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Positioning JIBS as an interdisciplinary journal

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Positioning JIBS as an interdisciplinary journal EDITORIAL Positioning JIBS as an interdisciplinary journal John Cantwell Editor-in-Chief and Mary Yoko Brannen Deputy Editor Journal of International Business Studies (2011) 42, 1–9. doi:10.1057/jibs.2010.50 It is with great honor and pleasure, as well as in keen anticipation of what we are confident can be achieved by the journal, that we begin this three-year term as the new editors of the Journal of International Business Studies. We are both long-term members of the Academy of International Business (AIB), and readers of JIBS for almost as long as we can remember. Over the years, we have watched the ever more promising development of JIBS, of which we now enjoy more issues per year, and in which the gradual progression in the depth and breadth of its content has laid the foundations for what we hope and believe will be a new phase in the flourishing of the journal in the period that now lies ahead. In this respect, we must begin by paying tribute to all the Editors- in-Chief of the journal that have preceded us, whose conscientious efforts have not gone unrewarded. Naturally enough, we owe a debt of gratitude especially to our two most recent predecessors, Arie Lewin and Lorraine Eden. Before Arie, JIBS was the long-established leading specialist journal within the field of international business (IB) studies, a partially hidden gem for those of us in the know. After Arie, it was recognized much more widely as a top (“A”) journal among scholars of business and management even outside the IB field. Arie raised the stature of JIBS in business schools as a whole, an achievement that was crucial not just for the journal, but for the continued vitality of our field. Before Lorraine, if we are brutally honest, JIBS had remained a rather shambolic affair in terms of its administrative structure and procedures. In fact, it is a credit to the earlier editors that they managed to achieve so much with such limited resources and

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