2019 Call for Papers

October 17-19, 2019
San Antonio, TX

Conference Theme
Liability of Foreignness in the Digital Age

2019 Call for Papers [PDF]

*AIB-SE 2019 Online Submission System*

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2019

AIB-SE is excited to announce its 2019 annual conference with the theme: Liability of Foreignness in the Digital Age.

Since Zaheer (1995) established the concept of liability of foreignness, scholars have sought to enrich our knowledge of how foreignness affects strategic decision of and outcomes for foreign subsidiaries. That said, the digital age has brought forth a new set of opportunities and challenges for multinational enterprises in the form of architecture and connectivity; global digital platforms, data analytics, and artificial intelligence; digital ecosystems; and new organizational structures and decision rights. For example, Siemens is undergoing a major transformation from selling power generators and medical diagnostic equipment to emphasizing value-added services using digitally connected equipment.  Netflix, Alibaba, and Uber have successfully penetrated markets by digitally-connected consumers and devices. Similarly, Rolls-Royce and General Electric have created new opportunities by delivering digitally enabled services.[1]  Likewise, technological advances have made it easier for internal and external cross-border communication. Nevertheless, the digital age is fundamentally changing the way MNEs operate – lowering some barriers and creating new obstacles. As a result, the digital age is changing the way we need to think about foreignness.

This year, there is a special track devoted to the conference’s theme.  This year’s conference takes place in San Antonio, TX, in cooperation with University of Texas – San Antonio.  San Antonio has a long tradition in health care; however, it has quietly established itself as a home for cyber security and cloud services. Moreover, it has earned the nickname “Military City USA” with its many military installations, most notably, Fort Sam Houston.

AIB-SE (www.aibse.org) is one of the largest and most active regional divisions of the Academy of International Business’s eighteen worldwide chapters. AIB-SE’s annual conference centers on the presentation of the newest ideas in international business to an international audience of academic scholars and business practitioners. The conference is characterized by a strong professional focus, providing participants with a supportive and collegial platform to discuss and develop their ideas, as well as opportunity for mentoring of authors to enhance their papers for publication. Over the past five years, AIB-SE has experienced significant transformation and growth becoming a reputable academic meeting of choice for around 250 participants from around the globe.

Conference Highlights

  1. Professional Development – AIB-SE has traditionally had a strong focus on professional developme As in past years, the 2019 conference will feature consortia for doctoral students and mid-career faculty, methodological PDWs, interactive and competitive paper sessions, opportunities for undergraduate students, and panels on cutting issues in international business. Details on each of these will be released over the coming months.
  1. Conference Awards – Prestigious awards with cash prizes will be given for the conference Best Paper, Best Paper – Conference Theme, Best Paper- Doctoral Student, Best Paper- Master’s / Undergraduate student. Consistent with the developmental focus of AIB-SE, we also recognize the best reviewer and the best student reviewer.
  1. Keynote Speaker – We are thrilled that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Hitt, who is the University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University’s Mays School of Business. Dr. Hitt has been one of the most prolific research with over 500 articles and more than 90,000 citations. Moreover, he was Past President of the Academy of Management and Past Editor-in-Chief of Academy of Management Journal. He has received many honors in his distinguished career including AIB Fellow and AOM Fellow.

Paper and Panel Submissions

 Paper and panel submissions for AIB-SE 2019 are organized under the following topical tracks. Each paper or panel proposal can only be submitted to one track via the online submission system. Please select the track that is the best fit for your submission from the list below:

1. IB Theory, FDI, Trade and Entry Mode Strategies

Track Chair:
Wlamir Xavier, Eastern New Mexico University, wlamir.xavier@enmu.edu;
Ru-Shiun Liou, University of Tampa, rliou@ut.edu;

2. Entrepreneurship, SMEs, and Born Globals
Track Chairs: 
Kaveh Moghaddam, University of Houston-Victoria, moghaddamk@uhv.edu;
Jun Yang, Fort Hays State University, j_yang54@fhsu.edu;

3. Global Strategy, Value chains and Competitiveness of the MNEs
Track Chairs:
Amit Arora, University of the District of Columbia, amit.arora@udc.edu;
Elzotbek Rustambekov, Bryant University, erustambekov@bryant.edu;

4. Governments, Institutions, Social Enterprises and Non-Profits, their roles in the New Economy
Track Chairs:
Alexander A. Assouad, Belmont University, alexander.assouad@belmont.edu;
David Baker, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, dbaker@louisiana.edu;

5. International Marketing
Track Chairs: 
Susan Forquer Gupta, Monmouth University, sgupta@monmouth.edu;
Elizabeth Amanda Napier, University of Toledo, Elizabeth.Napier@utoledo.edu;

