John H Dunning Centre - International Business Conference 2011

International Business Conference 2011

This event took place on 11-12 April 2011

'The troubled relationship between theoretical and empirical research'

Henley Business School is delighted to announce the 2011 International Business Conference, taking place on 11 - 12 April at the University of Reading's Whiteknights campus in Reading. Over 100 guests are expected to attend the 2-day event, accompanied by a reception and dinner. Hosted by the School's John H. Dunning Centre for international Business, the Conference is kindly sponsored by Henley's Huck Centre for Management Research and the School of Economics' Centre for Institutional Performance. 

Conference introduction

Conceptual and empirical research have historically been regarded as two sides of the same coin. In the social sciences in particular, the feedback mechanism between the two is especially crucial, as the manner in which firms, individuals and countries interact within and amongst themselves continues to change over time. Featuring plenary, poster board and parallel sessions, the Conference will focus on understanding - and possibly bridging - the increasingly tenuous and fraying link between empirical and theoretical research in IB. We shall deliberately seek to advance the understanding of international Business as a broad and multidisciplinary subject by examining and internalising empirical and conceptual observations from related fields with a view to enriching IB theory. The second day of the Conference will also feature a special paper session on online teaching. 

Conference Speakers

Keynote address

  • James Zhan, Director, UNCTAD Division on Investment and Enterprise


  • Peter Buckley, Leeds University Business School
  • John Cantwell, Rutgers Business School
  • Simon Collinson, Warwick Business School
  • Mark Casson, University of Reading
  • Nigel Driffield, Aston Business School
  • Lorraine Eden, Texas A&M University
  • John Hagedoorn, Maastricht University
  • Bob Pearce, University of Reading
  • Rajneesh Narula, Henley Business School
  • Alan Rugman, Henley Business School

Conference themes

  1. Entrepreneurship, innovation and international business

  2. MNEs and subsidiaries

  3. Externalities and the MNE

  4. International strategic alliances and international business


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