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

Andrew DeliosAndrew Delios

Bio: Andrew Delios is Professor and Vice-Dean, MSc Programs at NUS Business School. He was Head of the Department of Strategy and Policy for 8 years. His research looks at strategy and global competition in emerging economies. Andrew has authored six books and more than 100 journal articles, case studies and book chapters. He has been an Editor for several leading journals. From 2011-2013, Andrew served as the President of the Asia Academy of Management. He became a Fellow of the Academy of International Business in 2013. He completed his Ph.D. in 1998 at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University.

Andrew has lived in Asia for more than 25 years.  He has worked in Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States. At NUS, he has taught in numerous programs, including executive education and EMBA programs.  He has taught Strategy and International Business at Hong Kong Baptist University for their DBA program, for the EMBA program for Chinese University of Hong Kong, for the EHL-CEIBS HEMBA program and for Tsinghua’s EMBA program, among others.

He has done consulting and educational engagements with organizations such as DBS, OCBC and SIAEC (Singapore), BCA Bank and PT Wijaya Karya (Indonesia), Awba Group (Myanmar), Thai Beverages and PTT (Thailand), Bank of China, and Aditya Birla (India).  He was an owner and director in Belgarath Investments Ltd., an international franchising company in Asia, with such brands as Chili’s, Subway and Sarpino’s Pizza. He is currently engaged with a start-up in the retail and property sectors in Vietnam.

Conversation Published: September 23, 2021

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Subi RanganSubi Rangan

Bio: Subi Rangan received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University. His current work explores how enterprises may better integrate performance and progress, and how scholars may help evolve the paradigm and practice of capitalism. In 2013 he initiated the Society for Progress, a fellowship of eminent philosophers, social scientists, and business leaders. Their first work was published as Performance & Progress: Essays on Capitalism, Business, and Society (Oxford University Press, 2015). Their second book is entitled Capitalism Beyond Mutuality? (Oxford, 2018).

In other research Subi explores the political sociology of discrimination of foreign transnational firms and these firms’ non-market strategies. In 1998 he won the Academy of International Business’ Eldridge Haynes Prize for the best original work in international business. In 1995 that academy awarded their Best Dissertation Award to his doctoral thesis. In 2010 his research won the Emerald award for Top 50 papers in management. His articles appear in the Administrative Science Quarterly; Academy of Management Review; Brookings Papers on Economic Activity; Journal of International Business Studies; Strategic Management Journal; Sloan Management Review; and Harvard Business Review. Subi is coauthor of two other books: Manager in the International Economy, and A Prism on Globalization. He was associate editor of the Academy of Management Review; and chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals.

He is a member of the board of trustees of Fundacao Dom Cabral, a leading business school in Brazil; and member of the board of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. He directs INSEAD’s top executive seminar AVIRA: Awareness, Vision, Imagination, Role, and Action. In 2018 he launched the Integrating Performance & Progress (IPP) executive seminar that he co-teaches with philosophers. Subi is a multiple-time recipient of the Outstanding Teacher award and Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching. He is married and has a daughter and son.

Conversation Published: September 23, 2021

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Tina AmbosTina Ambos

Bio: Tina C. Ambos is Professor of International Management and the Director of the i2i Hub for Intrapreneurship and Innovation at the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) of the University of Geneva. She is a also a member of the Expert Network at the World Economic Form.

Before joining the University of Geneva, Tina was a professor at the University of Sussex and the management faculty’s Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange. Earlier she held the chair of the Department of International Management at Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria), as well as positions at WU Vienna, the University of Edinburgh and London Business School. She received a Venia Docendi (Habilitation) and a Ph.D. from WU Vienna as well as a MA in Philosophy from the University of Vienna.

Her research and teaching interests include global strategic management and innovation in the context of multinational corporations, technology start-ups and international (non-for-profit) organizations. She has published widely in the academic journals and is a regular speaker at international conferences and practitioner forums as well as leading executive programs.

Tina currently serves as the Chair of the Global Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society. She has been Associate Editor for Long Range Planning, is a member of the Consulting Editors Board of the Journal of International Business Studies and on several other editorial review boards.

Conversation to be Published: September 30, 2021

Pervez GhauriPervez Ghauri

Bio: Pervez Ghauri completed his PhD at Uppsala University (Sweden) where he also taught for several years. After Uppsala, he joined Oslo Business School (later merged into Norwegian School of Management – BI), as Associate Dean (Academic Affairs) with main responsibility to develop an MBA program. He thus started the first English speaking MBA and Executive MBA programs in Nordic countries that were highly successful.

After Oslo, he worked as Professor of Marketing and International Business at University of Groningen Netherland, where he also served as Academic Dean for that last three years. After moving to UK, he served Manchester Business School and King’s College London as chaired professor of International Business, for several years. Currently, Pervez is Professor of International Business at University of Birmingham (UK).

Pervez is the founding Editor of International Business Review (IBR) and Consulting Editor for Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). He also served as Editor (Europe) for Journal of World Business (JWB) for the period 2007-2014. Pervez is a Fellow of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) and the Academy of International Business (AIB), where he was also Vice President between 2008 and 2010.

Pervez has published more than 30 books including the best seller, Research Methods in Business Studies, now in 5th edition with Cambridge University Press. He has also published more than 100 articles in top level International Business and International Marketing journals. Pervez has also been consulting and running executive training programs with several companies such as, BP, Ericsson and Airbus Industries.

Conversation to be Published: September 30, 2021