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Special Issue on ‘Value creation in Latin American business: From innovation to performance’, Guest Edited by AIB-LAT

Special issue call for papers from Multinational Business Review

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2018


Guest Editors:

Armando Borda, ESAN Business School, Peru
Michel Hermans, IAE Business School, Austral University, Argentina

Supervising Editor:

Daniel Shapiro, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Co-Editor, Multinational Business Review

Value creation in Latin American business: From innovation to performance

This special issue of MBR is guest edited by AIB-LAT, the chapter of the Academy of International Business that brings together academics and researchers who share an interest in business in Latin America and work in or hail from the region. AIB-LAT aims to contribute to filling the void of management research that focuses on Latin America as compared to other geographical regions, including other emerging market economies (Nicholls-Nixon et al. 2011; Vassolo, De Castro & Gomez-Mejia, 2011).

We would like to call for papers that connect the theme of the special issue, “Value Creation in Latin American Business", either by offering uniquely Latin American theoretical perspectives or by employing Latin American data in a novel way.

Our call builds on the debate on classic theories of firm internationalization which posit that organizations must have firm-specific or ownership advantages that allow for foreign expansion. With the rise of emerging market multinational enterprises (EMNEs), scholars increasingly question these theories (e.g. Cuervo-Cazurra & Genc, 2008; Hennart, 2012; Hernandez & Guillen, 2018; Luo, Zhao, Wang & Xi, 2011; Madhok & Keyhani, 2012).

To further inform this debate, research is needed on the factors that underlie internationalization processes. More specifically, we posit that analysis of how firms create value allows for enriching our understanding of internationalization processes. This requires studies at the firm and within-firm levels of analysis that address interaction with the business environment, organizational functions and processes that sustain firm capabilities, and strategic decisions made by specific actors.

This special issue of the Multinational Business Review (MBR) focuses on value creation in international business. We call for papers that address the processes, choices and actors that sustain international firms’ development and leveraging of capabilities to achieve performance, domestically and abroad.

Possible topics of interest include but are not limited to:

•    Firm interactions with institutional actors in home or host business environments
•    Drivers of firm performance in international business
•    Decision making processes related to international business
•    The roles of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in internationalization processes
•    Individual interests and agendas in the internationalization of family businesses
•    Management of innovation as a driver and/or consequence of internationalization
•    Management of specific business functions (e.g. marketing, finance, operations, IT) in internationalization processes

Submission Details

•    We encourage the submission of papers that are both concise and rigorous. Manuscripts (including title page and references) should not exceed 40 pages.
•    While we prefer empirical papers, conceptual papers are welcome as well.
•    Submissions should be prepared using the MBR Manuscript Preparation Guidelines, including the MBR style guide.
•    Manuscripts should be submitted by 30 November 2018 using the MBR website (
•    Manuscripts will be reviewed according to the MBR double-blind review process.
•    For informal inquiries related to the Special Issue, proposed topics and potential fit with the Special Issue objectives, please contact the guest editors.


Cuervo-Cazurra, A., & Genc, M. 2008. Transforming disadvantages into advantages: Developing-country MNEs in the least developed countries. Journal of International Business Studies, 39(6): 957–979.
Hennart, J.-F. 2012. Emerging market multinationals and the theory of the multinational enterprise. Global Strategy Journal, 2(3): 168–187.
Hernández, E. & Guillén, M.F. 2018. Commentary: What’s theoretically novel about emerging-market multinationals? Journal of International Business Studies, 49(1): 24–33.
Luo, Y., Zhao, H., Wang, Y., & Xi, Y. 2011. Venturing abroad by emerging market enterprises. Management International Review, 51(4): 433-459.
Madhok, A., & Keyhani, M. 2012. Acquisitions as entrepreneurship: Asymmetries, opportunities, and the internationalization of multinationals from emerging economies. Global Strategy Journal, 2(1): 26–40.
Nicholls-Nixon, C. L., Davila Castilla, J. A., Sanchez Garcia, J. & Rivera Pesquera, M. 2011. Latin America management research: Review, synthesis, and extension, Journal of Management, 37(4): 1178-1228.
Vassolo, R. S., De Castro, J. O., & Gomez-Mejia, R. 2011. Managing in Latin America: Common issues and a research agenda. Academy of Management Perspectives, 25(4): 17-31.