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Debate in 5 Days (Barney and Teece, versus Buckley and Verbeke)

  • 1.  Debate in 5 Days (Barney and Teece, versus Buckley and Verbeke)

    Posted 06-18-2022 17:04

    Debate in 5 days (Barney and Teece, versus Buckley and Verbeke)

    Do we need a new theory of the 'international' firm? 


    #STRongerTogether Virtual Symposium (June 24, 2022)

    Registration link for the DEBATE: Theory of the "international" firm. June 24th, 2022, Friday



    Dear Colleagues,


    Please join us in an exciting Ox-Bridge style debate on whether we need a new theory of the 'international' firm.


    The original charge will be: "There is no need for a new theory of the 'international' firm." 


    "For" side: Peter Buckley and Alain Verbeke, debating the current theories are adequate,  

    "Against" side: David Teece and Jay Barney, debating that there is a need for a new approach.


    There is much to debate. Some of the interesting tensions around this broad charge are listed as a non-exhaustive list below, to spark audience participation following the debate. For instance:


    • Do we need a new theory of the firm, specifically addressing the "international" firm?
    • What would a new theory of the international firm look like?
    • What are the boundary conditions and shift parameters that such a new theory would entail?
    • For theory testing, what would general models look like for such a new theory?
    • Do we need a new approach that integrates strategic management and theories of the international firm, so we can better explain the changing nature of contexts, organizational forms, incentives, motivations, frictions, and stakeholders?


    Date: June 24, 2022, Friday;

    Time: 12:00 pm EST (5:00 pm UK, 9:00 am Pacific)   

    Duration: 60-minute debate, 20-minute audience participation.


    Free for everyone, courtesy of the AOM, but you have to register to access Zoom.


    Please register here:

    Register in advance for this meeting: 



    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


    Debate Panel (Alphabetical*)


    Ilgaz Arikan, Moderator

    (Kent State University)


    Jay Barney

    (University of Utah)


    Peter Buckley

    (University of Leeds, UK)


    David Teece

    (University of California, Berkeley)


    Alain Verbeke

    (University of Calgary)


    Ilgaz Arikan