AIB SE 2021


Academy of International Business, Southeast USA Chapter, Panama City Beach, FL, 21-23 Oct 2021; Deadline 10 Jun October 21-23, 2021

POSTING TYPE: Calls: Conferences

Author: Daekwan Kim

Call for Papers

Academy of International Business, Southeast USA Chapter

October 21-23, 2021

Panama City Beach, FL

Conference Chairs

Daekwan Kim
Florida State University
Carri A. Reisdorf
Elon University

Conference Theme

Global Business Environment: Managing Risk and Resilience

Submission Deadline: June 10, 2021

AIB-SE is excited to announce its 2021 annual conference with the theme: Global Business Environment: Managing Risk and Resilience. The last year has been extraordinary and one of its kind in the field of international business and the AIB-SE chapter. The pandemic, which has been classified as a black swan event (an event that has almost zero likelihood of occurring, but if it does, can have catastrophic results), showed us the limits of our ability to anticipate and prepare for such events. The outbreak has shaken the global economy and disrupted value chains. Across the globe, wildfires, hurricanes/cyclones, and protests have coincided with the pandemic. Historic “shock-doctrine” reminds us that massive disruptions also accelerate the implementation of supply chain and international business transformation strategies. Organizations that have risk mitigation plans in place can better react to disruption, have a stronger chance of surviving and can even thrive by having more responsive and resilient strategies than the competition. Resilience to unforeseen events should be a core competency and a business differentiator. But what makes a global company resilient? What are the characteristics of a resilient global company? This is the focus of our 2021 conference.

This year’s conference takes place in Panama City Beach, FL, in cooperation with Florida State University. Panama City Beach has a long tradition in retail, health care, and tourism. It has the world’s most beautiful, sugar sandy beaches, which makes it one of the most famous tourist attractions in Florida, an unparalleled vacation destination.

AIB-SE ( is one of the largest and most active regional divisions of the Academy of International Business’s eighteen worldwide chapters. AIB-SE’s annual conference centers on the presentation of the newest ideas in international business to a global audience of academic scholars and business practitioners. The conference is characterized by a strong professional focus, providing participants with a supportive and collegial platform to discuss and develop their ideas, as well as opportunity for mentoring of authors to enhance their papers for publication. Over the past five years, AIB-SE has experienced significant transformation and growth becoming a reputable academic meeting of choice for around 250 participants from around the globe.

Conference Highlights

  1. Professional Development – AIB-SE has traditionally had a strong focus on professional development. As in past years, the 2021 conference will feature consortia for doctoral students and all faculty, methodological professional development workshops, interactive and competitive paper sessions, opportunities for undergraduate students, and panels on cutting issues in international business. Details on each of these will be released over the coming months.
  1. Publishing Opportunities– (1) All accepted conference papers will be published as abstracts in the 2021 AIB-SE Conference Proceedings. (2) The best papers of the conference might be considered for publication in AIB-SE’s own journal, International Business: Research Teaching and Practice (IBRTP).
  2. Conference Awards – Prestigious awards with cash prizes will be given for the conference Best Paper, Best Paper- Doctoral Student, Best Paper- Master’s / Undergraduate student. Consistent with the developmental focus of AIB-SE, we also recognize the best reviewer and the best student reviewer.
  3. Keynote Speaker – We are thrilled that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Chuck Kwok, Research Professor of International Business at the University of South Carolina. His research concentrates on international finance and international business education. He is one of the pioneers conducting interdisciplinary research on how national culture influences various financial practices around the world. Dr. Kwok was the President of the Academy of International Business from August 2018 – January 2020. He was the AIB Vice President-Administration in 1995-1996. He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. He has served on various journal editorial boards, including the editorial board of the Journal of International Business Studies.

Paper and Panel Submissions

Paper and panel submissions for AIB-SE 2021 are organized under the following topical tracks. Each paper or panel proposal can only be submitted to one track via the online submission system. A separate announcement will be made when the online system is activated for submissions. Please note that should a paper be accepted, at least one author must register for the conference in order for the paper to be published in the program and proceedings. For accepted panels, all panelists must register for the conference in order for their name to appear in the program and proceedings. Please select the track that is the best fit for your submission from the list below:


1.      IB Theory, FDI, Trade and Entry Mode Strategies

Track Chairs:

Wlamir Xavier, Biola University & Chongqing Technology and Business University,

Ru-Shiun Liou, University of Tampa,


2.      Entrepreneurship, SMEs, and Born Globals

Track Chairs: 

Kaveh Moghaddam, University of Houston-Victoria,

Saba Colakoglu, Georgia Institute of Technology,

3.      Global Strategy, Value chains and Competitiveness of the MNEs

Track Chairs:

