International Business & Strategy - 44th AIB Conference - Welcome

Welcome to the 44th AIB Conference


As the organisers of the JOINT 44th Academy of International Business (UK&Ireland Chapter) Conference and 6th Reading International Business Conference, the John H. Dunning Centre for International Business is pleased to invite you to join us on 6-8 April 2017 at Henley Business School, University of Reading. 

The merged conference will combine the best elements of both conferences. We will maintain the tradition of the AIB-UKI conferences by offering a doctoral consortium, and dedicated sessions for early career and doctoral researchers. We also seek to encourage a broader variety of papers to the parallel sessions. At the same time, we intend to maintain the Reading tradition of open-ended debates and interactive plenary sessions.

Unlike the previous AIB-UK&I meetings, this conference will begin on a Thursday afternoon, the 6th April 2017 at 5.30pm, with an opening plenary and a welcome reception. It will close by 5pm on the 8th April 2017. The doctoral consortium will take place on the afternoon of 6 April, prior to the main conference.

Our conference on social media


An official conference Facebook page  is available by clicking on  (“@AIBUKI2017” ). It will provide latest updates and will allow interaction between participants. During the conference, we are going to post on Facebook 30 second soundbites from renowned scholars who will be answering challenging questions. Additionally, the main debates are going to be live streamed on our page. They will also be available to watch on YouTube (for more details, please see our  Facebook page).  

Conference Programme is now available! Please click here for a PDF version, or here for a browsable HTML version.

Conference Theme

The theme for the conference is Contemporary Issues in International Business: Are we seeing the tail-end of globalization? 

As we enter 2017, we are faced with growing uncertainty and socio-economic challenges that suggest we may be seeing the tail-end of globalization: zero growth, the panama papers, an immigration push-back, brexit, Donald Trump, a new debt crisis, social unrest, and even a possible recession. We contend that globalization is not an unstoppable force, and there are costs of maintaining globalization's momentum. Society is inertial in accepting the new realities that come with globalization: less control over the ‘domestic’ economy, widespread use of international transfer pricing, the free movement of people, growing inequality. Our debate panelists will discuss what this means for international business from various perspectives.

Publication Opportunities

  • A selection of conference papers will be published in the Palgrave Macmillan International Business Book Series, which is connected to the AIB UK & Ireland annual conferences.
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Contact Us

If you have any queries, please contact the Conference Administrator Daria Radwan by email at or by phone on +44(0) 1183786597.

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