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Conference Theme: Managing EMNEs and Innovation

Host University : Symbiosis International University, Pune, India

Academy of International Business, India Chapter and Symbiosis International University hosted the AIB INDIA Chapter Conference during 19th -20th April 2017.

There were 66 paper presentations and round table presentations in parallel tracks on topics addressing International entrepreneurship, Social entrepreneurship, Human resource management, Sustainability, Logistics and supply chain management, Business groups, Global strategy, International marketing, International finance, Political environment of IB and Economic Geography.

The conference brought 81 delegates from 30 Prestigious Colleges/ Universities across India. Themed ‘Emerging market multinationals (EMNEs) and Innovation’, the conference brought scholars from multiple disciplines to examine international issues, trends and other aspects of international business, with a focus on the Indian context.

Dr. Pratima Sheorey, Director, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD) offered the welcome address. Dr Rajani Gupte, Vice Chancellor, Symbiosis International University (SIU) said two distinct advantages that a EMNEs can benefit from – Country specific advantage, which has to with the resource abundance and pricing, taxation, labour laws and the other is the Firm specific advantage which includes the technology, culture of innovation and the firms approach in the marketplace. She gave several examples to illustrate her points.

Dr. Vidya Yerawadekar, Principal Director of Symbiosis University delivered a keynote on “Internationalization of Higher Education”. She observed that an enterprise is as strong as the people it comprises of, and therefore, she said that this conference is about people.

Prof. S Raghunath , Academy of International Business, India Chapter Chair & Professor, IIM Bangalore said India is among the top 10 FDI destination among the world. He added that services continue to attract highest FDI. He also pointed out that the Make in India is in place from September 2014 and there is enough scope to research why FDI equity inflow is higher in states like Maharashtra, Union territories of Delhi, Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Gujrat than other states.

Dilpreet Singh, the chief HR of IBM Asia specific region spoke about the factors which are critical to making the firm leave its shores in search of new markets. With examples, he demonstrated how IBM integrated values and assimilation of cultures to create the atmosphere of innovation within IBM. He added that was the reason why IBM grew from a weighing machine company to become one of the respected IT Company in the World. Prof Elizabeth Rose was especially appreciative of the work of the AIB-India Chapter, which she lauded as a shining star among the AIB’s 18 chapters around the world. She emphasized the exiting opportunities available to India-based IB researchers, given the country’s dynamic business environment.

During the AIB India Conference inauguration, the book on International Business Strategy: Perspectives on Implementation in Emerging Markets, Editors: Prof S. Raghunath & Prof. Elizabeth Rose was released.
Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks was offered by Dr. R. Raman, Dean of Management, Symbiosis International University.

0n 20th April 2017, in the Plenary session, Mr. Pradeep Lokhande, Founder & CEO, Rural Relations spoke on connecting Rural India through corporates and discussed on the positive changes happening in the Rural India and its implication on Countries growth. Through question answer session the speaker explained through statistics on how the Rural India is transforming in terms of literacy and other socio economic parameters.

Mr. Y Chandrashekhar, Director, GE India shared the development happening in the aviation industry globally and also explained the impact of technology on Internationalization specifically in the aviation industry. The session was moderated by Prof. S. Raghunath, Chair, Academy of International Business-India Chapter.

There was a panel discussion on “The Use of Experiential Learning Pedagogy for Teaching International Business”. The Panel Members were Vas Taras, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA (Through Skype); Suchita Jha, Symbiosis International University, India; Sumati Varma, Sri Aurobindo College (Eve), Delhi University, India; Sayyed Akhtar Ali, Pune Institute of Management Studies, Pune, India and Veijo Kyosti, Managing Director, Cesim Oy, Finland There was also a talk by Mr. Veijo Kyosti, Managing Director, Cesim Oy, Finland on ‘Experiential Learning Using Simulations’

The AIB conference 2017 came to an end with the certificate distribution to all the participants by Prof. S. Raghunath.

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