Frontline IB: Conversations With International Business Scholars

Academy of International Business (AIB)

Most of us read and extensively cite these top IB scholars. Their groundbreaking and seminal papers inspire us, and yet, many of us rarely get to know the “person” behind the scholarly accomplishments. These esteemed colleagues generously share with us how many different facets of their lives have influenced their work in these videos. These recordings are not about particular papers or specific empirical methods. Each has unique perspectives yet exhibit a shared ethos that centers on finding and solving substantive puzzles in IB. These semi-structured interviews are in three parts. First, the guests talk about their journey on how they got into the profession, what else they could or would have pursued, their passions, interests, etc. Second, the scholars talk about promising IB topics, what is under-explored, not-well-understood, and over-emphasized topics. Third, the scholars share the best advice they received, their advice to young scholars on what to do and what not to do for a successful career. There is much value in learning from their experiences and hindsight. Each session is practically a ‘masterclass’ with these top minds in our field. I hope these dynamic segments will keep on inspiring new generations of scholars. New conversations will be published every Thursday. Conversations are originally recorded as video, and can be seen at https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/ read less
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Karl Sauvant
Sep 5 2023
Karl Sauvant
Karl P. Sauvant is Resident Senior Fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University; Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School (where he teaches a seminar on FDI and public policy); Fellow, Academy of International Business; and Honorary Fellow, European International Business Academy. He is a national of Germany, married to Silvana F. da Silva, a national of Brazil.  Dr. Sauvant launched, in 2015, a proposal for an international support program to facilitate sustainable investment; structured discussions on a multilateral Investment Facilitation Framework for Development began in the WTO in 2018, and were upgraded to negotiations in 2020. He has advocated, since 2004, the establishment of an Advisory Center on International Investment Law, a proposal that was put on the agenda of the United Nations Commission on Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in October 2019. Since 1998, he has championed the establishment of a facility that helps developing countries negotiate large-scale contracts with international investors; the proposal was put on the G7 agenda in 2014, under the name of “CONNEX”, and was implemented by Germany in 2017, when it established the CONNEX Support Unit in Berlin. In January 2006, Sauvant established the Columbia Program on International Investment (today the CCSI), serving as its Executive Director until February 2012. As Chief of the Research Section of the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, he created the World Investment Report and was its lead author until 2004, at UNCTAD; he also founded the journal Transnational Corporations, serving as its editor until 2005.  Dr. Sauvant received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He joined the United Nations in 1973 and, as of 1975, has focused his work on matters related to FDI. He rose to Director of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD’s) Investment Division. He has published extensively on issues related to economic development and various aspects of foreign direct investment.  Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/karl-sauvant/ for the original video interview.
Christopher Bartlett
Jun 1 2023
Christopher Bartlett
Professor Christopher Bartlett is the Thomas D. Casserly Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, at Harvard Business School. He received a B.Econ. degree from the University of Queensland and both an MBA and DBA from Harvard University. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a marketing manager with Alcoa in Australia, a management consultant in McKinsey's London office, and general manager of Baxter Laboratories' subsidiary in France. He joined the faculty of Harvard Business School in 1979 where his research focused on the management challenges facing large, complex, global corporations. His eight books include (co-authored with the late Sumantra Ghoshal) Managing Across Borders: The Transnational Solution (named by the Financial Times as one of the 20th century’s 50 most influential business books) and The Individualized Corporation (named by Strategy + Business magazine as one of the best business books of the new millennium). Both books have been translated into more than ten languages. He has authored or co-authored over 50 book chapters and articles and written over 100 case studies which collectively have sold more than seven million copies worldwide, making him the best-selling case author in the history of HBS. During his three decades at HBS, he chaired the School’s General Management Unit, ran the International Senior Management Program, headed the Program for Global Leadership, and led the Humanitarian Leadership Program. Professor Bartlett is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, and the Strategic Management Society. In 2001, the Academy Management’s International Division honoured him with its Distinguished Scholar Award. He has served on the board of six public companies and five non-profits. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/christopher-bartlett/ for the original video interview.
