The challenges defined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have moved the traditional development agenda forward. The UN’s 2030 Agenda implies a radical shift from prior approaches; economic, political, and social actors have all been called to action, given that potential solutions are to be executed globally. Business firms in particular – along with governments, NGOs, universities and other social actors – should take a more active role in contributing to sustainable development.

The presiding theme for EIBA 2020 is ‘firms, innovation, and location at the crossroads of IB and sustainable development’. The rationale is to discuss local actions that can be applied to global solutions and flows of information to and from the IB community. Firms are no longer limited to responsibility for the correction of negative effects in terms of sustainable development; they are also active players and solution providers, being a major channel for investment and innovation. This is particularly true in view of the assumption that innovation is a problem-solving process in a wide range of fields, from the technical and economic to social and environmental issues. Aspects such as energy, infrastructure, or urban mobility, among others, necessarily require the establishment of local and international partnerships alike, to advance the SGDs in a way that will involve individuals (business leaders, policymakers, scholars), institutions, and international organizations.

MNEs have a dominant position from the perspective of IB, because they act locally (whether at home or in host countries) and yet are international in nature, through FDI and trade. The distributional impacts of their activity in terms of (for example) inequality or the gender gap can be addressed from both local and transnational angles, in consideration of the spatial heterogeneity between different levels and the consequences for sustainable development. Sustainable entrepreneurships and small and medium firms are also relevant, entering into the scene via global value chains. At the same time, academic activity entails the discussion of research that ultimately results in scientific outputs, while case studies on firms and data collection from national and international organizations directly feed IB research, becoming important inputs for stakeholders.

The advance of academic knowledge results from collective efforts, and the theme of the EIBA 2020 Madrid conference will be operationalized through a selection of topics traditional to IB, along with parallel and panel sessions devoted to specific issues that seek to further integrate local actors (business leaders and policymakers) into the discussion. We encourage the submission of panels with interdisciplinary perspectives to enhance the inclusion of new approaches to global challenges such as climate change, migration, poverty, and peace.

EIBA 2020 Program Overview

FIRMS, INNOVATION AND LOCATION RESHAPING INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Thursday, December 10th

Morning
John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial
IBR, JIBS, JIBP Paper Development Workshops
Early Career Network Paper Development

Afternoon
Danny Van Den Bulcke Doctorial Symposium
EIBA Board Meeting
New Member Meet & Greet

Evening
Opening Plenary Session
Welcome Reception

Friday, December 11th

Morning
Parallel sessions
Plenary Poster Session
EIBA General Assembly

Afternoon
Parallel sessions
Panel sessions

Evening
Parallel sessions

Saturday, December 12th

Morning
Parallel sessions
Plenary session
EIBA Fellows Meeting

Afternoon
Parallel sessions
PIBR Book Launch

Evening
Gala Dinner and Awards with EIBA Fellows and Sponsors

List of Tracks and Chairs

1. International Business and the 2030 Agenda
Elisa Giuliani, University of Pisa, Italy
Anne Jaqueminet, Bocconi University, Italy

2. Economic Geography and International Business
Simona Iammarino, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Davide Castellani, Reading University, United Kingdom

3. Innovation and Knowledge Management
Grazia Santangelo, Copenhaguen Business School, Denmark
Marcelo Cano-Kollmann, Ohio University, USA

4. Intersections between International Business and Public Policy
Ana T. Tavares, University of Porto, Portugal
Ari Van Aasche, HEC Montréal – École des Hautes Études Commerciales, Canada

5. Global Value Chain
Ram Mudambi, Temple University, USA
Valentina De Marchi, University of Padova, Italy

6. SMEs and International Entrepreneurship
Alex Rialp, Autónoma University of Barcelona, Spain
Natasha Evers, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Arild Aspelund, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

7. Emerging Markets
Shlomo Tarba, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Iian Alon, Universitetet i Agder, Norway

8. Business History
Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York, United Kingdom
Mark Casson, Reading University, United Kingdom

9. MNE Organization and Strategy
Jens Gammelgaard, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Paloma Miravitlles, University of Barcelona, Spain
Cristina Villar, University of Valencia, Spain

10. International Finance, Accounting and Corporate Governance
Jakob Muellner, Vienna University, Austria
Igor Filatotchev, City, University of London, United Kingdom

11. International Marketing
Ulrike Mayrhofer, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
Eric Milliot, French IB association Atlas AFMI-President, France

12. International Human Resources Management and Cross Cultural Issues
Cristina López Duarte, University of Oviedo, Spain
Dana Minbaeva, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

13. International Business Networks
Ulf Andersson, Malardalen University, Sweden

14. New Approaches and Methods in IB Research in the 2020s
Bo Nielsen, Copenhague Business School (Denmark), University of Sidney, Australia
Catherine Welch, University of Sidney, Australia

Local Committee

  • Isabel Álvarez (Programme Chair)
  • José Carlos Fariñas (Full Professor)
  • Mª Ángeles Montoro (Full Professor)
  • José Molero (Full Professor)
  • Nuria Puig (Full Professor)
  • Javier Velázquez (Full Professor)
  • Rafael Myro (Full Professor)
  • Raquel Marín (Assistant Professor)
  • Esther Gil (Administrative coordinator)