Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Jönköping University

Postal address: Internationella Handelshögskolan, Högskolan i Jönköping, Box 1026, SE-551 11 Jönköping, Sweden
Visiting address: Gjuterigatan 5
Web page: https://ju.se/en/about-us/jonkoping-international-business-school.html

Contact person:  Mr. Jassim Sheikh, Business Development Manager, International Department (Högskoleservice), 
phone: +46 (0)36 10 17 72

Business School JIBS claims that is has the highest number of internationalised activities among all academic institutions in Sweden. Its network of partner universities is global, and strategic collaboration with entrepreneurial partners in other countries includes research projects, study programmes and other development projects.

South Asia related collaboration

Collaboration partners in South Asia include the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), for example in Ahmedabad and Bangalore; and Welingkar Institute of Management in Mumbai and Bangalore.

JIBS hired new members of staff from 2010 to work with international marketing: Mr. Jassim Sheikh from Pakistan works as a consultant/recruitment coordinator to work with the areas of Pakistan and the Middle East. More information

Professor Niclas Adler was Managing Director and Dean of JIBS for four years, till 2010. In September 2010, Prof. Adler became the President of the Sweden Pakistan Friendship Association.

Zehra Sayed at the Media Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC) within Jönköping International Business School defended her doctoral dissertation entitled ”Postcolonial Perspective on International Knowledge Transfer and Spillover to Indian News Media: From Institutional Duality to Third Space”. The faculty opponent was Senior Lecturer Michal Frenkel from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. The chairperson at the defense and also Zehra’s main supervisor was Professor Robert G Picard from Reuters Institute at  University of Oxford, UK.
Zehra holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from University of Mumbai (India). She received her Master´s degree in Journalism Studies from Strathclyde University (Glasgow). She also has a diploma in Journalism Techniques from City and Guild (London). Besides, Zehra has also worked as a reporter for two year with Sun Publication (India).
In her thesis, Sayed examines how knowledge transfer from foreign media firms play out within the local media sphere. Field work has been carried out mostly in Mumbai and Bangalore. Zehra’s main case study is on Reuters, and how its practices and code of conducted has spilled over to the Indian news media industry. By applying post-colonial critique, she examines how knowledge transfer from foreign media firms play out within the local media sphere. Field work was carried out mostly in Mumbai and Bangalore. The local firms which participated in the project are Press Trust of India, Hindustan Times, The Hindu, Times of India, Afternoon, Midday, Inquilab, and Vayapar.
SASNET deputy director Lars Eklund attended the dissertation. 
Abstract: After a  prolonged debate that related to the legitimacy of foreign participation in news media on account of neo-imperial fears, the Government of India permitted the entry of foreign investors to the print sector in June 2002, with a 26 percent cap on  equity holdings in the news and current affairs sector. Along with partial equity holding two other safeguard were introduced to protect the news industry from foreign influence: firstly that the Indian shareholding cannot be dispersed and a single largest shareholder must hold at least 26 per cent. and secondly to ensure that editorial control does not go into foreign hand, at least three fourth of the board of directors must be resident Indians. All key editorial posts including the chief editors must be resident Indian. These clauses were introduced to keep the influence of foreign investors limited. The logic steering the minority equity stake was to protect the host country firms from getting crowded-out by the foreign firms as with only limited equity allowance , foreign investors can only invest in existing enterprise. This, it was believed would lead to securing structural plurality, as foreign investors would be compelled to invest in existing news business if they desired to operate in the Indian market. The other two clauses were instituted to keep the organizational and editorial control within national hands.

