The Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP) envisions to be the world’s premier outlet for research on international business policy, where scholars in international business and cognate fields publish their best work, and policy professionals turn for impactful policy insights.
The litmus test for publishing in JIBP is policy relevance. We define international business policy to be the mix of actions that public authorities take to shape cross-border business transactions with the goal of addressing societal challenges. We welcome manuscripts that clearly showcase how their study matters for public policy debates, which can take place at the sub-national, national or supra-national level. Scholars can do this by exploring:
- The good, bad, and ugly influence of international business on public policy concerns, ranging from economic issues (e.g., development, innovation) to sustainability matters (e.g., societal inequality, environmental crises) to national security concerns (e.g., economic resilience, nationalism);
- The impact of public policies on cross-border business transactions;
- The influence of multinational firms, global value chains, and other forms of international business on the formulation of public policy;
- The public policies that governments should adopt to address societal challenges through the shaping of international business.
We evaluate papers based on their innovativeness, academic rigor, and their potential to impact policy making. Publications must in some meaningful way break new grounds or demonstrate novel findings that either buttress or challenge current policy thinking. We are open to theoretical and empirical works and are eclectic with respect to methodologies (e.g., large-sample empirical work, small number comparative studies, field-based work), as long as they conform to a high level of rigor. We are open to a wide variety of underlying disciplinary approaches including international business, economic geography, economics, law, political science, and sociology.