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Call for Papers

Call for Papers for Thematic Issue On Internationalization and Foreign Direct Divestment Flows in Central and Eastern European Countries [CEE] for the Journal Economic and Business Review [EBR]

Globalization has created the critical concept of internalization of firms and the world has become a boundaryless world. There are many studies that are carried out on the determinants of foreign direct divestment in European Countries [EC]. However, there are not many studies on foreign direct divestment in the Central and Eastern European countries. Hence, it could be concluded that studies regarding the internationalization of firms, especially those responsible for owning and operating units in foreign locations, are the need of the day. Multinational companies that own and operate units in foreign locations (CEE) countries are being considered drivers of internationalization and globalization. These multinational companies promote interdependence between Central and Eastern European countries and internationalization. They are therefore regarded as key actors in the globalization process of Central and Eastern European economies.

Why Thematic Issue?

Despite the fact that there are many qualitative studies [non-empirical] on the determinants of foreign direct divestment, empirical [quantitative] studies on the drivers of foreign direct divestment (or foreign direct divestment inflows) are negligible in case Central and Eastern European countries. There is also limited research [qualitative] regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the economies of Central and Eastern European Countries. Similarly, the empirical studies on the drivers of foreign direct divestment inflows in Central and Eastern European countries are nonexistent. It is, therefore, imperative to examine the post COVID-19 drivers of internationalization and foreign direct divestment [inflows] in Central and Eastern European countries.

Issues to be taken up

In light of the above, this thematic issue proposes to examine the determinants of foreign direct divestment [inflows]. The investigation will be conducted by reviewing the theoretical and empirical literature. The papers may use the empirical model to investigate the drivers of foreign direct divestment [inflows] in the Central and Eastern European economies in particular. The prospective authors may also use panel data econometric techniques to estimate the empirical model. The results of this study will have policy implications for the Central and Eastern European economies in particular. The thematic issue will also focus on the effects of COVID-19 on the FDD inflows in Central and Eastern European Countries.

Tentative Topics

The major thrust should be on the following issues:

  • Internationalization of Central and Eastern European countries.
  • Role and contribution of internationalization in the development of Central and Eastern European countries.
  • FDD Flows as a means of promoting internationalization in Central and Eastern European countries.
  • Pre COVID-19 FDD inflows in Central and Eastern European countries.
  • Post COVID-19 Growth pattern of FDD inflows in Central and Eastern European economies.
  • Factors governing and affecting FDI inflows in Central and Eastern European economies.
  • Promotion of trade and investment relations among the Central and Eastern European economies.
  • Availability of incentives from the host countries to foreign investors under the persisting intensified competition among Central and Eastern European countries.
  • Post-COVID-19 FDI Policy in Central and Eastern European countries.
  • Emerging issues and challenges for Central and Eastern European economies for FDI inflows post COVID-19.

Time frame for the Issue:

  • Launch for the Call for Papers: February 15, 2022
  • Last date of submission of papers: July 31, 2022
  • The expected date of publication is early 2023

The papers should be between 6000 and 8000 words.

Submissions should made through the EBR’s Editorial Manager platform (EM) (https://www.editorialmanager.com/ebr/default1.aspx). When submitting to this Call for Papers, authors should select “FDD Thematic issue” in the EM. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the EBR’s Author Guidelines (https://www.ebrjournal.net/home/author_guidelines.html).

The Thematic Issue will be edited by the Guest Editor, Prof. Dr. Badar Alam Iqbal; Adjunct Professor; Monarch Business School; Switzerland. Further information about the Call for Papers may be obtained at any one of the following Email IDs:
dr.badar@umonarch-email.ch
badar.iqbal@fulbrightmail.org
biqbal@daad-alumni.de