The 4th AIB-CEE chapter conference took place between September 26 and 28, 2017 at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. This year’s conference topic was the “Changing global landscape and regional cooperation: from regional value chains to China’s One Belt, One Road and beyond”. The conference attracted a truly international group of scholars, not just from the region, but also from beyond – for example from Australia, USA, Brazil and China. With 85 submissions by scholars from 28 different countries, this was one of the biggest and by far the most international AIB-CEE chapter conference so far with over 90 attendees from 29 different countries. Two AIB Fellows joined the conference: Tricia McDougall-Covin (Indiana University Bloomington, Kelly School of Business) and Klaus Meyer (China Europe International Business School).
The most prominent new initiative, which was also generously supported by the AIB, was the 1st AIB-CEE doctoral and junior faculty development workshop under the topic “Relevance and rigor in IB research: capturing CEE context richness”. Eight doctoral students from the region presented their doctoral research and gained valuable feedback from four prominent IB scholars: Tricia McDougall-Covin (Indiana University Bloomington, Kelly School of Business), Klaus Meyer (China Europe International Business School), Desislava Dikova (WU Vienna), and Marjan Svetličič (University of Ljubljana).
The conference opened with a keynote speech by Klaus Meyer (AIB Fellow, China Europe International Business School) on “Chinese multinationals investing in Europe and implications for CEE” and included a special panel with established IB scholars on the future challenges in IB. The second day opened with a keynote speech by Howard A. Davies (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) on “Misunderstanding China” followed by a special promotion of the recent 2017 book by Davies and Raskovic on Understanding a changing China: Key issues for business published by Routledge. A special issue in Journal of Business Research will also be published from the conference focusing on the specifics of doing business with Central and Eastern Europe under the guest editorship of Tricia McDougall-Covin Indiana University Bloomington, Kelly School of Business), Matevž Rašković (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics) and Desislava Dikova (WU Vienna). The special issue will come 2018/2019.
More information can be found on the website of the event:http://konference.ef.uni-lj.si/aibcee2017/