Frontline IB: Conversations With International Business Scholars

Most of us read and extensively cite these top IB scholars. Their groundbreaking and seminal papers inspire us, and yet, many of us rarely get to know the “person” behind the scholarly accomplishments. These esteemed colleagues generously share with us how many different facets of their lives have influenced their work in these videos. These recordings are not about particular papers or specific empirical methods. Each has unique perspectives yet exhibit a shared ethos that centers on finding and solving substantive puzzles in IB. These semi-structured interviews are in three parts. First, the guests talk about their journey on how they got into the profession, what else they could or would have pursued, their passions, interests, etc. Second, the scholars talk about promising IB topics, what is under-explored, not-well-understood, and over-emphasized topics. Third, the scholars share the best advice they received, their advice to young scholars on what to do and what not to do for a successful career. There is much value in learning from their experiences and hindsight. Each session is practically a ‘masterclass’ with these top minds in our field. I hope these dynamic segments will keep on inspiring new generations of scholars. New conversations will be published every Thursday. Conversations are originally recorded as video, and can be seen at https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/

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Episodes

6 days ago

Elizabeth is the Chair of International Business, at the University of Liverpool and has previously held appointments at the Universities of Melbourne and New South Wales, in Australia. Working at the intersection of strategy, international business (IB) and health care management, her research currently focuses on individual cognition and decision-making, in three specific areas: (1) the nature of expertise and judgement in strategy; (2) the impact of distance on MNE strategy; and (3) corruption. She is also involved in health care management projects, on topics including the delivery of primary health care in Tibet, COVID-19, big data and epigenetics, vaccine choice, cancer treatment, and Hepatitis B transmission in migrant worker communities. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of International Business Studies and the Journal of World Business, and has previously served on the board of Human Relations. Her research has been published in leading IB and strategy journals, and a host of specialist medical journals, and she has been a Visiting Professor at the Business School of Nanjing University, in China. Elizabeth has provided consulting advice on corporate strategy to the senior executive teams and boards of large, multinational companies and to entrepreneurial start-ups, as well as specialist policy advice to Australian and Chinese government departments and authorities. Elizabeth is a Non-Executive Director of Blum Health Ltd, a software technology company, and the Treasurer and a Trustee of St George’s Hall Charitable Trust, which is responsible for the historical preservation and stewardship of the iconic, Grade 1 listed building in the centre of Liverpool. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/elizabeth-maitland/ for the original video interview.

6 days ago

Robert Grosse is Professor of International Business and Director for Latin America at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona.  He joined the University in August of 1994, and rejoined in 2016.  He was Director of Leadership Development at Standard Bank in South Africa during 2006-9, Dean of the graduate business school, EGADE, at Monterrey Tec in Mexico after that, and then Dean of the business school at American University of Sharjah in the UAE before returning to Thunderbird. He holds a B.A. degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, both in international economics.  He has taught international finance and global strategy as a full-time faculty member in the MBA programs at Thunderbird, the University of Miami, the University of Michigan, and at the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain).  He has also taught in many universities throughout Latin America. Professor Grosse is a leading author on international business and on business in emerging markets.  He edited the Oxford Handbook on Management in Emerging Markets (Oxford, 2019) with Klaus Meyer.  His book on Emerging Markets: Strategies for Competing in the Global Value Chain was published in 2016 by Kogan Page.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and of the Business Association for Latin American Studies.  He was President of the Business Association of Latin American Studies in 2005-6 and President of the Academy of International Business during 2012-14. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/robert-grosse/ for the original video interview.

Wednesday Nov 24, 2021

Dr. Newburry is Chair of the Department of International Business and the Ryder Eminent Scholar of Global Business at Florida International University. Bill is also a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at the Nanyang Business School Center for Emerging Markets. He earned his PhD from New York University, co-majoring in international business and management. His research focuses on how multinational corporations manage and relate to subsidiaries and other local stakeholders when they invest in foreign countries, with an emphasis on reputation issues. Bill was elected an Academy of International Business Fellow in 2020. He is currently serving a five-year term on the Academy of Management International Management Division Executive Committee (2019-2024). He also serves as President of the Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE), as Series Editor for Research in Global Strategic Management and as Associate Editor of AIB Insights. Bill served as President/Chapter Chair of the Academy of International Business Latin America (AIB-LAT) Chapter (2012-2018). He previously chaired the Strategic Management Society Global Strategy Interest Group (2008-2009). Bill has published 45+ articles in top-tier journals, along with another 20 chapters in edited books. He recently co-authored Building Strategic Capabilities in Emerging Markets (2020, Cambridge University Press), and has co-authored/edited four additional books. He serves on the Senior Advisory Board of Review of International Business and Strategy, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of Management Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Thunderbird International Business Review, and Cross Cultural and Strategic Management. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/william-newburry/ for the original video interview.  

