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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6 days ago

For the past thirty years David J. Collis has been a professor at the Harvard Business School, where he was only the second ever full-time Adjunct Professor appointed, having also completed five years as the Frederick Frank Adjunct Professor of International Business Administration at the Yale School of Management and two years as a professor at Columbia Business School. The winner of the 50th Anniversary McKinsey Award for the best article in the Harvard Business Review in 2008, and a Harvard Business Review best-selling author, he is an expert on corporate strategy and global competition, and is the author of the recent books International Strategy: Context, Concepts and Choices; Corporate Strategy (with Cynthia Montgomery); and Corporate Headquarters (with Michael Goold and David Young). As the author of over thirty articles and book chapters, his work has been frequently published in the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and in many books including Managing the Multibusiness Company, International Competitiveness, and Beyond Free Trade. The over one hundred cases and articles he has authored have sold nearly 2.5 million copies, with over 14,000 citations. David Collis received an M.A. (1976) with a Double First from Cambridge University where he was the Wrenbury Scholar of the University. He graduated as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School, MBA (1978), and received a Ph.D. (1986) in Business Economics at Harvard University where he was a Dean’s Doctoral Fellow. From 1978 to 1982 he worked for the Boston Consulting Group in London. He is currently a consultant to several major U.S. corporations, and on the Board of Directors of Cambridge in America, the Board of Trustees of the Hult International Business School, and the Advisory Boards of Vivaldi Partners, Muzzy Lane and formerly of Walter Scott, PICIS, Ocean Spray, and WebCT. He is also the cofounder of the elearning company E-Edge, and the advisory firm Ludlow Partners. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/david-collis/ for the original video interview.  

6 days ago

Harry Sapienza is Professor Emeritus at the Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota. Harry grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. He played drums in a rock band while in high school, received an undergraduate degree in literature from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in mediaeval literature from Boston College. After teaching English for 10 years in the Boston area, Harry returned to the University of Maryland to obtain a Master’s and a PhD in Business. He spent ten years at the University of South Carolina, one year at the London Business School, and 20 years at the University of Minnesota, including a sabbatical in Sevilla, Spain. His early scholarship examined relationships between entrepreneurs and investors in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Inspired by emerging research on “born global” firms, he developed an interest in the internationalization of entrepreneurial ventures. This work utilizes knowledge and learning theories to study the effects of early internationalization on the growth and the learning trajectories of entrepreneurial firms. Harry has published over 60 papers with colleagues from across the U.S., Finland, England, Canada, Belgium, Spain, and other countries. His greatest joys as an academician have been mentoring doctoral students and enjoying friendships with colleagues and co-authors all over the world. Harry and his wife live in Portland, Oregon, where his daughter (Julianna), son-in-law (Eric) and granddaughter (Lelea) also reside. Harry teaches the occasional poetry class, plays bridge competitively, is an avid baseball fan and a lover of blues and R&B music. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/harry-sapienza/ for the original video interview.  

Thursday May 05, 2022

Helen De Cieri is a Professor of Management at Monash Business School, Monash University, Australia. She has held previous appointments and visiting positions at universities in several countries. Helen’s current research activities combine her interests in international HRM and workplace health and safety. Helen’s recent research projects include studies of how employers and their HR teams can design innovative solutions to non-routine issues, to support employees’ wellbeing and respond to new demands. Current research projects include designing and evaluating interventions to address psychosocial hazards and to foster thriving at work. Helen’s publications include a textbook on HRM in Australia and articles in academic journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Human Resource Management, and Safety Science. Helen is an Associate Editor for Human Resource Management Review and serves on several editorial boards including Journal of International Business Studies. Helen has received recognition with several awards for her research. She currently serves as an elected member of the Academy of Management’s HR Division Executive Committee. Over her career, Helen has taught HRM and international HRM courses to undergraduate and masters students as well as supervising more than 20 doctoral students. She is a regular speaker at international conferences and practitioner forums. In addition to her academic activities, Helen has contributed to gender equality initiatives in many organizations, for which she received the Monash University Vice-Chancellor’s award for social inclusion in 2010. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/helen-de-cieri/ for the original video interview.  

