John H Dunning Centre - 7th International Business Conference - Panelists and Speakers

Panellists and Speakers

1. Opening session: Industrial policies and MNEs: the UNCTAD World Investment Reports

Chair: Rajneesh Narula, Henley Business School

  • Carlo Pietrobelli, University Roma Tre, UNCTAD
  • James Zhan, UNCTAD
  • Richard Bolwijn, UNCTAD

2. (New) Technologies and the MNE: the crisis of ownership competitive advantages?

(This panel is dedicated to the memory of Bob Pearce)

Chair: Lucia Piscitello, Henley Business School

  • Jagjit Srai, University of Cambridge
  • Roberta Rabellotti, University of Pavia
  • Bjorn Jindra, Copenhagen Business School & Dunning Fellow, 2018-19
  • Marina Papanastassiou, Middlesex University London

3. 50 years of Mark Casson: Rebel with a Cause, or Iconoclast?

Chair: Niron Hashai, Arison School of Business

  • Pavida Pananond, Thammasat Business School
  • Ana Tavares Lehmann, University of Porto
  • Grazia Santangelo, Copenhagen Business School
  • Alain Verbeke, University of Calgary/Henley Business School

4. International Migration: Blessing or Burden?

Chair: Washika Haak-Saheem, Henley Business School

  • Niron Hashai, Arison School of Business
  • Michael Morley, University of Limerick
  • Aida Hajro, Brunel University/Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Fabian Froese, University of Goettingen

5. Special Session: International entrepreneurship ecosystems

Chair: Maksim Belitski, Henley Business School

1.Opening session: Industrial policies and MNEs: the UNCTAD World Investment Reports

Friday 5th April 2019, 9:40 - 10:40 am

Professor Rajneesh Narula 397 4  Rajneesh  Narula

Rajneesh Narula (Chair) is the John H. Dunning Chair of International Business Regulation at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. His research and consulting have focused on the role of multinational firms in development, innovation and industrial policy, R&D alliances and outsourcing. He has published over a 100 articles and chapters in books on these themes. He regularly acts as a consultant and advisor to the European Commission, UNIDO, UNCTAD and the OECD, and a variety of other international organisations. He holds honorary appointments at UNU-MERIT, Norwegian School of Business and Oxford University. His publications have appeared in leading journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Oxford Development Studies, Research Policy, Journal of Management Studies and Management International Review.
In January 2018, Professor Narula was awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to business research.

2. (New) Technologies and the MNE: the crisis of ownership competitive advantages?

Friday 5th April 2019, 10:45 am -12:30 pm

The panel aims to confront different perspectives on the crisis of the ownership advantages in the information and digital age. New technologies differentially affect the ownership advantages of firms, while also creating new sources of competitiveness.

One possible view is that the emergence of new actors (e.g., multinational companies from emerging countries, ebusinesses and digital platforms), often operating in new (services) industries, have made traditional ownership-based competitive advantages obsolete and unnecessary.

An alternate perspective is that the rise in international knowledge connectivity has enhanced the potential for both cooperation and competition, so that competitive advantages do not reside solely in any one single part of a business ecosystem, but rather in its structure and its various linkages.

This panel seeks to investigate to what extent either of these opposing views hold. Is there a crisis of ownership advantages? Do we need to rethink the nature of ownership advantages?

Lucia Piscitello

Lucia Piscitello ( Chair) is Professor of International Business at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK, and Professor of International Management at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She is also co-director of the John H. Dunning Center for International Business, at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. Her research interests cover the economics and management of MNEs, the international aspects of technological change, the geography of innovation. Her recent studies focus on agglomeration and MNEs’ location strategies, globalization of R&D and technology development in the global network of MNEs, digital technologies, global sourcing and reshoring, MNEs from emerging countries.

