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AIB 2008 Logo AIB 2008 Annual Meeting
Milan, Italy
June 30- July 3, 2008

Detailed Submission Instructions

1. General Submission Process

As in last year, all proposals will be submitted directly to each track via AIB 2008 Online Submission System. The submission system is now open. All manuscripts and proposals must be submitted by January 15, 2008 in your time zone. If possible, please get your submissions in early, to avoid any connectivity problems as the submission site could be extremely busy towards the deadline.

2. Selection of Track and Session Format

Authors must make two initial submission decisions: choose (1) the most appropriate track, (2) the most appropriate set of keywords, and (3) the most appropriate type of session format.

Track: The tracks for this year's conference are listed below. Please refer to the Call for Papers for further details and chair information for each track. The Call for Papers also lists the pre-determined set of keywords for each track.

  1. The Context of Global Business: including issues of national security, international political economy, and business history
  2. International Economics, Finance, Accounting and Taxation
  3. Alliances and Inter-Firm Relationships
  4. Subsidiary Evolution and Strategy
  5. Organizational Structure, Capabilities, and Strategic Planning in the MNC
  6. Learning, Knowledge and Innovation
  7. FDI, Location, and Firm-Location Interaction
  8. International Human Resource Management, Cross-Cultural Management, and Qualitative Research Methods
  9. Internationalization Processes and International Marketing
  10. Outsourcing, Fragmentation of Production, Offshoring of Services, and Globalization of the Supply Chain
  11. FDI in and from Emerging Market Economies

Type of Sessions: In Milan, there will be three kinds of sessions: competitive sessions, interactive sessions, and panels.

  • Competitive Sessions - The most fully developed papers should be submitted for inclusion in competitive sessions. Competitive sessions have chairs and consist of more formal and longer presentations.
  • Interactive Sessions (New Format) - Interactive sessions are primarily designed for shorter manuscripts (in research note formats) or work-in-progress pieces. Interactive sessions encourage informal feedbacks for the author, and interaction with other researchers with similar interests. In Milan, a new format for interactive sessions will be used; they will be arranged in thematic groups with session chairs and short presentations, and not as individual posters.
  • Please note that submitting a manuscript as a competitive paper does not necessarily mean it will end up in a competitive session. Often times very good papers end up in an interactive session because of lack of space on the program or lack of fit with any of the existing competitive sessions.
  • Panels - In addition to individual paper submissions, AIB members may submit panel proposals. Panels are complete sessions organized as a single submission by the panel chair around a common theme. Panels may have a variety of formats. Examples include: roundtables with no formal papers, traditional presentations of competitive or work-in-progress papers, innovative presentations utilizing software or film, and professional development workshops. However, this year we are especially keen to encourage panels in roundtable form, that set aside most or all of the time available to a genuine interchange between the panelists, each answering or discussing questions in common (probably using at least some pre-prepared questions, with a moderator to keep the discussion on track), rather than each simply presenting their own research in isolation from their fellow panelists.

3. Specific Instructions for Paper Submissions

All submissions should be made through the AIB 2008 Online Submission System. All submissions must be made on or before January 15, 2008.

  • Competitive papers must be fewer than 10,000 words inclusive of all materials, including appendices and references. Interactive papers should not be more than 7,500 words.
  • Each submission must state, on its front page at the top right, the requested Track (number and title) and Session Format (competitive or interactive).
  • Each manuscript should also be accompanied by an abstract, not to exceed 150-200 words.
  • The document must be stripped of all identifying information: None of the pages (not even the first page) should list any author information and the File Properties for the documents should be cleaned to remove identifying information.
  • Submissions must be on letter paper (8.5"x11" or 216x279 mm), with double-spaced text and a font size of 11 points or larger. Please follow the JIBS Style Guide.
  • The manuscript should preferably be saved in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format to ensure that reviewers see it in the intended way. A free PDF conversion tool for most file formats is available at Neevia. However, Microsoft Word files will also be accepted.
  • If submitting a Microsoft Word file, the document must be checked for viruses using an updated anti-virus software utility before submission. Free virus scanners are available at: Kaspersky and TrendMicro.

4. Specific Instructions for Panel Submissions

All submissions should be made through the AIB 2008 Online Submission System. All submissions must be made on or before January 15, 2008. Please remember to choose the "Panel" option for the Submission Type field on the submission form.

  • Panel proposals must be submitted by the panel chair and include:
    • A title page that includes the names and contact information for all participants and identifies their roles.
    • An abstract, not to exceed 150-200 words, that summarizes the panel (to be used in the proceedings).
    • An Overview Statement of the main issues in the panel.
    • An explanation of why the panel should be of interest to AIB members.
    • A description of the session format (e.g., paper presentations, roundtable, professional development workshop).
    • A 1-to-3 page synopsis of each presentation/activity.
    • Emails or signed letters from each participant, indicating s/he will participate if the panel is accepted.
  • Panel proposals should be no more than 6,000 words inclusive of all materials.
  • Each proposal must state, on its front page at the top right, the requested Track (number and title) and Panel Session Format.
  • Submissions must be on letter paper (8.5"x11" or 216x279 mm), with double-spaced text and a font size of 11 points or larger. Please follow the JIBS Style Guide.
  • The manuscript should preferably be saved in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. A free PDF conversion tool for most file formats is available at Neevia. However, Microsoft Word files will also be accepted.

5. Rule of Three

We will be enforcing a revised Rule of THREE for this year's conference. No person may be associated (as author, co-author, or panelist) with more than three submissions for the AIB 2008 Conference. Please note that this is a change from past years where it was appearances in the program and not submissions that were counted. This rule does not apply to appearances in pre-conference activities (e.g., workshops or AJBS meetings), session chairs, or listings resulting from AIB officer roles.

6. After Submission

Authors will be sent an automatic email confirmation message upon successful uploading of their paper on the website acknowledging receipt of their submission. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours of submitting your manuscript or proposal, please email the program chair at for further directions. All manuscript submissions will be subject to a double-blind review process and will be evaluated using the following criteria: interest to AIB members, analytical rigor, quantitative methods, innovativeness, and significance of conclusions. Panel proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: interest to AIB members, quality, innovativeness, fit with conference theme, participants from multiple universities.

If you need additional information or have further questions, please contact Dr. John Cantwell, 2008 Program Chair, .