Edited by Sarianna M. Lundan
Preface and acknowledgements
The contributions contained in this volume are revised versions of selected papers presented at the 26th Conference of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) held in Maastricht in December 2000. They come from diverse fields of scholarship, drawing on sociological, economic and strategic management literature, and employ a variety of different research methodologies. As is typical of the membership of EIBA, the contributors represent a wide geographical distribution, ranging within Europe from Scandinavia to Portugal, and also including two contributors from Australia. In addition to contributions by more senior scholars, there are also several contributions from promising doctoral students, many of whom have come through the doctoral tutorial held in connection with the EIBA annual conference. Thanks to this diversity of viewpoints, I believe this book represents a unique collection of papers on two critical themes that have occupied much of the literature in international business and strategy in recent times, namely the role of network structures in the firm’s conduct and strategy, and the issues related to knowledge transfer within and between firms. These contributions were selected because each of them highlights a particular aspect of the multifaceted issues of networks and knowledge. By bringing them together in a single volume, it is possible to offer a comprehensive view of where a significant stream of international business research is headed at this juncture. While journal special issues also fulfil the same function by bringing together contributions on a topical issue, due to the degree of specialization of most journals,...
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