Lemma Senbet
Jun 1 2023
Lemma Senbet
Lemma W. Senbet is the William Mayer Chair Professor of Finance at the University of Maryland and a former ED/CEO of African Economic Research Consortium, the oldest and largest economic research and training network in Africa. Prior to Maryland and AERC, he held endowed chaired professorship at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prof Senbet has achieved global recognition for his widely cited contributions to corporate finance, international finance, and finance in a public domain. He has received numerous recognitions for his impact on the profession. He has been elected twice as Director of the American Finance Association and is a past President of the Western Finance Association. In 2000, he was inducted into the Financial Economists Roundtable, a distinguished group of world-wide financial economists. In 2006, he was inducted Fellow of the Financial Management Association. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia). In 2022 he was inducted AIB Fellow. Prof Senbet has been editor and associate editor at over a dozen journals, including JF and JIBS. Moreover, he has supervised numerous doctoral students and placed them at leading institutions. He has also advised World Bank, IMF, UN, and other agencies globally on financial sector reforms and development. He is a member of:  Brookings AGI Distinguished Advisory Group; Advisory Panel of the G20 Compact with Africa; Independent Council of Economic Advisors (appointed by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia).  Regarding his role in the US financial industry, Prof Senbet was a Director of Fortis Funds and has been an independent Director for the Hartford Funds.  Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/lemma-senbet/ for the original video interview.
Ilan Vertinsky
May 4 2023
Ilan Vertinsky
Ilan Vertinsky is Vinod Sood Professor of International Business Studies, Strategy and Business Economics in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is also an associate of the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies and a former Distinguished Scholar in Residence of the Institute. He previously served as director of the Center for international Business studies, Associate director of the Institute Asian Research, director of the Maurice Young Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Research Centre and Director of the Forest Economics and Policy Analysis unit. He was also a member of the faculty of the Institute of Resource Ecology. Ilan received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Business specializing in Operations Research. Prior to joining the faculty at UBC he served on the faculty of Northwestern University. He has published over 300 refereed journal articles, book chapters and books. His publications include journals such as The Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of international Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Operations Research, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Marketing. His research awards include the University’s Killam Research prize, the Sauder’s Professional Research Excellence Prize, AGSM’s Outstanding Scholarship Award and the Seagram Senior Faculty Award. Ilan is a former area editor of The Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) and currently serves as a consulting editor of the journal. Ilan’s current research focuses on the following areas: (1) transfers of knowledge in international joint ventures; (2) risk management and resilience development related to climate change, (3) competitive learning in domestic and cross- border alliances, patent litigation and innovation, and (4) the implications of the ongoing USA-China technology rivalry. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/ilan-vertinsky/ for the original video interview.
Noel Capon
Apr 20 2023
Noel Capon
Noel Capon is R.C. Kopf Professor of international Marketing, Columbia Business School, New York, Educated in England and the United States, Professor Capon holds both a B.Sc. Special, First Class Honors and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from University College, London University, a business diploma from Manchester Business School, and MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard and Columbia Business Schools, respectively. In addition to Columbia Business School (Marketing Chair), Professor Capon served on the faculties at Harvard Business School, UCLA (Marketing Chair), INSEAD (France), and China European International Business School (CEIBS). Capon teaches on Columbia’s MBA, EMBA, and Executive Programs. Courses include Advanced Market Strategy, Strategic Sales Management, and Key/Strategic and Global Account Management. Professor Capon has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and in excess of 40 books. Titles include The Marketing Mavens, Managing Marketing in the 21stCentury, Capon’s Marketing Framework, Capon’s Marketing Essentials, The Virgin Marketer, Sales Eats First, The Front-Line Sales Manager, Key Account Management and Planning, Managing Global Accounts. Local versions of Professor Capon’s books have been published in Asia Pacific, Brazil (Portuguese), China (Mandarin), Russia, Spanish Latin America (Spanish), Western Europe, Middle East. Professor Capon’s most recent book is Customers Win, Suppliers Win: Lessons from One of IBM’s Most Successful Strategic Account Managers. Professor Capon founded and serves as board chair of Wessex Press, board chair of LunaCap Foundation, and is a longtime board member of the Strategic Account Management Association (SAMA). Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/noel-capon/ for the original video interview.
