The three-day conference on South-to-South FDI organized at IIM Indore in collaboration with Academy of International Business (AIB) India Chapter concluded on April 23, 2016. The conference witnessed more than 40 paper presentations, poster presentations, panel discussion and expert talks.
The last day of the conference had seven attention-grabbing invited talks by distinguished professionals from across the globe. The talks revolved around international business contemporary research with an objective to give new insights to industry as well as academics. The day started with an interactive session by the Guest Speaker Mr. Anirvant Pant, IIM Calcutta who spoke on the topic ‘A paradox, not a dilemma: Re-conceptualizing the engagement of subsidiary managers with institutional duality’. He discussed how international managers have to manage home and hose country external environments. Giving examples of various pharmaceutical companies, he discussed the strategic factors which affect the performance effects of industrialization. He also discussed the benefits of internationalization which have been outlined in economics and management literature, quoting definitions by various eminent authors.
The second talk was by Dr. Vikas Kumar, Department of International Business, University ofSydney, who spoke on the topic ‘Emerging Economy Firms and Speed of International Venturing’. He conversed about various firms which established themselves in today’s global scenario, their competitive strategies and how new ventures are increasing across the world. He gave information about how business group firms performing vis-à-vis standalone firms in terms of industrialization, are they more profitable and what could be a potential deterrent in the profitable internationalization of business firms.
Professor Amit Karna of IIM Ahmedabad delivered the third Guest Talk of the day. He spoke on the topic ‘Internationalization by Emerging Market Firms: A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective’. He discussed the factors affecting the emerging economy multinational develop dynamic capabilities and how the size of the firm matter in experimentation.
The fourth talk was by Dr.Shameen Prashantham, China Europe International Business School, who spoke on the topic ‘Network Propensities and Capability Learning in New Ventures: An Exploratory Study in China and India’. He gave a comparative analysis of the new emerging learning ventures across India and China.
The fifth talk was by Dr. Nilanjan Banik, Mahindra ÉcoleCentrale, Hyderabad. He spoke on ‘A Chinese Lesson for India! ACT EAST’.
This was followed by a talk by Prof. Rajesh S.Upadhyayula, IIM Kozhikode; on the topic ‘The Role of Cluster Presence and Quality Certification in Internationalization and Performance of Offshore Service Providers’.
The last talk was by Dr. Rejie George Pallathitta, IIM Bangalore on the topic ‘Corporate Governance and Political Connections’.
The valedictory function took place on the last day marked by the presence of all the guests, dignitaries, participants and the organizing members. Professor Manish Popli, Conference Co-Chair; thanked the delegates and participants for making the conference a success.