SIEM / Spaces of International Economy and Management

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Contact information

Professor Dr. Rolf D. Schlunze

Humboldt University of Berlin, Department of Economic Geography / Ritsumeikan University, College of Business Administration

About SIEM

SIEM (Spaces of International Economy and Management) is an innovative, international and multidisciplinary research group created in 2007. SIEM meetings have been conducted at the Association of Japanese Geographers (AJG) to understand new spaces of global business in the knowledge society and to build a community representing a wide spectrum of perspectives regarding management geography. With the purpose of organizing the first SIEM symposium we are calling for speakers from the science of Geography as Management to present their fresh ideas and research results in the spirit of building cross-disciplinary co-operation and to promote a breakthrough by displaying all contributions to the discipline of Management Geography.

The concept of management geography is little known, although in the past management scientists and recent leaders in economic geography such as Andrew Jones, Henry Yeung, Patrik Ström and Tim Reiffenstein have presented significant work in this field and provided potential leads to a new avenue of geographic studies. Their work focuses on international managers and entrepreneurs.

In the post war era the global market has come into its own as managers have begun conducting business internationally. Entrepreneurs and managers took advantage of the remarkable progress in communication and transport systems for their international business activities. As a result, their centers of activity accumulated profits and power. The places and spaces that belong to their multi-national network are related to this growth process but are affected by the way business is conducted. Our ambition is to make this clearly important subject more accessible to an international audience of interdisciplinary scientists by providing theoretical foundations, methodological tools and empirical evidence. Studies to be presented at the SIEM symposium should include one or more of the following aspects:

a) Theorizing management practices in geographic space by approaches related to leadership, international human resource management (IHRM), corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices and networking of entrepreneurs and managers.
b) Proposing new methodologies for investigating managerial practices and strategies, capability and capacities for decision making, manager appraisal of changing agents in private and governmental organizations molding international spaces.
c) Introducing studies with empirical evidence on the cross-border expansion of managerial practices that contribute to the formation of new emerging communities in metropolitan spaces. In particular, studies that investigate new career and location patterns in an increasingly globalizing world will be presented.
d) Providing applied decision making support for international managers in the global and local context.
e) Developing implications for local and regional government on building hybrid culture that enables cities to encourage international entrepreneurship and management talent.