Wednesday Nov 24, 2021

Paul M. Vaaler is the John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law & Business, a joint appointment to the University of Minnesota’s Law School and Carlson School of Management.  He previously served on faculties at Tufts University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Paul has also held visiting appointments at Harvard University where he was a Research Fellow, at Oxford University where he was the Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor of Business and Development, and at the University of Pretoria where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Paul’s scholarly and related practice-oriented publications address issues at the intersection of international business, law, and politics:  understanding long-term performance stability trends and their competition (antitrust) policy implications for firms in the US; understanding how migrants from developing countries remit money and ideas to fund, found and grow new businesses in developing countries with poor legal infrastructure; understanding how elections change the attractiveness of new democracies for lending and investment. Paul currently serves the profession as an editorial board member for the Global Strategy Journal, as a senior editor for the Journal of International Business Policy, as a consulting editor for the Journal of World Business, and as co-editor-in-chief of the Social Science Research Network Global Business Issues electronic journal.  He currently serves the Academy of International Business (AIB) as chair the AIB Ethics Review Committee.  Paul serves the broader community as an executive educator, consultant, and media commentator.  More recently, he consulted for the World Bank and US federal judiciary on migrant remittance trends. Paul received his B.A. in History from Carleton College, his M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. More information about Paul is available here. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/paul-vaaler/ for the original video interview.  

Thursday Nov 18, 2021

Prof. Zeynep Aycan holds Koc Holding Chair in Management and Strategy at Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey. She has dual-appointment in the Department of Psychology and Faculty of Management. She is the founder and academic director of the Leadership Lab. Aycan received her Ph.D. from Queen’s University, Canada and conducted postdoctoral studies at McGill University. Her research interests include the impact of culture on HRM practices, leadership, and work-life balance. Aycan published 5 books and numerous book chapters and research articles published in journals including Journal of Applied Psychology;Annual Review of Psychology; Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior; Human Relations; Journal of International Business Studies.  Her book Management and Organizations in Cross-Cultural Context (Sage Inc., 2014) received two awards: Best Leadership Book of the Year Award from Chartered Management Institute (London) and American Psychological Association Ursula Gielens Book Award. Other awards Aycan received in recognitions of her work include TUBITAK Science Award (the highest distinction in Turkey), Academy of Management Caroline Dexter Award, World Economic Forum Outstanding Young Scientist Award. Aycan was a visiting scholar to Harvard University, Aston University (UK), ESCP-EAP European School of Management Oxford (UK), Bordeaux University (France), Tartu School of Management (Estonia), and Renmin University of China. She is the Fellow of Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and Association for Psychological Sciences (APS). She is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Workforce Strategy, Simon Fraser University. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/zeynep-aycan/ for the original video interview.

Thursday Nov 18, 2021

Joan E. Ricart, Fellow of the SMS and EURAM, is the Carl Schrøder Professor of Strategic Management at the IESE Business School, University of Navarra. In this school, he has also Director of the Doctoral Program (1995-2006), Associate Dean for Research (2001-2006), and Associate Director for Faculty and Research (2006-2014) and Chairman of the Strategic Management Department (1993-2016). He was the Founding president of the European Academy of Management (EURAM). He has been President of the Strategic Management Society (SMS), and Vice-president of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management. He was the academic director of the EIASM and member of the research committee of the EFMD. Joan E. Ricart holds a Ph.D in Managerial Economics, Northwestern University; Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya; and Ph.D. in Economics and Business Administration, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Joan E. Ricart has a wide and recognized international experience as lecturer. Throughout his career, he has been visiting Professor in many Business Schools around the world: IPADE (Mexico); IAE (Argentina); IDE (Ecuador); UNISA (South Africa).  He has also supervised several doctoral theses and research projects. He has published several books and articles in leading journals as Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Econometric or Quarterly Journal of Economics. He is co-academic director of IESE Cities in Motion and academic director of the UN center of excellence of PPP for Cities. His current work focuses on cities, business models, offshoring, and sustainability. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/joan-ricart/ for the original video interview.

