The topic of AIB-CEE 2019 was “International Business in the Dynamic Environment: Changes in Digitalization, Innovation and Entrepreneurship”. Currently, digitalization, innovation and entrepreneurship stand at the core of international business dynamics within the uncertain environment. The internationalization of companies, supported by innovation and digital technologies, cause the rapid and continuous transformation of the global business landscape, its business models, strategies, global value chains, operations, communication, knowledge sourcing and creation across international networks and geographic boundaries. Digital transformation is one of the main issues of local and international business, while digital economy is a priority of governments in the Central and Eastern Europe.We believed, thatAIB-CEE conference stimulated the exchange of new insights and ideas and fostered the collaboration among scholars, governmental bodies, and business representatives.
AIB-CEE 2019 received 116 scientific papers which were submitted by 283 authors and co-authors from 36 countries to 12 sections’ tracks. 156 participants attended the conference.
Prof. Jan-Erik Vahlne (the University of Gothenburg, Sweden), spoke on “Digitalization, People and Multinational Business Enterprise Evolution“. The second plenary session continued with other key note talks of Prof. Ilan Alon (the University of Agder, Norway), who spoke on “Globalization of EM Firms: The Case of China”, and Prof. Max von Zedtwitz (Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania) who discussed “Changes in the Global Landscape of Innovation – Some Myths, Some Realities“ and Prof. Pervez Ghauri (University of Birmingham, the UK), who provided his insights on “Changing Landscape of International Business: The Impact of Populist Governments and BREXIT“. Prof. William Newburry (Florida International University, the USA) spoke about “Building Corporate Reputations in Transition Economies: Overcoming Home Country and Other Barriers in a Digital World“ and Prof. Takis Damaskopoulos, (European Institute of Interdisciplinary Research (EIIR), Kaunas University of Technology, LT) discussed “The Paradox of Digital Globalization: A Research Agenda for International Business Scholars” on another plenary session.
Special panels were dedicated to different issues: “Academia, Business and Institutions (AIB): Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation Cooperation in the CEE region” chaired by assoc. prof. Łukasz Puślecki, and “Business and Academia Perspective on the Dynamic Environment”, chaired by Prof. Mirosław Jarosiński. Special panel “Digitalization and Transformation of the Industry: Current State and Future Trends”, chaired by prof. Mantas Vilkas and the round table session on “Perspectives on Online International Business Education: Best Practices, Trends and Technologies“ leaded by prof. William Newburry.
We also had three very important sessions “Researchers’ Networking Session“, “Meet the Editors Session“, and “AIB-CEE Chapter Development Session“ included in our program.
For the first time in AIB-CEE Chapter we had the following pre-conference activities: the Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP) PDW organized by prof. Sarianna Lundan (the University of Bremen, Germany), the Journal of East European Management Studies (JEEMS) PDW organized by Thomas Steger and the Doctoral Colloquium, organized byprof. Daria Podmetina (Lappeenranta Lahti University of Technology, Finland).
We hope that all participants of AIB-CEE 2019 enjoyed plenary sessions and working sessions that inspired new ideas, fostered collaboration and brought new value to research initiatives!
Prof. Jurgita Sekliuckiene
Conference Chair, AIB-CEE 2019 Program Chair
Professor of International Business
School of Economics and Business, Kaunas University of Technology