PhD candidate Khizran Zehra is doing research about Informal Entrepreneurship in Pakistan. Based upon the main supposition, that context influences entrepreneurial practices his research seeks to identify and analyze the links between spatial context and entrepreneurial agency (specifically entrepreneurial resource related practices) among informal entrepreneurs. Accordingly, the main objective of this research is to seek understanding of how informal entrepreneurs interact with their spatial bounds with in their limited resources and constraints and how these interactions impact their entrepreneurial practices and influence back their contexts. These understandings are supposed to be appreciative of certain type of entrepreneurship in emerging economy context and significant for understanding how to improve entrepreneurial activities and entrepreneurship in emerging markets.
The guiding research questions are thus: How do spatial constraints (specifically resource related ad structural constraints) influence the entrepreneurial startups of informal entrepreneurs? How do entrepreneurial activities (entrepreneurial agency) of formal and informal entrepreneurs influence back their local context?
These questions are designed to understand the why, how, what and when of entrepreneurial of both formal and informal entrepreneurs in a specific context of emerging economy (Pakistan).  Thus, the main aim is to investigate the enablers and constraints, process (activities, actions) and consequence (impacts, outcome) of entrepreneurial resourcefulness behavior of informal entrepreneurs  in a spatial context.  This dissertation provides empirical evidence from event planning industry of Pakistan by studying 17 cases of small and medium firms longitudinally. This study provides understanding of entrepreneurial resourcefulness process intertwined at context, constraints and entrepreneurial behaviors.

PhD candidate Nadia Arshad is working on a project focusing on Pakistan and how crowdfunding is used by social entrepreneurs for poverty alleviation in the country. The project is entitled ”Contextualizing Crowdfunding in Low Income Countries”.

Other PhD candidates from Pakistan are currently (2016) Imran NazirMirfa Manzoor, and Naveed Akhter.

On 20 May 2010, an India Seminar was held in Jönköping. It was jointly organised by JIBS and Sweden India Business Council (SIBC), and highlighted success stories in India. During the seminar, held 07.30–10.00, presentations were given by both academics and business people. Prof. Sören Eriksson talked about India’s increased importance in the global economy, and Tomas Müllern, Professor in Business Administration, presented JIBS and its facilitating role regarding Indo-Swedish business.

Sialkot university project

In 2008, Jönköping International Business School also took over charge for a major project to set up and run a new technical university in the industrial town of Sialkot in northern Pakistan. The project was previously carried out by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, with Dr. Ramon Wyss, Professor in Nuclear Physics at KTH, being the front person.
At the same time Dr. Wyss was appointed Vice-president for International Affairs at JIBS. However, from 1 June 2009 Ramon Wyss is again back at KTH, as Vice-President for International Project there.

The Sialkot initiative originally came from the Pakistani government, which is eager to boost the number of university graduates in the country, especially in the sciences. Pakistan has taken upon itself to finance and build the campus, whereas Swedish partners will be responsible for course content, university management and quality control. Fields of study are supposed to include electrical engineering, information technology, chemical engineering, industrial economics and mechanical engineering. The Sialkot University should also take in 20-30 PhD students per year. As for teaching resources, several options have been proposed: Some professors to be loaned from Sweden, others to be jointly appointed in Sweden and Pakistan. Pakistani students who acquire master's and doctoral degrees abroad should also be invited back to teach subsequent intakes of undergraduate students.
The Swedish involvement in the Sialkot university is part of a larger effort by the Government of Pakistan to improve the quality of higher education in the country to the benefit of society. International cooperation was invited to establish nine new Universities of Engineering Science & Technology in Pakistan (UESTP). France, Germany, Austria, Italy, South Korea, China and Japan were approached besides Sweden.
The university was supposed to have been fully operational already by the start of the 2008/2009 academic year, but due to the worsening security situation in Pakistan the KTH board decided to withdraw from the project.

Prof. Wyss has also been a key person behind the creation of INSTEC (Indian-Swedish Cooperation on Technical Research and Education International), the national Swedish network centre for Indo-Swedish Cooperation on Technical Research and Education funded by the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, VINNOVA. INSTEC was established in 2005, but the initiative was born out of a contact journey to India by a a large delegation of professors from KTH in 2002. More information about INSTEC.