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2004 Frontiers Conference


2004 Conference Theme: Advancing IB Theories, Constructs, and Methods
Conference Program (updated 09/14/2004)
Participant List (updated 09/14/2004)
2004 Frontiers Booklet (released 08/2006)

September 16-19, 2004
The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development
Michigan State University
The Second Annual Conference on Emerging Research Frontiers in International Business Studies was held on September 16-19, 2004 at The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development at Michigan State University. The event was organized by the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) and the Academy of International Business (AIB), and was co-sponsored by 28 CIBERs (Centers of International Business Education and Research). This annual event represents the official exploration arm of JIBS. The aims of the conference are:
  • To encourage the exploration of emerging research ideas in an innovative environment, free from the constraints of traditional conference formats
  • To facilitate open discourse
  • To legitimize the exploration of new research domains
  • To redirect or shut down outmoded themes
  • To build a community of international scholars across both the social sciences and the functional areas of international business

Keith Brouthers, Temple University and Peter Buckley, Leeds University. Mingling in the Crowd.

Steering Committee 2004
Peter Buckley, University of Leeds; S. Tamer Cavusgil, Michigan State University; Joseph L. Cheng, University of Illinois; G. Tomas M. Hult, Michigan State University; Steve Kobrin, University of Pennsylvania; Donald R. Lessard, MIT; Arie Y. Lewin, Duke University; Alan J. Rugman, Indiana University; George Yip, London Business School; and, Udo Zander, Stockholm School of Economics

JIBS (Academy of International Business) and CIBERs at Brigham Young, Colorado at Denver, Columbia, Duke, Florida, Florida International, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Purdue, San Diego State, South Carolina, Southern California, Temple, Texas A&M, Texas, UCLA, Washington, and Wisconsin.

S. Tamer Cavusgil, Michigan State University presenting his intellectual thoughts.

Theme for the 2004 Conference
The overall theme for the 2004 Frontiers Conference was Advancing IB Theories, Constructs, and Methods. These issues were addressed by scholars at different levels of analysis, including (1) functional-level focus, (2) organizational-level focus, and (3) the extended enterprise-level focus (e.g., network, supply chains). Consequently, high-quality proposal were requested in three areas.
  • New Perspectives on promising new theoretical frameworks that can be employed by IB scholars?

  • New Perspectives on promising new key constructs in IB research (e.g., what new performance metrics should be employed by IB scholars and what new constructs should investigated by IB researchers?)

  • New Perspectives on new or improved methodologies and methods that should be considered by IB scholars.

George Yip, London Business School sharing his thoughts on global account management

From left: Peter Buckley, Leeds University; Don Lessard, MIT; Arie Lewin, Duke University; Bryan Lukas, University of Melbourne

Logistics and Other Information

Sept. 16-19, 2004 Conference was held at The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, Michigan State University (

December 15, 2004 Final papers to be submitted for publication consideration in JIBS and/or the Palgrave Macmillan annual book series in international business. Send final papers to Arie Y. Lewin, Editor-in-Chief, JIBS (Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, P.O. Box 90120, Durham, NC 27708, Email: ).