International Business in a VUCA World: The Changing Role of States and Firms Vol: 14

Rob van Tulder
Erasmus University, The Netherlands

Alain Verbeke
University of Calgary, Canada

Barbara Jankowska
Poznan University of Economics and Business, Poland

Product Details
21 Oct 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
536 pages - 152 x 229mm
Progress in International Business Research


'IB theory and IB theorists have a long way to go to produce clarity of analysis, clear policy prescriptions and guidance for managers in a world where VUCA factors seem to be increasingly bedevilling the world of theory, managerial practice and public policy.' - Peter Buckley (in this volume) 

This fourteenth volume in the PIBR series is dedicated to Professor Peter Buckley, OBE, whose creative contributions to IB theory and practice over many decades are unmatched. His scientific oeuvre has continued to grow, both in depth and breadth, and reflects an evolving level of scholarly resilience that has kept pace with the increasing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA) characteristics of the modern environment of international business. 

The VUCA dimensions of the business environment that face both managers and policy makers are amplified by a wide variety of unpredictable social, economic, political and technological forces, such as: inter alia, the (post-great-recession) rise of populism; growing anti-European sentiment in the European Union; increasing protectionism; a slowdown in growth of emerging markets; the rise of the digital economy, and many more. These trends affect the competitive position of nations and firms. 
The present volume focuses on the threats and opportunities created by the VUCA-trends for multinational enterprises (MNEs), small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and international new ventures (INVs), along the following five headings:  
  1. IB scholarship in a VUCA world. 
  2. New Perspectives on the Interplay between Firms and the Non-Market. 
  3. New Governance Challenges in International Business. 
  4. New Contexts for Newly Internationalizing Firms. 
  5. Contemporary Management Perspectives in IB Research.
Preface: Peter Buckley - A Tribute 
Introduction: Progress in International Business Research in and Increasingly VUCA World; Rob van Tulder, Barbara Jankowska and Alain Verbeke 
Chapter 1. The Role of International Business Theory in an Uncertain World; Peter Buckley 
Part I. International Business in a VUCA Environment 
Chapter 2. The Impossibility of International Business; Mark Casson 
Chapter 3. The firms of our times: risk and uncertainty; Peter W. Liesch and Lawrence S. Welch 
Chapter 4. Can VUCA help us generate new theory within international business?; L. Jeremy Clegg, Hinrich Voss and Liang Chen 
Part II. New Perspectives on the Interplay between Firms and the Non-Market
Chapter 5. Production Switching and Vulnerability to Protectionism; Ari Van Assche and Byron Gangnes 
Chapter 6. Institutional Schisms: Understanding the Role that Intergovernmental Organizations Have in Shaping Country Institutional Environments; Kristin Brandl, Luis Dau and Elizabeth Moore 
Chapter 7. The Future of Transatlanticism - Effects of a Rise of US Import Tariffs on exports in the German Automotive Sector. A quantitative, data driven approach; Moritz Kath and Natalia Ribberink 
Chapter 8. Passive, aggressive or creative? Adjustment strategies of companies affected by sanctions; Beata Stępień and Patrick Weber 
Chapter 9. How Economic Freedom Affects Transaction Costs; Bruno Buscariolli Pereira and Jorge Manoel Teixeira Carneir 
Part III. New Governance Challenges in International Business
Chapter 10. Macroenvironmental dynamism and firm risk management - an exploratory investigation; Florian Klein, Jonas Puck and Martin Weiss 
Chapter 11. Top Management Team Influence on Firms' Internationalization Complexity; Stefano Elia, Peder Greve, Tommaso Vallone, Daniele Marinelli and Lisa Longoni 
Chapter 12. What happens after offshoring? A comprehensive framework; Marco Bettiol, Maria Chiarvesio, Eleonora Di Maria, Cristina Di Stefano and Luciano Fratocchi 
Chapter 13. The role of institutional context in backshoring decisions; Lise Lillebrygfjeld Halse, Bella Belerivana Nujen and Hans Solli-Sæther 
Chapter 14. Multinationals and the European poor. Reverse knowledge transfer or ad hoc solutions?; Antonella Zucchella and Serena Malvestito 
Part IV. New Contexts for Newly Internationalizing Firms
Chapter 15. Born globals or born regionals? A study of 32 early internationalizing SMEs; Sara Melén, Emilia Rovira Nordman and Daniel Tolstoy 
Chapter 16. Facilitating International Venturing of Emerging Market Firms through Entrepreneurial Transformation: Contingent Role of Technological Environment; Chen Han and Bo Bernhard Nielsen 
Chapter 17. Uncertainty and decision-making in SME internationalization: the importance of control, prediction, and knowledge; Luis Oliveira, Wensong Bai, Martin Johanson, Milena Ratajczak-Mrozek and Barbara Francioni 
Chapter 18. The internationalization of early stage social enterprises; Tiina Ritvala and Rilana Riikkinen  
Part V. Contemporary Management Perspectives in IB Research
Chapter 19. VUCA and the Future of the Global Mobile Telco Industry; Angels Dasi, Frank Elter, Paul Gooderham and Torben Pedersen 
Chapter 20. Managing ambidexterity using networking perspective – added value or necessity? Empirical evidence from Poland; Joanna Radomska, Przemysław Wołczek and Susana Costa e Silva 
Chapter 21. Exploring the context-specific talent management practices and their link to firm's absorptive capacity in emerging markets: Brazil vs Russia; Marina Latukha, Louisa Selivanovskikh and Maria Laura Maclennan 
Chapter 22. Institutional effects on the ownership in cross-border acquisitions by African firms; João Neves de Carvalho Santos, Manuel Portugal Ferreira and José Carlos Rodrigues 
Chapter 23. When does adaptation to foreign markets matter? An institutional approach to the internationalization of post-transition economy firms; Mariola Ciszewska-Mlinarič and Piotr Trąpczyński 
Chapter 24. Outward foreign direct investment and multinationality of emerging multinationals; Mohamed Amal and Huaru Kang
Rob van Tulder is a Professor of International Business at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), the Netherlands. He has published extensively on the topics of European business, multinationals, high-tech industries, corporate social responsibility, issues management, skills, network strategies, smaller industrial countries (welfare states) and European Community/Union policies. 
Alain Verbeke is a Professor of International Business Strategy and holds the McCaig Research Chair in management at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Canada. He is a leading thinker on complex project evaluation and the strategic management of multinational networks, as well as the governance and restructuring of complex organizations. 
Barbara Jankowska is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of International Competitiveness at Poznan University of Economics and Business. She is the author or co-author of around 140 academic publications, with her main research areas including international competitiveness of firms and industries, foreign direct investment, Industry 4.0 and business clustering.

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