AIB/Sheth Doctoral Student Consortium

The Doctoral Student Consortium, organized by Professor Leigh Anne Liu (Georgia State University, USA), provides doctoral students the opportunity to further develop their research ideas, to learn about conducting international business research, to build a successful academic career, and to broaden their professional networks. The format of the Consortium will facilitate a constructive and supportive discussion among doctoral students and faculty on topics of broad interest such as new trends in conducting high-impact international business research, managing the dissertation stage, job search, and successful entry into an academic career. In addition, students will receive constructive feedback on their current research projects as well as ideas and guidance for future research.

The most typical candidates for the Consortium are Ph.D. students in international business who have completed their coursework (if applicable) and are in the dissertation stage of their programs. Candidates should have a relatively clear sense of the topic and direction of their dissertation research. While all such candidates will be considered, preference will be given to those who have defended their dissertation proposals. Selection criteria will also include research potential of the dissertation topic, contribution to the discipline, and geographical diversity of participants. We will restrict the number of participants to 40 and emphasize quality and diversity in the selection in order to make the consortium an effective forum of exchange. Some PhD students from Europe and elsewhere may not take formal PhD coursework, and may take a different path to completing their dissertation. The AIB will be inclusive, accepting students from around the world, and considering applicants on a case-by-case basis to accept qualified applicants at a ‘similar’ stage in their dissertations.

The faculty panel of the 2020 Doctoral Consortium will include a number of accomplished and up-and-coming international business scholars who have extensive publication records, served as editors or members of leading journal editorial boards, won best dissertation or other research awards, and have substantial experience supervising doctoral students.


Junior Faculty Consortium

The 2020 Junior Faculty Consortium in Miami is organized by Professor Ruth Aguilera (Northeastern University, USA). All junior faculty members who are active in research and teaching in the broad field of international business are invited to participate. Preference will be given to those involved in teaching and/or research for no more than three years.

The consortium will be structured to provide ample opportunity for interaction – among junior faculty participants, and between the junior and senior faculty. Junior faculty also will be allotted time to discuss their research programs, or specific research projects, in small groups comprised of both junior and senior colleagues. The panel of senior academics for the 2020 Junior Faculty Consortium consists of distinguished international business scholars with extensive experience and publication records, and broad perspectives on academic careers.


JIBS Paper Development Workshop

The seventeenth Annual Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) Paper Development Workshop (PDW) will be held in Miami from 8:30am–1:30pm. The PDW is the most extensive of the various JIBS outreach activities conducted by the JIBS editorial team. Organized by JIBS Editor-in-Chief Alain Verbeke (University of Calgary, Canada) and Stav Fainshmidt (Florida International University, USA), the PDW involves several JIBS Editors and Editorial Review Board (ERB) Members, and is sponsored by the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University and by Henley Business School at the University of Reading.

The purpose of the PDW is to provide junior scholars with developmental feedback on their current research papers in IB studies. While we hope that many of these papers will be submitted to JIBS eventually, the purpose of the PDW is broader: to improve the quality of IB research and to bring new scholars successfully into the IB field. We invite original papers from junior scholars who have not previously published in JIBS. In particular, we hope to attract papers from scholars at universities in emerging and developing economies.

The PDW will be structured to provide extensive feedback to authors whose research papers have been accepted by the workshop organizers. The program will have three components. First, a 90-minute introductory session (8:30am–10:00am) led by members of the JIBS editorial team will discuss the manuscript review process and various topics relevant to authors seeking to publish in JIBS or other outlets in the ecosystem of IB journals. Second, during a 90-minute main session (10:15am–11:45pm), groups of two authors (with substantively related papers) will be paired with groups of two JIBS Editors/ERB Members, whereby each individual paper will receive attention from each paired Editor/ERB Member for a total of sixty minutes. The main focus will be on how to improve the papers discussed, so as to increase the probability of acceptance by an IB journal. Third, during lunchtime (12:00pm–1:30pm), several Editors/ERB Members will provide insights into their personal publication strategies and pathways for sustained, successful publishing.