6. International Accounting, Economics, and Finance
Track Chairs:
Amanda Phalin, University of Florida, amanda.phalin@warrington.ufl.edu;
Johan Vögel, University of Pretoria, johan.vogel@up.ac.za;

7. Culture, Organizations and Human Resources of the MNEs
Track Chairs: 
Edward Akoto, Henderson State University, akotoe@hsu.edu;
Luis Camacho, SUNY Empire State College, luis.camacho@esc.edu;

8. The World of International Business Education
Track Chairs: 
Roberto Garcia, Indiana University, prgarcia@indiana.edu;
Philip Boutin, Eastern Kentucky University, philip.boutin@eku.edu;

9. Undergraduate/Graduate Students Research
Track Chair:
Anne Marie Zwerg-Villegas, Universidad de La Sabana, anne.zwerg@unisabana.edu.co;
Anshu Arora, University of the District of Columbia, anshu.arora@udc.edu;

10. Emerging markets and emerging market MNEs
Track Chair:
Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia, mgonza40@eafit.edu.co;
Daniel Rottig, Florida Gulf Coast University, drottig@fgcu.edu;

11. Special Track: Liability of foreignness in the digital age
Track Chair:
Malika Richards, Penn State – Berks, mur12@psu.edu;


Conference Submission Instructions

All submissions will be handled through the AIB-SE online submission system. All manuscripts and proposals must be submitted by June 15, 2019. For up-to-date information about the conference, please see the conference website at http://www.aibse.org. Questions regarding this call for papers should be addressed to the appropriate track chair(s) or to the Program Chair.

  • Competitive Sessions– Submissions of fully developed papers are appropriate for consideration for competitive sessions. Competitive papers must be fewer than 10,000 words inclusive of all materials, including appendices and references.
  • Interactive Sessions–Shorter manuscripts or work-in-progress pieces that could benefit from informal feedback from other participants are appropriate for submission to interactive sessions. These sessions are held in roundtable discussion format that allows for interaction with other researchers with similar interests. Interactive papers should be 2,500 to no more than 5,000 words.

 Please note that submitting a manuscript as a competitive paper does not necessarily mean it will end up in a competitive session. The best papers in each track will be placed into competitive sessions. Lesser-developed papers will be placed in interactive sessions.  The number of competitive papers we can accept for the conference is limited. Therefore, fully- developed papers, on occasion, may be placed in interactives session due to space constraints.

  • Special Topic/Panel Sessions– We invite special topic/panel sessions, which can be in a variety of formats. Proposals for special sessions should describe the topic, session format, and its importance to international business research or education and identify all individuals (with their qualifications) who will formally participate. Panel proposals should be limited to no more than 5,000 words.  Selection of special topics/ panel sessions will be limited and according to the quality of the panel, and currency of the topic.  The panel sessions are also used for new topics that are important in the current IB environment where in-depth research is yet to be conducted. Proposals for PDWs in teaching or research may also be submitted under this format.

 Submission Guidelines

 All submissions must conform to the following guidelines:

  • The document must be stripped of all identifying information: Do not include a cover page. The ‘File Properties’ for the documents should be cleaned to remove identifying information.
  • Each manuscript should be accompanied by an abstract, not to exceed 200 words.
  • Submissions must be formatted as follows: Letter sized page (8.5″x11″ or 216×279 mm), with one-inch (2.5 cm) margins, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • The manuscript should preferably be saved in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format to ensure that reviewers see it in the intended way. However, Microsoft Word files will also be accepted.
  • Please ensure all files are checked for viruses using updated anti-virus software before submission.

After Submission

Authors will be sent an automatic e-mail confirmation message upon successful uploading of their paper on the website acknowledging receipt of their submission. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours of submitting your manuscript or proposal, please inform the conference chairs, Dr. Stewart R. Miller & Dr. Jun Wu. All manuscript submissions will be subject to a blind review process and will be evaluated based on interest to AIB-SE members, relevance to IB research, teaching and/or practice, analytical and conceptual rigor, quantitative and qualitative methods (if applicable), innovativeness, and significance of conclusions. Panel proposals will be evaluated based on interest to AIB members, relevance to IB research, teaching and/or practice, quality, innovativeness, fit with conference theme, and diversity of participants. A more detailed Call for Papers is available at the 2019 AIB – SE annual conference website.


Stewart R. Miller, Ph.D.
2019 Conference ChairUniv. of Texas – San Antonio

Jun Wu, Ph.D.
2019 Program Chair
Georgia Gwinnett College
Jwu1@ ggc.edu

Poonam Khanna, Ph.D.
2019 Local Host Co-Chair
Univ. of Texas – San Antonio

Indu Ramachandran, Ph.D.
2019 Local Host Co-Chair
Texas State University

Bhattacharya, A., Lang, N., Reeves, M. & Augustinraj, R. October 24, 2018. Building the New Global Enterprise. Boston Consulting Group. www.bcg.com.