AIB Canada 2024 Chapter Conference

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Submission Deadline: 1 June 2024

Registration Deadline: 1 August 2024

Points of Contact:
Liena Kano (liena.kano@haskayne.ucalgary.ca)
Pengfei Li (pengfei.li1@ucalgary.ca)

Theme: Re-imagining Multinationals in a VUCA Context

Overview: We are pleased to invite paper submissions for AIB Canada’s 2024 Chapter Conference! Manuscripts can be submitted either to the conference theme track or to the general international business track. The conference will be structured as a combination of competitive paper sessions, academic panels, and a joint JIBSJIBP paper development workshop aimed at Ph.D. students and junior scholars.

The theme at the core of this year’s conference theme is re-imagining how MNEs function within our contemporary volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous  global economic landscape. Natural disasters, global pandemics, and geopolitical conflicts have restricted the movement of goods, services, and knowledge across international borders. We need to examine how MNEs, headquartered in the West or the Global South, family-controlled or not, state-owned, public, or privately owned, formulate internationalization strategies, design governance structures, and configure activities in global value chains in the increasingly VUCA context.

Equally important is to explore how MNEs can play an active role in shaping this new context to deal with the grand challenges of our time, such as economic instability, social segregation, climate change, energy crisis, and the threats and opportunities presented by artificial intelligence. Existing topics in international business (IB) research can be reconsidered, while new research avenues can also be pursued. For example, do large language models improve decision-making in MNEs and thus mitigate the threat of bounded rationality and bounded reliability? Does digital globalization transform location-bound FSAs into non-location-bound ones, and do MNEs internationalize differently in the digital world? How do MNEs manage knowledge creation in a portfolio of locations when systematic disruption becomes the new normal? Do different organizational forms (i.e. state-owned enterprises, family-owned MNEs, MNEs with dispersed ownership) have unique advantages and disadvantages when adapting to the VUCA conditions? What is the role of MNEs in the global climate action and sustainable energy transition? These and many other questions require building a theoretically solid but practically actionable understanding of IB.