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Milan, Italy
June 30- July 3, 2008

Fifth Annual JIBS Paper Development Workshop

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Submission Deadline: January 15, 2008

The Fifth Annual JIBS Paper Development Workshop (PDW) will be held in Milan, Italy, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm on Monday, June 30, 2008, as part of the pre-conference program for the AIB annual meetings. The PDW organizer is Laszlo Tihanyi (Texas A&M University). The Workshop is being sponsored by the Texas A&M and South Carolina CIBERs and the Academy of International Business.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide participants with detailed feedback on their work prior to submission to the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) and other journals that publish high-quality international business research. Almost 40 JIBS editors and members of the Consulting Editors Board (CEB) and Editorial Review Board (ERB) have already agreed to participate -- the largest group of JIBS editors ever assembled for a Paper Development Workshop.

We are inviting original papers from junior faculty members who have not previously published in JIBS. While papers from advanced doctoral students are also welcome, the workshop is primarily designed for junior faculty. In particular, we hope to attract papers from junior scholars who are:

  • Located in universities in emerging/transition economies, or in universities that that offer limited support for international research, or where international business studies has limited support; or
  • Trained in other disciplines (e.g., political science, organizational behavior), but would like to reorient themselves so they can conduct and publish international business research.

Because of the location of the 2008 AIB Meeting, we particularly want to attract submissions from scholars in the European Union and surrounding countries that are underrepresented in JIBS and AIB.

The PDW will be structured to provide feedback to authors of two types of papers: Advanced Papers and Paper Ideas. The program will start at 8:30 am with an introductory session for everyone led by the JIBS Editorial Team. The participants will then split into two groups. Authors of Advanced Papers will be paired with ERB and CEB guest editors for two rounds of one-on-one discussions where the guest editor will provide the author with comments on improving his/her paper. At the same time, authors with Paper Ideas will attend a panel led by JIBS editors on successful publication strategies. After a break, all participants will split into multiple small-group sessions consisting of JIBS editors, guest editors and authors. In each session, authors of Paper Ideas will each briefly present their idea and receive feedback from their group. The workshop will conclude with a wrap-up session for everyone, led by the JIBS editors, and followed by a lunch for all the participants. The PDW will conclude at 2 p.m.

We expect to include 30 Advanced Papers and 20 Paper Ideas in the workshop. Both types of papers should be submitted electronically to , JIBS Editorial Assistant, with "PDW submission" in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2008. Advanced Papers must be less than 10,000 words in length, and follow the JIBS Style Guide. Please include three keywords that best describe your paper. Paper Ideas should be about two pages in length and include a theoretical framework, propositions and proposed research design. Participants will be notified about the acceptance of their submission no later than March 1, 2008. Authors will need to confirm their participation and submit final papers by March 31, 2008. All papers will be posted online for downloading no later than three weeks before the PDW.

Please note:

  • The JIBS PDW is not open to registrants for other pre-conference AIB programs running simultaneously with the workshop, including the AIB Doctoral and Junior Faculty Consortia. This restriction applies to both authors and guest editors.
  • All participants must be present for the whole PDW (8:30 am-2:00 pm) on Monday June 30. If you are flying from North America, you will need to leave June 28 in order to arrive in Milan on June 29 so you can attend the Workshop on June 30. Please make your hotel accommodations and flight arrangements with these dates in mind.
  • Because the PDW ends at 1:00 pm, participants will have the afternoon open for other activities (sightseeing, meeting with co-authors). The regular AIB conference activities begin late afternoon.

We believe the Fifth Annual JIBS Paper Development Workshop will provide intensive and useful feedback for authors, and facilitate networking between authors and the JIBS editors and guest editors. We hope to see you there!

Please address any questions to:

Laszlo Tihanyi
JIBS PDW Organizer
Associate Professor
Dept of Management
TAMU 4221
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4221



Lorraine Eden
Editor-in-Chief
Journal of International Business Studies
Department of Management
TAMU 4221
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4221