Welcome to THE INDIA CHAPTER OF THE Academy of International Business (AIB)


Academy of International Business (AIB) is the leading association of scholars and specialists in the field of international business.  AIB has 3152 members in 78 different countries around the world. Members include scholars from the leading academic institutions as well as consultants and researchers with an interest in international business. The Academy also has 16 chapters established around the world to facilitate networking as well as the facilitation and exchange of knowledge at a more local level.

Chair AIB-India Executive Board - S Raghunath,
Professor, Corporate Strategy & Policy, Dean (Admin), IIM Bangalor



Host Institute: Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), MSME Centre, Shimla

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A Program of Coursework in International Business Theory and Methods For Research & Publication

IND IB Module 1: 21st - 22nd December 2017,
Followed by the AIB-India Chapter PDW on 23rd December 2017. Plan on participating in both!

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Conference Theme: Managing EMNEs and Innovation
19th -20th April, 2017 
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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Ind-IB: Module 2
19th and 20th December 2016, IIM-Kozhikode

Followed by the AIB-India Chapter PDW on 20th-21st December… plan on participating in both!

The second module of Ind-IB will take place on 19th and 20th December 2016, and will be followed immediately by an intensive paper development workshop. Participating in both the Ind-IB module and the PDW will offer you the maximum benefit. (Additional information on the PDW will follow soon – think about the paper that you would like to submit for it!)

This Ind-IB module will cover a wide range of theoretical lens pertaining to internationalization. Understanding how and why firms internationalize is central to IB research, and we will consider these questions in a variety of contexts. The lecturers for this module will include:

  • Professor Elizabeth Rose (University of Otago, New Zealand – AIB Fellow)
  • Professor Sumit Kundu (Florida International University, USA – AIB Vice President)
  • Associate Professor Vikas Kumar (The University of Sydney Business School)
  • Associate Professor Rajesh Upadhyayula (IIM Kozhikode)
  • Professor S. Raghunath (IIM Bangalore – AIB-India Chapter Chair)

To participate in the second Ind-IB module, please send your confirmation of participation and  registration form to Professor S. Raghunath (aibindia@iimb.ernet.in) by December 15, 2016. Pre-readings will be sent soon after that.

Planning ahead… the third and final Ind-IB module will take place in April 2017, at Symbiosis International University in Pune. Remember that you are expected to attend all three IND-IB modules!

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Introducing Ind-IB:

A Program of Coursework in International Business Theory and Methods For Research & Publication

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Special Interest Townhalls

AIB is introducing a new format in the AIB annual meeting this year at New Orleans, June 27-30. It is called “townhalls” – a way to meet together “without powerpoint slides” to facilitate deep discussions. Professor Annique Un from Northestern University is chairing it this year.

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AIB-India PDW 2015 │ Symbiosis International University, Pune

21st-22nd December 2015
Submission deadline: 24th November 2015

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Conference Theme: South-to-South FDI
IIM Indore April 21 - 23, 20 16

Host Institute: IIM Indore
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THE AIB 2015 Annual Conference - Bengaluru, India

(L - R) Dr. Sumit Kundu and Dr. Ram Mudambi, Vice-President, AIB; Dr. S. Raghunath, India Chapter Chair, AIB and Professor of Strategy, IIMB; Dr. Sushil Vachani, Director, IIMB; Dr. Nakiye Avdan Boyacigiller, AIB President and Dr. Tomas Hult, Executive Director, AIB at the Press Conference.

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and the Academy of International Business  hosted the 56th Annual AIB Conference with 121 paper sessions, 6 special sessions and 33 panels across 15 tracks, from 27th June – 29th June 2015, in Bangalore.

The prestigious conference that came to India for the first time ever, brought  practitioners and scholars from 62 countries together.

AIB also announced a start of a new tradition this year by visiting a third sector, social organizations, to give the AIB members a chance to go beyond the walls of the conference venue and witness how innovative organizations are dealing with some of the challenges facing India. 

Themed ‘Global Networks: Organizations and People’, the AIB Annual Global Conference 2015  focused on responding to three megatrends—the rise of trade in activities, knowledge-intensive intangibles and emerging markets. 

