Call for Papers/Abstracts

Deadline: February 1, 2019

The University of Texas at Dallas Center for Global Business (CGB) and partners — Cornell University Emerging Markets Institute (EMI), Northeastern University Center for Emerging Markets (CEM) and the University of Miami Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) — are pleased to announce the fourth annual Global Strategy and Emerging Markets (GSEM) Conference. Previous GSEM conferences have been held in Miami (2016), Boston (2017) and Miami (2018). This conference provides a platform to bring together like-minded senior and junior scholars, doctoral students, and practitioners in the fields of international business, strategic management, cross-cultural management, technology strategy and global entrepreneurship from around the world, with an interest on global strategy and emerging markets.

The theme this year is “Institutional Complexities and Strategic Responses in the New Global Economy.” The new global economy is at a crossroads. Forces of “de-globalization” are endeavoring to slow down globalization. Advances of technologies are penetrating more aspects of human life. Engines of economic growth are readjusting to the “new normal.” Overall, institutions as “the rules of the game” can no longer be viewed as static and invisible. Instead, a series of the rules of the game — ranging from national and international politics to technological standards and competition policies — are changing, and their complexities are increasing. Such institutional transitions are forcing managers and entrepreneurs to search for new, innovative strategies.

We welcome papers that analyze the interaction between global strategy and emerging markets, and especially those that focus on the theme of the conference: how firms led by managers and entrepreneurs eager to grow strategically respond to a new global economy with such heightened institutional complexities.

Examples of Related Topics

  • How do forces of “de-globalization” affect long-term strategic thinking?
  • How do technological advances (such as the “internet of things” and artificial intelligence) influence entrepreneurial behavior?
  • How do societal and environmental changes (such as global warming, migration and aging population) provoke new growth opportunities or depress such opportunities?
  • What are the responses of firms from developed economies to changes in emerging markets?
  • Are firms from emerging markets likely to become more or less interested in internationalization?
  • How have U.S. firms responded to the country’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? How have firms in the other TPP countries reacted to these changes?
  • What strategies are Canadian, Mexican and U.S. firms using to cope with the uncertainties surrounding the future of NAFTA/USMCA?
  • What scenarios of Brexit are UK firms preparing? How do firms from the rest of the EU respond?
  • How have Chinese firms responded to the “One Belt, One Road” initiative? How do firms based in the “One Belt, One Road” zone respond?
  • How can existing theories contribute to a better understanding of some of these important but underexplored questions? If existing theories are inadequate, how can we develop new ones?

We invite you to submit complete papers (40 double-spaced pages, following Academy of Management Journal guidelines) or proposals (5 single-spaced pages, following Strategic Management Society conference guidelines), especially from junior scholars/doctoral students.

In addition to research presentations, the conference will feature the following:

  1. keynote speeches
  2. a “meet the editors” session
  3. a “how to develop your papers” session, and
  4. a practitioner/policymaker panel.