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AIB UK&I Conference 2018 - International business strategies in a changing commercial and political landscape

Birmingham Business School University House
Thursday 12th (09:00) - Saturday 14th April 2018 (17:00)

Conference Administrator Emily Pickering: +44 (0)121 414 8210 or

Download a full programme of activities for this event here (PDF - 778KB)

Where are we now? This is the question that academics and practitioners are presently asking themselves as the contemporary world appears to be a confusing picture, for both multinational corporations (MNCs) and their managers - not only due to a highly competitive economic environment, but also due to an uncertain and turbulent political environment.

With the developed West witnessing signs of fragmentation; as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union; as the United States of America begins to forge a new place for itself in the world, and as South Korea and Hong Kong face political turbulence caused by forces that appear to be beyond their control; the environments MNCs presently inhabit pose a number of significant challenges.

Therefore, if you are interested in starting to figure out where international business is now and where it is heading, then we warmly invite you to join us at the 45th AIB-UK&I conference held at The Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham (UK) from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th April 2018.

The UK & Ireland Chapter (UK&I) of the Academy of International Business (AIB) is the leading association of scholars and specialists in the field of international business in the UK and Ireland.


Please note that for Health & Safety reasons you will be required to wear the AIB-UK&I conference badge throughout the event. This will be monitored.

Getting here

For more information about how to find your way to campus, please visit our 'getting here' webpage.

Conference Tracks

  • Download a PDF copy of the conference tracks here (PDF - 215KB)

  • International business strategies and firm competitiveness (Michael Mol & Sun Hye Lee)
  • Research methods in international business (Pervez Ghauri & Agnieszka Chidlow)
  • Economic geography and international business issues (Simon Collinson & Amir Qamar)
  • Corporate governance and international business (Amon Chizema & Emma Gardner)
  • Global value chain and manufacturing turbulence (Lisa De Propris & Paulina Ramirez)
  • International business and CSR (Stephen Brammer & Frederik Dahlmann)
  • International business history (Oded Shenkar & Thomas Buckley)
  • Internationalisation from and to emerging markets (Xiaohui Liu & Yen Tran)
  • Confidence, Connections, Capabilities: A focus on the soft & intangible in international venturing (Marian Jones & Melanie Hasset)
  • Internationalisation of SMEs and international entrepreneurship (John Child & Linda Hsieh)
  • International business, innovation and knowledge flows (Frank McDonald & Nikolaos Papageorgiadis)
  • Pedagogical challenges in international business (Malika Richards & Layla Branicki)
  • International business and sustainable development (José Pla-Barber & Cristina Villar)
  • International business and political instability (Grazia Santangelo & Surender Munjal)
  • International and global skills management (Dana Minbaeva & Chul Chung)
  • International marketing  (Jorge Carneiro & Ulrike Mayrhofer)

Doctoral Colloquium 

The Academy of International Business UK & Ireland Chapter organises the colloquium for students in International Business. The colloquium will be held at the Birmingham Business School on Thursday 12 April 2018.

Key dates to note:

  • Submission of papers opens 20 November 2017
  • Online paper submission closes 16 February 2018 
  • Early-bird registration ends on 2 March 2018 (inclusive)

For details and guidelines on the doctoral colloquium please check our Doctoral Colloquium guidelines for papers document (PDF - 188KB).

Papers submitted to the Main Conference cannot be submitted also to the Doctoral Colloquium.

For further information please contact Secretary of Doctoral Colloquium, Mr Andrew Bruce on or Doctoral Convenor, Dr Surender Munjal

To submit a paper for the Doctoral Colloquium please use Conftool.

As part of the Doctoral Colloquium this year, we are very pleased to announce a special workshop to be convened by Professor Plakoyiannaki, University of Leeds, on Theorising from Qualitative Case Study Research.

The aim of this workshop is to unpack the theorising potential of Qualitative Case Study Research. Emphasis will be placed on conducting Qualitative Case study Research under different philosophical orientations and its implications for theorising. In particular, the workshop with address the following questions:

  • What is Qualitative Case Study Research?
  • How do our paradigmatic assumptions shape Qualitative Case Study Research? 
  • How do we theorise from Qualitative Case Study Research? 

We will critically reflect on these questions by bringing in International Business, Philosophy of Science and Methodological literatures. We will discuss the limitations of inductive theory-building, and explore the utilisation of alternative approaches to theorising that can enhance the Case Study’s explanatory power and potential for contextualisation.

The workshop will:

  • Offer an inncreased understanding on Qualitative Case study Research under different methodological orientations (e.g. positivism, critical realism and interpretivism);
  • Develop an understanding on the theoretical purpose & role of theory in Qualitative Case StudyResearch;
  • Provide insights into conducting Qualitative Case Study Research and framing its contribution;
  • Offer an understanding on publishing Qualitative Case Study Research in top tier academic journals in IB/IM.

Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki is Professor of International Business at Leeds University Business School. She is also the Co-Chair for the IB/IM SIG of the British Academy of Management (BAM). Emmanuella is committed to raising awareness about qualitative research and has delivered relevant seminars in various Universities throughout the world. Her research interests refer to qualitative research, language (in an IB context) as well as consumer behaviour. She has published in various academic journals including the Academy of Management ReviewJournal of International Business StudiesJournal of World Business and Journal of Management Studiesamong others.


Submission of papers to both the Main Conference and Doctoral Colloquium is managed through Conftool Pro.

In order to submit a paper: 

  • Please create a new Conftool account or use an existing account.
  • Log into Conftool system 
  • Click on “your submissions” 
  • Select the type of contribution you want to submit
  • Enter all the required details for your contribution into the submission form (marked by asterisk) and proceed
  • A Contribution ID will be assigned to your submission, please use this number for future reference.


Registration for the conference is now open.


Standard registration fees up to and including 2 March 2018:

  • Early Bird Full AIB Delegate: £325.00
  • Early Bird PhD Student: £205.00
  • Fee for accompanying person: £90.00  
  • Standard registration fee - Full AIB Delegate (after March 2nd 2018): £375
  • Standard registration fee - PhD Student (after March 2nd 2018): £245

Delegates must be members of AIB on 12 April 2018. Delegates whose membership has expired on the 12 April 2018, or who are not a member of AIB on 12 April 2018, should renew their AIB membership or become an AIB member, paying the fees directly to the AIB. The link to the AIB membership can be found here: on the AIB website

The membership fees are:

  • AIB  membership renewal/AIB  new membership: $100
  • Full-time Student AIB  membership renewal/AIB new membership: $50 (Proof of full-time student status is required. Full benefits and voting rights apply.)


  • Conference registration and submission of papers opens:  15 November 2017
  • Submission for Main Conference deadline: 26 January 2018 - 
  • Submission for Doctoral Colloquium and panel proposals deadline:  26 January 2018 - EXTENDED TO 16 FEBRUARY 2018
  • Confirmation of paper acceptances:  16 February 2018
  • Early-bird registration ends:  2 March 2018
  • Publication of the conference programme:  16 March 2018
  • Conference registration closing date: 10 April 2018


Preferential accommodation rates have been reserved at the Burlington Hotel, Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre, the Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre, and the Hyatt Regency Birmingham for the 12 and 13 April 2018. All of these hotels are located in the centre of Birmingham and within a walking distance to the railway station.

Burlington Hotel

The Burlington Hotel will host the conference dinner on Friday 13 April 2018. A number of rooms have been reserved in this hotel for conference delegates at a rate of £80.00 per night including breakfast.

Reservations at these rates are available until Saturday 10 March 2018. To make a reservation we would kindly ask that you call the hotel directly, quoting the 
booking Code: UNIV120418. 

Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre

At the Holiday Inn Express the conference rate for a standard bedroom is £69.00 per night, including breakfast.

Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre

At the Crowne Plaza standard bedrooms for sole occupancy are available for £85.00 per night, including breakfast. Standard bedrooms for double occupancy are available for £105.00 per night, including breakfast.

In both cases a limited number of rooms are available at these rates and we would strongly recommend booking early in order to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for the Crowne Plaza can be made 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday with the hotel directly when calling 0121 224 5018 or by emailing Out of hours bookings can be made via the Central Reservations Office on 0800 890 410.

When making a reservation at these hotels please quote the reference code – AIB. Reservations at these rates for both the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza are open until 5pm on Thursday 15th March 2018.  

Hyatt Regency Birmingham

In addition to the rooms available at the Crowne Plaza and the Holiday Inn Express, a small number of rooms have been allocated at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham. The conference rate for a standard bedroom, single occupancy is £125.00 per night, including breakfast. For a standard bedroom, double occupancy, the rate is £140.00 per night, including breakfast.

Reservations at these rates are available until Tuesday 13th March 2018.

We would again strongly recommend booking early in order to avoid disappointment.

Accommodation Reservations for the Hyatt can be made directly via telephone on
+44 (0) 845 888 1234. When making a reservation please quote the reference code: G-BHM8

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