About the Series

Most of us read and extensively cite these top IB scholars. Their groundbreaking and seminal papers inspire us, and yet, many of us rarely get to know the “person” behind the scholarly accomplishments. These esteemed colleagues generously share with us how many different facets of their lives have influenced their work in these videos. These recordings are not about particular papers or specific empirical methods. Each has unique perspectives yet exhibit a shared ethos that centers on finding and solving substantive puzzles in IB.

These semi-structured interviews are in three parts. First, the guests talk about their journey on how they got into the profession, what else they could or would have pursued, their passions, interests, etc. Second, the scholars talk about promising IB topics, what is under-explored, not-well-understood, and over-emphasized topics. Third, the scholars share the best advice they received, their advice to young scholars on what to do and what not to do for a successful career. There is much value in learning from their experiences and hindsight.  Each session is practically a ‘masterclass’ with these top minds in our field. I hope these dynamic segments will keep on inspiring new generations of scholars.

New conversations will be published every Thursday. Podcast versions of each episode are available on our Podbean page, as well as through your favorite audio streaming services.

About the Host

Ilgaz Arikan

Ilgaz Arikan

Bio: Ilgaz Arikan’s (Ph.D. the Ohio State University) interdisciplinary research in international business, strategy, and entrepreneurship draws from economics, political science, sociology, history, and international relations. His work on how history, exchange and political hazards impact firms’ governance choices, and how firms’ resources and capabilities impact relative performance have appeared in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Management Information Systems Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and chapters in academic and professional journals and books. He is an expert in the management and internationalization of authentic firms.

Affiliation: Kent State University

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Sergio LazzariniSergio Lazzarini

Bio: Sergio G. Lazzarini (PhD, 2002, Washington University in St. Louis) is the Chafi Haddad Professor of Management at Insper Institute of Education and Research. He does research on how public and private actors interact and organize their activities to improve economic and social performance. He is founder of Insper Metricis, a center for the study of impact measurement and investing.

Sergio has held visiting positions at Harvard University (2010, 2012), University of St Gallen (2009), HEC Paris (2014), Insead (2015), Brandeis (2016), Imperial College (2017), and the University of Utah (2019), and is currently visiting the University of Toronto. His research has received several prizes including the Glueck Best Paper Award of the Strategic Management Division of the Academy of Management (2003), Best Presentation Prize of the Strategic Management Society Special Conference in Rio (2011), and Distinguished Paper Award of the Strategy Division (Cooperative Strategy Track) of the Academy of Management (2020). Sergio also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Strategy Division of the Academy of Management (2008-2010) and as a board member of the International Society for the New Institutional Economics (2009-2011), and is currently Associate Editor of the Global Strategy Journal.

Conversation Published: 23 June 2022

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Dan LiDan Li

Bio: Dan Li is the L. Leslie Waters Chair and Professor of International Business at the Kelley Business School, Indiana University. She received her Ph.D. in Management from Texas A&M University. Her research and teaching focus on global strategy, particularly in the areas of international strategic alliances, and institutional influences on activities of both established multinational enterprises and international new ventures. Dan’s work has been published in the Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Venturing, Management International Review, among others. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of Business Horizons and an Associate Editor and Special Issue Editor of Global Strategy Journal. She has also served on the editorial review boards of many journals, including the Academy of Management Journal and Journal of International Business Studies.

Dan has been a longtime and active AIB member, serving as Track Chair/Co-Chair for the AIB annual conferences in Istanbul (2013) and in Minneapolis (2018), and on the Local Arrangements Committee for the AIB conference in Indianapolis (2007). She has also co-chaired doctoral consortia, organized panels/PDWs, and served as a panelist for many AIB events over the years. Being on the executive board of the Women in AIB (WAIB), Dan served WAIB in various roles including faculty-at-large and secretary-treasurer, between 2007 and 2015.

Conversation Published: 23 June 2022

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Coming Next Week

Frontline IB is on Vacation

With our members busy preparing for AIB’s upcoming Annual Meeting, we will be pausing the release of new Frontline IB episodes for the month of July.

Our regular weekly publication schedule will resume on Thursday, 4 August.

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