Thursday May 05, 2022

Ajai Gaur is a Professor of Strategy and International Business in the Department of Management and Global Business, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University. He is also an affiliate faculty member with the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University. He completed his Ph.D. in 2007 at the National University of Singapore. Ajai is an AIB Fellow. He has been serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of World Business since 2019 and a consulting editor at the Journal of International Business Studies since 2017. Previously, he served as a senior editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Management (2014-2018), a senior editor of the Journal of World Business (2014-2018), and the President of the Asia Academy of Management for two terms from 2015 to 2019. Ajai is an author or co-author in more than 75 journal articles, case studies, and book chapters. In his research, Ajai studies the distinct institutional influences on firms’ geographic and product growth strategies in diverse institutional contexts. A related focus of his research is to study institutional influences on various firm-level governance mechanisms and their strategic and performance consequences. Empirically, he has examined firms based in Australia, China, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, UK, and the USA. Ajai has been an eight-time winner and nineteen-time finalist or nominee for various awards based on scholarship. He has won both the Richard N. Farmer Best Dissertation Award (in 2008) and SAMS/AIB Best Dissertation Proposal Award (in 2006). In the 2014 AIB conference, he won the Temple/AIB Best Paper Award. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/ajai-gaur/ for the original video interview.

Thursday Apr 28, 2022

Agnieszka Chidlow is Professor of International Business at the University of Birmingham in the UK and one of the co-founders of the Academy of International Business-Shared Interest Group. Agnieszka is interested in examining the internationalization processes and location strategies of firms. In addition to that she is also interested in methodological issues with a specific focus on using survey “big” data as well as the application of both responsible qualitative and quantitative methods in the international business scholarship and practice. In her work she not only studies how decision-makers undertake their investment and organizational preferences in different national and international markets at supra-national, national and sub-national levels but also what type of data they use to make such decisions to maximize their returns. By blending theoretical lenses and business models from international business, economic geography, management and strategy fields with computer sciences and data analytics she aims to help and assist businesses, governmental organizations, charities, policy makers and individuals to better understand how to optimize decisions using credible, rigorous and trustworthy data to achieve higher returns and socially responsible outcomes. Agnieszka’s work has been published in the leading peer reviewed academic outlets such as, for example, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Management International Review, Journal of International Business Policy. She is a Working Board Member of the Responsible Research in Business and Management network, an assessor for the Accreditation of MBAs, a Senior Editor of International Business Review and a member of numerous editorial boards of nationally and internationally recognised journals. She is recognised as an impact capacity builder and a promoter of innovative knowledge exchange activities promoting responsible and impactful scholarship. Before joining the University of Birmingham, she held various positions at numerous higher education institutions in Europe, America and Asia. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/agnieszka-chidlow/ for the original video interview.  

Thursday Apr 28, 2022

Ronaldo Parente is the Knight Ridder Eminent Scholar in International Business and Professor of Strategy at Florida International University. His research focus is on the overlap between strategy and international management, with special attention on emerging economies, strategic decisions with regards to innovation ecosystems, the sharing economy, knowledge transfer, global supply chains, and multinationals’ internationalization strategies in the context of platform business and digital industries. Dr. Parente’s research has appeared in many leading academic journals, including Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of International Management, International Business Review, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Knowledge Management, and Industrial and Corporate Change, among others. Dr. Parente is currently one of the VPs of the Ibero-American Academy of Management, a senior editor for the International Journal of Emerging Markets and an associate editor for the Cross-Cultural Strategic Management Journal. He also serves on the Editorial Review Board of JIBS, GSJ, TIBR, JWB, and JIM. Dr. Parente served as an elected board member for the European International Business Association (EIBA) for six years. He also served two three-year leadership position with SMS’s Global Strategy Interest Group and the Teaching Community. He chaired and organized two SMS Special Conferences in Brazil: the 2018 SMS Conference in Sao Paulo and the 2011 SMS Conference in Rio de Janeiro. On the professional side, Dr. Parente has more than 25 years of work experience and has worked for, managed, and consulted with several private and public institutions in Brazil, the United States, and Bulgaria. Dr. Parente has experience designing and teaching programs for C-level executives in Brazil, Colombia, and United States. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/ronaldo-parente/ for the original video interview.  

Thursday Apr 21, 2022

Snejina Michailova (born in Bulgaria, PhD from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark) joined The University of Auckland, New Zealand, as a Professor of International Business in 2005. Her research interests include people in multinational enterprises, knowledge processes, talent management, and modern slavery. Her academic work has appeared in Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, AIB Insights, California Management Review, Global Strategy Journal, International Business Review, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Management, Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Long Range Planning, Management International Review, Management Learning, Management and Organization Review, Organizational Dynamics, Organization Studies, R&D Management, Technovation, and others. Snejina has co-authored Talent Management in Small Advanced Economies (Emerald, 2019). She has co-edited The Routledge Companion on Cross-Cultural Management (Routledge, 2015), Research Handbook on Women in International Management (Edward Elgar, 2014), Knowledge Governance (Oxford University Press, 2010), Human Resource Management in Central and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2008) and Research Methodologies in Non-Western Contexts (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). She served as Editor Europe for Journal of World Business (2001-2007) and as Co-Editor-in-Chief of critical perspectives on international business (2017-2019). She is currently Consulting Editor at the Journal of International Management. She serves as Associate Dean (Research) at The University of Auckland Business School, a role she took in 2018. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/snejina-michailova/ for the original video interview.

