Special issue call for papers from Review of International Business and Strategy

Guest Editors

Vanessa Ratten, La Trobe University, Australia
Leo-Paul Dana, Montpellier Business School, France
Frank Hoy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, United States
Veland Ramadani, South Eastern European University, Macedonia
Joao Ferreira, University of Beira Interior, Portugal

Family businesses comprise a significant part of the global economy and have internationalized at an increasing rate due to the growth strategies and potential in new markets. For many family businesses internationalization is a strategy for growth and enables them to survive into future generations. Due to the increased competitiveness of many countries family businesses have had to diversify their income and production facilities to take advantage of international differences. In this special journal issue, we seek conceptual and empirical papers that discuss the internationalization strategies of family business. The aim of the special journal issue is to further our understanding of the international strategies of family businesses by bringing together the family business, strategic management, and international business literatures. Studies that highlight the strategic capabilities of the internationalization process of family businesses, from small firms to large multinationals, are encouraged.

Possible topics include:

  • Succession planning
  • International entrepreneurship
  • Gender roles in strategic decisions
  • Impact of family dynamics on managerial behaviors
  • Estate and tax planning
  • Liquidity issues
  • Financial management
  • Generational and gender issues
  • Internationalization and globalization of family enterprises
  • Organizational structures
  • Strategic planning and organizational changes in family firms

Submission details: The deadline for submitting full papers is the 30th September 2016, for expected publication in 2017. Informal enquiries may be directed to any of the guest editors: Vanessa Ratten; Leo-Paul Dana; Frank Hoy; Joao Ferreira; Veland Ramadani

Please visit the journal’s website for author guidelines, and information about submission:


The University of Technology Sydney Business School (UTSBS) will host the 2016 Academy of International Business-Australia and New Zealand (AIB-ANZ) Chapter Meeting during 11-12 November.

The meeting with be held in UTSBS building in Sydney, Australia. For further details, please click on the following file —> AIB ANZ UTS

The 2016 Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) Conference will be held in Sydney during 17-19 February.

Further details will be made available at:


Cavusgil, Knight, Reisenberger, Rammal and Rose

2nd Australian edition of Cavusgil et al’s International Business book by Hussain Rammal and Elizabeth Rose will be published in August 2014.

Strategic Management Society Conference Sydney

The Strategic Management Society is holding a conference in Sydney (6-8 December 2014).

Important Dates

May 1, 2014
Submission Deadline for Paper Proposals
May 8, 2014
Co-Author Confirmation Deadline
Early July, 2014
Notifications of Program Review Committee Decisions
August 1, 2014
Early Registration and Presenter Registration Deadline

Authors: Rania Kamla and Hussain G. Rammal

Available online:

The study examines social reporting by Islamic banks with special emphasis on themes related to social justice. By using critical theory and ‘immanent critique’, the study attempts to explain and delineate reasons for disclosures and silences in Islamic banks’ annual reports and websites vis-à-vis social justice. Using Content analysis of annual reports and websites of 19 Islamic banks, the study finds that Islamic banks’ disclosures emphasis their religious character through claims that they adhere to Sharia’s teachings. Their disclosures, however, lack specific or detailed information regarding schemes or initiatives vis-à-vis poverty eradication or enhancing social justice.

The study fills a gap in both social accounting and Islamic accounting literatures with its emphasis on social justice and poverty eradication. The study contributes to the very scarce literature linking religion (especially Islam), critical theory, social accounting and Islamic accounting. It goes beyond previous research in Islamic accounting literature by exposing contradictions in the Islamic banking industry’s rhetoric regarding their social role in society.

Article Published in Accounting History Journal “Islamic Banking in Pakistan: A history of Emergent Accountability and Regulation”

This study presents a history of the Islamic banking sector, its accountability and regulation in Pakistan, set in its contexts of the rise of Islamic banking internationally in a global finance marketplace alongside the localized Islamization of Pakistan’s economy. The historical analysis is informed by the Economic Theory of the State and the principles of Islamic theocracy, and examines the events leading to the establishment of the Islamic banking system in Pakistan, government accountability and regulatory strategies, and the market response. The findings reveal the complexity of attempts to reform Pakistan’s banking sector into a purely Islamic-based system and the contests between government, the central bank and religious authorities for the sector’s accountability, regulation and control. The re-emergence of a dual banking system and its accountability and regulation for both economic management and theocratic purposes illustrates the ongoing compromise and accommodation between national religious culture and a global financial environment.