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Welcome to the 7th Aalborg International business conferencE

"The rise of new approaches to internationalisation: strategic and managerial implications"

DATES: may 30 – June 1 2018

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Presently, internationalisation, and more so globalisation are facing numerous challenges. For several reasons, countries and regions have embarked on a journey that alienates them from the paradigm of global approaches to doing business. Since late June 2016, the British referendum resulted in a process of separation of the United Kingdom from the European Union. The November 2016 presidential election in the United States of America brought about a new vision for the role and participation of the US in international business. Thus, the terms related to nationalism and regionalism have come up and are becoming new regulators for the ways in which countries and firms take and will take part in the internationalisation process. How will the contemporary trends in the policies of countries impact international business on nation-, state- and firm level? Will the latest trends impact companies and industries - and if so, how? Will the notion of value chains be impacted, and will we see an increased disintegration hereof? The role of the context becomes of critical importance; what changes would be associated with this trend? The impact of nation states becomes more significant in defining the ways in which internationalisation process will take place. Other institutions on a national level start changing their roles and functions. Thus, what will be the institutional impact on the international activities of firms and industries? These and numerous other related issues raise questions that need relevant studies.

The goal of the 7th Biannual Aalborg International Business Conference is to further our understanding of how these issues should be addressed and dealt with.

host & venue:

The International Business Center at Aalborg University will be hosting the event (www.ibc.aau.dk)
The conference venue will be Comwell Conference Center in the beautiful Rebild Hills near Aalborg (www.comwellsport.dk)

Important dates:

Deadline for all submissions: 31. March 2018
Acceptance Notification: 21. April 2018
Registration Deadline: 1. May 2018


Doctoral Consortium


Details: May 28 - June 1, 2018, Aalborg, Denmark. 5 ECTS.

We will be hosting a PhD course as part of the International Business Conference. It aims to acquaint PhD students with latest theoretical, methodological and practical advancements in the field of international business. The PhD students will have the chance to meet and discuss with leading international professors.



Mr. Michael K. Simonsen
Centre for International Business
E-mail: mks@business.aau.dk
Phone:+45 99 40 84 32
Fax: +45 98 15 69 50


The programme for the conference can be downloaded here.


Key note speakers

Professor Jean-Francois Hennart, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Professor Naresh Malhotra, Georgia Tech, USA
Professor Pervez Ghauri, University of Birmingham, UK
Professor Alexander Brem, FAU, Germany

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Paper submission

We welcome papers at different stages of development to ensure a learning environment and stimulating debates.


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