Glenn Hoetker
Apr 20 2023
Glenn Hoetker
Glenn Hoetker joined Melbourne Business School in 2018. He completed his PhD in international business at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining MBS, he was Dean’s Council Distinguished Scholar and Professor in the Department of Management of Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey school of business, where he also held a courtesy appointment in the Department of Supply Chain Management. He was also an affiliate professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, an affiliation he still holds. Prior to joining ASU, he spent 10 years at the University of Illinois, where he was a member of both the strategy and international business groups in the College of Business, with additional appointments in the College of Law and the Institute for Genomic Biology, where he was part of the BioBEL (Business, Economic and Legal Aspects of Biotechnology) research group. He is an Associate Editor for the Strategic Management Journal and the Strategic Management Society’s new journal, Strategic Management Review. He serves on the Editorial Review Boards of Organization Science, Strategic Organization and Strategy Science. His research, teaching and outreach interests are at the confluence of strategy, innovation, and globalization. Much of his recent work has explored these issues in the context of sustainability, particularly clean energy. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/glenn-hoetker/ for the original video interview.
Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez
Apr 6 2023
Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez
Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez (Ph.D., MBS, Psy.) is Full Professor of Management, Head of the Masters in Sustainability, and Coordinator of Ethics, Social Responsibility, and Sustainability at Universidad EAFIT (Colombia). Maria Alejandra is a member of the global council of Sustainable Development Goal number 1 (SDG 1: End Poverty) of the World Government Summit (WGS) (2018-2020, 2021-2024). Alejandra was the Vice-President of Administration at the Academy of International Business (AIB) (2015-2018), the regional chapter chair for Latin America and the Caribbean (AIB-LAC) (2018-2021), and a board member of the AIB Shared Interest Group (SIG) on Emerging Markets from 2022. In addition, Alejandra is on the editorial team of the Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP), Area Editor of the Cross-Cultural and Strategic Management (CCSM) Journal, Associate Editor of Transnational Corporations; and Editor-in-Chief of the business journal AD-minister. Prof. Gonzalez-Perez did her Ph.D. and Masters at the University of Galway in Ireland. Dr. Gonzalez-Perez has published 17 books, 79 academic peer-reviewed papers, and several book chapters on the internationalisation of emerging markets firms, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and international migration. She is a Forbes columnist and regular contributor to Latin American business media. Her research results have been presented at over 200 international academic conferences on all continents. She was also trained as a clinical psychologist at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) in Colombia. Maria-Alejandra has lived, studied, or worked in the UK, USA, Ireland, France, Spain, and Colombia and has traveled to 97 countries. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/maria-alejandra-gonzalez-perez/ for the original video interview.
Asli Colpan
Mar 23 2023
Asli Colpan
Asli M. Colpan is Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Graduate School of Management and Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University. She held the Alfred Chandler Visiting Scholar position at the Harvard Business School. Previously, she was also a visiting scholar at Harvard University and MIT, and visiting professor at Koc University’s College of Administrative Science and Economics. Her research interests include corporate strategy, corporate governance, business history, and especially the evolution of large enterprises in developed and emerging economies. Her work has been published in such journals as Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization, Journal of Business Ethics, Business History and Corporate Governance: An International Review. She is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Business Groups, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010; Business Groups in the West: Origins, Evolution, and Resilience, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018; and Business, Ethics and Institutions: The Evolution of Turkish Capitalism in Global Perspectives, 2020. She was awarded the Tachibana Prize for the most outstanding female scholar at Kyoto University. She is currently the Area Editor of Journal of International Business Studies and Senior Editor of Management and Organizational History. She also sits on the boards of Sumitomo Rubber Industries and NISSHA as an external director. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/asli-colpan/ for the original video interview.
