Since 2000, AIB Insights has served as our association’s primary outlet for discussions of theoretical, practical, and pedagogical issues currently affecting the International Business community. Topical, thought-provoking, and to-the-point, Insights articles are used in classrooms around the world to ground complex subjects in terms non-experts can easily understand.
Now, after a competitive nomination process, a new editorial team is set to take the reigns of this long-running AIB publication. Under their guidance, AIB Insights is set to continue building on core areas of strength while exploring new opportunities to make its content more interactive, both online and at our annual conference.
Experienced Leaders, New Ideas
Long-time Insights readers should recognize the name John Mezias—he’s served as the magazine’s associate editor since 2015. As Insight’s newest executive editor, he brings both an in-depth understanding of the publication’s priorities and a breadth of editorial experience, having served for over a decade on the boards of the Journal of International Business Studies and the Strategic Management Journal.
“AIB Insights is on a great trajectory,” said Mezias, an associate professor of management at the University of Miami Business School. “I enjoyed working with outgoing editor Daniel Rottig to build the journal’s reputation, publishing high-quality articles and utilizing innovative formats.”
Mezias will be supported in his new leadership role by Associate Editor William Newburry, chair of Florida International University’s Department of International Business. Newburry brings a rich record of service to AIB, having chaired three doctoral consortia, all while serving a six-year term as President of our association’s Latin America Chapter.
“It is an honor to join John in developing the journal to have an even stronger impact on the communities AIB engages with,” said Newburry. “Building on the strong foundation that’s been established by prior editors, we intend to continue disseminating members’ research in a format that can be easily digested by practitioners, students, and academics.”
Bringing Insights to Life
The impact of AIB Insights can be increasingly felt at our annual conference, where panels like “Making Our Field of IB More Legitimate and Relevant” brought the magazine’s contributors together in front of a live audience to expand upon ideas they’d introduced in a recent, special issue.
And it’s not just established researchers who are exploring new ways to engage their peers in person and in print. Insights’s annual “AIB Dissertation Award Issue” features extended abstracts from every up-and-coming scholar nominated for the Peter J. Buckley and Mark Casson AIB Dissertation Award.
Looking forward, members can expect Insights to have an increased presence at their regional chapter conferences, too. Geographically-focused special issues are currently in the works with AIB’s Latin America and Africa chapters, with even more collaborations on the horizon.
Personal Takes on Hot Topics
Never ones to rest on their laurels, the new editorial team is already moving forward on a number of special issues focused on some of the most fundamental and hotly contested topics in the IB field: gender inequality, pedagogical innovation, and the impact of modern slavery on the global economy.
“AIB Insights seeks articles that foreground authors’ lived experiences and research practices,” said Mezias. “This format allows authors to quickly craft ‘expert essays,’ like written TED Talks, providing fresh, even controversial takes on emerging issues and trends.”
For those considering submitting their work to AIB Insights, Mezias added, “We’re here to publish insightful articles on a broad range of international topics, not only those tied to special issues. Our goal is to increase submissions from every area of the association—we look forward to reviewing your contribution.”
For submission guidelines, current calls for papers, and PDF copies of previously published articles, visit the AIB Insights homepage.