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

Latest Conversations

Asli ColpanAsli Colpan

Asli M. Colpan is Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Graduate School of Management and Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University. She held the Alfred Chandler Visiting Scholar position at the Harvard Business School. Previously, she was also a visiting scholar at Harvard University and MIT, and visiting professor at Koc University’s College of Administrative Science and Economics.

Her research interests include corporate strategy, corporate governance, business history, and especially the evolution of large enterprises in developed and emerging economies. Her work has been published in such journals as Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization, Journal of Business Ethics, Business History and Corporate Governance: An International Review. She is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Business Groups, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010; Business Groups in the West: Origins, Evolution, and Resilience, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018; and Business, Ethics and Institutions: The Evolution of Turkish Capitalism in Global Perspectives, 2020.

She was awarded the Tachibana Prize for the most outstanding female scholar at Kyoto University. She is currently the Area Editor of Journal of International Business Studies and Senior Editor of Management and Organizational History. She also sits on the boards of Sumitomo Rubber Industries and NISSHA as an external director.

Conversation Published: 23 March 2023

Pavida PananondPavida Pananond

Pavida Pananond is Professor of International Business at Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University, where she has been based upon completing her graduate studies at McGill University in Canada (MBA) and the University of Reading in England (PhD). Her main research interest is global strategy, particularly with reference to how companies in emerging markets develop and expand overseas. She also studies the governance of global industries and the upgrading of emerging market firms in global value chains.

Pavida has authored a host of academic articles, book chapters, books, and opinion editorials in media outlets such as Bangkok Post and Nikkei Asia. Her academic publications have appeared in California Management Review and Global Strategy Journal, among others. Her views have also been sought from international media including Al Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, and Financial Times. Pavida also serves as consultant for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and as editorial board member of several international academic journals, including Global Strategy Journal and Journal of International Business Policy.

Since 2017, she has been one of the Honorary Advisers to Asia New Zealand Foundation, an authority in helping New Zealanders build their knowledge and skills to thrive in Asia. In 2018, she was appointed ASEAN@50 Fellow by New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade to promote closer links between New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Her corporate role includes board membership of Precious Shipping Public Company Limited, Thailand’s leading dry bulk carrier. Pavida is a frequent speaker at national and international public forums and conferences.

Conversation Published: 23 March 2023

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Frontline IB is on a brief hiatus while new episodes are being recorded.

Updates will be posted as soon as they are available.

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