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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Franklin AllenFranklin Allen

Franklin Allen is Professor of Finance and Economics and Director of the Brevan Howard Centre at Imperial College London and has held these positions since July 2014.  In August 2019 he became the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research in the Business School and in August 2020 the Vice-Dean (Research & Faculty) there.  In September 2023 he became Interim Dean.  He was on the faculty of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from September 1980 – June 2016. He now has Emeritus status there. He was formerly Vice Dean and Director of Wharton Doctoral Programs, Co-Director of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center, Executive Editor of the Review of Financial Studies and Managing Editor of the Review of Finance.

He is a past President of the American Finance Association, the Western Finance Association, the Society for Financial Studies, the Financial Intermediation Research Society and the Financial Management Association, and a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the British Academy.  He received his doctorate from Oxford University.

Dr. Allen’s main areas of interest are corporate finance, asset pricing, financial innovation, comparative financial systems, and financial crises.  He is a co-author with Richard Brealey and Stewart Myers of the eighth through thirteenth editions and with Alex Edmans as well of the fourteenth edition of the textbook Principles of Corporate Finance.

Adamantios DiamantopolousAdamantios Diamantopoulos

Adamantios Diamantopoulos (Ph.D., D.Litt.) is Professorial Research Fellow at the Department of Marketing and International Business, University of Vienna, Austria. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Senior Fellow at the Dr. Theo and Friedl Schoeller Research Center, Germany. During 2004-2023, he held the Chair of International Marketing at the University of Vienna. During 2012-13, he was the “Joseph A. Schumpeter Fellow” at Harvard University, USA. 

 He is the author of 200+ papers with over 54,000 citations (h-index: 93; Google Scholar, November 2023) published, among others, in Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Service Research, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of Retailing, MIS Quarterly, Organizational Research Methods, Psychological Methods, Information Systems Research, and British Journal of Management. 

 He ranks #8 worldwide in terms of citations among a total of 13,180 marketing scholars (Ioannidis, 2023) as well #1 in Austria and #94 worldwide in the 2022 Ranking of Top 1000 Scientists in Business and Management (Research.com, 2022). He is the most prolific contributor to Journal of International Marketing (Donthu et al., 2021) and the recipient of four Hans B. Thorelli Awards. He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, the British Academy of Management, and the European Marketing Academy. In 2019, he was awarded the JIBS Silver Medal and, in 2021, he received the Significant Contributions to Global Marketing award from the American Marketing Association 

Alain VerbekeAlain Verbeke

Dr. Alain Verbeke is a Professor of International Business Strategy and the McCaig Chair in Management at the University of Calgary. He also serves as the Alan M. Rugman Memorial Fellow at the University of Reading. 

He is associated with the Solvay Business School (VUB) and has been a Visiting Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain and an Associate Fellow of Templeton College. He has served two full terms as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business Studies – JIBS, during which time the journal’s citation impact (without self-cites) doubled.  

Dr. Verbeke’s main contributions to the field of international business strategy include, inter alia:(1) making the critical distinction between location-bound and non-location bound firm-specific advantages of multinational enterprises; (2) the subsidiary specific advantage concept; (3) the bounded reliability concept; (4) the concept of bifurcation bias in family firms; (5) substantial work demonstrating the dominance of regional over global strategies.  

Dr. Verbeke is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB) and the European International Business Academy (EIBA).  He is also an active member in the Strategic Management Society (SMS).  He was the recipient of the double Gold Medal awarded by the AIB for his intellectual contributions in JIBS and for his service to the journal. In 2023, the was bestowed with the AIB Exemplary Service Award for his role as Editor-in-Chief of JIBS.  

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