Feature Article: The Establishment of the Institute of International Business and Governance*

With the aim of enhancing the research interests and capacity of academics in the fields of international business and governance, the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration (B&A) established the Institute of International Business and Governance (IIBG) in January 2016 with a grant from the Research Grants Council’s Institutional Development Scheme. The Institute will also encourage collaborative research, and the development of clusters and networks.

The Institute will provide various forms of support to our colleagues for enhancing research output which makes a scholarly contribution to the academic community, while offering advice on the development of local and international professional bodies and government organizations. “The IIBG is deemed to be a platform for academics, especially our colleagues, to gain insights and up-to-date information about the latest developments in the relevant business fields for the benefit of teaching and research,” said Professor Alan Au, Dean of B&A and Director of the IIBG.

Two research centres, the Centre for International Business and the Centre for Responsible Business, have been set up in the IIBG for fostering the development of research in four strategic areas related to international business and governance, viz. big data analytics in international business; outward foreign direct investment; globalization and governance; and spiritual orientation, ethics and management. Working closely with the Director, Dr Teresa Poon, Associate Director of the IIBG, Dr Rebecca Lau, Director of the Centre for International Business, and Dr Matthew Yeung, Director of the Centre for Responsible Business, will devise strategies for the development of the Institute, including translating research results into publications and teaching, coordinating research grant applications, and encouraging continuous research capacity development.

To nurture the research capacity in the four highlighted strategic areas, the IIBG is honoured to invite six internationally renowned academics to be Distinguished Professors. They are:

1.Professor Yochanan Altman, Senior Professor in Management in the Kedge Business School, Bordeaux;
2.Professor Joseph Cheng, Professor of Management and the Michael J Crouch Chair in Innovation, School of Management, UNSW Australia Business School;
3.Professor Mario Kafouros, Head of the International Business Division, Professor of International Business and Innovation, Leeds University Business School;
4.Professor Graham Kendall, Professor of Computer Science, University of Nottingham;
5.Professor Jeong-bon Kim, Professor, J Page R Wadsworth Chair, School of Accounting and Finance, University of Waterloo; and
6.Professor Raphael Nicholas Markellos, Professor of Finance, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia.

The six Distinguished Professors will lead and support various scholarly activities in the IIBG. For instance, they will support the attachment programme and provide valuable research advice to the mentees by serving as mentors of selected academics. In the attachment programme, the mentees will also have an annual visit to their mentors and take part in key international conferences in 2017 and 2018.

Meanwhile, the IIBG will organize a series of research activities to enhance the research interests and output of academics. Academic conferences on the theme of international business and governance, and research workshops, will be organized to facilitate idea exchange and explore new research directions.

A total of four research workshops will be organized in 2016 and 2017 to nurture in-house research talent and build up relevant strengths. Each will be a ten-day training for members to become familiar with the research areas and help to identify new research possibilities. Also, the IIBG will provide sponsorship to members for attending significant international conferences.

Two academic conferences will be held, one in 2017 and the other in 2018, with the themes being international business and governance respectively. It is hoped that these conferences can provide members with additional outlet for research findings. The Distinguished Professors may join the conferences as keynote speakers.

 “We believe that these research activities will not only engage academics in the constructive exchange of profound knowledge, but also stimulate research in the fields of international business and governance, and eventually build on the research strengths and develop a research culture among academics,” said Professor Au.

A research seminar on ‘Contemporary Developments in Global Management: The Talent Management Challenge’ was organized at the OUHK in February 2016. It was delivered by Professor Ken Kamoche of Nottingham University Business School. The seminar will be broadcast in an ‘Open for Learning’ TV Programme on the TVB Pearl channel.

Professor Jeong-bon Kim, one of the Distinguished Professors, will conduct a workshop in late May to advise on the progress of participants’ research projects in accounting and finance.

More research activities will be held in the future. The IIBG cordially invites active participation and looks forward to seeing you in their future activities.


* The original draft of this article was supplied by IIBG.



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