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Global Trade/Capital Flows and Competitiveness Special Issue

Special issue call for papers from Review of International Business and Strategy

Guest Editors:
Professor SK Shanthi
Union Bank of India Chair Professor
Banking and Finance
Great Lakes Institute of Management
Chennai, India
[email protected]

Professor Sanjoy Sircar
Director-PGPM, Finance
Great Lakes Institute of Management
Chennai, India
[email protected]

Theme of the special issue:
A Special Issue of the International Journal of Commerce and Management will focus on current developments in the areas of global trade/capital flows, and competitiveness. These areas are essential for strategically positioning emerging economies in the global marketplace and are instrumental in improving the well-being citizens across the globe. Therefore, the Guest Editors of this Special Issue welcomes senior academic scholars, business consultants and doctoral students to submit their intellectual outputs so to advance knowledge in such critical areas. More specifically, the guest editors encourage scholars to write papers on the competitive nature of trade between emerging economies and the developed world. Thus, empirical and conceptual papers are sought.

Trade and business activities have been raised significantly between countries, regions and continentals in light of liberalization of economic policies in developing economies. In the same vein, technology development, cross-culture integration, migration, improvement in education and income levels – have contributed to the current economic growth of the world (Fatehi et al., 2008). As a result, there is a great deal of trade between developed and developing economies that has been increased the existing competition within the industry and between industries. While protecting local firms from international competition, many developing economies have drafted and altered various institutional and/or trade laws, provisions and guidelines (e.g. Dima et al., 2008; Pillania, 2009). In fact, the entry of multinationals and the global investments have been boosted the local competition in the host countries (e.g. India and China).
In particular, Fatehi et al. (2008, p. 78) explain 11 major factors that affect international business environment (IBE): decreasing trade barriers; developing countries' attitude changes; adoption of export-oriented strategies by developing countries; spread of regional trade agreements; technological developments; global demand for capital; diminishing effectiveness of national borders; investments required in new technologies; effect of the internet; international terrorism; and increasing interdependence among nations. By contrast, they suggest that ease of cross-border travel and the information explosion ushered in by the web have also raised globalization and global competition (p. 88). Therefore, this special edition will answer some important issues existed in the current IBE.
With this backdrop, this special issue suggests these research interests:

- Cross-border capital flows (FDIs) and Greenfield investments
- Foreign acquisitions, firm performance and industry competitiveness
- Cross-border institutional laws and guidelines, and treaties
- Factors that affect global trade/capital flows
- Home vs. Host country factors that influence global trade/capital flows
- Trade and distribution of developed/emerging markets enterprises
- Domestic and international trade strategies of developed and emerging markets
- Exports and imports within the region and between regions/continentals
- Competitiveness of trade within the region and between regions/continentals 
- Role of institutional and political factors that affect global competitiveness
- Measurement and evaluation of competitiveness index (e.g. Cetindamar and Kilitcioglu, 2013)
- Trade openness and economic growth (e.g. Okuyan et al., 2012)
- Third-party contracts and overseas trade
- Foreign trade of specific sectors (e.g. manufacturing: textile; services: IT)
- Trade and international taxation
- Domestic and international competition laws/norms/policies (e.g. Dima et al., 2008) 
- Competition and pricing strategies of firms in developed/emerging markets
- Global trade, agreements and WTO concerns
- View-point articles on international economic and business perspectives (e.g. DiRienzo et al., 2007) 
- Review papers on Global trade/capital flows and Competitiveness   

Submission and Publication Information:
Submission of First Draft: 31 December, 2013
First round Review report returned to authors: 31 March, 2014
Resubmission of First-round selected papers: 31 May, 2014
Second round Review report returned to authors (If necessary): 31 July, 2014
Resubmission of Second-round selected papers: 31 August, 2014
Final Decision: 30 September, 2014
Publication (approximately): Last/First issue of 2014/2015
Number of papers: 5 to 7 papers

Submission guidelines:
We welcome original and novel contributions to this call for papers that should justify the theme of special issue. We accept papers for review from a wide range of subjects, namely strategic management, international business and international finance. We also consider papers from international marketing in which the manuscript should discuss global trade/capital flows and/or competitiveness aspects. This special edition invites a different set of papers like conceptual, methodological, empirical, and case-study based. Indeed, it encourages authors to submit review papers on global competitiveness, international trade, foreign direct investments, cross-border – mergers and acquisitions, takeovers and joint ventures.

