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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Wayne CascioWayne Cascio

Wayne F. Cascio is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Business School of the University of Colorado Denver, where he served as a member of the management faculty from 1981 to 2020. A former area and consulting editor of the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), he has published more than 200 articles and book chapters, and 33 books, including Managing Human Resources: Productivity, Quality of Work Life, Profits (12th ed., 2022), Investing in People (3rd ed., 2019 with J. Boudreau and A. Fink), and Applied Psychology in Talent Management (8th ed., 2019 with H. Aguinis).

In 2016, by a vote of 90 countries, he received the George Petitpas [Lifetime Achievement] Award from the World Federation of People Management Associations. In 2020 he received the inaugural Ulrich Impact Award from the HR Division of the Academy of Management for his research that links theory to practical applications, and he was also inducted into the Australian HR Institute’s Hall of Fame. In 2022 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Colorado Board of Regents for his service to the state and to the nation.

Conversation Published: 1 December 2022

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Luigi ZingalesLuigi Zingales

Luigi Zingales is the Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and the Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research interests span from corporate governance and financial development to political economy and the economic effects of culture. He has published extensively in the major economics and financial journals. He also wrote two best-selling books: Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists (2003) with Raghu Rajan, and A Capitalism for the People (2012). In 2014 he served as President of the American Finance Association.

In July 2015 he became the Director of the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State at the University of Chicago. Since January 2018, he has co-hosted the podcast Capitalisn’t, which explores how capitalism can go wrong and what we can do to fix it. Born in Italy, Zingales carries with him a civic passion and the belief that economists should not just interpret the world, they should change it for the better.

Commenting on his method of teaching on a few very important lessons rather than a myriad of details, Zingales says, “Twenty years from now they might have forgotten all the details of my course, but hopefully they will not have forgotten the way of thinking.” Zingales received a bachelor’s degree in economics summa cum laude from Università Bocconi in Italy in 1987 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992.

Conversation Published: 1 December 2022

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Coming Next Week

Shige MakinoShige Makino

Shige Makino is Professor at Faculty of Economics/Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan, and Emeritus Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received LLB and MBA degrees from Keio University, and PhD from Ivey Business School, Western University.

Shige’s current research focuses on strategies and performance of multinational corporations. He is especially interested in exploring non-economic based motivations on economic activities and their performance consequences in international business. His research has appeared in such journals as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal, among others.

Shige served as a Vice President of the Academy of International Business (Program) and a President of the Association of Japanese Business Studies. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for Global Strategy Journal, a Consulting Editor of Journal of International Business Studies, and an editorial and advisory board member in a number of local and international journals. He has received several major research awards and honors, including the JIBS Gold Medal (2019) and the International Business Review (IBR) Best Journal Paper of the Year Award (2020).

He teaches strategic management and business models at undergraduate, masters and PhD levels and received many teaching awards at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, including the Vice Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award (the University’s top teaching award) and the Teaching Excellence Award (the Business School’s top teaching award).

Conversation to be Published: 8 December 2022

Bodo SchlegelmilchBodo Schlegelmilch

Bodo B. Schlegelmilch heads the Institute for International Marketing Management at WU Vienna and is Chair of AMBA [Association of MBAs] and BGA [Business Graduates Association]. He was Founding Dean of the WU Executive Academy and initiated the Vienna Executive MBA, leading it into the Financial Times Top 50 ranking.

Starting at Deutsche Bank and Procter & Gamble, he continued at the Universities of Edinburgh and California, Berkeley. Professorships at the University of Wales (British Rail Chair of Marketing) and Thunderbird School of Global Management (Head of Marketing Section) followed. To date, he taught in 31 countries on six continents.

Bodo received awards and fellowships from the Academy of International Business, Academy of Marketing Science, American Marketing Association and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He serves on advisory boards of European and Asian universities, and holds guest professorships in China, Fiji, Thailand, UK and USA.

His research spans from international marketing strategy to CSR, and appeared in leading journals, such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies and Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. In addition to some 150 journal papers, he published 15 books in English, Mandarin and German.

Bodo served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Marketing and on editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, AMS-Review and other top journals.

Initially educated in Germany, he obtained two doctorates (in International Marketing Strategy and CSR) from the University of Manchester and an honorary Ph.D. from Thammasat University (Thailand).

Conversation to be Published: 8 December 2022

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