Entrepreneurship and IB


International Conference on Entrepreneurship and International Business, Tianjin, China, 21-23 Jun 2013, Chairs Yuli Zhang, Hui Xu and Shaoming Zou; Deadline

International Conference on Entrepreneurship and International Business

Tianjin, China
June 21-23, 2013
Co-Sponsored by Business School of Nankai University and
Advances in International Marketing


Entrepreneurship and International BusinessTheoretical and Empirical Advances

Conference Co-Chairs

Prof. Yuli Zhang and Prof. Hui Xu, Nankai University
Prof. Shaoming Zou, University of Missouri-Columbia

Hosted by

Business School, Nankai University, Tianjin, China


With continued globalization of the markets, more and more firms from around the world, even small- and medium-sized firms, are venturing into the global markets to seek opportunities to grow and make profits. Given the complexity and dynamism of the global markets, it is increasingly important for firms large and small to be innovative, risk-taking, and adaptive in order to succeed in international business. Thus, entrepreneurship is playing a vital role in firm’s internationalization process and international business.

Yet, research in entrepreneurship and international business has run separate paths in the current literature. Scholars in entrepreneurship see entrepreneurship as important drivers of economic and social progress, and entrepreneurial firms as important sources of innovation, employment and productivity growth. They have focused on examining the key characteristics of entrepreneurial firms and their effect on the firms’ growth and success, as well as conditions conducive to developing entrepreneurial characteristics. In contrast, scholars in international business pay interest in examining cross-border business activities such as foreign direct investment (FDI), foreign portfolio investment (FPI), cross-border collaboration, international marketing, and theory of multinational enterprises, among others. Only scant research attention has been paid to inter-disciplinary issues such as what role entrepreneurship plays in international business.

In the context of globalization, some new entrepreneurial phenomena are emerging that call for rigorous academic research to develop theories to explain them. For example, key entrepreneurial opportunities may well exist in international business and in the global market, as evidenced by the fact that the born-global entrepreneurial firms have experienced rapid growth in the last decades. Therefore, there is an urgent need for more inter-disciplinary research that span across the domains of entrepreneurship and international business.

To promote such inter-disciplinary research endeavor, Nankai Business School is collaborating with Advances in International Marketing to organize an international conference focused on entrepreneurship and international business. We welcome scholars to submit manuscripts, work-in-process, and research proposals that address interdisciplinary issues related to entrepreneurship and international business. The conference should be a great opportunity for scholars to share their research work, receive feedback on their research, explore possible collaboration with other scholars, and possibly get their manuscript published in a special volume of Advances in International Marketing.


Papers accepted by and presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a special volume (volume 25) of Advances in International Marketing in spring 2014.

Advances in International Marketing (AIM) is a premier outlet for international business and international marketing research published by the Emerald Group Publishing Limited in the United Kingdom. In a 2000 article in Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), AIM was ranked at #8 among 30 international business journals based on SSCI citations.


We invite theoretical and empirical papers covering a wide variety of topics related to entrepreneurship and international business. The following is a list of suggested topics that are welcome. But we also welcome papers that address other issues related to entrepreneurship and international business.

  • The nature of entrepreneurial opportunity in global context
  • Comparison of entrepreneurs with local and global reach
  • International entrepreneurship and new venture internationalization
  • Born global firms, their characteristics, strategy, and performance in global markets
  • The origin, process and outcome of transnational entrepreneurship
  • Cultural conflicts and the management of entrepreneurial teams
  • The effect of entrepreneurship on multinational enterprise’s performance in new product development, customer relationship management, and supply chain management.
  • Cross-cultural comparison of entrepreneurial propensity
  • The relationship between entrepreneurial propensity and multinational enterprises’ development of dynamic capabilities
  • New venture strategy in global context
  • Resource allocation in global context
  • Social entrepreneurship in international business
  • Any other relevant topics in entrepreneurship and international business


  • Business School, Nankai University
  • Advances in International Marketing

A key multidisciplinary and research-oriented university directly under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Nankai University, located in Tianjin on the border of the sea of Bohai, was founded by the Chinese modern education pioneer, Dr. Zhang Boling, in 1919. The Business School was established at the same time. During the next few decades, the school grew rapidly while adapting to social and economic needs of Chinese society.

As one of China’s pilot MBA programs, Nankai University initiated its MBA Program in 1991.Nankai Business School became a member of Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS) in 2005 and a member of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 2010. It is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious business schools in China.

Advances in International Marketing (AIM) is a premier outlet for international business and international marketing research published by the Emerald Group Publishing Limited in the United Kingdom.


The conference will be held June 21-23, 2013 at Nankai Business School in Tianjin, China (specific information about accommodation will be announced later).

Tianjin, located about 120 kilometers southeast of Beijing and near the seashore of Bohai, is a major municipality directly administered by central government of China. It has over 600 years of history and is at the forefront of development in China, Asia, and even the world. Tianjin Binhai New Area is a major development project of China currently underway and is being considered as the "third pole" of China’s economic growth (the two other “poles” are the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta).


  • Deadline for paper submission: 15 January 2013
  • Acceptance notification: March 1, 2013
  • Conference dates: June 21–23, 2013


1-2-day city tour of Beijing or Tianjin by Travel Service Agency, details to be decided.


Paper Submission and Conference Information: Contact: Dr. Li TIAN, tianli@nankai.edu.cn


  • Professor Yuli Zhang, Ph.D., Dean of Business School, Nankai University and the Director of the Research Center of Entrepreneurial Management of NKU. His research areas include business strategy and new venture strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation in transitional economies, organizational theory. Professor Zhang is a well-known entrepreneurship scholar in China. His research work has been published in Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Management World (In Chinese) and been widely cited.
  • Professor Hui Xu, Ph.D., Doctoral Supervisor in the Department of Marketing and the Director of Service Management Centre of Business School, Nankai University. Fulbright Visiting Scholar in USA. Her research directions include Marketing, International Business Management and Internationalization of Service Enterprise. She has published many books and papers in top journals such as Management World (In Chinese), Journal of Management Science and Journal of Marketing Science, etc.
  • Professor Shaoming Zou, Ph.D., is Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. Professor of Marketing and International Business at University of Missouri – Columbia, and Guest Professor of Nankai University. His research is focused on international marketing strategy and firm performance. He has published in top marketing and international business journals and is one of the most cited scholars in international marketing. Professor Zou is the Series Editor of Advances in International Marketing and a Consulting Editor of Journal of International Business Studies.


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