We invite submissions of three types of papers to the EIBA 2015 Conference: Competitive papers, Interactive papers and Poster proposals. We also invite submissions of Competitive Panel proposals. The texts of accepted papers (competitive or interactive) as well as of accepted posters will be published in the conference proceedings.

Types of Sessions

There will be four kinds of sessions that are open for submissions: competitive, interactive, poster and competitive panel sessions. In addition, the conference will feature special sessions, such as plenary sessions, meet-the-editors sessions, practitioners-academicians panels, and invited panel sessions.

  • Competitive Sessions– The most fully developed papers – close to a publishable state – should be submitted for competitive sessions. Competitive sessions consist of more formal and longer presentations.
  • Interactive Sessions– Interactive sessions are primarily designed for shorter manuscripts (in research note formats, 15 pages maximum) in an earlier stage of development, which could benefit from friendly feedback from other participants. Interactive sessions are held in a roundtable discussion format with shorter presentations which allows for an engaging interaction with other researchers with similar interests and with the experienced session chair.
  • Poster sessions – Poster sessions are designed to present research projects that are at an initial stage of development and which would benefit greatly from the feedback of more experienced scholars. There are no formal presentations at poster sessions; rather, these sessions take place during lunch time, at an open space specially designed, when participants go around and informally discuss the ideas with the authors and offer their constructive suggestions. Important note: Authors of accepted posters will get expert advice about their research project by Peter Buckley and/or Tamer Cavusgil and/or Pervez Ghauri. Thus, in Rio there will be a double benefit for participants at this poster session: first, they will receive an assessment of their work by two EIBA 2015 reviewers; then, if their poster is accepted, they will have face-to-face discussions with some of the most prominent IB scholars. Do take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity by submitting an extended abstract for this poster session by the EIBA 2015 submission deadline!

Please note that submitting a manuscript as a competitive paper does not necessarily mean it will end up in a competitive session. Reviewers and Track Chairs may judge that the paper might fit better in an interactive session or a poster session. Besides, sometimes, good and advanced papers end up in an interactive session because of lack of space on the program or lack of fit with any of the existing competitive sessions.

The following table should help you decide in what type of session you want to submit your paper:

Type of Session Type of Paper Benefits for authors Review results options
Competitive * The manuscript is almost ready for submission to a journal.25 pages max. double space Reviews and comments help bring the paper to the level required by journals – Accepted as Competitive
– Accepted as Interactive
– Accepted as Poster
– Rejected
Interactive The paper is in its initial stages. Yet, the method part is almost complete.15 pages max. double space Comments from reviewers, session chair and participants help refine the paper. – Accepted as Interactive
– Accepted as Poster
– Rejected
Poster Research project.Extended abstract.2 pages max. single space Comments from session chair and participants help validate the research project and/or offer new directions – Accepted as Poster
– Rejected

* Note: Teaching cases should be submitted as competitive papers to Track 14.

The Progress in International Business Research (vol.11, published by Emerald) will publish chapters with some of the best papers presented at the EIBA 2015 conference. In particular, PIBR editors are interested in the best research papers on emerging market (particularly BRIC) multinationals and the best teaching cases that address managerial dilemmas related to the internationalization of BRIC firms. For details on the PIBR, please click here.

Call for Reviewers 

Reviewer instructions 

Special call for Session Chairs 

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  • Panel sessions– Panel sessions serve as discussion forums for issues of contemporary interest to IB scholars. Panels are complete sessions organized as a single submission by the panel chair around a common theme. Panels may have a variety of formats. Examples include: roundtables with no formal papers, innovative presentations utilizing software or film, key note and discussion with very senior scholar(s) not normally involved in AIB, and professional development workshops.

Please note that, we expect panels to allocate substantive time to a genuine exchange between the panelists, and/or between panelists and the audience. For example, panelists may each be answering or discussing questions in common (probably using at least some pre-prepared questions, with a moderator to keep the discussion on track). Submissions envisaging independent presentations in isolation from fellow panelists will normally be rejected. In your submission, please indicate how you intend to facilitate discussion.