Jagjit Srai is Head of the Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge where he completed his PhD in Engineering, Manufacturing and Management. His research work and that of his group involves working closely with Industry in the analysis, design and operation of international production, supply and service networks, in particular network configuration design and industrial capability development. A key focus of Dr Srai’s work is to develop methodologies that inform the analysis, design and operation of international manufacturing systems and supply network operations. The annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, chaired by Dr Srai brings together leading academics, practitioners and policy makers in this applied area of strategic engineering and operations management.Current research areas include global value network analysis, service network integration, supply network resilience, sustainable industrial systems network design, and the development of new forms of supply network that support emerging industries.Methodologies developed are actively applied in ‘real-world’ applications, by supporting practitioners and policy makers to reconfigure engineering-production-supply-service networks demonstrating both the industrial relevance and impact of the research. Research partners necessarily include leading multinationals and institutional bodies. Sector expertise in Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Pharmaceuticals, Automotive, Aerospace sectors and Urban last Mile Logistics.

Roberta Rabellotti is a Professor of Economics at the University of Pavia and also holds a position as Adjunct Professor at the University of Aalborg. She has provided academic advice to, amongst others, the European Commission, the Inter-American Investment Bank (IADB), OECD; UNIDO; ECLAC-UN, UNCTAD and various national and regional governments. Her research is focused on innovation in developing countries, clusters, Global Value Chains (GVC) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and multinationals.
She has published widely in international journals and her last books were published by Harvard University Press, Edward Elgar, Palgrave and Routledge. http://robertarabellotti.it

Björn Jindra is Associate Professor for International Business at the Department of International Economics and Management at Copenhagen Business School (DK). He had prior positions at the University of Bremen and the Halle Institute for Economic Research (DE). He is an honorary research fellow at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators in South Africa. His primary research areas are internationalization of R&D, innovation in multinational firms as well as foreign direct investment and technological catching-up. He published on these and related topics in outlets such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Journal of International Management, Regional Studies, and World Development.

Marina Papanastassiou is Professor of International Business at Middlesex University Business School, London. Professor Papanastassiou received her Ph.D. from the University of Reading and previously held positions in Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece. Her research focuses on MNE subsidiary roles and MNE innovation strategies. She has co-authored with Robert Pearce two books on “The strategic development of Multinationals; subsidiaries and innovation, London: Palgrave MacMillan” (2009) and on “Multinationals, Technology and National Competitiveness, London: Edward Elgar Press”
Professor Papanastassiou serves on Editorial Review Board of the Journal of International Business Studies and is a Fellow of the European International Business Academy (EIBA).

3. 50 years of Mark Casson: Rebel with a Cause, or Iconoclast?

Friday 5th April 2019, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Niron Hashai

Niron Hashai (Chair) is an Associate Professor at the Arison School of Business, the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel. He is also a visiting Associate Professor at New York University and an associate member at the John H. Dunning Research Centre, University of Reading. His research interests include: theory of the multinational corporation, technological innovation, diversification, and growth patterns of high technology firms. His research was published in top strategy, management, international business and innovation journals, including: Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Research Policy, Strategic Management Journal and Strategy Science. Professor Hashai is an Associate Editor at the Journal of International Management serves on the boards of the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Global Strategy Journal, among others.

Pavida Pananond is Associate Professor of International Business at Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University in Bangkok. She studies the internationalisation of firms, global value chain, and economic upgrading, with specific reference to strategies of firms from emerging economies. Pavida received her PhD from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Ana Teresa Tavares-Lehmann is Associate Professor of FEP-University of Porto and President of the Investment Committee of Portugal’s Social Innovation Fund. Former State Secretary for Industry, Portuguese Government. Has been Head of InvestPorto (Porto’s investment agency), Vice-President of the North of Portugal Regional Development Agency, President of the Management Authority of the Atlantic Area Transnational Programme of the EU, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Porto. Has been a consultant to leading international organizations and several governments on inward FDI attraction and competitiveness. Author and regular participant in many specialized for FDI and MNEs’ strategies. Visiting Professor in several European and US universities. Received several awards of scientific merit and career recognition.

Grazia D. Santangelo (PhD, University of Reading) is Professor of Strategic and International Management at Copenhagen Business School. She is also a Visiting Professor at Henley Business School (UK). Previously, she held a Jean Monnet Chair in International Business for European Union (IB4EU) at the University of Catania (Italy). Her research includes the geography of innovation and innovation management by multinational enterprises (MNEs), institutions and cross-border strategies of MNEs, and strategic responses to ethical challenges. Her research has been published in leading academic journals such as JIBS, and received a number of international awards. She is the Chair of the Research Committee of the Academy of Management International Management division, former president of the European International Business Academy (EIBA), and has been elected EIBA Fellow.

