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.

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

Latest Conversations

Julian BirkinshawJulian Birkinshaw

Bio: Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of International Business, and the (American) Academy of Management.  He has PhD and MBA degrees in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, Canada, and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Durham, UK. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Stockholm School of Economics in 2009 and Copenhagen Business School in 2018.   

Professor Birkinshaw has published widely on the strategy of multinational enterprises, and in particular on HQ-subsidiary relationships, ambidexterity, management innovation and the role of the corporate HQ. His research has been published in top journals such as JIBS, AMJ, AMR and SMJ.   He is also the author of fifteen books, including Mindtools for Managers (2018), Fast/Forward (2017), Becoming a Better Boss (2013), Reinventing Management (2010), Giant Steps in Management (2007), Inventuring: Why Big Companies Must Think Small (2003), and Entrepreneurship in the Global Firm (2001). 

 Professor Birkinshaw is currently ranked as one of the “Thinkers 50” top thought leaders in the field of Management. He is regularly quoted in international media outlets, including CNN, BBC, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Bloomberg Business Week and The Times. He is a regular keynote speaker and a consultant to many large companies, such as BP, Dell Technologies, Roche, Tata Group, BMW, Unilever, Enel, and Orsted. 

Conversation Published: June 3, 2021

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Timothy DevinneyTimothy Devinney

Bio: Timothy Devinney (BSc CMU; MA, MBA, PhD Chicago) is Chair and Professor of International Business at Alliance Manchester Business School.  He is also the Director of the DBA programme and the A/Dean (International). He has held positions at U. Chicago, Vanderbilt, UCLA and Australian Graduate School of Management and the University of Leeds and been a visitor at many other universities across the globe He has published 12+ books and 100+ articles in leading journals. He served as an editor and associate editor of a number of journals and book series and sits on the ERB of more than a dozen journals. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the Royal Society of Arts, Academy of International Business, the European International Business Academy, and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Awardee and Fellow.  He has served on the executive of a number of academic associations (AOM, SMS, EIBA, ANZAM) as well as university, corporate and charity boards.  He regularly consults with major corporations across the globe.  

More information is available on his academic profile page and a longer list of publications and presentations can be found here.  He also maintains a blog which includes a number of public press articles. 

Conversation Published: June 3, 2021

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Coming Next Week

Frontline IB is on Break Until July 15

As our members shift their focus toward our upcoming Annual Meeting, Frontline IB will be taking a brief hiatus in order to prepare our next batch of candid interviews. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to register for AIB 2021—many of the prestigious scholars who’ve appeared on Frontline IB will be featured throughout the conference program, as well as in various networking sessions.

Thank you for your continued support and engagement throughout this debut “season” of Frontline IB—we look forward to sharing more cutting-edge content with you after the conference.