Submit a proposal for a competitive panel

Authors will be sent an automatic email confirmation message upon successful uploading of their paper on the website, acknowledging receipt of their submission. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours of submitting your paper or panel proposal, please email the program chair at  for further directions. All manuscript submissions will be subject to a double-blind review process. We expect the corresponding authors to be notified of the results of the review process by June 30, 2015.

Submission guidelines for papers

All papers and panel proposals should be submitted via the conference website link to one (and only one) of the fourteen conference tracks. We welcome papers and panels in all areas of IB.

The submission deadline for all competitive, interactive papers and poster proposals as well as panel proposals is April 30 2015. As part of the paper submission process, you will be expected to sign up to act as a reviewer.

Please make sure you remove ALL information from the paper (including those in the File Properties) which might reveal your identity.

Competitive papers must not exceed 25 pages, including tables, figures and references.

Interactive papers must not exceed 15 pages, including tables, figures and references.

Poster proposals must not exceed 2 pages (structured abstract) and do not include references.

Papers (other than poster proposals) should include an abstract of maximum 200 words.

All papers should be prepared in Microsoft Word or Adobe pdf.

Papers must conform to the style guidelines provided below.

Please, note that different instructions relate to the submission of papers for the Doctoral events or for the Paper Development Workshops. Please see the appropriate pages on the conference website for further information.

RULE OF THREE: No person may be associated (as author, co-author, or panelist) with more than three submissions for the EIBA 2015 Conference. This rule does not apply to appearances in pre-conference activities (e.g., PDWs or doctoral events) or post-conference activities (research methods workshops), invited appearances at plenaries or special sessions, session chairs, or listings resulting from EIBA officer roles.

Submission guidelines for teaching cases

Teaching cases shall be submitted to Track 14 as competitive papers (as per guidelines above) and must not exceed 25 pages (double-spaced), including tables, figures, references, and the respective teaching notes. Manuscripts submitted must not have been published, accepted for publication, or be currently under consideration elsewhere. Teaching cases must contain (1) the text of the teaching case itself, where the managerial dilemma is presented and information about the company and the context is shown; (2) teaching notes, which must present the learning objectives, issues for discussion, examples of appropriate analysis and of suggestions for in-class dynamics; and, ideally, also (3) a discussion of experiences in using the case in class.

Style Guidelines


Papers should be written in English

12pt Times Roman font, except for title on page 1.

Double line spacing.

Margins: 25mm (1 in) on all sides.

Left and right justification.

No footnotes permitted. Endnotes should be kept to a minimum and placed before the bibliographic references.

Tables, figures, appendices etc. should be placed at the end of the document, after the bibliographic references.

Include page numbers centered at the top of each page.

Endnotes should be kept to a minimum, and placed before the bibliography.

Each submission must state, on its front page at the top right, the requested Track (number and title) and suggested Session Format (competitive, interactive or poster).

First Page (for competitive and interactive papers)

Title of the paper: centered in bold 14 pt Times Roman.

Do NOT include the names of the authors. The names and affiliations of the authors will be entered through the online submission system.

Abstract: maximum 200 words, left and right justified in 12 pt Times Roman. This should include a brief description of the paper, including research objectives, methods and main findings.


Title of the paper on page 2: centered in bold 12 pt Times Roman.

Start the paper.


Main headings: centered, bold and capitalized.

Secondary headings: flush with left margin, underlined.

Tertiary headings: flush with left margin, in italics.

Reference citations in the text

Citations in the text should be by the author’s last name and year of publication enclosed in parentheses: (Thorelli, 1960). If a particular page, section, or equation is cited, it should also be placed in the parentheses: (Thorelli, 1960, p. 112) or (Thorelli, 1960, Table 1). For multiple authors, use the full citation for up to two authors; for three or more, use the first author’s name followed by “et al.” (no italics). A series of citations should be listed in alphabetical order of the surname of the first author and separated by semicolons: (Thorelli, 1960; Welch, 1981).

