Welcome from Conference Chairs

Conference Overview  The global business environment is facing an unprecedented level of uncertainty and change. The recent period of de-globalization, the Covid-19 pandemic, geopolitical events, and the global supply chain crisis have spurred many firms operating across borders to increasingly focus on (and reconsider) the nature of cross-border knowledge-sourcing strategies. This includes changes in the geography of R&D and innovation, as well as the international fragmentation of production activities (Papanastassiou, Pearce, and Zanfei, 2020). The orchestration of GVCs by MNEs had already generated populist pressures in local economies, especially in advanced countries (Lorenzen, Mudambi, and Schotter, 2020) and these disruptions have exacerbated them. During this period, revolutionary innovations and technological advancements have also increased the usage of digital technologies, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and big data, spurring entrepreneurial advancements made by firms operating globally (Autio, Mudambi, and Yoo, 2021). At the same time, social sustainability, such as the notion of achieving social equity, environmental protection, and economic viability, has come to the forefront of international business practices. Hence, international business research has begun to conceptualize how multinational enterprises can be more innovative in contributing to social sustainability by re-assessing value chain activities to mitigate negative externalities (such as overuse of natural resources) and investing in host communities to help solve problems relating to underdevelopment (Montiel, Cuervo-Cazurra, Park, Antolin-Lopez, & Husted, 2021). Yet, while this area of research is nascent, it is also unclear as to its implications for both firms and their stakeholders. For example, Bruton, Sutter, and Lenz (2021) recently found that results have been mixed concerning whether entrepreneurial activities by firms operating in emerging economies help to reduce inequality.

Continuing with these important lines of inquiry, we hope that this conference provides a platform for scholarly discourse on the theme of “innovation, entrepreneurship, and social sustainability” in times of uncertainty and change. We therefore welcome scholars and practitioners from around the world to join us in person, in the nation’s capital of Washington,D.C., during the peak of the beautiful autumn season, to discuss our theme topic and other issues relating to international business, which may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Innovation, entrepreneurship, and social sustainability in global business
  • Scope, scale, and economic impact of social sustainability
  • The global environment and multinational strategic entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation’s influence on capital, trade, people, and information • Cross-cultural differences and management in a virtual environment/workplace
  • Innovation in international accounting, economics, and finance
  • Adaptation of new technology and business model innovation
  • Big data analytics, artificial intelligence, automation, and smart learning in multinationals • Disruptive technology, open innovation, and new product development
  • New forms of organizing innovation in global value chains of large companies
  • The relationship between entrepreneurship and social equity
  • Governance of the multinational, law, and regulations in an uncertain world
  • Business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and the social impact of entrepreneurship
  • Digitization, blockchain, and supply chain management • Fintech and international finance
  • Artificial intelligence and digital innovation
  • Digital marketing and E-commerce
  • Emerging market multinational innovation and social sustainability
  • COVID-19’s impact on multinational enterprise operations
  • The pedagogy of International Business