Pavida Pananond
Mar 23 2023
Pavida Pananond
Pavida Pananond is Professor of International Business at Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University, where she has been based upon completing her graduate studies at McGill University in Canada (MBA) and the University of Reading in England (PhD). Her main research interest is global strategy, particularly with reference to how companies in emerging markets develop and expand overseas. She also studies the governance of global industries and the upgrading of emerging market firms in global value chains. Pavida has authored a host of academic articles, book chapters, books, and opinion editorials in media outlets such as Bangkok Post and Nikkei Asia. Her academic publications have appeared in California Management Review and Global Strategy Journal, among others. Her views have also been sought from international media including Al Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, and Financial Times. Pavida also serves as consultant for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and as editorial board member of several international academic journals, including Global Strategy Journal and Journal of International Business Policy.  Since 2017, she has been one of the Honorary Advisers to Asia New Zealand Foundation, an authority in helping New Zealanders build their knowledge and skills to thrive in Asia. In 2018, she was appointed ASEAN@50 Fellow by New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade to promote closer links between New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Her corporate role includes board membership of Precious Shipping Public Company Limited, Thailand’s leading dry bulk carrier. Pavida is a frequent speaker at national and international public forums and conferences. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/pavida-pananond/ for the original video interview.
Ingo Walter
Mar 9 2023
Ingo Walter
Ingo Walter has been based almost all of his professional career at New York University, in a hub-and-spoke strategy that included periods of residency at Insead, the University of Mannheim, the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, IESE in Spain, the University of Western Australia and others. At NYU he chaired several academic departments, directed the Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions for thirteen years, and served two four-year sentences as Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and more recently Dean of Faculty. For almost 20 years he held a co-appointment at INSEAD. Since 2015 he has been an active Professor Emeritus at Stern. His early academic and consulting work focused on international trade policy, notably the impact of tariffs and non-tariff barriers on developing country trade and growth. This led to work on trade and the natural environment – how environmental policy developments can be built into the generally accepted models of global production in a book titled International Economics of Pollution (McMillan)1975) – and a Bellagio conference on international trade in recyclables. A bit later he focused on non-market constraints facing foreign direct investment in a co-authored volume Multinationals Under Fire (Wiley, 1980) which covered many of the ESG concerns widely discussed today. The focus on trade and investment led him naturally to market-access issues in the financial services industry, and an effort to understand the structure, conduct and performance of its main functional pillars – commercial banking, securities, insurance and asset management – in all their complexity considered in Street Smarts (Harvard Business School Press, 1997). The work had both firm-specific and public policy dimensions, including systemic and firm-specific risk control issues and problems that surfaced in the Global Financial Crisis. This included a major NYU faculty team effort on crisis forensics and remediation to achieve a sustainable balance between financial efficiency and stability. Most recently he has been engaged in a multi-disciplinary study of infrastructure finance, as well as extending his work on reputational risk. Ingo has served on a number of boards, currently the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and has advised various industrial and financial firms and government agencies. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/ingo-walter/ for the original video interview.
Aida Hajro
Mar 9 2023
Aida Hajro
Aida Hajro is Professor of International Business and Director of the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL), and a Visiting Professor at Vienna University of Economics and Business. She is also affiliated with the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development at the World Bank. Aida’s general interest lies in sustainable development, with a focus on its social aspects, as embedded in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as No Poverty, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Decent Work, Reduced Inequalities, and several others. More specifically, her research addresses these topics by zooming in on the global phenomenon of migration. Aida’s work has been published in journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management Discoveries, and Journal of World Business. It has been also recognized by several awards including the Academy of Management Review Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management IMD Robert H. Schaffer Award, and the British Academy of Management Award. Aida’s research has been profiled in a wide range of outlets, such as the World Economic Forum’s Agenda, World Bank Blog, and B the Change. Aida has served on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Human Resource Management and Journal of World Business. She is also a co-founder of the “Migration, Business and Society” global network initiative. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/aida-hajro/ for the original video interview.
