SIEM / Spaces of International Economy and Management

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Professor Dr. Rolf D. Schlunze

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


CALL FOR PAPERS :Global Conference on Economic Geography 2018 (2018.1.14 update)

Special Session: Management Geography – An Asian perspective

Conveners: Rolf D. Schlunze (Ritsumeikan University;, Atsushi Taira (Kagawa University; with Henry Wai-chung Yeung (National University of Singapore)

At the 5th Global Conference of Economic Geography (GCEG) the Research Group Spaces of International Economy and Management (SIEM), which was founded in 2007 in the Association of Japanese Geographers (AJG), is pleased to organize a Special Session on Management Geography.

Asian firms are taking the lead in many industries in the world economy. Asian management is therefore a focus of research among economic geographers. Professor Henry Wai-chung Yeung has provided his study on strategic coupling of Asian management a better understanding of the global economy. As an advisor to SIEM Research Group he is supportive of the idea of Management Geography. Management Geography is a new avenue of economic geography which focuses on the nexus of managerial practices in a globalizing world from a geographical perspective. The research objective is the analysis of the spatial features of management of corporate, governmental and other actors in socio-economic space. Managerial practices can be evaluated through globalizing, localizing, embedding and networking activities, facilitating relationships within and outside of corporate networks. From an Asian perspective we wish to show that the nexus of managerial practices is created in interconnected locations within global production networks (GPNs). Where do managerial actors and human resources concentrate that cooperate with boundary spanning activities? How does mobility and networking of Asian management transform space? How do managerial actors embed various managerial processes? What are the topics influencing the mindscape of the managerial subjects and enabling to create synergy in the process?
SIEM welcomes submissions in the following issues in relation to International Business (IB) that:
i.Theorize management practices in geographic space using approaches related to leadership, international human resource management (IHRM), innovative practices, and networking of boundary spanners.
ii.Propose new methodologies for investigating managerial practices, preferences, networking and decision-making in private and governmental organizations transforming spaces of international economy and management.
iii.Provide empirical evidence on all kind of management issues including knowledge transfer and management as well as localizing and globalizing practices. In particular, studies that focus on managerial embeddedness, corporate social responsibility (CSR), communities of practice (COPs), global production networks (GPNs) and strategic coupling of transnational firms are welcome.
iv.Develop implications for building international social capital in corporate entities and global city locations.
For more information on SIEM, visit and/or contact one of the conveners by e-mail. Please submit your abstract by March 15, 2018 through the conference website,

Useful references:
· Rolf D. Schlunze, Nathaniel O. Agola and William W. Baber (eds), Spaces of International Economy and Management: Launching New Perspectives on Management and Geography, Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.
· Henry W. Yeung, Strategic Coupling: East Asian Industrial Transformation in the New Global Economy, Cornell University Press, 2016.

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CALL FOR PAPERS : Special Session: Management Geography (2016.5.29 update)

At the 33rd Euro-Asia Management Studies Association (EAMSA) Annual Conference entitled COMBINING EAST AND WEST IN BUSINESS MODELS, ORGANISATIONAL GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT PRACTICE at the International Business School Suzhou (IBSS), Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China held from 27 to 30 October 2016. Find the more information about the annual conference and the special session at .

SIEM Research Group (Spaces of International Economy and Management) is pleased to organize a Special Session on Management Geography at the 33rd EAMSA conference. SIEM welcomes submissions in the following issues in relation to Euro-Asian management practice:
i.Theorising on management practices in geographic space using approaches related to leadership, international human resource management (IHRM), managerial and/or innovative practices, and networking of boundary spanners.
ii.Proposing new methodologies for investigating managerial practices, preferences and strategies, capability and capacities for decision-making, managerial appraisal of boundary spanners in private and governmental organisations moulding international spaces.
iii.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 globalising world are sought.
iv.Providing applied decision-making support for international managers in the global and local context.
v.Developing implications for government of city locations on building diversity that promotes international entrepreneurship and attracts management talents.

How to submit your paper for the Special Session on Management Geography: Abstract submission to SIEM: Friday 30th June, 2016; mailto For more information on SIEM please see and/or contact the Special Session organiser and head of the SIEM Research Group, Rolf Schlunze, directly at:
Paper submission to EAMSA by Easy Chair: Friday 8th July, 2016.
Paper acceptance notification by EAMSA: Monday 22nd August, 2016.
EAMSA Conference dates: 27th to 30th October, 2016.
Please notice that paper submission is managed by Easy Chair and not by SIEM. Please visit the EAMSA website for further details at

Call for paper of the 2016 EAMSA Conference (2016.4.5 update)

