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Theme: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Social Sustainability

Proposal Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 August 2022

Overview: The global business environment is facing an unprecedented level of uncertainty and change. The recent period of de-globalization, the Covid-19 pandemic, geopolitical events, and the global supply chain crisis have spurred many firms operating across borders to increasingly focus on (and reconsider) the nature of cross-border knowledge-sourcing strategies. This includes changes in the geography of R&D and innovation, as well as the international fragmentation of production activities (Papanastassiou, Pearce, and Zanfei, 2020). The orchestration of GVCs by MNEs had already generated populist pressures in local economies, especially in advanced countries (Lorenzen, Mudambi, and Schotter, 2020) and these disruptions have exacerbated them. During this period, revolutionary innovations and technological advancements have also increased the usage of digital technologies, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and big data, spurring entrepreneurial advancements made by firms operating globally (Autio, Mudambi, and Yoo, 2021). At the same time, social sustainability, such as the notion of achieving social equity, environmental protection, and economic viability, has come to the forefront of international business practices. Hence, international business research has begun to conceptualize how multinational enterprises can be more innovative in contributing to social sustainability by re-assessing value chain activities to mitigate negative externalities (such as overuse of natural resources) and investing in host communities to help solve problems relating to underdevelopment (Montiel, Cuervo-Cazurra, Park, Antolin-Lopez, & Husted, 2021). Yet, while this area of research is nascent, it is also unclear as to its implications for both firms and their stakeholders. For example, Bruton, Sutter, and Lenz (2021) recently found that results have been mixed concerning whether entrepreneurial activities by firms operating in emerging economies help to reduce inequality.

Continuing with these important lines of inquiry, we hope that this conference provides a platform for scholarly discourse on the theme of “innovation, entrepreneurship, and social sustainability” in times of uncertainty and change. We therefore welcome scholars and practitioners from around the world to join us in person, in the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C., during the peak of the beautiful autumn season, to discuss our theme topic and other issues relating to international business!

About AIB US-Northeast: AIB US-Northeast is a regional chapter of the Academy of International Business. Our region stretches from Maine to Virginia along the northeast coast of the U.S.and recently acquired central states including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.  We are the largest U.S. Chapter in the AIB community of scholars and practitioners. Our mission is to provide opportunities for members within our region to interact and share ideas on researching, teaching, and practicing international business.