iBEGIN Conference Schedule 2019


Day 1 – June 22nd, Saturday
11:00-12:20 Registration and Lunch
12:20-12:35 Overture and Welcome

  • Ram Mudambi, Henrik Sornn-Friese and Ari Van Assche
12:35-13:15 Welcome and Keynote

  • Peter Buckley, University of Leeds (Session Chair)
  • Alain Verbake, JIBS Editor-in-Chief, University of Calgary: The role of port clusters in international logistics chains
13:30-14:45 Block 1a — Regions and International Business

  • Ju, Hwansung, Mudambi, Ram. Needles in haystacks: how metros can prioritize engagement in international markets
  • Kahari, Perttu, Saittakari, Iiris, Junna, Paulina, Piekkari, Rebecca. Cities competing for headquarters: Extending the concept of location from physical to social in IB research
  • Sornn-Friese, Henrik. Subnational context and foreign headquarter location. Acase study of Maersk Line’s establishment in Taiwan

Block 1b — Connectedness

  • Medina, Lisset, Cano-Kollmann, Marcelo, Alvarez, Isabel. International connectivity in the generation of information and communication technology in Spain
  • Zou, Huan, Liu, Eunice, Ghauri, Pervez. Opportunity development through different network ties: a study of Taiwan firms
  • Turkina, Ekaterina, Van Assche, Ari, Mudambi, Ram. From vertical integration to horizontal specialization: evidence from the aerospace engine industry
15:00-16:15 Block 2 — Ports

  • De Langen, Peter, Jacobs, Wouter. Ports as localized business ecosystems: tangibles, intangibles and learning.
  • Rodrigue, Jean-Paul, Notteboom, Theo. Internationalization and the network connectivity of container terminal operators: A terminal-based analysis.
  • Hall, Peter. Trading services in the periphery.
  • Randrianarisoa, Laingo, Gillen, David. Reducing Sulphur Emissions: A Maritime Supply Chain Perspective.
16:30-18:00 Block 3 — Industry Panel

  • Theo Notteboom, Shanghai Maritime University, Ghent University and University of Antwerp (moderator)
  • Barbara Scheel Agersnap, Copenhagen-Malmö Port
  • Jan Hoffmann, UNCTAD’s Trade Facilitation Section
  • Christine Rigby, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
19:00-22:00 Dinner at SALT – Located at the Hotel Admiral Toldbodgade 24-28, 1253 København, Denmark

Keynote Panel

Shaker Zahra
Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship, University of Minnesota


Peter Maskell
Doctor Mercuturae, Business Economics, Copenhagen Business School


Adam B. Jaffe
Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Economics, Brandeis University




Industry Panel

Moderator: Theo Notteboom, Director CEMIL
China Institute of FTZ Supply Chain, Shanghai Maritime University
Chair professor ‘North Sea Port’, Ghent University
Professor, University of Antwerp


Barbara Scheel Agersnap
CEO of the Copenhagen-Malmö Port


Jan Hoffman
Chief of UNCTAD’s Trade Facilitation Center


Christine Rigby
Environmental Analyst at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority


*Panel: Sustainable Shipping: How port connectivity can increase trade efficiency while reducing shipping emissions

Sustainable Shipping: How port connectivity can increase trade efficiency while reducing shipping emissions

Ports hold considerable potential for promoting environmental upgrading in maritime transport and along global value chains more generally, but have so far been only partially successful in doing so. For one thing, ports are place-bound entities operating in isolation from each other and imposing their own systems and incentives upon shipping lines and shippers, with the result that efforts towards a sustainable maritime supply chain become fragmented and difficult for port users around the world to participate in. There have been some attempts of ports coming together to address this challenge. The World Port Sustainability Program is one such an initiative, while more recently Transport Canada and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority have each taken steps towards international collaboration on vessel emission reductions through incentive programs and environmental infrastructure.

The panel will focus on the task of creating an approach that is efficient and effective on a global scale, by ports working together: What are the challenges for ports collaborating internationally? How does the place-bound nature of ports enable and constrain international collaboration? Which ports should take lead in such an approach and what are the ramifications for port systems at regional and global scale? What are the implications in terms of liner shipping connectivity and trade growth? How would it affect the ‘port of call’ and ‘company location’ decisions of shipping lines, shippers and terminal operators?

