For more information: 2018 Odense Worskop



European Business Review (EBR) invites submissions for Special Issue on

International firms’ strategic orientation in foreign markets

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?

Guest Editors:

Anders Pehrsson and Rosalina Torres, Linnaeus University, Sweden.

The full Call for Papers can be found here.

Connect-123 is excited to announce dates for this summer’s Cape Town Innovation Experienceship, a 4-week intensive international entrepreneurship education program that provides students with the knowledge, clarity, and confidence to tackle the future, either as an entrepreneur or as an employee in the job market of tomorrow.

Combining the best of real-world work experience and the guided learning offered by professional educators, this program is filled with innovative, interactive projects designed to help students approach problems from a fresh angle, combine ideas in a new way, and identify and capitalize on unexpected developments. The program uses workshop-based learning and real-life work with local entrepreneurs to reframe the way students think about ideas and their career–no matter which field they choose.

What: The Cape Town Innovation Experienceship
Length: 4 weeks
Next Program: June 2-30, 2018 (July start date also available)
Program Fee: $3,000

More information can be found here:

Any member of can reach out directly to Otto Pohl at with more questions.

About the organizers: Connect-123, a leading provider of international experiential education, is partnered with Corkscrew Startup School, a pioneering learning education company, to create the Cape Town Experienceship. Connect-123 has provided thousands of students amazing international experiences since 2006. Corkscrew Startup School has developed and runs immersive educational experiences all over the world for over five years.

The spreadsheet with the 87 IE articles published last year can be now found in the Resources section of the website. Special thanks to a fellow ie-scholar, Igor Laine (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland) for his contribution in compiling the list! Please contact Martina Musteen at to report any errors or omissions.

Journal of World Business –Volume 53, Issue 2, pg 222-236

Expatriates’ international opportunity recognition and innovativeness: The role of metacognitive and cognitive cultural intelligence

Melanie P. Lorenz, Jase R. Ramsey, Robert Glenn Richey Jr

International opportunity recognition has become increasingly important in both the international business and international entrepreneurship fields. While previous international entrepreneurship research has suggested a wide variety of innovation-inducing factors, it has neglected the role of cross-cultural competences and the expatriate as a potential actor. Building on the experiential learning theory and a model of opportunity recognition, we argue how and why metacognitive and cognitive cultural intelligence are important cross-cultural competences that stimulate and enable expatriates to discover international opportunities and be innovative. We use a mixed method approach to analyze differences in the innovativeness of expatriates.

International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal – Volume 14, Issue 1, 105–127

Efficient entrepreneurial culture: a cross-country analysis of developed countries

José Fernández-Serrano, Vanessa Berbegal, Francisco Velasco, Alfonso Expósito

Entrepreneurship, together with national cultural values, may improve a country’s GDP levels. Under this hypothesis, the aim of this paper is to analyse the relationships between the levels of entrepreneurship, cultural values, and of GDP per capita in a sample of 27 developed countries, by identifying an efficient combination of culture and entrepreneurship variables, under the concept of efficient entrepreneurial culture, that maximises GDP per capita. Through the application of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) methodology, nine countries have been identified as having an efficient entrepreneurial culture. The implications derived for policy-makers are substantial, since a better understanding of cultural effects on entrepreneurship can lead to improvements in the design of governmental programmes that foster cultural values related to high-quality entrepreneurship.


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.

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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.

Open Access:


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.

Kalotay, K. (2005). Outward foreign direct investment from Russia in a global context. Journal of East-West Business, 11(3/4): 9-22.

Kuznetsov, A.V. (2012). The development of Russian multinational corporations. International Studies of Management and Organization, 41(4): 34-50.

Latukha, M. (2015).Talent management in Russian companies: domestic challenges and international experience. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26(8), 1051-1075.

Michailova, S., McCarthy, D.J. & Puffer, S.M. (2013). Russia: As solid as a BRIC? critical perspectives on international business, 9(1/2):5-18.

Mihailova, I. & Panibratov, A. (2012). Determinants of internationalization strategies of emerging market firms: A multilevel approach. Journal of East-West Business, 18(2): 157-184.

Mihailova, I., Shirokova, G., and Laine, I. (2015). New venture internationalization from an emergent market: Unexpected findings from Russia, Journal of East-West Business, 21(4): 257-291.

Panibratov, A. & Latukha, M. (2014).Obtaining international results through partnerships: Evidence from Russian MNEs in the IT sector. Journal for East European Management Studies, 19(1): 31-57.

Panibratov, A. (2015). Liability of foreignness of emerging market firms: the country of origin effect on Russian IT companies. Journal of East-West Business, 21(1): 22-40.

Panibratov, A. (2016). Home government influence on Russian MNEs: Balancing control against interest. International Journal of Emerging Markets, 11(4): 1746-8809.

Panibratov, A. (2012). Russian multinationals: From regional supremacy to global lead. Routledge, London, U.K.

Puffer, S.M., & McCarthy, D.J. (2011). Two decades of Russian business and management research: An institutional theory perspective. Academy of Management Perspectives, 25(2): 21-36.

Ramamurti, R. (2009). What have we learned about emerging-market MNEs? in R. Ramamurti and J.V. Singh (eds.) Emerging Multinationals in Emerging Markets. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 399-426.

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: