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Annual Strategy & International Business Symposium

Birmingham Business School - University House - University of Birmingham - Edgbaston campus - O3 on campus map
Tuesday 8th January 2019 (09:15-16:30)
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Jessica Forrester: 

The Department of Strategy and International Business at Birmingham Business School is hosting its third Annual Strategy and International Business Symposium (ASIBS) on Tuesday 8 January 2019.

The aim of the event is to advance the understanding of various emerging topics within the international business and strategy. By doing so, it is hoped that the event will help and guide both PhD students and junior academics with their process of planning and undertaking innovative and rigorous research in order to advance knowledge as well as enhance professional standards in those fields.


This event is free of charge and it is open to all PhD students and early career researchers. Since the event is restricted to 50 participants, please register no later than by Monday 17 December 2018 by confirming your attendance to Jessica Forrester at

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Amir Qamar at

Speakers and organisers

  • Prof. Simon Collinson: University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Prof. John Child (Co-Lead Organiser): University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Prof. Nigel Driffield: University of Warwick (UK)
  • Prof. Marian V Jones: University of Sheffield (UK)
  • Prof. Amon Chizema: University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Prof. Pervez Ghauri (Co-Founder): University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Prof. Michael Mol: University of Birmingham & Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
  • Prof. Shlomo Tarba: University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Prof. John Bryson: University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Prof. Raquel Ortega-Argilés: University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Prof. Xiaohui Liu: University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Dr. Agnieszka Chidlow (Co-Founder): University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Dr. Amir Qamar: (Co-Lead Organiser): University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Dr. Emma Gardner: University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Dr. Jae Yeon Kim: University of Warwick (UK)
  • Dr. Joanna Karmowska: Oxford Brookes University (UK)
  • Dr. Maria Karafyllia: University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Dr. Max Nathan: University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Dr. Paulina Ramirez: University of Birmingham (UK)

Paper Development Workshop

Two sessions will be dedicated as paper development workshops for early career researchers and PhD students. This is a fantastic opportunity to receive friendly feedback on working papers.

If you are interested in submitting a working paper please contact Dr Amir Qamar at as soon as possible.  

Preliminary schedule




09:15 – 10:00

UH - Atrium


09:15 – 10:00

UH - Atrium

Morning Refreshments: Coffee/Tea

10:00 – 11:15


Professor Simon Collinson


Opening Keynote

Professor Nigel Driffield – Productivity Project

11:15 – 11:30

UH - Atrium

Coffee/Tea Break

11:30 – 12:30


Special Session: Theme (1)
Professor Pervez Ghauri - Getting published in academic  journals

Professor Shlomo Tarba - From the other side of the barricade - The Guest Editorial perspective on publishing in top-tier journals

11:30 – 12:30


Special Session: Theme (2)
Dr Jae Yeon Kim - The location of technology sourcing FDI: South Korean investment in the US

Dr Agnieszka Chidlow - Location choices & institutional differences: The case of Spanish hotel industry

11:30 – 12:30


Special Session: Theme (3)

Professor John Bryson - Funding, Financing and Financialization of Urban Infrastructure: Dynamics, Business Models, Value Networks and the Infrastructure Fix

Dr Maria Karafyllia - International Performance  and Domestic Market Information Processes

11:30 – 12:30


Special Session: Theme (4)

Dr Max Nathan - Does Light Touch Cluster Policy Work?  Evaluating the Tech City Programme

Dr Paulina Ramirez - Modularization and the rise of new Global Innovation Networks: How modularisation and R&D outsourcing have created new types of Global Innovation Networks

12:30 – 13:30

BBS Cafeteria



13:30 – 14:30


Discussion Session: Theme (1)
Professor John Child - Context in the Life of International SMEs – The Importance of Industry

Dr Joanna Karmowska – Unpacking proactive and reactive internationalization of SMEs from differing contexts

13:30 – 14:30


Discussion Session: Theme (2)

Professor Raquel Ortega-Argilés – The effect of Brexit on the UK long-term competitiveness

Professor Xiaohui Liu – Emerging-Market Multinational Enterprises and Political Risk

13:30 – 14:30


Discussion Session: Theme (3)

Dr Emma Gardner & Dr Amir Qamar - Defending your thesis

13:30 – 14:45


Paper Development Workshop: Theme (4)
Lead: Professor Michael Mol

Diletta Pegoraro -  De-globalisation, reshoring and value chains 

Khulood Mohammed BaLashwar - The Antecedents Influencing Innovation Projects: Case Study of Product Innovation

Adebola-Akande Oluwatosin - Corporate Political Ties: A review and research Agenda

13:30 – 14:45


Paper Development Workshop: Theme (5)
Lead: Professor Amon Chizema

Joachim Timlon -  Dynamic R&D Capabilities: An Explorative Investigation of R&D Captive in a Novel Domain in China 

Shuangqi Wu - Do corporate giving and its interactions with corporate-governance mechanisms affect firm value measured by Tobin’s q in China?

Saaduddin Khan - Cross Cultural Negotiation

14:45 – 15:00

UH - Atrium

Coffee/Tea Break

15:00 – 16:00


Closing Keynote

Professor Marian V Jones – Where to now in Internationalisation: Conversations in the Field

Closing Remarks

Professor Simon Collinson & Professor John Child

16:00 – 16:30

UH - Atrium

Wine reception

18:00 – 20:00

Brindley Place
B1 2JB


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  • Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham is the oldest business school in the UK.  It was originally established as the Faculty of Commerce in 1902. It is research-led and multi-disciplinary, and consistently found in global ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies like AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. Its triple-crown accreditation confirms the School’s position within an elite group of global business schools.
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