Panels & Special Sessions

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), Jean-Francois Hennart (Tilburg University, Netherlands), Tamara Galkina (University of Vaasa, Finland), Petri Ahokangas (University of Oulu, Finland)

 

  1. COVID-19 AND IB: CHANGE OF ERA

Chair: Marin Marinov (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Panel members: Arnold Schuh (WU Vienna, Austria), Pervez Ghauri (University of Birmingham, UK), Arto Ojala (University of Vaasa, Finland), Xiaotian Zhang (Estonian Business School)

The panel is related to the book Covid-19 and IB: Change of Era published by Routledge.

 

  1. SUSTAINABILITY AND IB

Chair:
Panel members: Maoliang Bu (Nanjing University, China), Antonella Zucchella (University of Pavia, Italy), Brian Chabowski (University of Tulsa, USA)

 

  1. QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

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)

 

  1. 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”

 

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

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)

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.

 

  1. 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)
Journal of International Management – Maoliang Bu  (Nanjing University, China)
European Journal of International Management – Ilan Alon (University of Adger, Norway)

 

  1. 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.

 

9. ALWAYS LEARNING SOMETHING NEW – METHODS FOR BUDDING AND MORE EXPERIENCED IB SCHOLARS

Panellists:
Rebecca Piekkari (Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)
Niina Nummela (Turku School of Economics, Finland)
Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki (Turku School of Economics, 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.

 

10. PAPER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP: TEACHING ONLINE ACROSS BORDERS AND CULTURES

PDW Chairs:
Dr. Aušrinė Šilenskytė – University Teacher, School of Management, University of Vaasa, Finland
Dr. Daria Panina – Clinical Associate Professor of Management, Mays Business School, USA

The purpose of the PDW is to develop ideas and engage with potential authors of the book chapters for the book on Online Education in IB. Thus, educators and scholars who have been working on enhancing their synchronous and asynchronous online teaching for diverse student groups (culturally, or ethnically) are welcomed to submit their contributions for discussions with and evaluation of the editors of the book on Online Teaching in IB. PDW is suitable for researchers and lecturers at any career stage who wish to develop good quality book chapter publication that would be valuable and applicable for educators around the globe.

To participate in this workshop, make sure to follow the guidelines presented by PDW Chairs.