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Thunderbird International Business Review is pleased to announce a special issue dealing with market entry, acquisitions and IJVs of firms in Africa.
Submission Deadline: 31 August 2018
For the past 40 years, while international business (IB) studies have focused on explaining the internationalization of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and the globalization of markets, studies focused on Africa have thus far been limited. Extending IB studies to the African context will improve IB theories as it has been suggested that contextualized explanations improve theorizing in international business studies (Meyer & Peng 2005; Welch, Piekkari, Plakoyiannaki & Paavilainen-Möntymäki 2011). African markets provide a unique context to test IB theories empirically and develop context-specific theories (Van de Ven & Jing 2011). Similar contextualization has been done in transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe (Meyer & Peng 2005), China (Child & Tse 2001), and studies on strategies of emerging market MNEs (Cuervo-Cazurra 2012).
The aim of this special issue is to advance international business in Africa and specifically focus on how foreign firms enter African markets via acquisitions and international joint ventures. It will extend knowledge of these market entry strategies in Africa for research and for foreign firms intending to or currently doing business in Africa.
This issue will address two important entry mode choices for foreign firms seeking market entry into Africa: the choice of acquisitions (partial and full acquisitions); and international joint ventures. Acquisitions and international joint ventures are gaining importance in Africa (Boateng and Glaister 2003; Dadzie & Owusu 2015) partly due to an increasing consolidation of several industries and economic liberation policies implemented by many Africa countries (UNCTAD 2015).
We seek papers that explore and analyze why foreign firms opt for IJV and acquisition strategies in Africa, how they manage their African subsidiaries and their performance with these entry modes. Furthermore, we seek for mainly empirical research but also some conceptual papers that enrich the contextualization of Africa in international business. Specifically, we seek state-of-the-art empirical and conceptual papers on topics including, but not limited to the following:
Motives and formation of IJVs and Acquisitions in Africa
External factors that are affecting IJVs and cross-border M&As in Africa
Entry and Ownership Strategies: How do foreign firms choose their entry strategies in Africa?
Management of IJVs and Acquisitions in Africa
Organizational and Cultural Issues in Acquisitions and IJVs in Africa
Performance of IJVs and Acquisitions in Africa
Jaime Bonache, PhD, Universidad Carlos III, Spain
Chris Brewster, PhD, Henley Business School, UK & University of Vaasa, Finland
Jean-Luc Cerdin, PhD, ESSEC, France
Vesa Suutari, PhD, Vaasa University, Finland
Thunderbird International Business Review is pleased to announce a special issue dealing with expatriation.
The EIASM Workshop on Expatriation allows both experienced academics and newcomers interested on global mobility issues to meet and discuss their research. The event is run as an interactive workshop discussing both the latest research carried out by the participants and the overall development of the field. The number of participants is restricted in order to encourage participation and collegiate support. Researchers at all levels, from the very experienced to the new, are welcome. The best papers from each workshop have traditionally been published in a special issue in a selected high-quality journal.
The management of the international labour force and expatriation, and topics related to that management, are the subject of this special issue. The issue focuses in particular on new trends emerging within this research tradition. Examples of such developing themes include:
Mark Esposito, PhD, Grenoble School of Management & Harvard University Extension|
Terence Tse, PhD, ESCP Europe Business School & i7 Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness
Khaled Soufani, PhD, Cambridge Judge Business School
Thunderbird International Business Review is pleased to announce a special issue dealing with the circular economy.
This issue opens discussions on the concept of Circular Economy, an issue that lately has been gaining a great deal of traction in business, societal and political conversations. In direct contrast to our prevailing linear “cradle-to-grave” economic model, the new type of economy stresses the fact that companies and countries alike can no longer rely on the use of scare resources to grow themselves. This is particular relevant as our take, make and dispose lifestyle is using up ever more of the world’s rapidly depleting resources.
The circular pathway, also called the “cradle-to-cradle” model, is more than just recycling and environmental concerns. It is about a new way of thinking about how to grow without resorting to simply expending resources. In this particular special issue, our intention is to examine how companies can explore – and benefit – from the circular model. This model requires firms to come up with disruptive technology and business models that are based on longevity, renewability, reuse, repair, upgrade, refurbishment, servitization, capacity sharing and dematerialization. This also requires a rethinking of products and services from the bottom up to “future proof” their operations, all the way to customer propositions.
The purpose of this special issue is to provide the latest thinking and practices of companies moving on the circular pathway, thereby sparking further debates and showing the vast implications of the new model for both the academic community and practitioners.