Dear colleagues and friends,
Welcome to Warsaw, to our AIB 2023 conference.
The theme for this year’s conference proposed by our Program Chair, Kaz Asakawa: “International Business Resilience in the Face of Global Disruption,” encapsulates the global scenario we all live in. Topics include resilience to develop or maintain a new world order, to divest or invest in international operations, to cope with innovation, to cope with changing consumer behavior, global value chain disruptions and cybersecurity issues, among others.
The choice of location: Warsaw, Poland, is the most appropriate to house our discussions and reflections. Warsaw is a beautiful city that has seen many transformations over the last century, mainly over the previous three decades: economic, political, technological and cultural. The old town was rebuilt after being devastated in World War II and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Warsaw has hosted many international events: cultural, artistic, pro-sustainability and other relevant topics.
And today, they welcome us to present, discuss and consider high-impact themes that concern us not only as academics, researchers and public decision-makers, but as citizens. Diversity, in all its dimensions: race, gender, sex, culture and inclusion, will be present, permeating our discussions. The annual conference of the AIB, rotating its location in different continents and countries, offers an opportunity to fully experience this cultural dimension. You will have panels and sessions on the different themes attracting a large audience.
The Academy of International Business is a unique association with 13 chapters spread across the world in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, which host their conferences and activities. Our common interest groups now include women in BIA, research methods, teaching and education, sustainability and emerging markets. All of them organize webinars as well as teaching and research activities, working closely with the chapters in a matrix model. A new GIS is being created on Global Digitalization; we are all excited about its prospects.
On the pedagogical level, the AIB-CIBER Doctoral Academy, under the direction of Tamer Cavusgil, in close collaboration with the T&E SIG, is being launched and will select candidates soon. The Emerging Markets GIS has successfully launched a program for young scholars and international business students. We will have a panel on the AIB-CIBER Doctoral Academy and a special session for researchers and scholars from emerging markets.
Our three journals continue to show excellent performance: FOCS, JIBPAnd BIA Overviews. FOCS has a new editor-in-chief: Rosalie Tung, and JIBP: Ari Van Assche. I would like to express our special thanks to the previous editors: Alain Verbeke and Sarianna Lundan.
I would also like to express my gratitude to our hosts from SGH: Piotr Wachowiak, Rector of the SGH Warsaw School of Economics, as well as Miroslaw Jarosinski, Local President, and Wioletta Mierzejewska, Local Co-President. Thanks also to Kaz Asakawa and Catherine Welch, our vice-presidents, who organized a series of panels and activities for the conference and the pre-conference.
The AIB Board of Directors: Peter Liesch (incoming President), Andrew Delios, Kaz Asakawa, Catherine Welch (VPP), Dana Minbaeva, Vas Taras and Matt Raskovic (VPA) have been tireless in their dedication to the AIB . I am grateful to all of them and warmly welcome our newly elected leaders, Gary Knight, Sri Zaheer and Liena Kano.
Our Executive Director, Tunga Kiyak, is a crucial driving force in organizing this conference and AIB activities with his team – my special thanks to all of you.
Being part of the Academy of International Business is a learning process that unites us all. We learn to be not only citizens of our country, but citizens of the world.
Welcome to the AIB 2023 conference.