The Academy of International Business West (AIB-W) USA is a chapter of one of 18 regional chapters, worldwide, of the Academy of International Business (aib.msu.edu). Similar to the flagship organization, the AIB-W aims to support the scholarly, learning, and networking interests of academics and practitioners working in international business. The AIB-W region consists of the Western United States, representing 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Among other activities, the AIB-W supports an annual conference and other activities aimed at advancing research and education in international business. The AIB-W annual conference takes place each year in the fall and provides a forum for the latest ideas in international business to a diverse audience. In addition to participants from the Western United States, the conference welcomes participants from anywhere in the world. The conference has a strong developmental focus, and provides participants with a supportive and collegial platform to discuss and develop ideas, and to mentor and help authors improve scholarly articles with a view to publication.
The 2018 annual conference will be held in March in Denver, Colorado. The theme for this conference is “Emerging Markets: Transitional Boundaries”. It will feature competitive paper sessions, panels, and a teaching/pedagogy workshop. We will also hold a paper development workshop to assist doctoral students and junior scholars with their research. The conference will feature several social networking events, including a welcome reception. The conference will publish a proceedings of papers accepted for publication and presented at the conference.
The mission of AIB-W is to foster education and scholarship, as well as the development and exchange of ideas and views, in all areas of international business, within the framework of the worldwide Academy of International Business. The AIB-W mission is achieved through the organization’s key objectives:
- Facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among educators, and between business and academic fields.
- Encourage and assist research activities that advance knowledge of international business operations and increase available teaching materials.
- Provide an annual conference and website on international business.
- Support the activities of the parent organization, the Academy of International Business, with a view to increasing membership in the Academy.
The AIB-W is characterized by a spirit of educational development and collegiality. We offer:
- A presenter-friendly conference setting for constructive feedback and fruitful discussion among peers;
- Involvement of PhD students in doctoral consortium and guidance to develop their work toward publication;
- Encouragement of young scholars, including undergraduate and graduate students, to develop their work and interact with accomplished researchers and educators in international business;
- Encouragement of scholars from other countries to attend our conference and facilitate their efforts to publish in academic journals based in the United States;
- Conference features including paper development workshops and panels.
CURRENT AND PAST CHAIRS
Current AIB-W Chair
2014- : Gary Knight, Willamette University, Salem and Portland, Oregon
Past AIB-W Chairs
2010-2013 Harvey Arbelaez, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California
2001-2004 “Ram” Sundaresan Ram, AGSIM – Thunderbird, Glendale, Arizona
ACADEMY OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS: UNITED STATES- WEST CHAPTER
Article I – Name and Office
The organization shall be designated as the Academy of International Business, United States West Chapter; or abbreviated AIB-W. The AIB-W is a subnational chapter of the
Academy of International Business (AIB). The offices of the AIB-W shall be located at the address of the AIB-W Chapter Chair or at such other place as may be designated by the AIB-W Chapter Chair.
Article II – Mission and Objectives
The mission of the AIB-W is to foster education, scholarship, and interaction, to develop and exchange ideas and views, and to advance professional standards, in all areas of international business, within the Western United States, in the framework of the worldwide AIB.
The objectives of the AIB-W are:
(a) Facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among educators, and between business and academic fields;
(b) Encourage and assist research activities that advance knowledge of international business and increase available teaching materials;
(c) Cooperate as possible with business, non-profits, government, and academic organizations to further these basic objectives. However, to avoid compromising the intellectual integrity of its members, the AIB-W shall not adopt a partisan position on any matter;
(d) Provide an annual conference and an ongoing website on international business; and
(e) Support the activities of the parent organization, the AIB, with a view to increasing membership in the Academy.
Article III – Membership
All members in-good-standing of the AIB who reside and/or work in one of the 13 US states that comprise the AIB-W Chapter (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) are also members of the AIB-W Chapter.
Members of the AIB who reside and/or work elsewhere will be admitted to membership in the AIB-W Chapter if that is their preference.
Members of AIB-W are subject to the Constitution and Bylaws of the parent organization, the AIB. There shall be no separate membership dues levied for Chapter membership in the AIB-W.
