Workshop on Institutional Perspectives in International Business and Entrepreneurship

30 November – 1 December, Brisbane, Australia

Invited Keynote: Dr Jesper Edman, Hitotsubashi University, Japan

This workshop aims to bring together researchers working with institutional perspectives in the areas of international business (including International managment) and/or entrepreneurship. Our understanding of ‘institutional perspectives’ is broad and includes (but is not limited to) new institutional theory, structuration perspectives, ‘institutional work’, comparative institutional analysis, institutional economics, and so on.

The workshop goals are to:

· Explore the potential of institutional approaches for generating novel insights in conceptual and empirical studies of international business and/or entrepreneurship

· Foster an inter-disciplinary exchange of ideas and methods, with a view to building networks continuing conversations among workshop participants

· Explore opportunities for practitioner and policy-oriented research in IB and entrepreneurship using institutional perspectives

Dr Jesper Edman is Associate Professor at Hitostubashi University. His research focuses on how forces of globalization are reshaping national economies. Under this broad heading he has examined whether and how foreign firms impact domestic companies’ organizational practices, the introduction and diffusion of foreign innovations among Japanese firms, institutional change in the banking sector, and the emergence of new industries. Jesper’s current research project focuses on changes to the human capital strategies of Japanese companies. His work has been published in Journal of International Business Studies, Research in the Sociology of Organisations and Journal of Management Studies, among others, and he was recipient of the Gunnar Hedlund Best Dissertation Award (2009) and Richard N. Farmer Best Dissertation Award (2010).

Submissions: Papers (preferred) or extended abstracts should be sent via email to September 3, 2017. The preliminary workshop program will be determined by September 15. For questions regarding the workshop, please email Professor Sara McGaughey (

Location and Format: The workshop will be hosted by Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith BusinessSchool, at the Southbank Campus in Brisbane, Australia, on the Brisbane River and a short walk to the Brisbane CBD. The workshop will extend over 2 full days, with an industry event held (most likely) on the afternoon or evening of the second day.

Support: There will be no registration or other fees. Lunches, refreshments and a workshop dinner on 30 November will be provided for registered authors/ participants. Presenters will need to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements.

Best regards


Sara McGaughey | Professor of International Business

Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith Business School
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