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

William NewburryWilliam Newburry

Bio: Dr. Newburry is Chair of the Department of International Business and the Ryder Eminent Scholar of Global Business at Florida International University. Bill is also a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at the Nanyang Business School Center for Emerging Markets. He earned his PhD from New York University, co-majoring in international business and management. His research focuses on how multinational corporations manage and relate to subsidiaries and other local stakeholders when they invest in foreign countries, with an emphasis on reputation issues.

Bill was elected an Academy of International Business Fellow in 2020. He is currently serving a five-year term on the Academy of Management International Management Division Executive Committee (2019-2024). He also serves as President of the Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE), as Series Editor for Research in Global Strategic Management and as Associate Editor of AIB Insights. Bill served as President/Chapter Chair of the Academy of International Business Latin America (AIB-LAT) Chapter (2012-2018). He previously chaired the Strategic Management Society Global Strategy Interest Group (2008-2009).

Bill has published 45+ articles in top-tier journals, along with another 20 chapters in edited books. He recently co-authored Building Strategic Capabilities in Emerging Markets (2020, Cambridge University Press), and has co-authored/edited four additional books. He serves on the Senior Advisory Board of Review of International Business and Strategy, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Business StudiesJournal of World BusinessJournal of Management StudiesGlobal Strategy JournalThunderbird International Business Review, and Cross Cultural and Strategic Management.

Conversation Published: 24 November 2021

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Paul VaalerPaul Vaaler

Bio: Paul M. Vaaler is the John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law & Business, a joint appointment to the University of Minnesota’s Law School and Carlson School of Management.  He previously served on faculties at Tufts University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Paul has also held visiting appointments at Harvard University where he was a Research Fellow, at Oxford University where he was the Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor of Business and Development, and at the University of Pretoria where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Paul’s scholarly and related practice-oriented publications address issues at the intersection of international business, law, and politics:  understanding long-term performance stability trends and their competition (antitrust) policy implications for firms in the US; understanding how migrants from developing countries remit money and ideas to fund, found and grow new businesses in developing countries with poor legal infrastructure; understanding how elections change the attractiveness of new democracies for lending and investment.

Paul currently serves the profession as an editorial board member for the Global Strategy Journal, as a senior editor for the Journal of International Business Policy, as a consulting editor for the Journal of World Business, and as co-editor-in-chief of the Social Science Research Network Global Business Issues electronic journal.  He currently serves the Academy of International Business (AIB) as chair the AIB Ethics Review Committee.  Paul serves the broader community as an executive educator, consultant, and media commentator.  More recently, he consulted for the World Bank and US federal judiciary on migrant remittance trends.

Paul received his B.A. in History from Carleton College, his M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. More information about Paul is available here.

Conversation Published: 24 November 2021

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Coming Next Week

Robert GrosseRobert Grosse

Bio: Robert Grosse is Professor of International Business and Director for Latin America at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona.  He joined the University in August of 1994, and rejoined in 2016.  He was Director of Leadership Development at Standard Bank in South Africa during 2006-9, Dean of the graduate business school, EGADE, at Monterrey Tec in Mexico after that, and then Dean of the business school at American University of Sharjah in the UAE before returning to Thunderbird.

He holds a B.A. degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, both in international economics.  He has taught international finance and global strategy as a full-time faculty member in the MBA programs at Thunderbird, the University of Miami, the University of Michigan, and at the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain).  He has also taught in many universities throughout Latin America.

Professor Grosse is a leading author on international business and on business in emerging markets.  He edited the Oxford Handbook on Management in Emerging Markets (Oxford, 2019) with Klaus Meyer.  His book on Emerging Markets: Strategies for Competing in the Global Value Chain was published in 2016 by Kogan Page.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and of the Business Association for Latin American Studies.  He was President of the Business Association of Latin American Studies in 2005-6 and President of the Academy of International Business during 2012-14.

Conversation to be Published: 2 December 2021

Elizabeth MaitlandElizabeth Maitland

Bio: Elizabeth is the Chair of International Business, at the University of Liverpool and has previously held appointments at the Universities of Melbourne and New South Wales, in Australia.

Working at the intersection of strategy, international business (IB) and health care management, her research currently focuses on individual cognition and decision-making, in three specific areas: (1) the nature of expertise and judgement in strategy; (2) the impact of distance on MNE strategy; and (3) corruption. She is also involved in health care management projects, on topics including the delivery of primary health care in Tibet, COVID-19, big data and epigenetics, vaccine choice, cancer treatment, and Hepatitis B transmission in migrant worker communities. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of International Business Studies and the Journal of World Business, and has previously served on the board of Human Relations. Her research has been published in leading IB and strategy journals, and a host of specialist medical journals, and she has been a Visiting Professor at the Business School of Nanjing University, in China.

Elizabeth has provided consulting advice on corporate strategy to the senior executive teams and boards of large, multinational companies and to entrepreneurial start-ups, as well as specialist policy advice to Australian and Chinese government departments and authorities.

Elizabeth is a Non-Executive Director of Blum Health Ltd, a software technology company, and the Treasurer and a Trustee of St George’s Hall Charitable Trust, which is responsible for the historical preservation and stewardship of the iconic, Grade 1 listed building in the centre of Liverpool.

Conversation to be Published: 2 December 2021