2014 conference

The 4th Copenhagen Conference on: ’Emerging Multinationals’: Outward Investment from Emerging Economies
Date: 9-10 October 2014 Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
Overview This year’s conference welcomes all papers related to the broad conference theme of outward investment from emerging economies. In addition, the conference particularly invites papers related to home country effects. 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. All papers related to the broad conference theme are welcome. In addition, this year’s conference particularly solicits papers with a focus on home country-related aspects of outward investment from emerging economies. There are significant opportunities for improving our understanding of how home country environments affect processes and outcomes that drive EMNCs, and thus to advance theories of the multinational enterprise. Consequently, we invite empirical and theoretical work addressing these complex relationships between various forms of home country environmental heterogeneities and EMNCs. 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 ‘home country effects’ as a special but not exclusive theme.
  • How do the institutional framework and the resource endowment of the home country influence the patterns and processes of organizational learning and capability building that enable investments abroad?
  • What are the dynamics of motives with which EMNCs invest abroad, which strategies do they pursue and which challenges do they face?
  • From a co-evolutionary perspective, what are the dynamics of the interrelationship between institutional change and corporate strategy? How do EMNCs leverage their experience abroad to impact institutional development at home?
  • Are internationalization patterns and strategies of EMNCs qualitatively different from what we know from extant theories?
  • How do EMNCs leverage political and social ties at home to access and compete in foreign markets, especially developed country markets?
  • How are home economies affected by the internationalization of domestic firms? Should home countries pursue particular policies to accelerate or otherwise influence their OFDI?
  • 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 EMNCs and OFDI affected by the lingering global stagnation – globally and regionally and at the level of countries, sectors and firms?
  • 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?
  • What distinguishes international investment strategies by state-owned and privately owned EMNCs? Is government ownership enabler or liability in internationalization?
  • 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?
Keynotes Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Northeastern University
Ari Kokko, Copenhagen Business School
Peter Ping Li, Copenhagen Business School
Rajneesh Narula, University of Reading
Ravi Ramamurti, Northeastern University
Max von Zedtwitz, Peking University
Important dates Submission of paper deadline: 15 August
Paper acceptance/rejection: 20 August
Registration & submission of final paper: 25 August
Conference: 9-10 October
Submission & publication Please email your paper as an MS Word document to Accepted papers will be uploaded to an ‘electronic proceedings’ on the conference website. As part of the conference, post-conference publications opportunities of submitted papers will be explored. The previous conferences have produced special issues of Journal of International Management, International Journal of Technology Management, European Journal of Management, International Journal of Emerging Markets, and International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development. 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 & Management
Visit also the conference website: Organizing committee Peter Gammeltoft, Department of International Economics & Management
Bersant Hobdari, Department of International Economics & Management
Sponsors Otto Mønsted Foundation
Department of International Economics & Management, CBS

Last updated by: Peter Gammeltoft 14/10/2014