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Annual Strategy & International Business Symposium

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Thursday 9th (13:00) - Friday 10th January 2020 (17:00)
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Dr Amir Qamar:

The Department of Strategy and International Business at Birmingham Business School is hosting its fourth Annual Strategy and International Business Symposium (ASIBS) from Thursday 9 January - Friday 10 January 2020.

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 colleagues and PhD students. Since the event is restricted to 70 participants, please register no later than by Friday 20 December 2019 by confirming your attendance to Dr Amir Qamar at

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Amir Qamar at


Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Peter Buckley (University of Leeds)
  • Professor Marian V Jones (University of Sheffield)
  • Professor Bo Nielsen (University of Sydney)
  • Dr Nikolaos Papageorgiadis (University of Liverpool)
  • Professor Roger Strange (University of Sussex)

Confirmed Speakers

  • Professor David Bailey (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Chloe Billing (University of Birmingham)
  • Professor John Bryson (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Andre Carrascal Incera (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Agnieszka Chidlow (University of Birmingham)
  • Professor John Child (University of Birmingham)
  • Professor Amon Chizema (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Emma Gardner (University of Birmingham)
  • Professor Pervez Ghauri (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Linda Hsieh (University of Birmingham)
  • Professor Xiaohui Liu (University of Birmingham)
  • Mrs Diletta Pegoraro (University of Birmingham)
  • Professor Lisa de Propris (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Amir Qamar (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Paulina Ramirez (University of Birmingham)
  • Professor Shlomo Tarba (University of Birmingham)

Paper Development Workshop and Schedule

As part of the symposium, we have decided to hold four interactive paper development workshops on Thursday 9 January 2020. These sessions will be dedicated as interactive 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. Full papers will be required to be sent to Dr Amir Qamar by Wednesday 18 December.

Preliminary schedule (Thursday 9 January)

12:30 – 13:00



13:00 – 14:00



Professor Pervez Ghauri, Dr Agnieszka Chidlow & Dr Amir Qamar (University of Birmingham) 

Opening Keynote:

Prof. Bo Nielsen (University of Sydney)

10 principles of good research design

14:00 – 15:30


Interactive Paper Development Workshop 1

Chairs: Professor John Child,  Professor Shlomo Tarba & Dr Linda Hsieh (University of Birmingham)

Dr Salman Ahmad (University of Derby)

Low-power firms’ pursuit of power: interfirm cooperation and collective bargaining

James Blackmore-Wright (University of Birmingham)

Growing pains: Is MBA education holding back Mid-sized business growth?

Dr Eun Sun Godwin (University of Wolverhampton)

Partnering Approach as an M&A strategy of Emerging Market Multi-national

15:30 – 16:00


Coffee/Tea Break

16:00 – 17:30


Interactive Paper Development Workshop 2

Chairs: Professor Xiaouhui Liu, Professor Amon Chizema & Dr Agnieszka Chidlow (University of Birmingham)

Safiriyu Elegbede (University of Birmingham)

Quantifying the Economic Impacts of Classical Forecast Errors

Dr Kim Jae-Yeon (University of Warwick)

The Role of Outward FDI in creating Korean global factories

Dr Joachim Timlon (University of Birmingham)

Intervention Strategies for Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Preliminary Schedule (Friday 10 January)




08:30 – 09:00

UH Atrium

Registration (Morning Refreshments: Coffee/Tea)

09:00 – 10:30



Prof. Pervez Ghauri, Dr Agnieszka Chidlow & Dr Amir Qamar (University of Birmingham)

Opening Keynotes

Prof. Peter Buckley (University of Leeds)

International Business as an interdisciplinary research project

Prof. Roger Strange (University of Sussex)

Do we need a theory of externalization?

10:30 – 11:00

UH Atrium

Coffee/Tea Break

11:00 – 12:00


Discussion Session: 1

Prof. John Child (University of Birmingham)

Unpacking the networking of internationalizing SMEs

Dr Linda Hsieh (University of Birmingham)

Internationalization decision-making

11:00 – 12:00


Discussion Session: 2

Prof. Amon Chizema (University of Birmingham)

Under these conditions we shall work better together: Collaboration of the CEO and the board chair

Xuecong Li (University of Birmingham), Dr Xia Han (University of Manchester) and Professor Xiaohui Liu (University of Birmingham)

Foreign acquisitions by Chinese firms: A composition-based view

11:00 – 12:00


Discussion Session: 3

Dr Amir Qamar (University of Birmingham)

Quality and flexibility performance trade-offs between lean and agile manufacturing firms in the automotive industry

Dr Emma Gardner (University of Birmingham)

The Dark Side of the Industrialisation of Accountancy

12:00 – 13:00



13:00 – 14:00


Special Session: Meet the Editors

Chair: Prof. Roger Strange  (Area Editor: International Business Review)

Prof. David Bailey: (Editor-in-Chief: Regional Studies)

Prof. Pervez Ghauri: (Editor-in-Chief: International Business Review)

Prof. Shlomo Tarba: (Co- Editor-in-Chief: British Journal of Management)

14:00 – 15:00


Discussion Session: 4

Prof. John Bryson (University of Birmingham)

Repatriation or reshoring of manufacturing to the U.S. and UK: Modular theory-building, dynamics and global production networks

Dr Paulina Ramirez (University of Birmingham)

New manufacturing technologies, Industry 4.0 and global value chains

14:00 – 15:00


Discussion Session: 5

Prof. Bo Nielsen (University of Sydney)

Organizational learning: Cognitive barriers and organizational repairs

Dr Andre Carrascal Incera (University of Birmingham)

UK regional urbanization patterns and their economic consequences

14:00 – 15:00


Discussion Session: 6

Dr Chloe Billing (University of Birmingham)

Understanding productivity and prosperity: Regional skills mismatches and inclusive growth for the West Midlands

Mrs Diletta Pegoraro, Prof. Lisa de Propris and Dr Agnieszka Chidlow (University of Birmingham)

Sub-national motives for manufacturing reshoring strategies: a comparative study

15:00 – 15:30

UH Atrium

Coffee/Tea Break

15:30 – 17:00


Closing Keynotes

Dr Nikolaos Papageorgiadis (University of Liverpool)

International business research and the development of impact cases: best practices and novel approaches

Prof. Marian V Jones (University of Sheffield)

Story, Voice, Interpretation: Is there a place in IB research?

17:00 – 18:00

UH Atrium

Wine reception

18:30 – 21:00

Cielo, Brindley Place, B1 2JB

Evening Dinner (Speakers by invitation)


  • 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.
  • The Department of Strategy and International Business (SIB) in the Birmingham Business School is a multidisciplinary group of leading academics in international business and strategy.
  • The City-Region Economic & Development Institute (REDI) in the Birmingham Business School is a multidisciplinary group of leading academics who use their academic understanding of city regions to develop policy, which informs and influences regional and national economic growth policies.

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