Advance notice of the 2015 Reading-UNCTAD International Business Conference

2 October 2014

Advance notice of the 2015 Reading-UNCTAD International Business Conference

‘Contemporary issues in International Business Theory’ and Rugman memorial will take place on 13-14 June 2015.

Henley Business School at the University of Reading is delighted to announce the fifth Reading-UNCTAD International Business Conference, taking place in June 2015, organized in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). This is the fifth in a conference series that takes place biennially. These distinctive conferences have become something of a tradition in the International Business community, not only because we seek – as is the tradition at Reading – to look at things from a conceptual, ‘big picture’ level, but also because we emphasise a critical (and we believe, healthy) balance between disciplines.

The conference - which is traditionally held in April - has been moved to June, in memory of Alan Rugman. A plenary session, commemorating and extending Alan's work by prominent scholars (including Julian Birkinshaw from London Business School, and Geoffrey Jones from Harvard) will be organized on the first day. We will hold a memorial on the evening of the 13th, so that people may share their reminiscences about the life and work of Alan in an informal setting.

In addition to our usual parallel sessions (at which papers on all aspect of International Business are welcome), we will also be organising a number of sessions on topics building on Alan's oeuvre, subdivided into 4 categories (international diversification; internalization theory; MNE - government relations in the context of FDI; regionalization). Plans are underway to publish a book and special issues. Further details will be announced later.

We will be putting out a full call for papers soon. Please mark these dates in your diaries!

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For more information please contact Daria Radwan, International Business and Strategy School Administrator by email at or by phone on +44 (0) 118 378 6597.