Bibliographic references

References are to be listed alphabetically, family name first, followed by the publication date in parentheses. Use authors’ initials, not their given names. The reference list should be typed single-spaced. Limit the references to only those that have been cited in the body of the paper, including notes, tables, and figures. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references. Please check them carefully.


Please prepare tables in Word using the Table command.

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Specific Instructions for Panel Submissions

All competitive panels should be submitted via the conference website link . All submissions must be made on or before April 30 2015. Please remember to choose the “Panel” option for the Submission Type field on the submission form.

  • Panel proposals must be submitted by the panel chair and include:
    • A cover page that includes the names and contact information of all participants and identifies their roles.
    • An abstract, not to exceed 200 words, that summarizes the panel (to be used in the proceedings).
    • An Overview Statement of the main issues in the panel.
    • An explanation of why the panel should be of interest to EIBA members.
    • A description of the session format (e.g., pro and contra debate, roundtable, professional development workshop).
    • Any special room setup or technical requirement that the panel requires (please note that the feasibility of these requirements will be part of the evaluation criteria).
    • A 1-page synopsis of the activities to be performed (e.g., two contrarian opinions, questions that the panelists will be addressing, training activities).
    • Statement by the panel chair that s/he has gotten confirmation from the other panel participants that they will register for the conference and participate in the panel (if accepted).
  • Panel proposals should be no more than 3,000 words inclusive of all materials.
  • Panel proposals should be written in English.
  • Each proposal must state, on its front page at the top right, the related Track (number and title).

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All EIBA members, authors of papers  and conference participants are invited to serve as reviewers for the conference. They should expect to receive 2 or 3 papers by early May 2015 and to return their reviews by June 15, 2015.

Please note that ALL THE AUTHORS of the papers submitted to the conference are expected to PERFORM REVIEWS.

Being a reviewer is a very important and critical role to play and we invite you to actively participate in the 2015 program. The Best Reviewers will be nominated by Track Chairs and recognized at the conference.

We do hope that you will find the time to assist us with this most important review process.

To know about the conference tracks, click here

To volunteer as a reviewer, please click here


  1. Review Process:

This is a very important process. The conference would not be possible without the careful work of reviewers.

ALL THE AUTHORS of the papers submitted to the conference are expected to PERFORM REVIEWS.

Track Chairs will nominate the Best Reviewers for their track. The winner of the award is recognized with a certificate and in the Conference Program.

The review process for the conference is a double-blind one, which aims at advancing research in the field of International Business. We welcome conceptual, methodological, and empirical papers that provide novel insights to the conference delegates. In terms of empirical studies, we are open to qualitative and quantitative submissions. Our aim is to put together a rigorous academic conference, which will be of interest to many scholars. However, our success depends on your contribution as a Reviewer.

  1. Deadline

The deadline for reviews – JUNE 12, 2015 – is critical. Our schedule is extremely tight, especially this year when we need to allow time for European participants to buy their airline tickets and reserve their hotels early on, in order to enjoy discounts.

Please send your review as soon as possible. If you cannot respond within the stated time period, immediately notify the Track Chair so that s/he can reassign the paper to another reviewer.

  1. Review Suggestions

Be precise, constructive, and provide sufficient detail: It is important that authors learn from the reviews. If you think the paper should be accepted for a different type of session or rejected, make sure to tell the author how the paper could be improved. If the judgment is positive, identify the strengths of a manuscript. Try to judge the paper on how well it stimulates thinking and discussion. Be consistent: a good comment corresponds to a good mark and vice versa.

Please use a friendly tone. Remember, these are all your colleagues.

Also, please keep in mind that these are submissions to a conference, not a journal, so please review them accordingly, by conserving that they are all unfinished work which shall benefit from constructive feedback. This means that your reviews need not be as long and detailed as journal reviews, and your reviews should take into account the somewhat more lenient acceptance rates at conferences.