Please submit via, and choose “Global Trade/Capital Flows and Competitiveness” in the dropdown list provided at “Type of Issue”.

Manuscripts should be prepared following the IJCoMA author guidelines (see the section ‘Manuscript Requirements’). All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers.

Authors may contact Guest Editorial Assistant for any assistance: K. Srinivasa Reddy ([email protected]).

Key benefits to the authors: There is one best paper award, which will be awarded by the Guest Editors of this special issue.  

Biography of Guest Editors:

Professor SK Shanthi: SK Shanthi is currently the Chair Professor, Union Bank Center for Banking Excellence at Great Lakes Institute of Management. She has a PhD in Economics from the Institute for Financial Management and Research (University of Madras affiliation), Chennai. She has more than 20 years of teaching/research experience in the areas of Micro, Macro and Managerial Economics, most of it at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai. She has written and published over 25 research reports and papers and newspaper articles in the broad areas of Public Finance and Applied Finance, Economics and Microfinance in national and international publications. She has consulted extensively with the Government of Tamil Nadu as a member of the ‘Tamil Nadu Growth Initiative - 2006’, for the Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission on the review of the HDI for the State and for the First State Finance Commission to recommend ways and means of revamping and augmenting the tax and non-tax revenues of Urban Local Bodies in Tamil Nadu. She has also consulted with CII, Southern Region. She is currently consulting with the Competition Commission of India.

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Professor Sanjoy Sircar: Sanjoy Sircar is currently Professor of Finance and Director, PGPM. He started his professional career as a Chartered Accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Assurance and Advisory. While pursuing his doctoral studies in the US, he entered the world of academia and was a faculty in the Finance area at the Fox School of Management, Temple University, Philadelphia and Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. His course offerings include Corporate Finance, Strategic Financial Management, Options Futures and Risk Management, International Corporate Finance and Financial Analytics. He had been associated with SP Jain Institute of Management and Research at their Mumbai, Dubai and Singapore campuses and with the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and School of Business Management, NMIMS deemed to be University, as full time faculty in the Finance area. Prof. Sircar has, in his last assignment, served as the Dean, School of Commerce, NMIMS University as well as a member of the Admissions and Placement Committees of the School of Business Management, NMIMS. He has authored technical notes at SPJIMR on Portfolio Management and Risk Reduction, Capital Asset Pricing, Leverage and Cost of Equity. He had been a regular presenter at the Washington DC Symposium on Schools of Business Annual Conferences.

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Cetindamar, D. and Kilitcioglu, H. (2013), “Measuring the competitiveness of a firm for an award system”, Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 7-22.
Dima, A.M., Musetescu, R. and Paun, C. (2008), “Trade and competition policies at the crossroads: conflicts and synergies on the long run”, Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 79-90.
DiRienzo, C.E., Das, J. and Burbridge, J. (2007), “Does diversity impact competitiveness? A cross country analysis”, Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 135-52.
Fatehi, K., Veliyath, R. and Derakhshan, F. (2008), “Emergent realities of global competition: The changing demands on managers and governments”, International Journal of Commerce and Management, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 77-92.
Okuyan, H.A., Ozun, A. and Erbaykal, E. (2012), “Trade openness and economic growth: further evidence without relying on data stationarity”, International Journal of Commerce and Management, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 26-35.
Pillania, R.K. (2009), “Competitiveness and emerging markets”, Business Strategy Series, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 90-95.