Thursday Apr 21, 2022

Grazia D. Santangelo is professor of Strategic and International Management at Copenhagen Business School and visiting professor at Henley Business School (UK). She earned her PhD in Economics at the University of Reading (UK) and, before joining Copenhagen Business School, held a Jean Monnet Chair in International Business at the University of Catania (Italy). She researches across the fields of international business, global strategy, and innovation. Her current research focuses on how firms deal with ethical issues and strategize about their intangibles around the globe; the evolution of firms’ internationalization process; and the nexus between institutions, and firms’ cross-border strategy. Her research has been published in leading academic journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Economic Geography and Research Policy, and has been recognized by a number of international awards. She is Reviewing Editor of Journal of International Business Studies and a member of the editorial review board of Academy of Management Review. She also served as associated editor of Journal of International Management and Industry and Innovation. Grazia D. Santangelo is a Fellow of the European International Business Academy (EIBA), and elected member of the Executive Board of the Academy of Management (AOM) International Management (IM) division. She is Division Program Chair for AOM 2022. She served as Chair of the Research Committee of the AOM IM Division, representative-at-large of the Global Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society and as former EIBA president. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/grazia-santangelo/ for the original video interview.  

Thursday Apr 14, 2022

Mitchell P. Koza is Distinguished Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School, Newark and New Brunswick. He has previously served as Vice Dean of Rutgers Business School, Newark and New Brunswick and Dean of the Rutgers School of Business-Camden. While Dean, the Rutgers-Camden MBA achieved a ranking of top 15 nationally in the field of Global Management, in a survey conducted by The Princeton Review and later published in Entrepreneurship magazine. Koza has been elected to the Quality of Markets Committee of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey; served as committee member for the Best Paper Prize for the Strategic Management Society and NJBIZ awards to the New Jersey business community; and Chaired several reaccreditation visiting committees for the AACSB. For many years he delivered a weekly business report for WHYY-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Philadelphia. Koza is Founding Co-Chair of the Strategic Management Society Interest Group on Global Strategy, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS). Prior to joining Rutgers School of Business, Koza spent eighteen years as an expatriate.  Most recently, he was Professor of International Strategy and Director General (CEO) of INSEAD-Cedep, in Fontainebleau, France. He spent 4 years at Cranfield School of Management (UK) where he held the Chair in International Strategy and was Founding Director of the Centre for International Business, and, previously, eleven years at INSEAD as a faculty member. Prior to his move to Europe he held appointments at UCLA, Yale, and Chicago. Koza’s award winning research, cases, and commentary have explored issues of producing cooperation in international strategic management, and have been published in the major academic and practitioner outlets, including, but not limited to, the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, The Financial Times, Global Strategy Journal, Organization Studies, and Les Echos, and have been translated into eight languages. He is noted as a leading scholar in Who’s Who in Management Sciences.  Koza was educated at the University of Chicago (PH.D.), Harvard University (ED.M.) and Queens College, CUNY (B.A.). Koza maintains advisory relationships with several of the world’s most successful companies. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/mitchell-koza/ for the original video interview.  

Thursday Apr 14, 2022

Prof. Ursula F. Ott is Professor of International Business and Director of the Centre for International Business Strategy and Decisions (CIBSD) at Nottingham Business School, UK. She has a PhD in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Vienna and was afterwards in academic positions at the University of Vienna, London School of Economics as Schrödinger Fellow, Loughborough University and Kingston University London, as Director of the Centre for Experimental Research in International Business (CERIB). Her research combines game theoretical reasoning of interactive decision-making in applications of bargaining, signaling and agency theory with organizational and cultural problems in international business. Her theoretical insights are tested with experienced negotiators and managers in experiments and also analyzed with configurational analysis (fsQCA). Her research has been published in top journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Research, International Business Review, and as research monographs/books on international joint ventures and international negotiations. She is the recipient of Best Paper Awards at leading international conferences in International Business and Global Innovation and Knowledge. Her research projects received funding of the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Engineering, Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). She is on the AIB Research Methods SIG Board as Vice-President of Webinars after receiving the Best Research Methods Paper Award in 2019. Her research has an impact in industry and politics (Integration/Migration and Brexit Negotiations). Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/ursula-ott/ for the original video interview.  

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