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

Charles DhanarajCharles Dhanaraj

Bio: Charles Dhanaraj is Evelyn & Jay G. Piccinati Endowed Chair in Teaching Excellence, professor and chair of the Department of Management at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver.

Dhanaraj previously served at Temple University, where he was the H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest Professor of Strategy at Fox School of Business, executive director of the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA) Program, and the founding director of the Translational Research Center, Dhanaraj has previously served at IMD Switzerland, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Western University Ivey Business School (Canada) and Temasek Polytechnic (Singapore). He has also been a visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Indian School of Business (India), Foundation Dom Cabral (Brazil) and Kellogg School of Management (U.S.A.).

Dhanaraj has published in several top journals including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, McKinsey Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal. He has also written over 50 teaching cases, several of which have received international awards.

Dhanaraj serves on the editorial boards of several major academic journals. He has served as a deputy editor at Cross Cultural Strategic Management and a guest editor at Leadership Quarterly and Management International Review. In 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB), a distinction held by elite researchers for outstanding contributions to scholarly development in international business.

Conversation Published: May 6, 2021

Watch the conversation

Sumit KunduSumit Kundu

Bio: Dr. Sumit K. Kundu is a Professor and James K. Batten Eminent Scholar Chair in International Business in the College of Business, Florida International University. He is the Associate Dean for International in the College of Business.

Dr. Kundu has taught several international business courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at Florida International University, Saint Louis University, State University of New York, Northeastern University, and Rutgers University. His extensive international experience includes teaching at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), City University of Hong Kong (China), Saint Louis University Madrid Campus (Spain), and the Indian Institute of Management. He currently serves as the faculty director for the Colleges Executive MBA program and is the Ph.D. coordinator for the department of Management and International Business. Dr. Kundu has been the recipient of several teaching awards namely, Best Professor in Professional MBA program (2010), Best Professor in International MBA program (2007), Best Professor award in Masters in International Business program (2012, 2011, 2006), Outstanding Teacher in Executive MBA program (2004), and Best Course award in Masters in International Business program (2012). Dr. Kundu was named Outstanding Graduate Teacher of the Year (2003), Teacher of the Year for Executive Masters in International Business program (2003), and Teacher of the Year for the full-time MBA program (2003) at Saint Louis University.

Presently Dr. Kundu serves as a Consulting Editor for Journal of International Busines Studies, Associate Editor for Journal of Business Research and Associate Editor for Journal of International Management. Dr. Kundu sits on the editorial board of several journals, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Management International Review, Global Strategy Journal, Thunderbird International Business Review, and Journal of Teaching in International Business.

Conversation Published: May 6, 2021

Watch the conversation

Coming Next Week

Nicole CovielloNicole Coviello

Bio: Nicole Coviello is Professor of Marketing and the Lazaridis Chair of International Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. Previously, she was the Research Director of the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises. Nicole’s other academic appointments have been in New Zealand (University of Auckland; University of Waikato), Canada (University of Calgary) and Finland (University of Turku).

Nicole’s research intersects international business, marketing strategy, and entrepreneurship. She has multiple publications in the top journals of all three of these disciplines, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of Marketing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Journal of Business Venturing. Nicole is also co-editor of the Handbook of Measures for International Entrepreneurship Research (with Helena Yli-Renko).

In 2018, an international study showed Nicole to have four of the most influential publications in International Marketing- more than any other scholar in the world. In 2020, she was ranked as one of the top 1% of Business and Management scholars in the world.

Nicole holds a PhD in Marketing and International Business (University of Auckland), an MSc in Technology Management (University of Saskatchewan) and a BComm Hons Marketing (University of Saskatchewan). In 2010, she also received an honorary doctorate from the Turku School of Economics for her work in building the field of International Entrepreneurship. She is Associate Editor at the Journal of Business Venturing, Consulting Editor at the Journal of International Business Studies, and she sits on numerous other editorial boards.

Conversation to be Published: May 13, 2021

Shaker ZahraShaker Zahra

Bio: Shaker A. Zahra is  Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management, the University of Minnesota. He  has served as the department chair (9 years), Director of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship (10 years), and the Academic Co-Director of Carlson Ventures Enterprises. He also served as the Founding Co-Director of the Center for Integrative Leadership at University of Minnesota. Previously, Shaker was Paul T. Babson Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College and Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at Georgia State University. He has been a visiting or guest professor at several universities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Shaker has also held the 3TU Chair in International Entrepreneurship at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Shaker’s research centers on corporate and international entrepreneurship, dynamic capabilities in science and technology global industries. He is also interested in social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship in family firms operating in technology industries.

Shaker studies industry emergence and its consequences for entrepreneurship. His research also explores the evolution and sources of novelty in companies’ strategic choices and their implications for firm heterogeneity.  This research contributes to the knowledge, organizational learning, and the dynamic capabilities’ theoretical perspectives– especially in young entrepreneurial and established companies in technology-based global markets.

Conversation to be Published: May 13, 2021