(Panelists: CEO Barbara Scheel Agersnap, Copenhagen-Malmö Port, …)


Day 2 — June 23rd, Sunday
9:15-10:30 Block 4a — Inventor Networks

  • Marino, Alba, Mudambi, Ram, Perri, Alessandra, Scalera, Vittoria. Ties that bind: the role of ethnic inventors in multinational enterprises’ knowledge creation.
  • Markus, Arjan, Candiani, Juan. Network Resource Munificence, Geographical Dispersion and Inventor Performance
  • Darandelli, Izzet. Regulative distance and international collaboration in innovation: a case of Turkey and the European Union

Block 4b — Maritime Infrastructure

  • Mileski, Joan, Galvao, Cassia. Blockchain: more than just a buzzword in maritime industry?
  • Gamarra, Roberto. How do Headquarters Source Technical Information? A Practice Lens to Subsidiary Role in Multinationals Knowledge Sourcing for Innovation
  • Galvao, Cassia, Mileski, Joan. Simple is actually complex: opening the location variable “black box”
10:45-12:00 Block 5a — Internationalization

  • Santangelo, Grazia, Caroline, Witte. Political first-mover advantage step in post-conflict environments
  • Castellani, Davide, Perri, Alessandra, Scalera, Vittoria. A micro-level approach to cross-regional knowledge integration within MNCs: How inventors’ individual experience and capabilities shape intra-firm knowledge flows
  • Nasirov, Shukhrat, Gokh, Irina, Filippaios, Fragkiskos. Technological quality, internationalisation, and the role of intellectual property protection and CEO duality

Block 5b — Networks and Chains

  • De Vries, Gaaitzen, Mudambi, Ram, Timmer, Marcel. The Geography of Activities in Global Value Chains: Testing the Trumpet
  • Nachum, Lilac, Livanis, Grigorios, Hong, Hyukyoung. When Near is Far and Far is Near: A Quantile Regression Model of FDI, Geographic Location and Connectivity
  • Fassio, Claudio, Geuna, Aldo, Rossi, Federica. The role of industrial investors’ networks in facilitating interactions with international universities.
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-14:15 Block 6 — Digitization

  • Sinkovics, Rudolf, Sinkovics, Noemi. A qualitative topic modeling approach to understanding the antecedents and consequences of ICT in international business and marketing.
  • Wiig, Heidi, Liu, Ju, Zukauskaite, Elena. Global knowledge sourcing in a digitalized world. The role of physical and non-physical knowledge sourcing and the interrelatedness with institutional and organizational factors. Case studies of the ICT and new media industry in Scandinavia and Beijing
  • Bouncken, Ricarda. Organizational digital identity: suggestions for a concept, criteria and development
14:30-15:45 Block 7 — Transportation Infrastructure

  • Munim, Ziaul Haque. Transport infrastructure quality and innovation: evidence from latent growth curve modelling
  • Ribaudo, Dillali, Castellani, Davide, Zanfei, Antello. Get there and around: the role of transportation infrastructures in MNEs’ location choices at the city-level
  • Nowinska, Agnieszka, Schramm, Hans-Joachim. Changing dynamics of dyads in the container shipping industry.
16:00-17:30 Block 8 — Keynote Panel

  • Alessandra Perri, Ca Foscari University (Session Chair)
  • Davide Castellani, University of Reading
  • Shaker Zahra, University of Minnesota
  • Peter Maskell, Copenhagen Business School

*Panel:Knowledge Clusters: Tangible and intangible aspects of connectivity

Knowledge clusters are key to both global innovation and entrepreneurship processes. Scholars now recognize that both processes are increasingly the outcome of the integration of knowledge from diverse geographical locations. This connectivity across geographies has both tangible and intangible aspects, both of which are important and that are intertwined in different ways in different contexts.

The panel will focus on the theoretical and empirical aspects of this intertwined connectivity across geographic space.

(Panelists: professor Shaker Zahra, professor Adam B. Jaffe, professor Peter Maskell)