Report from Academy of International Business India Chapter

Annual Conference 2013

April 15-17 2013

Theme: International Business: The Emerging Economies Context


Host: Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore



The AIB India Chapter conference was organized at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore between 15th and 17th April 2013.  AIB India Chapter Chairperson, Professor S Raghunath was the Conference Chair.

The AIB Chapter membership in India has risen from 40 before the conference to 108 post conference.  A hundred delegates attended the conference.


Speaking on the theme of the conference in the Opening Plenary on 15th April, AIB India Chairperson Professor S Raghunath highlighted that while FDI flows from emerging economies reached $126 billion in 2012 representing nine per cent of world FDI flows, outward FDI from developed countries into emerging economies more than tripled from the year 2000 to reach $263 billion in 2012 representing twenty per cent of world FDI flows. The evolution and significance of the business of transnational corporations he said, is shaping the structure of international business. Professor Pankaj Chandra (Director, IIMB) spoke about the unique nature of emerging markets like India and some of the challenges that India is grappling with at this juncture as it globalizes and moves forward. Mr Milind Kamat (Executive Vice President and CEO of Atos India) gave us the industry perspective of conducting business in emerging economies and Dr.Torben Pedersen (AIB Fellow and Co-Editor of Global Strategy Management and Advances in International Management, Professor Copenhagen Business School) delivered the  keynote address on the theme “Institutions and International Business Research: Three institutional approaches and recommendations for future research”.


On 16th April, Dr. Elizabeth L Rose (Vice President, Academy of International Business (AIB) executive board, Programme Chair for the Strategic Management Society’s Global Strategy interest group and Research Committee Chair of the International Management Division of the Academy of International Business, Professor, University of Otago and Aalto University) delivered a talk on the “Internationalization in the Services Sector: Challenges and Opportunities”.  Later in the day there was a Plenary Panel Discussion on “The Emergent Born Global in Bangalore: Pathways for International New Ventures via MNE networks” chaired by  Dr. Shameen Prashantham, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China with Dr K Kumar, IIM Bangalore and Mr. Avinash Raghava, as panelists. They provided insights on how international new ventures are positively influenced by their MNE networks.


On 17th April, Mr Anand Talwai (Nextwealth Entrepreneurs) along with CEOs of two other Indian multinationals, Mr Prakash Baskaran (Pawaa Software) and Mr K Ganesh(CEO of TutorVista) address the issues on “Domestic Companies addressing international markets”.


Mr John Dineen, Global President and CEO of GE Healthcare delivered the valedictory address which provided an overview of the Healthcare business with its new and disruptive technologies.


Of a total of 110 paper submissions, 42 were accepted for Paper Presentation. Over the three days, there were 14 presentation sessions of three papers each grouped into four tracks – Institutional approaches and the context of developing country oriented perspectives, Business Strategy in emerging Markets, Comparative analysis of Business in Emerging Economies and Nature of Diversity and Institutional Change.


Ten papers were selected for Poster Presentations. Posters were displayed by authors 15th April onwards and there was a dedicated session on the 17th April when authors were given feedback by our eminent reviewers.


The Doctoral Colloquium led by a panel of experts consisting of Dr Ashok Thampy, Dr Suresh Bhagavatula and Dr Charan Singh provided guidance and advice to doctoral students in the field of international business. Dr Torben Pedersen, AIB Fellow addressed the students on Conducting High Impact International Business Research while Dr Elizabeth L Rose, Vice President AIB addressed the students on Managing dissertation stage and Job Search Process.


The JIBS Paper Development Workshop led by Dr Torben Pedersen and Dr Elizabeth L Rose was a half-day event where ten authors were individually given detailed feedback on their papers. The session was open to all delegates.


The Award for the Best Competitive Paper was awarded to George Alexandrou, Kingston Business School, Kingston University, London, U.K., Sanjay Banerjee, Nottingham Business School, University of Nottingham, U.K., Ashok Thampy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and Hardy M. Thomas, Essex Business School, University of Essex, Colchester, U.K. for the paper to Indian Multinationals and the Goldilocks Debate. Honorable Mention in the same category was made for Dr Shameen Prashantham, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China for the paper The Division of Entrepreneurial Labour between MNEs AND SMEs: From Differentiation to Interdependence.



S Raghjunath

Conference Chair



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