JT Li
Feb 23 2023
JT Li
Jiatao (JT) Li is Chair Professor of Management, Lee Quo Wei Professor of Business, Director of the Center for Business Strategy and Innovation, and Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He served as the Senior Associate Dean of the HKUST Business School from 2013 to July 2017; and Associate Dean (Faculty) from 2009 to 2013. He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and an editor of the Journal of International Business Studies. His current research interests are in the areas of organizational learning, strategic alliances, corporate governance, innovation, and entrepreneurship, with a focus on issues related to global firms and those from emerging economies. His work has appeared in leading academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He also served as an Associate Editor of the Strategic Management Journal from 2009 to 2016. He is currently serving as a member of the editorial boards of leading journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Policy, Global Strategy Journal, and Long Range Planning, among others. He served as Vice President and Program Chair of the 2018 Academy of International Business annual conference in Minneapolis. Earlier in his career, JT worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Hong Kong. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/jt-li/ for the original video interview.
Robert Weiner
Jan 12 2023
Robert Weiner
Robert J. Weiner is professor of international business, public policy & public administration, and international affairs, at the George Washington University School of Business, Washington DC. He serves concurrently as Director of the Master of Science in International Business (MSIB) program. He has been a member of the Editorial Board, Area Editor (Energy, Environment & Natural Resources), and Consulting Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). Prof. Weiner’s research interests and projects focus on economic, financial, and managerial aspects of energy, including resource nationalism & political risk; oil, transparency, & corruption; petroleum fiscal vulnerability; dynamics of energy crises; foreign investment; oil speculation and market turbulence; and privatization & the behavior of state-owned enterprises in the world petroleum market. Prof. Weiner served twice as Chairman of the GW Department of International Business, building its research-oriented faculty and national ranking. He was a research fellow in the International Energy Program, JFK School, Harvard University and consultant to companies, NGOs, IGOs, and governments. Before joining the professoriat, he was an energy and environment consultant at ICF Inc. Prof. Weiner testified before the U.S. Congress (Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade of the House Small Business Committee, 2011), and U.K. Parliament, Commons Treasury Select Committee, Panel on Regulation of Oil Markets (2008). He served as an eminent person on commodities for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (2003).Prof. Weiner received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics, and Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Business Economics, all from Harvard University. He has coauthored four books and many articles, focusing on natural resources, especially petroleum. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/robert-weiner/ for the original video interview.
Edward Snyder
Jan 12 2023
Edward Snyder
Edward A. Snyder is the William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Management at the Yale School of Management. His research and teaching are focused on industrial organization, antitrust economics, law and economics, and financial institutions. His recent research includes work on antitrust policy and enforcement as well as on the development of major digital platforms. He teaches Economic Analysis of High-Tech Industries, a course that applies industrial organization concepts and valuation frameworks to high-tech industries in China, EU, and US. During Snyder’s tenure as dean of the school from 2011 to 2019, the school developed the first global network of top business schools, introduced its Master of Advanced Management degree for graduates of the Global Network for Advanced Management, introduced its Master of Management Studies degree with tracks in Asset Management, Systematic Risk, and Global Business and Society, and broadened its MBA for Executives program. Snyder began his professional career as an economist with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. He earned a PhD in Economics and an MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. He began his academic career at the University of Michigan where he developed programs in Central Europe, China, India, and Russia. Prior to coming to Yale in 2011, Snyder was the Dean and George Shultz Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Visit https://www.aib.world/frontline-ib/edward-snyder/ for the original video interview.