Alain Verbeke is a Professor of International Business and Strategy and holds the McCaig Research Chair in Management at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. He is also the Research Director of the Strategy and Organization Area at the Haskayne School of Business. In 2014 Dr Verbeke was elected as the Inaugural Alan M Rugman Memorial Fellow at the Henley Business School. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business Studies (2017-2019). Dr Verbeke has authored or edited more than 30 books and more than 200 refereed publications, including many articles in leading scholarly journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, the Strategic Management Journal and the Journal of Management Studies.

4. International Migration: Blessing or Burden?

Saturday 6th April 2019, 10:45 am - 12:45 pm

Is migration the “mother of all problems”?

International migration is one of the most pervasive topics in today’s international political agenda. As the debates around Brexit have shown, the international movement of workers is a subject that has important implications for business. Although migration has been associated with positive economic outcomes, it remains a largely controversial topic from a socio-political perspective. The purpose is, in a nutshell: what are the issues in development that IB can be helpful in addressing? What are the grand challenges for development and for policy makers in developing countries? Who wins and who loses from international mobility?

Panellists will discuss the implications of global mobility from three different perspectives: the MNE, host country societies; and for societies in migrants’ home countries.

Washika Saheem

Dr Washika Haak-Saheem (Chair) Prior to joining Henley Business School, she was an Associate Professor in Management and Human Resource Management at the University of Dubai in United Arab Emirates. At the University of Dubai, she was also the Programme Director of the undergraduate studies until July 2018. Before joining the academia in 2009, Washika worked in the airline industry in diverse roles and geographic locations for more than 12 years.
Her recent research encompasses international human resource management, expatriation, global talent management, strategic human resource management, organizational behaviour in an international context, institutionalism and knowledge management.
Her research on international HRM, expatriation, knowledge sharing appeared in journals such as Human Resource Management Journal, International Journal of Human Resource Management, International Journal of Cross Cultural Management or European Academy of Management.

Niron Hashai is an associate Professor at the Arison School of Business, the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel. He is also a visiting Associate Professor at New York University and an associate member at the John H. Dunning Research Centre, University of Reading. His research interests include: theory of the multinational corporation, technological innovation, diversification, and growth patterns of high technology firms. His research was published in top strategy, management, international business and innovation journals, including: Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Research Policy, Strategic Management Journal and Strategy Science. Professor Hashai is an Associate Editor at the Journal of International Management serves on the boards of the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Global Strategy Journal, among others.

Michael Morley holds the Chair in Management at the Kemmy Business School where he has been a faculty member for over 20 years. He teaches management on undergraduate business programmes and international and cross-cultural management on MSc and Executive MBA programmes. He also mentors a cohort of doctoral candidates pursuing programmes of research on expatriate management, psychological contracts, global careers and new forms of organising, several of whom are scholarship holders. Previously, he held various leadership roles including Head of the Department of Management & Marketing, Head of the Department of Personnel & Employment Relations, Assistant Dean of Research and Director of the Graduate Centre of Business He teaches management on undergraduate business programmes and international and cross-cultural management on MSc and Executive MBA programmes. His research focuses on International, Comparative and Cross Cultural Management; Expatriate Assignments, Global Mobility and Intercultural Competence; Person-Environment Fit, Psychological Contracts and Trust Dynamics.

Aida Hajro is Senior Lecturer in International Business at Brunel University London. She also holds a position at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her research interests are in the field of diversity, global migration and organizational strategic change. Her work has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal and Human Resource Management Journal among others. She is member of the Editorial Review Board of Academy of Management Review and Journal of World Business.

Fabian Froese is Professor of human resource management and Asian business at the University of Goettingen, Germany, and editor-in-chief of Asian Business & Management. He obtained a doctorate in international management from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and another doctorate in sociology from Waseda University, Japan. His research interests lie in expatriation, diversity, and talent management.

5. Special Session: International entrepreneurship ecosystems

Friday 5th April 2019, 13:45 am - 14:45 pm

Chair: Pinar Büyükbalcı and Maksim Belitski

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