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JIBS call for papers on solutions to Grand Challenges (Oct 30 deadline)

  • 1.  JIBS call for papers on solutions to Grand Challenges (Oct 30 deadline)

    Posted 10-19-2023 10:18

    Dear friends and colleagues,

    Please remember to submit your papers on solutions to Grand Challenges by the October 30 deadline. Below you can find a summary of the JIBS call for papers. You can find the full call at

    We look forward to reading your manuscripts!

    Best wishes, the special issue editors


    Special Issue of the Journal of International Business Studies


    Special Issue Editors:

    ·         Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra (Northeastern University, USA,

    ·         Gerard George (Georgetown University, USA,

    ·         Grazia D. Santangelo (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark,

    ·         Laszlo Tihanyi (Rice University, USA,

    ·         Xufei Ma (Tsinghua University, China,

    ·         Lemma Senbet (University of Maryland, USA,

    ·         Supervising Editor: Jonathan Doh (Villanova University, USA,

    Deadline for Submission: October 30, 2023

    Motivation for the Special Issue

    Grand Challenges are complex problems with no easy solutions, which transcend national borders and affect future generations. These Grand Challenges, such as climate change, global health, forced migration, food security, financial underdevelopment and infrastructure gaps, capital flight and illicit flows, have usually been discussed as the purview of governments. This special issue aims to contribute to and guide this ongoing conversation by bringing attention to multinationals' solutions to Grand Challenges. We are interested in submissions that focus on particular actions or initiatives taken by multinationals to solve specific Grand Challenges. We also solicit studies that investigate the behavior of diverse groups of actors participating and collaborating with multinationals, including governments, transnational, hybrid, and not-for-profit organizations to provide solutions. They can even take the form of local initiatives that are scaled and adopted by multinationals and international organizations in other geographies and jurisdictions as solutions to Grand Challenges.

    Overview of the Special Issue

    The focus of this Special Issue is to provide a deep understanding of how MNEs contribute solutions to Grand Challenges. Grand Challenges are, by definition, complex, and by extension, solutions reflect this complexity. One approach to simplify this complexity is to group them under three main categories – environmental, societal, and economic Grand Challenges – which mirror the concepts of commons, wellbeing, and externalities that underpin each of these challenges. Studies submitted to the special issue can address one or several questions within each of these.

    Deadline and Submission Instructions

    Authors should submit their manuscripts between October 1 and 30, 2023, via the Journal of International Business Studies submission system. Questions about the Special Issue may be directed to the guest editors (please select copy all editors in your communication) and the JIBS Managing Editor (

    Professor, International Business and Strategy, Northeastern University
    Co-editor, Global Strategy Journal