Dear colleagues,

Having successfully conducted special sessions at the AJG, AAG, IGC in Cologne and Kyoto, and 4th GCEG we are now aiming for the Euro-Asia Management Study Association Conference. Together with IB scholars we wish to promote the new research field called “Management Geography” at the annual conference held at the International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) from 27 to 30 October 2016.
Please find attached our call for paper integrated in the official call for paper of the 2016 EAMSA Conference.
If you wish to contribute to the special session on Management Geography follow the regular submission procedures of EAMSA and bring your intent also to our attention. Mailto and/ or
With best regards,


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Call for Papers for the next SIEM session at the 4th Global Conference of Economic Geographers

Dear friends, We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the next SIEM session at the 4th Global Conference of Economic Geographers! For further information please click here. You will find in this link all the information about our topic entitled “Spaces of Innovation Management” and submissions for abstracts.
Important deadlines for abstract submission to SIEM:
Deadline for abstract submission:November 30, 2014
Notification of acceptance:17 December 2014
The conference will take place between 19th and 22nd August 2015 at Oxford University, and will address the theme: Mapping Economies in Transformation. You can find more information about the conference in the website at URL
We look forward to receiving your abstract and to seeing you in Oxford. We envision a very stimulating and engaging session, in which we will re-think, refresh and discover new insights about Innovation Management! Please feel free to share this Call for Papers with people in your network!

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Please see this link for more information

With best wishes,

On behalf of SIEM

Exploring Cross-Cultural Competence in East Asia

We would like to inform you about a book publication of our SIEM member, Dr. Weiwei JI, who became a lecturer at Jinan University in China.
He published his excellent PhD thesis entitled “Exploring Cross-Cultural Competence in East Asia” with Palgrave Macmillan recently.
You can find the book by ISBN: 978-1-137-36309-1; ISBN10: 1-137-36309-6; or at URL
We hope you enjoy the reading!

A Research Meeting of SIEM at the AJG

We are announcing a research meeting of SIEM at the Association of Japanese Geographers (AJG).

Date and Time: March 29, 13:00-15:00 (Room 109)
Speaker: Rolf Schlunze (Ritsumeikan University)
Title: Japanese managers holding out in Germany - Location and intercultural synergy creation.

Special Session on Management Geography

SIEM will conduct a Special Session on Management Geography at the 2012 Annual Meeting in New York. The paper session entitled Management Geography (2165) is scheduled on Saturday, 25. Feb. 2012, from 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM in Liberty 3, at the 3rd Floor of the Sheraton Hotel. The organizer is Prof. Dr. Rolf Dieter Schlunze (Faculty of International Business Administration, Ritsumeikan University, Japan). Professor Dr. Atsushi Taira from Kagawa University will introduce the authors and the schedule as follows.

8:03 AM Robyn Mayes, Dr - Curtin University
Barbara Pini, Professor - Curtin University, Title: Corporate social responsibility: configuring community and place in resource-affected rural Australia.

8:18 AM Remi Alapo, Dr. - University of Phoenix, Arizona, Title: The Role of culture on the leadership styles of Generation X women in Nigeria.

8:33 AM Weiwei Ji - Ritsumeikan University, Title: Locational Preferences and Network Behavior of Cross-Border Managers in China: An Actor Centered Approach.

8:48 AM Rolf Dieter Schlunze - Ritsumeikan University, Title: Intercultural management success in the global cities - An actor-centered approach

From 9:03 AM Andrew Jones - Birkbeck, University Of London and Patrik Ström - University of Gothenburg, Sweden, will discuss the presentations introducing a new avenuees of geographical research.

SIEM Cross-Cultural Management Research Meeting

You are invited to our upcoming research meeting on Friday, 13th Jan. 2012 at Ritsumeikan University, Biwako Kusatsu Campus, Epoch21, Room K306. We will start the SIEM meeting at 16:00 with a cup of coffee introducing our conference book published with Palgrave MacMillan.
See URL:

Presenter No. 1 will be Ms. Ming (Lily) LI, Ph.D. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Management and Organization of ESC Rennes School of Business in France. She speaks about "The Development of Cultural Intelligence in Global Leaders” which is so much needed in the current economy.
The second presenter is Mr. Weiwei JI (Kichi), a PhD student of our Faculty of Business Administration at RU. He is one of the leading promoters of SIEM's management appraisal and will speak about “Business Networks and Local Adjustment: Theoretical Approaches, Empirical Evidence”.
Finally, we would like you to join our O-nabe party at the International Exchange Room of Epoch21. The cost is only 1,500 Yen. Please register by Jan. 5th, 2012.

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Nathaniel Agola Wins Best Paper Award

Nathaniel Agola won the Palgrave Macmillan and EAMSA Best Paper Award for 2009 at the EAMSA (Euro-Asia Management Studies Association) conference held at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) from Oct. 22nd to 24th, 2009. Mr. Agola received his award for his research presentation on “Technology and knowledge transfer in Japanese corporate groups: Insights on growth and innovation.”
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