The McGill international Entrepreneurship (MIE) conference series has traditionally examined frontier issues related to entrepreneurial internationalization.
International entrepreneurs and entrepreneurially-oriented firms have dominated the growth of the global economy in the past two decades. These firms deploy innovative and competitive strategies to achieve growth at home and global markets; they also force older firms to re-examine their past strategies and influence the dynamics of competition.
Following the tradition established by the previous conferences since 1998, this conference aims to bring together leading-edge views of academic scholars, insightful practitioners and policy makers with interests in the fields of International Entrepreneurship to examine the potent forces and influences, consequent changes and the dominant pattern(s) of emerging developments in international entrepreneurship. In previous plenary sessions, prominent scholars, including Zoltan Acs, Howard Aldrich, Paul Beamish, Nicole Coviello, Leo-Paul Dana, Hamid Etemad, Jean François Hennart, Jan Johanson, Jerome Katz, Peter Liesch, Benjamin Oviatt, Patricia McDougall-Covin, Tage Koed Madsen and Alan Rugman, among many others, presented provocative ideas in moving research frontiers forward.
The 2014 annual conference will follow the following structure:
1.- Plenary session & Research-Intensive Workshop
A plenary session with key speakers including Professors Patricia McDougall-Covin (Indiana, USA), Nicole Coviello (Wilfrid Laurier, Canada), Rod B McNaughton (Auckland, NZ) and Pavlos Dimitratos (Glasgow, UK) discussing the topic "Present and Future of IE Research: New directions" will be the opening session of the conference.
The intensive, two-day research conference will focus on examination and the further development of potent concepts, frameworks, theories and methodologies for better understanding of internationalizing entrepreneurial firms facing internationalization challenges. This will provide a unique opportunity for scholars to discuss path-breaking concepts, ideas, frameworks and theory-essentials in the competitive paper sessions by discussing their on-going research. Only unpublished completed, or nearly completed, papers are invited for presentation and feedback from other scholars.
A selected list of competitive papers will be considered for further publication in scholarly venues, including special issues of the Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research and McGill International Entrepreneurship Book Series (Elgar publishing), among others. The 2014 MIE conference will include two best paper awards for competitive papers presented at the conference.
Empirical and theoretical research papers on any of the following topics and related areas are invited:
• Cross-national comparisons of growth patterns of internationally-oriented and entrepreneurial firms
• New challenges in internationalizing firms
• De-internationalization and its consequences
• Gender issues in International Entrepreneurship
• IE in the context of regional industrial clusters
• Internationalization trajectories over a firm’s life-cycle
• Impacts of internationalizations of upstream and downstream value chains on International Entrepreneurship
• Impact of entrepreneurially-oriented firms on regional and national economies
• Impact of institutional, learning and network theories on entrepreneurial internationalization
• Internet-enabled IE
• IE in the Southern Hemisphere
• IE in Latin America and emerging economies
• Internationalization of smaller entrepreneurial firms in emerging markets
• Ethnic, family and international entrepreneurship
2.- Doctoral Colloquium
This one-day intensive workshop is designed to address the problems and challenges in the rapidly emerging field of International Entrepreneurship for Doctoral Candidates in the field. They are encouraged to participate in the entire conference fully as well. A limited number of competitive scholarships (conference fee waiver) will be awarded to the attending and contributing Doctoral Candidates from emerging countries. A detailed program will be available shortly.
3.- Business plenary
This part will consist of an open plenary session for interaction with key members of the business and policy communities. Executives from internationalizing firms of Latin America and policy makers of Chile will be invited to join and interact with scholars and share mutual perspective on related themes.
Leading-edge contributions from the previous conferences have appeared in prestigious journals and edited books. Special issues of scholarly journals, such as Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Journal of International Management, Journal of International Marketing, Management International Review, Small Business Economics, among others, have published a cohesive collection of the conference papers.
The McGill International Entrepreneurship Series of books (Edward Elgar Publishing) has also published five volumes of conference papers. This conference will follow the same practice including special issues of journals with high impact.
The 2014 MIE conference social programme will feature visits to entrepreneurial and world-class wineries.
Additional information and key dates:
1. Submission Deadline for Extended Abstracts (about 1000 words): March 10, 2014
2. Feedback/Acceptance for presentation will be communicated by April 7, 2014
Christian Felzensztein, PhD
Professor & Director, Research Center for International Competitiveness UAI
Academic Director, PhD in Management UAI
Key contacts & useful links:
IE in Chile: http://startupchile.org/
Info about Chile: www.thisischile.cl/2/default.aspx
LAN airlines: www.lan.com
Chilean Wines: www.winesofchile.org
About UAI: http://www.uai.cl/relaciones-internacionales/incoming-students/welcome-to-uai