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The European International Business Academy (EIBA) was founded in 1974 under the auspices of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and in close cooperation with the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM). EIBA is a professional society for academics and practitioners with an interest in the multidiscpinary and ever-evolving field of International Business (IB) – distinct from many other associations in that its members come from a wide variety of scholarly and functional backgrounds yet share the common purpose of using an international context to cross the intellectual boundaries that often divide institutions of higher education. EIBA aims to serve as a core community and communication network for disseminating information and promoting worldwide exchanges in the field of IB. Membership is open to individuals from Europe and elsewhere. At present, EIBA is comprised of about 500 members from over 50 countries worldwide, representing all continents.


EIBA organises an Annual Conference held in early to mid-December that is hosted each year by a major European university. As pre-conference activities, a Doctoral Tutorial and more recently a Doctoral Symposium for PhD students are organised, along with an EIBA Early Career Network Workshop and several journal Paper Development Workshops (PDWs). Numerous prestigious best paper prizes and other recognition awards are presented during the EIBA Annual Conference, such as the Danny Van Den Bulcke Prize for the best conference paper, the Gunnar Hedlund Award for the best doctoral dissertation, the Copenhagen Business School Prize for the best paper written by a young scholar in International Business, the EIBA Best Doctoral Thesis Proposal in IB Award for the most promising paper presented at the John H. Dunning Doctoral Tutorial, the IBR Best Journal Paper of the Year Award, and the EIBA Distinguished Honorary Fellowship Award, among others. (NOTE: Not all awards are presented every year.)

  • The EIBA Annual Conference Guidelines document is shared with & updated by hosting Conference Chairs to assist with planning & organising the event, and covers a wealth of practical information based on experience. Annexes include useful templates and supplementary material for organisers to consider applying, including suggested EIBA initiatives for enhanced community engagement such as the Greening Guidelines (tips for organising sustainable events) and the Diversity & Inclusion Guidelines (to attract a broader participation spectrum).
  • If you are interested in hosting an EIBA conference or organising an EIBA workshop, please send an e-mail inquiry to info@eiba.org.    


International Business Review (IBR) is the official journal of EIBA and full online access is offered as a benefit of membership. Published by Elsevier six times a year, IBR provides a forum for academics and professionals to share the latest developments and advances in the knowledge and practice of International Business. The journal aims to foster exchanges of ideas on a range of important international subjects, and provides stimulus for ongoing research and the further development of international perspectives. The international scope is further enhanced by the geographical spread of the contributors. Articles are refereed and may include empirical studies with practical applications, examinations of theoretical and methodological developments in the field, as well as reviews of the literature in international business. The founding IBR Editor is Pervez Ghauri (University of Birmingham); the current Editors-in-Chief are Roger Strange (University of Sussex) and Fang Lee Cooke (Monash Business School). [ISSN: 0969-5931]

Progress in International Business Research (PIBR) is an annual book series and publication outlet for quality research presented at the EIBA Annual Conference. The series encompasses empirical as well as conceptual research over a broad range of international business topics, with no preference being given to any particular theoretical and/or methodological perspectives. While the series is broad in scope, each volume has a focus on a particular topic and is organised around the theme of the EIBA Annual Conference. The contents could include keynote speeches and panel presentations as well as some of the best papers from the conference. This annual EIBA book series published by Emerald is a unique channel for the dissemination of new knowledge in international business research. The co-editors of the PIBR book series are Rob van Tulder (RSM Erasmus University) and Alain Verbeke (University of Calgary) along with a guest editor for more recent volumes (typically the EIBA President / Conference Chair of the previous year). One of the benefits of EIBA membership is full online access to PIBR for the current year. [ISSN: 1745-8862]

EIBAzine – International Business Perspectives (EIBAzine) is EIBA's in-house publication – a semi-annual e-newsletter dedicated to informing EIBA members of the Academy's activities and news, which also boasts an intellectual aspect in its own right and includes several academic articles per issue written by various notable IB contributors. The current EIBAzine co-editors (fourth series) are John Cantwell (Rutgers University) and Barbara Jankowska (Poznań University of Economics and Business) – following in the footsteps of the founding editors of EIBAzine, Danny Van Den Bulcke and Tamar Almor(first series); Filip De Beule (second series); Ana Teresa Tavares-Lehmann (third series); Philippe Gugler (ad interim). [ISSN: 2222-4785]


EIBA is a professional society and network for academics, business people and other individuals with an interest in the greater field of International Business (IB). Benefits of annual EIBA membership include full online access to the IBR journal for the current year and the PIBR book series volumes (along with four business journals: CR, EBR, IMR, IJoEM), as well as the EIBAzine-IBP e-newsletter. Members also receive occasional e-mail delivery of relevant news and updates on the EIBA Annual Conference along with other select IB announcements, and may post/view professional employment opportunities on the EIBA Online JobMarket. If you teach, study, practice, or conduct research in international business – or if you simply wish to be kept in the loop of the latest IB developments – EIBA is for you!

  • To find out more about the benefits of being an EIBA member and the current fees, as well as to apply for or renew your annual membership, please visit the EIBA Membership webpage. EIBA offers lower fees for PhD students and retired members. (Returning members may prefer to proceed directly to the online application form.)
  • For more information or if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the EIBA Secretariat.