Management International Review (MIR): E-Commerce Policy and International Business

Starts:  Aug 1, 2020 8:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Aug 31, 2020 11:59 PM (ET)
Associated with  Entrepreneurship (ENT)
Call for Papers
Focused Issue of Management International Review (MIR)
E-Commerce Policy and International Business
                                    Submission Deadline: August 31, 2020
Guest Editors:  Douglas Cumming (Florida Atlantic University, USA,
                            Sofia Johan (Florida Atlantic University, USA,
                            Zaheer Khan (University of Kent, UK,
                            Martin Meyer (University of Kent, UK,
Background and rationale for the focused issue
The rise of digitization and ICTs-enabled technologies have played an important role in overcoming cross-border transactions costs, thus offering significant opportunities and benefits to firms to compete on a global scale. The growth and widespread diffusion of internet have created numerous opportunities for firms to provide products and services across both developed and developing markets.

Current research has focused on examining e-commerce strategy; the barriers and adoption related challenges of e-commerce (see Agarwal and Wu, 2015 for an overview), among others. Within the international business field, one stream of research has applied Dunning's OLI paradigm to explain the rise of e-commerce firms (e.g., Singh and Kundu, 2002). Recent IB scholarships have focused on examining the rise of platform-based firms and highlighted the importance of direct and indirect networks effect in explaining the internationalization and cross-border activities of platform-based firms (e.g., Brouthers et al., 2016; Chen et al., 2019; Zeng, Khan & De Silva, 2019). Despite the contributions of extant literature, there has been limited discussions around e-commerce related policy and how it affects the international business activities, as well as global value chains of multinational enterprises.  

The aim of this focused issue is to encourage scholars to explore the following research questions at the intersections of international business, public policy and legal aspect of e-commerce. We would like to receive both conceptual and empirical papers.

Research Questions
Papers for the focused issue could fall within the following questions and related topic areas:
  1. How does e-commerce affect global capital flows to emerging and developed markets?
  2. What are the ways that SMEs can use crowdfunding to internationalize?
  3. How are multinationals affected by e-commerce policy?
  4. How does e-commerce policy affect the IB and SME ecosystem?
  5. How does e-commerce affect trade flows in different institutional contexts?
  6. What is the role of WTO in shaping e-commerce policy, and how does regulatory harmonization affect e-commerce policies?
  7. Does e-commerce policy affect cross-border investment from venture capitalists and private equity funds?
  8. How do regulatory changes affect e-commerce policies and adoption of e-commerce across different countries?
  9. How does e-commerce policy affect multinational value chains?
  10. How does e-commerce policy affect the link between SMEs and multinationals?
Submission Guidelines
Papers for this focused issue should be prepared in accordance with the MIR's submission guidelines available at:

Papers should be submitted directly to the guest editors at by the deadline of August 31, 2020.  All paper will go through the MIR regular double-blind review process.
The editors of this focused issue will be organizing a conference on the theme of the focused issue at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

About Canterbury: The historic city of Canterbury has a warm and friendly atmosphere with medieval buildings, lively bars, atmospheric pubs and a wide range of shops just a 25-minute walk from campus of the University of Kent, UK. Canterbury location is very attractive due to its close proximity to London. London is an hour away by high-speed train and Canterbury is the closest UK city to mainland Europe, so you can be in Paris, Brussels or Lille within two hours.

Conference date: June 30, 2020
Submission deadlines to conference: March 30, 2020
Submission deadline to focused issue: August 31, 2020
Tentative publication date: Fall 2021 or Spring 2022