The Emerging Markets Shared Interest Group (EM-SIG) was established in 2021 to strengthen the Academy of International Business‘s programmatic offerings in emerging markets. It seeks to make a targeted impact on IB research and practice within emerging market regions—areas that represent a majority of the world’s population and play an essential role in global economic growth.

Our Goals

  • Serve as a hub for scholars who are interested in emerging markets
  • Enable knowledge exchange between scholars within different emerging markets as well as scholars who reside outside of these areas, but wish to engage with similar and/or complementary challenges and opportunities
  • Focus on capacity-building in a range of scholarly activities, including teaching, research, and engagement with public policy
  • Act as a resource for chapters in emerging markets
  • Combine efforts with other AIB SIGs aiming to expand their initiatives into emerging markets

Our Mission

In defining “emerging markets”, the EM-SIG adopts an inclusive understanding that prioritizes building a community of members with related interests rather than potentially exclusionary scholarly definitions.

AIB has long had a range of initiatives targeting scholars from and interested in emerging markets—recent examples of this can be seen in the organization of our regional chapters and our collaborations with UNCTAD. Enthusiasm for emerging markets research among our membership is also evident in the growing number of works on this topic being submitted for presentation at our Annual Meeting.

Yet, despite these numerous, strong connections, there has thus far not been a single group that could serve as the “intellectual center of gravity” for people sharing an interest in emerging markets. Moreover, having geographically defined chapters meant that programming efforts were often targeted at local emerging markets, rather than activities and resources which might be applicable across the globe. The EM-SIG leadership team intends to help bridge these gaps in the coming years.

How We Engage with Emerging Markets

Exactly what constitutes an “emerging market” has, of course, received a lot of scholarly attention.  To make it practical, we follow two approaches.

First, there are specific AIB regional chapters with which we share a natural affinity. They are:

We see ourselves as working closely with those chapters in order to engage with scholars in emerging markets.

But those regional categories are not perfect. For example, there are high-income countries like Poland and Hungary in the AIB Central and Eastern Europe Chapter, while the AIB Oceania Chapter includes not only Australia and New Zealand but also several Pacific Islands with low-income or lower-/upper-middle-income economies.

We want to be as inclusive as possible. Thus, we also consider the World Bank’s classifications of low-income, lower-middle-income, and upper-middle-income countries to denote emerging markets. See the categorization here: World Bank Country and Lending Groups – World Bank Data Help Desk.

We use this categorization for specific specialized outreach of EM-SIG events and activities. For example, our Emerging Scholars from Emerging Markets Program (ESEMP) targets doctoral students and early career doctorated scholars affiliated with institutions situated in low-income, lower-middle-income, and upper-middle-income countries.

With this, we do not want to suggest that scholars from high-income countries are not welcome to participate in EM-SIG events! For many EM-SIG events and activities, we do not have a specialized outreach and welcome people from across the globe who share a scholarly interest in emerging markets. For example, we welcome everyone interested in emerging markets to join our yearly Emerging Markets Conference!