Panels & Special Sessions – UPDATED

During the 16th Vaasa Conference on International Business, you will be able to participate in many different panels organised by experts participating in the conference. Below you can find a list of confirmed panels & special sessions.

 

1. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MODELS

Chairs: Svetla Marinova and Marin Marinov (both from Aalborg University, Denmark)
Panel members:
Antonella Zucchella (University of Pavia, Italy) – Internationalisation as a key dimension in business models
Tamara Galkina (University of Vaasa, Finland) – Effects of Platform Business Models on the Outcomes and Speed of Firm Internationalisation
Petri Ahokangas (University of Oulu, Finland) – Business Models of International New Ventures
Niina Nummela (University of Turku) – Preparing for International Growth by Developing Data-Based Services
Jean-Francois Hennart (Tilburg University, Netherlands) – Why is the business model concept useful to explain firm internationalization?

 

2. COVID-19 AND IB: CHANGE OF ERA

The panel is related to the book Covid-19 and IB: Change of Era published by Routledge edited by Marin A. Marinov and Svetla T. Marinova

Chair: Marin Marinov (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Presentations:
Arto Ojala (University of Vaasa, Finland) – Change of International Business Models during COVID-19
Ahmad Arslan (University of Oulu, Finland) – Expatriates, Rise of Telecommuting, and Implications for International Business
Xiaotian Zhang (Shanghai University, China)- China Gets Triple Hit by COVID-19
Arnold Schuh (WU Viena, Austria) – Investment Attractiveness of Central and Eastern Europe for Western Multinational Firms in Post-COVID-19 Era
Svetla Marinova (Aalborg University, Denmark) – COVID-19 and Disrupting Globalization: Prospects for States and Firms in International Business
Jorma Larimo (Univeristy of Vaasa, Finland) – Experiences of Finish Firms in the COVID-19 Pandemic

The panel is planned to last 75 minutes, of which approximately 60 minutes will be for the presentation of each item (circa 10 minutes for each presentation) and about 15 minutes for Q&As and discussions.

 

3. SUSTAINABILITY AND IB

Chair: Stefan Schmid (ESCP Europe, Berlin, Germany)

Panel members:
Maoliang Bu (Nanjing University, China) – Sustainability in the IB research
Pervez Ghauri (University of Birmingham) – International Business Research and Sustainability: The Role of MNEs
Brian Chabowski (University of Tulsa, USA) – Sustainability and International marketing research
Antonella Zucchella (University of Pavia, Italy) – Sustainability and International entrepreneurship

Discussant:  Leonidas Leonidou

 

4. ALWAYS LEARNING SOMETHING NEW – METHODS FOR BUDDING AND MORE EXPERIENCED IB SCHOLAR

Chair: Rebecca Piekkari (Aalto University, Finland)
Panel members: Niina Nummela (University of Turku, Finland), Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki (University of Turku, Finland), Rebecca Piekkari (Aalto University, Finland)

This panel offers three perspectives to the state-of-the-art qualitative research in international business (IB). During the last decades, IB has taken leaps in incorporating qualitative approaches to be part of the research tradition. Nevertheless, based on recent literature reviews, qualitative research yet remains in the minority position of IB empirical research and methodological theorizing. In addition to establishing the position in IB via special issues and increased numbers of published empirical studies, and the organization of conference sessions and special interest groups dedicated to qualitative research methods, there have also been calls for progressing the ways qualitative research is conducted in IB. These discussions relate to the necessity to conduct rigorous and relevant qualitative research that serves the knowledge production needs of IB, enhances theorizing and teases out yet unnoticed observations and findings keeping the field influential, vivid and progressive.

 

5. IMPLICATIONS OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Chair: Ausrine Silenskyte (University of Vaasa, Finland)
Panel members:
Charles Dhanaraj (University of Denver, USA) will discuss “Global policy framework and blockchain-based international business”
Olli Kuivalainen (LUT University, Finland) will discuss “Blockchain and internationalisation process of the firm”
Khuram Shahzad (University of Vaasa, Finland) will discuss “Blockchain technology and emerging industrial ecosystems”
Ilan Alon, Professor (University of Agder, Norway) will discuss “Bitcoin as an international reserve currency”

Discussions around the adoption of blockchain technology for various types of organizations are gaining momentum. Majority of executives consider blockchain to be critical, and believes that this radical innovation will be on the top of their agenda in the nearest months (Deloitte’s 2020 Global Blockchain Survey). Multinational corporations (MNCs) and born digitals/globals have a great potential to benefit from both public, open source blockchains (such as near.org, or ethereum), as well as from the private ones (e.g. created within industrial ecosystems). As an unpatented, disruptive innovation, blockchain has a large potential to change business models and patterns of internationalization. Yet, to what extent the high expectations of the blockchain technology are justified, and what might be overestimated, remains a question. In this panel, we aim to open the debate on the implications of blockchain technology for international business.

 

6. ANOTHER RESEARCH AGENDA IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT? WHAT DOES ACTUALLY NEED TO CHANGE AND WHAT CAN BE DONE IN PRACTICE?

The panel is related to the 30th Anniversary Special Issue on “International Business Research and the New Realities” in International Business Review and the book A Research Agenda for International Business Management with Edward Elgar.

Kick-off and moderation: Milla Wirén (University of Turku, Finland)
Panel members: Mike Geppert (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany), Roger Strange (University of Sussex, UK), Peter Zettinig (University of Turku, Finland), Antonella Zucchella (University of Pavia, Italy)
Discussant:  Frederick Ahen (University of Turku, Finland)

 

7. MEET THE EDITORS

Chair: Jorma Larimo (University of Vaasa, Finland)
International Business Review – Roger Strange (University of Sussex, UK)
British Management Journal – Tarba Shlomo  (University of Birmingham, UK)
Asia Pacific Journal of Management – Maoliang Bu (Nanjing University, China)
Management International Review – Stefan Schmid (ESCP Europe, Berlin, Germany)

 

8. MEET THE EDITORS 2

Chair: Jorma Larimo (University of Vaasa, Finland)

Journal of International Management – Maoliang Bu  (Nanjing University, China)
European Journal of International Management – Ilan Alon (University of Adger, Norway)
Baltic Journal of Management – Rüta Kazlauskaite (ISM University of Management and Economics, Lithuania)
International Journal of Export Marketing – Dafnis N. Coudounaris (Aalborg University Business School of the Aalborg University, Denmark and School of Economics and Business Administration of the University of Tartu)

 

9. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS REVIEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Chair: Roger Strange (University of Sussex, UK)

We are delighted to announce a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) hosted by the Editor-in-Chief of International Business Review. The PDW is aimed at early career researchers and PhD students and will focus on four key issues: 1. What constitutes a “good” academic paper, 2. Common pitfalls to avoid when preparing the original submission to a journal, 3. Responding to reviewers, 4. How to make effective presentations at academic conferences.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:  https://forms.gle/qE4GKrW3U5VBCwwX7

 

10. NEW INSIGHTS IN QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN IB

Chair: Gary Knight (Willamette University, USA)

Panel Members:
Gary Knight (Willamette University, USA): On Theory, Data and Quantitative Methods in International Business Research.
Ilan Alon (University of Adger, Norway):  Automated Machine Learning
Olli Kuivalainen (LUT, Finland): IB Research and Experiments? Insights from a survey-based experiment on entry mode choice
Ahmad Arslan (University of Oulu, Finland): Quantitative Methods in International Market Entry and Operation Mode Research in Finnish Context: An Overview and Way Forward

Discussant: Jean-Francois Hennart (Tilburg University, Netherlands)