In case you suspect plagiarism or fraud, please consult the Track Chair. In case you feel that you either recognize the author or have another conflict of interest, please request not to review the manuscript.

In terms of content of the paper, we would particularly like you to pay attention to the following points:

  1. Fit to the conference (theme): Do you think the paper develops/challenges/extends knowledge in the field of International Business? Does it discuss topics which are related to the conference theme?
  2. Theory: Does the study further inform or improve our understanding? How? Are the key concepts clearly defined?
  3. Literature review: Does the paper cite appropriate literature and build on existing work on the topic? If not, can you offer important references that the author has missed? Are the references cited up-to-date?
  4. Research design and methods (if applicable): Is the research process well described? Is the chosen method appropriate for the research question? Are the measures used well developed and defended? Is the data sufficient for answering the research question and methods of analysis? Are aspects of reliability and validity addressed appropriately?
  5. Analysis and findings (if applicable): Were the data appropriately analyzed? Are the findings in line with the literature and theoretical framework presented?
  6. Contribution: Does the paper make a meaningful contribution to our current understanding of the topic? Does it provide new and meaningful insights?
  7. Structure: Is the length of the paper appropriate? Does the manuscript have a logical flow? Has the author followed the prescribed layout and formatting instructions of the conference? Do the title and abstract adequately reflect the content of the article?
  8. Clarity of presentation: Was the paper easy to read? Did it have a logical flow? Was the (English) language understandable and grammatically correct? Were there any spelling errors or typos, missing bibliographic information, poorly-constructed tables and figures, etc.?

Do not tell the authors what your recommendation (accept, reject) is. This is a decision to be taken by the Track Chair, based on the reviewers’ recommendations to her/him and on her/his own assessment.

  1. Competitive, Interactive and Poster Sessions

The following table should help you perform your reviews:

Type of Session Type of Paper Benefits for authors Review results options
Competitive The manuscript is almost ready for submission to a journal.25 pages max. double space Reviews and comments help bring the paper to the level required by journals – Accepted as Competitive
– Accepted as Interactive
– Accepted as Poster
– Rejected
Interactive The paper is in its initial stages. Yet, the method part is almost complete.15 pages max. double space Comments from reviewers, session chair and participants help refine the paper. – Accepted as Interactive
– Accepted as Poster
– Rejected
Poster Research project.Extended abstract,2 pages max. single space Comments from session chair and participants help validate the research project and/or offer new directions – Accepted as Poster
– Rejected


Only more mature and developed papers should be recommended for “Competitive” sessions.

Papers that are more work-in-progress should be recommended t for Interactive sessions.

Research projects should be recommended for “Poster” sessions.


Given EIBA goals to provide a favorable environment to junior scholars and Ph.D. candidates, we want to give a special emphasis to the interactive sessions and poster sessions.

Interactive sessions require a delicate and important performance of the session chair as s/he needs to enliven and coordinate the session. The session chair is expected to lead the substantive debate and her/his guidance is essential to secure a beneficial participation to all authors.

Since chairing interactive sessions is such an important role, we need experienced scholars that will be able to stimulate authors and audience to discuss and bring about suggestions on how to refine the papers. Besides, the session chair has to be the time keeper and make sure that all authors are granted time equitably.

Poster session chairs also play a crucial role. Each chair will be assigned to a limited number of posters, which shall be close to her/his areas of expertise. S/He will provide comments to authors during lunchtime, when posters will be on display for other participants to comment on and discuss as well.

Poster sessions chairs are performing a delicate task as they help participants to validate research projects.

For all the above reasons, only experienced scholars can assume the role of session chairs in interactive and poster sessions. We would appreciate if they could volunteer for these important duties.

To volunteer as interactive session chair, please send an e-mail to with the following information:

Subject: Volunteer as interactive session chair

First and last name:


Track in which you would like to chair a session:

Areas of expertise (optional):

Thank you very much!