Since 2013, the iBEGIN community has aimed to integrate research on the intersection of the three fields of international business, economic geography, and technology/innovation studies. In addition to the conference theme, we welcome all paper submissions that address the broader iBEGIN research agenda. iBEGIN research aims at integrating and leveraging these three diverse research streams to develop a holistic view of the organization of economic activity across space.
All iBEGIN research is built around a set of core and fundamental tenets:

  • Connectivity across space is the “invisible web” that underlies all human civilization.
  • Human connectivity appears in two generic forms – organization-based (pipelines) and individual-based (personal relationships).
  • Social networking and innovation are the two most important elements of the human creative experience.


iBEGIN Research Associates

  • John Cantwell, Rutgers University, USA. Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Business Studies
  • Simona Iammarino, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK
  • Keld Laursen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
  • Francesco Lissoni, University of Bordeaux, France.
  • Mark Lorenzen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Editor-in-Chief, Industry & Innovation
  • Ram Mudambi, Temple University, USA
  • Lucia Piscitello, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
  • Josh Whitford, Columbia University, USA
  • Peter Williamson, Cambridge University, UK