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School academic's 'groundbreaking scholarship' wins prestigious journal acclaim

06 Jul 2012

Dr Alex EapenThe work of Business School lecturer Dr Alex Eapen has been highly commended by the world's most prestigious international business journal, the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS).

An article by Dr Eapen titled 'Social structure and technology spillovers from foreign to domestic firms', is currently featured on the Journal's internet homepage as an example of its 'commitment to publishing groundbreaking scholarship'.

"The article provides a rigorous theoretical analysis of Foreign Direct Investement spillovers, which is the process by which knowledge and other benefits spill over from foreign to domestic firms in an economy," Dr Eapen said. "It advances the notion that domestic firms' absorptive capacity is critical to spillovers, and models the way social networks shape this absorptive capacity."

JIBS editors said that in the article, Dr Eapen "integrates insights from social networks, technology upgrading and innovation literatures to emphasis that a domestic firm's ability to absorb spillovers depends on the social structure it is embedded in - an issue largely overlooked by scholars when conceptualising absorptive capacity".

"The decision of JIBS editors to feature my article as an example of groundbreaking scholarship is both inspiring and motivating" said Dr Eapen. "I am pleased that my ideas are having an impact on this important field."

In offering his congratulations, the Business School's Deputy Dean, Professor of Organisational Studies, Professor David Grant, pointed out that, "JIBS is the leading journal in the business studies field and that this recognition was a tremendous reflection on the quality of Dr Eapen's work'.

The Dean of the Business School, Professor Geoffrey Garrett, also offered his sincere congratulations.

JIBS is the official publication of the Academy of International Business. Editors say the journal's editorial policies "create accessible, thought-provoking content for the general academic business community".

Established in 1959, the Academy of International Business now has nearly 3500 members in 77 countries. Members include scholars with leading academic institutions as well as consultants and researchers.