All elected officers of the AIB-W Chapter must be AIB members in-good-standing, whose primary chapter affiliation is the AIB-W.
Honorary membership in the AIB-W Chapter may be granted in special cases, as nominated by the AIB-W Executive Committee. Honorary members will remain ordinary members of, and pay membership fees to, the worldwide AIB. Persons will be nominated for such honorary membership by the Chapter Executive Committee.
Article IV – Meetings
An Annual Meeting of the AIB-W shall be held at such time and place as determined by the Chapter Executive Committee.
Article V – Government
The governance of the AIB-W will be vested in a Chapter Chair, Conference Program Chair, Membership Director, Sponsorship Director, and Treasurer, all of whom shall compose the Executive Committee of the AIB-W Chapter. In addition to the these officers, the past Chairs, whose terms have expired, shall remain on the Executive Committee as ex-officio.
The AIB-W’s eligible voting members shall elect the Chapter Chair, Treasurer, Conference Program Chair, Membership Director, and Sponsorship Director, by a majority of the votes cast. Student and institutional members are not eligible to hold positions on the Chapter Executive Committee.
The duties of each office are specified separately in the By-Laws of this Chapter.
BY-LAWS OF THE ACADEMY OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, WEST
I . Membership:
Members of the AIB who select the AIB-W as their chapter of primary affiliation may affiliate with other regional Chapters of the Academy, but they may vote in only one chapter in any year.
Business Meetings: The place of each business meeting shall be announced at least in the program of the AIB-W’s Annual Meeting.
Special Meetings: Special meetings in addition to the Annual business meeting provided for in the constitution may be called by the Chapter Executive Committee. Notice of the time, place, and agenda of such special meetings shall be given to the members by mail.
3. Duties of Chapter Officers
Chair. Duties of the Chair include the following: preside at all meetings of the AIB-W; appoint and instruct all committees; provide administrative direction of the Chapter; and supervise the functions of the other offices. The chair must submit, through the AIB Vice President of Administration, an annual budget for the AIB Executive Board approval, no later than three weeks prior to the AIB Annual Meeting. The budget should preferably include an anticipated surplus. The Chair must submit a written annual report of the Chapter’s activities to the AIB Executive Secretary, no later than three weeks prior to the AIB Annual Meeting. The Chair, or their duly elected representative, shall serve as the AIB-W representative on the Chapter Coordination Committee of the AIB.
Treasurer. Duties of the Treasurer include the following: maintain the accounts of the Chapter; collect funds, donations, registration fees; make payments for the necessary activities of the Chapter such as annual luncheon, printing, and other necessary administrative expenses as determined by the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Chapter. The Treasurer shall also prepare all financial reports for the membership, and if necessary, for auditors. He or she is responsible for maintaining a bank account in the name of the Chapter (wherever he/she resides) and being in regular communication with the officers of the Chapter about financial conditions of the Chapter.
Conference Program Chair: Duties of the Conference Program Chair include the following: organize the annual conference of the AIB-W; create and disseminate the conference Call for Papers; supervise the receipt and review of conference papers; accept or reject papers submitted to the conference; create the conference program; assist in the scheduling of session rooms and making local arrangements for the program; publish the conference proceedings; and generally chair the conference.
Membership Director. Duties of the Membership Director include the following: manage the recruitment of new members of the Chapter; manage the annual membership Chapter renewal drive; process new and renewing member applications; and maintain accurate member records.
Sponsorship Director. Duties of the Sponsorship Director include the following: work to attract and maintain sponsorship gifts, from companies, academic institutions, or other entities; and report to, and work with, the Treasurer to manage funds that result from sponsorships.
The Chapter Executive Committee shall form certain standing committees such as Program Committee, Nomination Committee, and Membership Committee whenever needed. The Chair shall be an ex-officio member of all such committees and may delegate responsibilities to others. The Executive Committee may appoint any member of the AIB-W to serve on any specific standing committee. The terms of office for members of the standing committee shall be determined by the Executive Committee.
5. Fiscal Year
The fiscal year shall coincide with that of the parent organization the AIB.