Chun Zhang, The University of Vermont,

Joseph Krupka, Florida State University,


4.      Governments, Institutions, Social Enterprises and Non-Profits, their Roles in the New Economy

Track Chairs:

Johan Vögel, University of Pretoria,

Eren Ozgen, Florida State University,


5.      International Marketing

Track Chairs: 

Susan Forquer Gupta, Monmouth University,

Brittney Bauer, Loyola University New Orleans,


6.      International Accounting, Economics, and Finance

Track Chairs:

Tih Koon (Alex) Tan, University of the District of Columbia,

Daniel Indro, Penn State Great Valley,


7.      Culture, Organizations and Human Resources of the MNEs

Track Chairs: 

Edward Akoto, Henderson State University,

Luis Camacho, SUNY Empire State College,


8.      The World of International Business Education

 Track Chairs: 

David Baker, University of Louisiana at Lafayette,

Xun Zhang, Hohai University, China,


9.      Undergraduate/Graduate Students Research

Track Chairs:

Anshu Arora, University of the District of Columbia,

Anne Marie Zwerg-Villegas, Universidad de La Sabana,


10.   Emerging Economies and Emerging Market MNEs

Track Chairs:

Daniel Rottig, Florida Gulf Coast University,

Jun Yang, Fort Hays State University,


All submissions will be handled through the AIB-SE online submission system. All manuscripts and proposals must be submitted by June 10, 2021. For up-to-date information about the conference, please see the conference website at Questions regarding this call for papers should be addressed to the appropriate Track Chair(s) or to the Program Chairs.

1)      Competitive Sessions – Submissions of fully developed papers are appropriate for consideration for competitive sessions. Competitive papers must be fewer than 10,000 words inclusive of all materials, including appendices and references.

2)      Interactive Sessions –Shorter manuscripts or work-in-progress pieces that could benefit from informal feedback from other participants are appropriate for submission to interactive sessions. These sessions are held in roundtable discussion format that allows for interaction with other researchers with similar interests. Interactive papers should be 2,500 to no more than 5,000 words.

Please note that submitting a manuscript as a competitive paper does not necessarily mean it will end up in a competitive session. The best papers in each track will be placed into competitive sessions. Lesser-developed papers will be placed in interactive sessions.  The number of competitive papers we can accept for the conference is limited. Therefore, fully- developed papers, on occasion, may be placed in interactives session due to space constraints.

3)      Special Topic/Panel Sessions – We invite special topic/panel sessions, which can be in a variety of formats. Proposals for special sessions should describe the topic, session format, and its importance to international business research or education and identify all individuals (with their qualifications) who will formally participate. Panel proposals should be limited to no more than 5,000 words.  Selection of special topics/ panel sessions will be limited and according to the quality of the panel, and currency of the topic.  The panel sessions are also used for new topics that are important in the current IB environment where in-depth research is yet to be conducted.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must conform to the following guidelines:

  • The document must be stripped of all identifying information: Do not include a cover page. The ‘File Properties’ for the documents should be cleaned to remove identifying information.
  • Each manuscript should be accompanied with an abstract, not to exceed 200 words.
  • Submissions must be formatted as follows: Letter sized page (8.5″x11″ or 216×279 mm), with one-inch (2.5 cm) margins, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • The manuscript should preferably be saved in PDF format to ensure that reviewers see it in the intended way. However, Microsoft Word files will also be accepted.
  • Please ensure all files are checked for viruses using updated anti-virus software before submission.

After Submission

Authors will be sent an automatic e-mail confirmation message upon successful uploading of their paper on the website acknowledging receipt of their submission. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours of submitting your manuscript or proposal, please inform the conference co-chairs or program co-chairs. All manuscript submissions will be subject to a blind review process and will be evaluated based on interest to AIB-SE members, relevance to IB research, teaching and/or practice, analytical and conceptual rigor, quantitative and qualitative methods (if applicable), innovativeness, and significance of conclusions. Panel proposals will be evaluated based on interest to AIB members, relevance to IB research, teaching and/or practice, quality, innovativeness, fit with conference theme, and diversity of participants. A more detailed Call for Papers is available at the 2021 AIB – SE annual conference website.


Daekwan Kim, Ph.D.

2021 Conference Co-Chair

Florida State University


Carri A. Reisdorf, Ph.D.

2021 Conference Co-Chair

Elon University

Wendy Ritz, DBA

2021 Conference Local Chair

Florida State University


Amit Arora, Ph.D.

2021 Program Co-Chair

University of the District of Columbia


Malika Richards, Ph.D.

2021 Program Co-Chair

Pennsylvania State University