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OFDI - The Third Copenhagen Conference on: ’Emerging Multinationals’: Outward Investment from Emerging Economies 25-26 October 2012, Copenhagen Business School Department of International Economics and Management Overview This year’s conference welcomes all papers related to the broad conference theme, but particularly those related to innovation and global knowledge flows. Multinational companies from emerging economies (EMNCs) are becoming major players in the globalized world economy and wield growing influence on economic dynamics in developed, emerging, and developing countries alike. Firms and governments in developed countries increasingly need to engage with the array of challenges and opportunities presented by emerging-economy multinationals seeking access to their markets and assets. Important impacts of outward direct investment from emerging economies (OFDI) will also be felt in developing host countries, where investments from emerging economies are becoming more and more significant. No less important will be the effects in the home countries of the outward investing firms themselves. The rise of outward investment from emerging and developing countries requires further scrutiny, both theoretically, empirically and methodologically. While all papers related to the conference theme are welcome, this year’s conference particularly solicits papers with a focus on innovation-related aspects of outward investment from emerging economies, whether at micro, meso or macro level. Which roles are OFDI coming to play in the innovation processes of EMNCs, at strategic and operational levels? What are the implications for incumbents in developed countries, e.g. in terms of competitive and collaborative dynamics? What are the macroeconomic implications of asset-seeking investments, for both host and home economies? Topics The emergence of MNCs from emerging economies raises a wide range of challenges for theorists, business strategists, and policymakers alike. This year’s conference promotes ‘innovation’ as a special theme.
  • Which strategies do EMNCs pursue to access and leverage technology and knowledge from developed countries? How are their entry strategies and how do they transfer strategic assets within the EMNC?
  • What are the home country antecedents and effects of EMNC’s asset-seeking investments?
  • Which responses and policies are appropriate for host country governments?
  • How are EMNCs and OFDI affected by the global financial crisis – globally and regionally and at the level of countries, sectors and firms?
  • What are the dynamics of motives with which EMNCs invest abroad, which strategies do they pursue and which challenges do they face?
  • Are internationalization patterns and strategies of EMNCs qualitatively different from what we know from extant theories?
  • How do EMNCs impact on different types of host economies? How are costs and benefits distributed? How are benefits captured? Which new policy challenges do they introduce?
  • How are home economies affected by the internationalization of domestic firms? Should home countries pursue particular policies to accelerate or otherwise influence their OFDI?
  • Do EMNCs differ from developed-country MNCs in terms of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility?
  • How are companies from China and India in particular coming to internationalize their operations?
  • Which are the roles of state-owned EMNCs?
  • Which are the roles of sovereign wealth funds?
  • How does EMNC behavior vary between different industries and why?
  • How does the rise of EMNCs influence global competition in different industries?
Important dates Submission of paper: 1 September
Paper acceptance/rejection: 7 September
Registration & submission of final paper: 17 September
Conference: 25-26 October
Submission Please email your paper as an MS Word document to Bersant Hobdari (bh.int@cbs.dk). Accepted papers will be uploaded to an ‘electronic proceedings’ on the conference website. Publication Arrangement has been made for the best papers to be published in a special issue of International Journal of Technology Management. Submitted papers will also be considered for the publication ‘Emerging Market Multinational Enterprises and Sustainable Development’ by Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC), see the CfP . The previous two conferences have produced special issues of Journal of International Management, European Journal of Management, International Journal of Emerging Markets, and International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development. Confirmed keynotes Andrea Goldstein, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Glauco Arbix, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Igor Filatotchev, City University of London, UK
Klaus Meyer, University of Bath, UK
Max von Zedtwitz, Tongji University, China
Ravi Ramamurti, Northeastern University, US
Ari Kokko, Department of International Economics and Management, Denmark (tbc)
Rajneesh Narula, University of Reading, UK (tbc)
Xiaobo Wu, Zhejiang University, China (tbc)
Conference fee The conference fee is EUR200. The fee covers meals, refreshments and conference materials. The concluding dinner is an optional extra. Further information For further information contact: Peter Gammeltoft
Department of International Economics and Management
Email: pg.int@cbs.dk
Organizing committee Peter Gammeltoft, Department of International Economics and Management
Bersant Hobdari, Department of International Economics and Management
Scientific committee Ari Kokko, Department of International Economics and Management, Denmark
Igor Filatotchev, City University of London, UK
Rajneesh Narula, University of Reading, UK
Klaus Meyer, University of Bath, UK
Andrea Goldstein, Global Relations, Investment Division, OECD
Jaya Prakash Pradhan, Sardar Patel Institute of Economic & Social Research, India
Niels Mygind, Department of International Economics and Management, Denmark
Kjeld-Erik Brødsgaard, Asia Research Centre, CBS, Denmark
Ravi Ramamurti, Northeastern University, US
Xiaobo Wu, Zhejiang University, China
Max von Zedtwitz, Tongji University, China
Glauco Arbix, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Henry Yeung, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Sponsors Department of International Economics and Management, CBS
The EAC Foundation
Asia Research Centre, CBS
The Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education and Research (FUHU)


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