Thursday Nov 11, 2021

Pierre Dussauge is a Professor of Strategic Management at HEC Paris. He is a graduate of the HEC Paris “Grande Ecole” (Masters in Management) program and earned a PhD. in management science from the Paris-Dauphine University. He was a visiting professor of Corporate Strategy and International Business at the Ross Business School of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from 1991 to 2003. He has also held visiting positions at Insead (Fontainebleau), at IESE (Barcelona, Spain), at the Indian School of Business (Hyderabad), at Tsinghua University (Beijing), at INCAE (Costa Rica), at the Stockholm School of Economics, etc. He is the recipient of various teaching awards. Pierre Dussauge is the author or co-author of many articles published in academic or practitioner-oriented journals, notably the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Group Decision and Negotiation, Global Strategy Journal, International Studies in Management and Organization, Long Range Planning, European Management Journal, Defense Economics, the Financial Times, etc. Pierre is also the author of many book chapters and of several books in the field of strategic management, notably State-Owned Multinationals, J. Wiley & Sons, 1987; Strategic Technology Management, J. Wiley & Sons, 1992; Cooperative Strategy, J. Wiley & Sons, 1999; Strategor, Dunod, 2019. His research has dealt with global strategy, with a particular focus on global strategic alliances formed by competing firms. In addition to his academic work, Pierre Dussauge has been a consultant or a management educator with a number of firms in Europe, in the US and in Asia. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/pierre-dussauge/ for the original video interview.

Thursday Nov 11, 2021

Desislava Dikova is Professor of International Business at WU Wien/ Vienna University of Economics & Business, head of the Competence Center for Emerging Markets and CEE at WU and an entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of East West Business (Taylor Francis), senior editor of European Management Review (Wiley), editor of Journal of International Management (Elsevier), a member of the editorial boards of Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Management and Organization Review and others. Her research has been published in highly ranked international journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Journal of International Management, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of Business Research, and others. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/desislava-dikova/ for the original video interview.

Thursday Nov 04, 2021

Juan Alcacer is the James J. Hill Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Professor Alcacer’s research and course development interests are in strategy, growth and innovation. His recent research focuses on growth and exit strategies, strategies to cope with major shifts in the environment (such as Brexit) and strategic decision-making under geopolitical and technological uncertainty. His early research examines location strategies, outsourcing, management of value chains across countries and global supplier-buyer relationships. He also studies cluster-based innovation and global intellectual property (IP) issues, with emphasis on the patent systems across countries. He has published his research in the American Journal of Sociology, Review of Economics and Statistics, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy and Journal of International Business. Professor Alcacer received a PhD in International Business and Strategy from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. He also received a MA in Economics from University of Michigan, an MBA from IESA and a Computer Engineering degree from the Universidad Simon Bolivar. He joined HBS in 2007 and has taught the required MBA strategy course, an elective on Global Strategy and PhD courses in Strategy and International Business. Within HBS Executive Education, he teaches in open-enrollment programs and chairs custom programs on competitive advantage, global strategic management, and corporate-level strategy. Before HBS, Prof. Alcacer was part of the Faculty of the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he received the Teacher of the Year Award in 2003. Professor Alcacer is a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society, has served on numerous boards of academic journals and is an associate editor of Management Science. He has worked with many corporations on consulting and field-based projects. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/juan-alcacer/ for the original video interview.

Thursday Nov 04, 2021

Felipe Monteiro is a Senior Affiliate Professor of Strategy and the Academic Director of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) at INSEAD. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Before joining INSEAD, he was a standing faculty member at The Wharton School. Prior to that, he taught at the London School of Economics (LSE) and worked as a Senior Researcher at the Harvard Business School’s Latin American Research. His research, which was published in top journals (Organization Science, Strategic  Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, among others), focuses on global open innovation and the role of boundary spanners in multinational corporations. Professor Monteiro received important awards from the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business and the Strategic Management Society. He received six times INSEAD Deans’ Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching and four times Wharton’s “Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” Teaching Award. He is also a prolific and award-winning case writer. Felipe consults and gives talks for companies and governments worldwide. His new textbook on Global Strategy (co-authored with Philippe Lasserre) will be published in 2022. Professor Monteiro obtained his Ph.D. in Strategic and International Management at the London Business School. He also has a LL.B. (JD equivalent) degree, cum laude, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, a M.Sc. in Business Administration from COPPEAD/UFRJ, Brazil and a MRes in Business Studies from London Business School. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/felipe-monteiro/ for the original video interview.

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