Only a limited number of manuscripts will be accepted for the PDW. Papers should be submitted through the JIBS Workshop Submission System. Please note that each applicant should submit only one paper. The deadline for submissions is January 3, 2020, in the authors’ time zone. Submitted papers must be less than 10,000 words in length and follow the JIBS Style Guide.

Submitting authors will be notified of the review process results by March 1st, 2020 and will need to confirm their participation in the PDW by March 15th, 2020.

Please note that authors will need to register for the AIB conference in order to participate in the JIBS PDW. Also note that the Junior Faculty Consortium and the Doctoral Consortium run in parallel with the JIBS PDW. Therefore, it will not be possible to participate in the JIBS PDW if participating in any of the other aforementioned events.

Please address any questions to Stav Fainshmidt.


JIBP Paper Development Workshop

The Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP) will hold its third annual Paper Development Workshop (PDW) in Miami from 8:30am-1:30pm on Friday, July 3, 2020, as part of the pre-conference program for the AIB Annual Meeting. The PDW will provide participants an excellent opportunity to interact and receive constructive feedback from Sarianna Lundan (editor-in-chief), Ari Van Assche (deputy editor), and several JIBP Editors and Editorial Review Board Members.

JIBP is the sister journal to the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) published by Springer and the Academy of International Business. Positioned at the intersection between international business and public policy, JIBP publishes articles that identify novel policy issues and dilemmas related to international business. These include but are not limited to policies for:

  • international business promotion
    • foreign business attraction
    • industrial policy
    • social and development policy
    • transnational governance

The purpose of the PDW is two-fold. First, we aim to provide participants insights into the actionable steps they should take to make their research more relevant for policy makers. Second, we will provide scholars with developmental feedback on their current research projects related to IB policy. While we hope the papers will be submitted to JIBP eventually, the purpose of the PDW is broader, namely to improve the quality of IB research, to help translate IB research into policy ideas, and to bring new scholars into the IB policy field.

The PDW will consist of two parts. First, a 90-minute introductory session (8:30am–10:00am) led by Sarianna Lundan (editor-in-chief) and Ari Van Assche (deputy editor) will discuss the manuscript review process, provide pointers on how to steer a policy turn in international business research, and touch on various other topics relevant to authors seeking to publish in JIBP. Second, during a 120-minute main session (10:30am–12:30pm), groups of authors (with substantively related papers) will be paired with two JIBP Editors/ERB members for constructive feedback. The lunch break (12:30pm–1:30pm) provides an excellent opportunity for scholars to have individual discussions with JIBP‘s editorial team.

To participate in the JIBP PDW, we invite scholars to upload (1) paper proposals (max. 4000 words) or (2) full papers (max. 10,000 words) through the JIBP Paper Development Workshop Submission System. It is important to highlight at the top of the title page to which track you are submitting. Authors of accepted full papers will have the occasion to receive detailed comments on their manuscript from two members of our editorial team. Authors of accepted paper proposals will have the chance to discuss their research ideas with editorial team experts.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2020, in the authors’ time zone. All submitted papers and proposals must follow the JIBP Style Guide.

Submitting authors will be notified of the results of the review process by March 1, 2020 and will need to confirm their participation in the PDW by March 15, 2020.

Please note that authors will need to register for the AIB conference in order to participate in the JIBP PDW. Also note that the Junior Faculty Consortium, the Doctoral Consortium, and the JIBS PDW run in parallel with the JIBP PDW. Therefore, it will not be possible to participate in the JIBP PDW if participating in any of the other aforementioned events.

Please address any questions about the JIBP PDW to Ari Van Assche.

Additional Pre-Conference Events on July 2

In addition to the events on July 3, 2020, we also plan a series of exciting pre-conference sessions on July 2, 2020. These will include:

  • Teaching Workshop
  • Paper Development Workshops for IB-related journals, including International Business Review, and the Journal of World Business and Journal of Management Studies (joint PDW)
  • Paper Development Workshops for International Marketing-related journals, including the Journal of International Marketing and International Marketing Review
  • Research Methods Workshops
  • Meet the Editors sessions
  • Creative Writing Workshop

Please plan your travel accordingly, and remember to check the AIB 2020 Miami homepage for regular updates on these pre-conference events!