MEETinLEEDS welcomed the 45th EIBA Annual Conference to Leeds for the first time

MEETinLEEDS, the conference and events team for the University of Leeds, was proud to welcome the 45th European International Business Academy (EIBA) Conference in its very first visit to Leeds. The annual conference, which takes place in different cities around the world, focused on the ambitious theme of ‘International Business in a Confused World Order.’

With the university’s having put a bid in four years ago, the annual EIBA conference has made its Leeds debut, drawing in over 550 IB scholars, practitioners, PhD students and industry experts from around the world, including Europe, Asia, North America, South America, India and Australia.

The conference kicked off with the opening plenary for all of the delegates in the University Great Hall, followed by an opening reception in the Parkinson Building. Opening plenary panel members included Will Hutton, Geoffrey G. Jones, Victor Mallet and D. Eleanor Westney. A total of 47 breakout sessions took place throughout the weekend, including poster exhibitions in the Refectory Mezzanine, as well as a series of presentations including ‘Global Strategy,’ ‘Entrepreneurship and Family Firms’ and ‘Knowledge, Technology and Innovation’, amongst many more. Things came to a close on the Sunday evening with a Gala Dinner at the Royal Armouries Museum. Notable attendees included EIBA President and Conference Chair, Professor Timothy Devinney, EIBA Conference Co-Chair, Professor Elizabeth Rose, EIBA Chair Professor Lucia Piscitello and Professor Michael Storper, who is this year’s EIBA Fellows Honorary Scholar, as well as many more leading professionals in the broad IB field. 

Addressing pressing global questions, this year’s conference theme was aimed at issues facing international business and international management in an era of socio-political turbulence. Delegates were offered the opportunity to share expertise, debate and investigate the lessons to be learned from the turbulent environment of the past several years within the business environment. 

Elizabeth Rose, EIBA Conference Co-Chair commented: “We are thrilled with the success of the EIBA conference. The theme posed an exciting challenge for experts from around the world to unite together in one place and address truly relevant issues in a global context. The fact that the conference took place in the UK, just ahead of the country’s technical exit from the EU, presented a unique opportunity to hold this discussion in an environment currently living through one version of that turbulence. I’d like to extend my deepest thanks to MEETinLEEDS for their support, to the University of Leeds for hosting the conference, and to every member of the conference organising committee who helped to make this year’s event possible.”

Harriet Boatwright, Sales and Marketing Manager at MEETinLEEDS, commented: “We were delighted to host the prestigious annual EIBA conference here at the heart of Leeds. Collaboration both within the University, and across the city, was absolutely essential in the organising of this event, and we’d like to say a huge thanks to the University of Leeds’ Business School for its commitment and hard work.”

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