John H Dunning Centre - International Business Conference 2015

International Business Conference 2015

“Contemporary issues in international business theory”

and Rugman Memorial

13-14 June 2015

Henley Business School at the University of Reading

Henley Business School at the University of Reading is delighted to announce the Fifth Reading-UNCTAD International Business Conference, organised in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).  The 2015 conference is the second in the series that is jointly organised with UNCTAD. Therefore, in addition to focusing on conceptual issues, we will also be paying close attention to policy implications and the importance of global value chains.

The conference, which is traditionally held in April, has been moved to June in memory of Alan Rugman. A plenary session, commemorating and extending Alan¹s work by prominent scholars will be organized on the first day:

  • Julian Birkinshaw, London Business school
  • Jean-Francois Hennart, Tilburg University (TBC)
  • Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School
  • Alain Verbeke, University of Calgary and Henley Business School

We will hold a memorial on the evening of the 13th June, so that people may share their reminiscences about the life and work of Alan in an informal setting.

Conference Themes

The debate/discussion panels for the conference are as follows:

1. Where is the individual in IB research?

  • Mark Casson, University of Reading
  • Marcus Moller Larsen, Copenhagen Business School, and Dunning Fellow
  • Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School
  • Paulina Junni, Bi Norwegian Business School

2. 25 years of UNCTAD’s World Investment Reports

  • Peter Buckley, Leeds University
  • Rajneesh Narula,
  • Hafiz Mirza, UNCTAD

3. FDI from and to regulated sectors

  • Marcelo Bucheli, University of Illinois, and Dunning Fellow
  • Esteban Garcia-Canal, University of Oviedo
  • Johan Lindeque, University of Amsterdam
  • Snehal Awate, Indian Business School 

Paper submission

The conference will have both Poster sessions and Parallel sessions.

Papers should contribute to conceptual development.

Poster Sessions

Poster papers may be complete papers, or they may be work-in-progress. Unlike other conferences, poster sessions are prestigious at Reading, with a large number of senior participants. We believe that the informal setting allows for younger colleagues to feel less intimidated about sharing their ideas with the senior scholars, and vice versa. Besides, our poster sessions will be all the more fun as you enjoy the haute cuisine the University of Reading tries to provide! 

Our poster session presenters in the past have included Mark Casson, Bob Pearce, Klaus Meyer, Pervez Ghauri, Jeremy Clegg, John Dunning, Rob van Tulder, John Cantwell, Ram Mudambi, Charles Dhanaraj, and a host of other luminaries, so you will be in good company!

Parallel Sessions

Submissions for the parallel sessions (at which papers on all aspect of International Business are welcome), must be substantially complete papers that can be considered for potential publication after the conference. We are seeking to arrange various publication possibilities. 

Previous conference papers have been published in Journal of Management Studies, European Journal of Development Research and Multinational Business Review.

Alan Rugman Memorial Theme

In addition to our usual parallel sessions, we will also be organising a number of sessions on topics building on Alan's oeuvre, subdivided into 4 categories. These categories are international diversification; internalization theory; MNE - government relations in the context of FDI; regionalization. Plans are underway to publish a book and special issues.


For the Poster sessions, abstracts (of up to 500 words) should be submitted by 1 February 2015 to The subject of the email must begin with the words ‘Poster Session’.

For the Parallel sessions, papers must be substantially complete, less than 10,000 words, and formatted according to JIBS guidelines. All submissions must be in MS word and submitted to indicating very clearly in the subject of the email and on the coversheet ‘Parallel session’.

If they are to be considered for the Rugman-related sessions, please clearly indicate this on the coversheet. The final deadline for submitting a parellel paper is 1 February 2015.

Subsequent confirmation that your paper has been received and accepted will be sent via email within 2 weeks after the deadline.


Registration will be open from 1 December 2014 and we offer standard delegate and student rates for this conference. Early Bird Registration before 1st April 2015, after this date a late registration fee of £50 is payable.

The registration fee covers lunches and refreshments except for the conference dinner on the evening of Saturday 13th June which is an optional extra at a cost of £50.

Register here now


To take advantage of our special discounted rate of £55 per person per night (Bed and Breakfast), with Hotel Ibis, Reading Town Centre please contact them on +44 (0)118 953 3500 or quoting “IB conference”. Please note that the hotel will need a credit card number to secure your booking if you choose to pay on arrival.

Preliminary Programme

The programme is still in the provisional stages and is subject to change, however you can view our Preliminary Programme


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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact the Department Administrator Jana Oslejova by email at or by phone on +44 (0) 118 378 7667.

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