Webinar: Evolution of International Business Thought and Discipline

Evolution of International Business Thought and Discipline: A Conversation with Professor Peter J. Buckley

Peter J. Buckley, Leeds University

Moderated by:
S. Tamer Cavusgil, Georgia State University
Atilla Yaprak, Wayne State University

International business is a relatively young discipline. Yet, in its approximately six decade history, it has evolved in terms of the key questions addressed by scholars, knowledge accumulation through seminal works, and proliferation of new literature streams.

Join us for a conversation with Professor Peter Buckley, inarguably one of the foremost thought leaders in international business. As a highly influential contributor to the development of the field of international business, Professor Buckley will comment on the past, present, and future of thought development and respond to questions by moderators.

Key takeaways:

  • Gain a historical perspective on the evolution of international business scholarship
  • Learn about milestones and key contributors to international business theory
  • Be inspired by Professor Buckley’s views about the future of international business research

September 23, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

About the Speakers

Peter Buckley

PETER J. BUCKLEY (BA (Econ), York; MA, East Anglia; PhD Economics, Lancaster; Dr hc (Uppsala); DSc hon (Lappeenranta) Dr. Merc.H.C. (Copenhagen)) is Professor of International Business, Founder Director of CIBUL (1995) and Founder Director of the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds (BCIUL). He has held Visiting Professorships at University of Paris I: Panthon-Sorbonne, Faculty of Management and Organization, University of Groningen, The University of Rennes I, Hong Kong City University, BI Oslo, the University of Granada, University of Lancaster and the University of Reading. He has published 28 books in English in both UK and USA including one in German. These include The Future of the Multinational Enterprise (1976) (paperback edition, 1991; Japanese edition, 1993; Korean edition, 1995; Anniversary edition, 2002; Chinese edition, 2005; 40th Anniversary edition 2016) and the Theory of the Multinational Enterprise (1987) based on the 1986 Uppsala Lectures in Business. His most recent book is The Multinational Enterprise and the Emergence of the Global Factory (Palgrave 2014). He also is editor of 20 books, including Cooperative Forms of Transnational Company Activity in the United Nations Library series, his most recent being International Business Strategy: Theory and Practice (Routledge 2015). He was listed in The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) as one of the most Successful academic writers (January 2006). In addition, he has written over 250 refereed articles on foreign direct investment, the multinational enterprise, international management and the economics of tourism in leading British, US, Japanese and European journals, including 25 articles in the Journal of International Business Studies. The Social Science Citation Index lists over 3,611 citations of Peter Buckleys work. Google Scholar lists over 29,924 citations (h index 69). He is editor of the Edward Elgar book series New Horizons in International Business (100 titles to date) and Associate Editor of International Business Review. He has taught at undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience levels in Britain and contributed to post-experience courses in the UK, China, India and elsewhere. He has taught at various levels in UK, USA, China, Sweden, Germany, France, Brazil, Singapore, Hong Kong, Norway, Spain, Poland and Japan and given seminars in many countries. Television and Radio contributions include BBC Business Breakfast, Chinese TV (including Dialogue), Singapore TV, BBC Radio 4 (including You and Yours) and BBC World Service. In 1992 he chaired the Higher Education Funding Councils (HEFC) research selectivity Panel for Business and Management Studies. He founded CIBUL, one of the worlds leading research centres in International Business in July 1995. He has played a major role in establishing Leeds Universitys Centre for Chinese Business and Development and was Founder Director of the Institute for Research on Contemporary China, both are now constituent parts of the White Rose East Asia Centre (funded by a grant of 4.5m). Professor Buckley has carried out consultancy assignments for central government, local government, international bodies (including UNCTAD Division on Transnationals and UNIDO) and leading companies. His current research interests centre on the theory of the multinational firm, knowledge management in multinational firms, the international transfer of technology, the impact of foreign direct investment particularly in China, and outward direct investment from emerging countries: China and India. Peter Buckley was President of the Academy of International Business 2002-4, after being Vice President (1991-92) and the Chair of its UK Region from 1985 to 1991. He was Chair of the European International Business Academy (2009-2012). In 1985 he was elected a Fellow of the AIB. Fellowships are limited to 50 world-wide and are awarded for outstanding achievements in international business. He remains the youngest person to be so elected. In 1995 he became a Fellow of the British Academy of Management (BAM) in the founding list of Fellows. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in 1995. He was elected a Fellow of European International Business Academy (EIBA) in 2005. In December 1998 he was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of International Economics and Business, Beijing, China. In September 2006 he received the third Viipuri Prize in Strategic Management and Business Economics for his Outstanding record in the field of International Business research. He was named the Booz Allen Hamilton Strategy+Business Eminent Scholar in Management Prize at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California, 11th August, 2008. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Uppsala, Sweden, 2010, the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, 2012 and by the Department of Strategic Management and Globalisation, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 2015. He received the Cheung Kong Scholar Chair Professor in the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing, September 2010. Financial Times: Professor of the Week 24th February 2012. He received the Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award (BAM) For considerable and sustained contribution to International Business 2011 and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2014. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queens New Year Honours List 2012. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in July 2014.

The theory of the multinational enterprise, methods of foreign market entry and development, the management of co-operative strategies, theoretical and empirical work on joint ventures and alliances (including specific projects on UK international alliances), knowledge management in multinational firms, transfer pricing in multinational firms, economic integration and the strategy of multinational firms, international takeovers (including cultural aspects of post-merger integration, the impact of globalisation and government policies on multinationals. Specific area interests in China, India, the EU and NAFTA.International Business Strategy, MBA Full-time and Executive
International Business (U/G, Post-Experience)

S. Tamer Cavusgil
Georgia State University
Tamer is Regent’s Professor and Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chair at Georgia State University. He also serves as Executive Director of CIBER – Center for International Business Education and Research.
Tamer is a world-renowned educator, scholar, mentor, journal editor, institution builder, leader of professional societies, and advisor to senior executives & international agencies. He is a trustee of Sabanci University and a visiting professor at Leeds University Business School.
Tamer mentored over 35 doctoral students at Michigan State & Georgia State who have become accomplished educators themselves. He is the senior author of the leading text International Business: Strategy, Management, and the New Realities, 5th Ed., Pearson Education, co-authored with Gary Knight & John Riesenberger.
Tamer holds a BS from Middle East Technical University and MBA & PhD from University of Wisconsin. He has honorary doctorates from The University of Hasselt & University of Southern Denmark, in addition to being the inaugural Honorary Professor at Atilim University. Tamer is an elected Fellow of the AIB.


Attila Yaprak
Wayne State University
Attila Yaprak is a Professor of Marketing and International Business and Director, Doctoral Programs at the Ilitch Business School at Wayne State University. He is also the AIB Historian and has served as the Executive Secretary of the AIB (1992-1994). He teaches MBA and doctoral program courses at the Ilitch School and has had teaching and/or research visits to business schools in Austria, England, France, Finland, Germany, Spain and Turkey. His research has appeared in many journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Marketing, and Political Psychology. He has served as an associate editor at the Journal of Business Research and serves on the editorial boards of many journals. He has been listed among the most prolific contributors to international business journals in several studies. A winner of many teaching awards, including the Outstanding Marketing Professor Award given by the Academy of Marketing Science, he has also consulted for the World Trade Organization in China, Nepal, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Dr. Yaprak earned BS and MBA degrees at Indiana University (1971 and 1973) and a PhD degree at Georgia State University (1978).