Dr. Nakiye Avdan Boyacigiller, AIB President, said: “We are very excited to be holding this year’s Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business, in Bengaluru, India as it has been a goal for many of us for years.  The conference  provides a venue for us to discuss the latest developments in international business research, teaching and practice, as well as looking at the policy implications of our work. There are a number of specific sessions focused on the context, management and multinational enterprises of India that attracted much interest by our members. With conference attendance at over 800 participants from 60 countries as always, old ties have been rekindled, and new ties were  made between scholars as well as institutions.”

Dr. Sushil Vachani,Director, IIMB, said: “Bengaluru is one of the best cities in the world to observe the confluence of the megatrends. It is a vibrant centre for both the creation and export of knowledge-intensive intangibles in the information technology and biotechnology industries. It also symbolizes the opportunity presented by the rise of entrepreneurship in emerging markets, captured in the billion dollar valuations of homegrown e-commerce companies such as Flipkart.” 

Dr. Tomas Hult, Executive Director, AIB, said: “Following recent meetings in Brazil and China, the Bengaluru AIB meeting represented a great opportunity for the international business community to engage with each other in one of the most important global cities for business in Bengaluru and one of the world’s largest economies in India.” 

Dr. Tunga Kiyak Managing Director, AIB, said:“India is the one of the largest emerging markets and members of AIB wanted to experience the Indian economy and the country at large. We have the opportunity of working with the one of the premier management schools in the world – the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Therefore we did not want to miss the opportunity of holding AIB-2015 Global Conference in Bangalore.”

 “Bangalore is particularly appropriate since it encapsulates megatrends in a single location. It is at once a center of high value, focused IT activities that appear within a wide range of GVCs, from avionics to financial services. Its location in an emerging economy enables visitors to see for themselves the juxtaposition of gleaming, globally connected IT campuses and economically isolated communities disconnected from the world economy, ”said  Prof. Ram Mudambi, Vice-President, AIB. 

Drawing attention to the fact that India is the growing destination for foreign investment and International business, Dr. S. Raghunath, India Chapter Chair, AIB and Professor of Corporate Strategy and Policy, IIMB, said, “India has regained its position in the list of top 10 destinations for foreign direct investments (FDI) in 2014, according to the World Investment Report 2015 released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). India is ranked ninth in the latest report as against 15th last year. FDI into India through the approval route shot up 162 per cent to US$ 1.91 billion in the first ten months of the ongoing fiscal year, indicating that government's effort to improve ease of doing business and relaxation in FDI norms may be yielding results.”

“The conference is being held in India for the first time and has show cased Indian scholars  and practitioners in enhancing our understanding of complex international business issues faced by corporations doing business in and out of emerging markets namely India and other countries in the 21st century,” pointed out Sumit Kundu, Vice President, AIB.

The AIB 2015 conference  served as a forum for interaction, sharing and exchange of ideas among academics, practitioners, consultants and policy researchers from multiple disciplines from across the globe. Some of the leading practitioners and academicians who participated in the Global leadership conclave include leaders from the Corporate world such as Harish Manwani, Chairman, Hindustan Unilever Ltd and former COO, Unilever; Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director, Biocon; Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, Deputy Chairman and Group CEO, Narayana Health;, Sanjeev Vohra, Managing Director for Accenture Digital; Aditya Menon, Managing Director, Global Digital Strategy at Citi; K. Suryaprakash, Senior Vice President and Global Head – Digital, Infosys; Anil Menon,  President, Smart+Connected Communities, Deputy Chief Globalization Officer, Cisco.

Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw receives the 2015 AIB Fellows Executive of the Year Award

Panel discussion on ‘Challenges Confronting Emerging Markets IB Educators’ 

The AIB – IIMB Annual Conference 2015, held from June 27-30, hosted a panel discussion on ‘Challenges Confronting Emerging Markets IB Educators’. The panellists included Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Director, Symbiosis International University, Dr. Nick Binedell, GIBS Business School , Dr. Sushil Vachani, Director, IIMB , Dr. Bernard Yeung, National University of Singapore, and Dr. Nakiye Avdan Boyacigiller, President, AIB.


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The 2014 Annual Meeting took place in Vancouver, Canada on June 23-26, 2014. For additional information, please visit the 2014 AIB Annual Conference page.

GLIMPSES OF THE AIB 2014 Annual Conference - Vancouver, Canada