Call for Submissions

Cracking the U.S. Market: Opportunities and Threats for Chinese MultinationalsRegister for the conferenceConference ScheduleConference CommitteePlan your visitConference Sponsors

Submission deadline: October 15, 2014

With a focus on academics and practical application, this conference will serve as an interactive forum for practitioners and researchers to discuss the plentitude of issues that concern Chinese multinationals in the United States. We invite both scholars and practitioners to participate.

Topics of Special Interest:

  • Entrepreneurship, innovation & technology transfer by Chinese multinationals
  • Contributions to the U.S. economy
  • Challenges of Localization: Product safety, environmental and labor issues, intellectual property, regulatory, and legal issues.
  • Image: Managing skepticism toward the globalization of China business
  • Politics: Managing conflict and relationships with local and national governmental entities
  • Motivations in Chinese enterprises in the United States
  • Adapting Chinese managerial practices to the U.S. market
  • Marketing Chinese brands in the United States
  • Impact of CSR philosophy and practice in China vs. United States
  • HR: Recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining talent in Chinese enterprises operating in the United States
  • M&A of Chinese firms in the United States: Challenges and opportunities
  • Chinese investment in real estate & hospitality industry; Chinese tourism in the United States
  • Chinese multinationals in other countries as compared to United States
  • Other related topics

The topics listed are meant to be illustrative; submissions on any topic that relates to the theme of Chinese multinationals in the United States are encouraged.

Submission Guidelines

Scholar Submission

We invite scholars to present research, connect with practitioners, and identify questions that concern Chinese multinationals. Your submission must include a 2-3 page extended abstract with the following components (where relevant):

  • Purpose
  • Design/methodology/approach
  • Findings
  • Research limitations/implications
  • Practical implications (every abstract is expected to include a minimum of half page of this component)
  • Originality/value

Please follow the style guide provided by the Thunderbird International Business Review for formatting and references.

Practitioner Submission

We invite practitioners to present concerns and questions, share best practices, and to access new findings in academic research with regard to Chinese multinationals. When possible, please follow the standard academic format listed in the Scholar Submission section above. Should this not be applicable, we will welcome a one-page summary as your submission.

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Opportunity to Publish

Select papers will be invited to submit to a special issue in Thunderbird International Business Review. More details will be provided prior to the conference.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2014

Notice of Acceptance: November 15, 2014

Early Bird Registration: December 10, 2014

Conference dates: February 26-28, 2015

Contact Information

Abstracts and panel proposals should be submitted to:

For additional information and questions, please visit the conference website, or email to reach:

Xiaohua Yang (University of San Francisco), the Conference Chair, or

Barry Doyle (University of San Francisco), Program Co-Chair, or

Mary Teagarden (Thunderbird School of Global Management), Program Co-Chair, or

Liang Wang (University of San Francisco), Program Co-Chair

For Conference Logistics, please contact Gleb Nikitenko (University of San Francisco), Conference Site Committee Chair, at