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Want help with your EDI paper in International Business? Join WAIB's Paper Coaching Session at AIB 2023

  • 1.  Want help with your EDI paper in International Business? Join WAIB's Paper Coaching Session at AIB 2023

    Posted 15 days ago



    Are you working on a paper about equity, equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in international business? Could you use some help developing it? Women in the Academy of International Business (WAIB; https://waib.aib.world) is here for you! Please submit to WAIB's first-ever paper coaching session at AIB 2023.



    International business researchers are increasingly focusing on gender, equality, equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Last year at AIB 2022 WAIB celebrated its 20th anniversary by taking stock of how far we've come in terms of supporting and developing gender research in IB. In 2023 it's time to look ahead and start developing new research for the future. The ultimate goal of this session is to develop strong EDI research within IB, improving this area of research for the future.


    What to submit

    Attach your work-in-progress in a .pdf format. Ideally this will be at the stage where it is an extended abstract, all the way up to a full paper. Please include your name on the document.


    What counts as EDI research within IB?

    Papers can address any aspect of EDI, including but not exclusively related to gender. For example, social movements such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter have elevated demands on all types of international organizations (e.g., multinational enterprises -MNEs, international entrepreneurial ventures, international governmental, non-governmental and not-for-profits) to address systemic sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination against underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. In some instances, these demands have been accompanied by calls for decolonizing the practices and powers of international organizations to influence the economies and social well-being of host nations (e.g. #decolonization).


    International organizations face the additional challenge that societal contexts and expectations for the inclusion of underrepresented groups manifest differently across countries. For example, an international organization's attempt to offer global support to LGBTQ+ employees risks inadvertently 'outing' them in countries where homosexuality is still criminalized, such as Cameroon, Singapore and Nigeria (Stonewall, 2021). There are marked differences in how diversity is interpreted, even among culturally and geographically close countries such as Britain, France and Germany. While diversity management in Britain draws on the historical discourse of multiculturalism, republican ideals of equality are fundamental in France, and instrumental discourse of integration is common in Germany (Tatli, Vassilopoulou, Ariss & Özbilgin, 2012). Thus, both cultural and institutional differences add to the challenges of implementing consistent EDI practices internationally. In this complex setting, international organizations need to navigate rising global pressures for equality and social justice, regional demands and local dynamics of EDI.


    Where and when to submit

    Email your submission to Stacey Fitzsimmons (sfitzsim@uvic.ca) by March 15th. In the message, specify two things:

    1. Are you able to attend the workshop at the Academy of International Business in Warsaw on July 5th (? For equity purposes, we may accept a small number of papers from authors who cannot come to Warsaw in person. https://www.aib.world/event/annual-meeting-aib-2023-warsaw/
    2. Are you a current or new WAIB member?  This will be verified for those whose papers are accepted, and could include joining WAIB for the first time this year. You can join WAIB at the same time as you become a member of the AIB (https://www.aib.world/membership/new-members/)


    Criteria for selection

    • Fit. See above for "what counts as EDI research within IB"
    • Potential. The paper's potential to make a strong contribution to EDI research in IB.
    • Authors. Given equally strong submissions related to both fit and potential, priority will go to authors who are current or new WAIB members, from emerging economy countries, or who are at earlier career stages.


    What happens next?

    Selected authors will be informed as soon as possible. Papers will be matched with top scholars in the field, who will coach authors in person during this workshop session.


    AIB 2023 decision letters are coming out soon! If you will be coming to AIB and you have research in progress on EDI within IB, then please consider joining us at this session.


    We're looking forward to hearing from you:

    Co-chairs: Stacey Fitzsimmons & Noemi Sinkovics

    Session support and/or coaching includes:

    • Joan Lilian Ogendo, Senior Lecturer, Technical University of Kenya
    • Yingying Zhang Zhang, Professor of Management, International University of Japan
    • Stephanie L. Wang, Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
    • Ling Eleanor Zhang, Associate Professor in Management, ESCP Business School, London Campus
    • Ha Nguyen, Lecturer in International Business, University of Sussex Business School



    Dr Noemi Sinkovics  | Associate Director of Research (PGR Director) | Senior Lecturer in International Business  | The University of Glasglow | Adam Smith Business School | University Ave, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, United Kingdom| Co-Editor in Chief Data in Brief | Associate Editor Critical Perspectives on International Business (CPoIB) | Executive Board Member and Secretary AIB UK and Ireland Chapter | Board Member and Communications Officer Women in AIB (WAIB) | noemi.sinkovics@glasgow.ac.uk  | www.sinkovics.com/noemi | Twitter | LinkedIn

    STACEY FITZSIMMONS, PhD, Associate Professor
    Academic Research Officer, WAIB
    Gustavson School of Business | University of Victoria
    PO Box 1700 STN CSC | Victoria BC, V8W 2Y2
    sfitzsim@uvic.ca | Phone 250-472-4787 | Room BEC 448
    We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

    Stacey Fitzsimmons
    Associate Professor of International Management
    Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
    University of Victoria
    Victoria BC, Canada