Call for papers

The 16th Vaasa Conference on International Business will be arranged on 17-18 August, 2021 by the University of Vaasa, Finland.

The main theme of the conference is “International Business in the Challenging 2020s”.

We especially welcome papers related to:

  • Sustainable strategies in International Business;
  • Use and impact of digitalization in IB;
  • Impact of Covid-19 on IB strategies and performance; and
  • Restructuring strategies in IB: export exits, foreign subsidiary divestments, relocating, and market re-entry strategies.

A full list of planned sessions and chairs can be found below.



  • Conference paper submission opens: 19 April, 2021
  • Submission deadline: 10 June, 2021
  • Acceptance letters the latest: 28 June, 2021



All instructions can be found under this link.


Paper Development Workshop: Teaching online across borders and cultures

Please, check attached document to learn more about paper development – Vaasa IB – Paper Development Workshop




Our conference will be organised either in hybrid mode or fully online depending on the COVID-19 situation. All participants are welcome to join physically in Vaasa and enjoy the sunniest city in Finland together with us or use our virtual tools to participate fully online. Choose the option that answers your preferences in the best way. The final form of our conference will be confirmed latest in mid-June.

Check organisation forms and participation fees here.



16th Vaasa IB conference:   Planned sessions and chairs

1. Born globals and INVs – traditional and new strategies in internationalization
Antonella Zucchella, University of Pavia
Tiia Vissak, University of Tartu
Tamara Galkina, University of Vaasa
Peter Gabrielsson, University of Vaasa
2. Sustainability and corporate social responsibility in international business
Leonidas Leonidou, University of Cyprus & University of Leeds
Maoliang Bu,  Nanjing University
3. International business models: Seeking and delivering greater value
Svetla T. Marinova, Aalborg University Marin Marinov, Aalborg University
4. Internationalization of family firms
Tanja Leppäaho, LUT
José Casillas, University of Seville
5. Networks and relationships in international business
Tuija Mainela, University of Oulu
Per Servais, Linnaeus University
6. Global value chains
Ismail Gölgecy, Aarhus University
Ahmad Arslan, Oulu University
7. Insights in qualitative methods in IB research
Rebecca Piekkari, Aalto University
Niina Nummela and Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki, University of Turku
8. Quantitative research methods in international business
Jean-François Hennart, Tilburg University
Olli Kuivalainen, LUT
9.  Global Digital Business
Arto Ojala, University of Vaasa
Tiina Leposky , University of Vaasa
10.  Covid-19 and IB
Marin Marinov, Aalborg University
Svetla T. Marinova, Aalborg University
11. Emerging economy multinationals
Ilan Alon, University of Adger
Zaheer Khan, University of Aberdeen
Yi Wang, Southern Denmark University
12. Entry and marketing strategies to and from Emerging markets
Arnold Schuh, Vienna University of Economics and Business
13. Emerging trends in international business in Africa
Nnamdi Oguji, Kone Corporation/UVA
Richard Owusu, Linnaeus University Sweden
William Degbey, University of Turku
14. International joint venture and strategic alliance strategies and performance
Jorma Larimo, University of Vaasa
Susana Silva, Católica Porto Business School
Tahir Ali, University of Vaasa
15. Planning, management and performance in foreign acquisitions
Pervez Ghauri, University of Birmingham
Shlomo Tarba,  University of Birmingham
Anders Pehrsson, Linnaeus University
Daojuan Wang, Aalborg University
16. HQ-subsidiary relationships and subsidiary development
Stefan Schmid, ESCP Europe, Berlin
17. International human resource management
Vesa Suutari, University of Vaasa
Olivier Wurtz, University of Vaasa
18. Survival, divestment and relocation of subsidiary operations
Jean-François Hennart, Tilburg University
Pratik Arte, University of Vaasa
19. Export Exits and Re-entries
Carlos Sousa, Molde University College
Piotr Trapczynski, Poznan University of Economics and Business
20. International marketing strategies
Leoniadas Leonidou, University of Cyprus & University of Leeds
Brian Chabowski, University of Tulsa, USA
Minnie Kontkanen, University of Vaasa
21. Teaching in IB – paper development workshop
Ausrine Silenskyte, University of Vaasa
Daria Panina, Mays Business School
22. Other topics
23. Meet the editors: preliminary: IBR, MIR, EJIM, BJM, MD and IMR.
Jorma Larimo, University of Vaasa


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