This event was made possible by CEM's Nardone Family Conference Series and organized by Professor Elitsa Banalieva.

This summit was organized by the Academy of International Business's newest Shared Interest Group (SIG) on Digitalization.  On July 1, 2023, AIB started the Digitalization SIG to bring together the community of scholars exploring the intersection of digitalization and globalization. While digital technologies create new opportunities for connecting, the local communities are still important means of inspiration and support for the scholarly community.  Signaling this duality of our networks, Digitalization SIG organized a simulcast with scholars meeting in local communities and connecting digitally across the globe.

The goal of the global summit was to introduce you to the dispersed scholar communities across the globe, and also hear from inspiring scholars who are connecting the digital and global arenas to explore the new horizons of research opportunities for IB scholars.  The summit was organized in two time zones on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. Each channel had a panel of distinguished scholars and a Presidential chief guest, and each location had a Chair, and an SIG scholar who hosted the event.

Learn more about the topics of this event here.


  • Part 1: Local Event
  • 9:30 am -9:45 am: Opening Remarks, Ellie R. Banalieva, Associate Professor of International Business & Strategy & Rajesh K. Aggarwal, Deputy Dean, Professor of Finance
  • 9:45 am-10:15 am: Mauro Guillen, William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management, Vice Dean, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    Title of presentation: Catch Me If You Can: Using a Simulation Model to Understand Digital Platform Growth.
  • 10:15 am-10:45 am: Nathan Rietzler, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Northeastern University
    Title of presentation: Cooperation and competition on online innovation platforms: drivers and performance implications
  • 10:45 am-11:00 am: BREAK (tech preparation for joining the global zoom panel)
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  • Part 2: Global Virtual Event
  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm: Panelists' presentations + global Q&A
  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm: Lunch
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  • Part 3: Local Event
  • 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Discussion of global virtual event panelists' presentations
  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Barbara Larson, Executive Professor, Management & Organizational Development
    Title of presentation: “Virtual work and business performance
  • 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Jonathan Greenacre, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy, Boston University
    Title of presentation: “Mobile Money in Africa”
  • 2:00 pm -2:30 pm: Ravi Sarathy, Professor of International Business and Strategy, BSIB Program Director, Co-Host of International Business Today podcast
    Title of presentation: “The Global Payments Revolution- from Cryptocurrencies to Stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currencies: Geopolitical and Multinational Implications


Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School
Raj Choudhury, Harvard Business School
Annabelle Gawer, University of Surrey

Chief Guest

Maria Tereza Fleury, Past President, AIB


Charles Dhanaraj, Georgia State University
Noman Shaheer Siddiqui, University of Sydney

About the Nardone Family Conference Series

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