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THE 7TH COPENHAGEN CONFERENCE ON: 'EMERGING MULTINATIONALS': OUTWARD INVESTMENT 
FROM EMERGING ECONOMIES

Date: 8-9 October 2020

Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark

Web: http://sf.cbs.dk/ofdi/conferences/2020_conference
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OVERVIEW

This year’s conference welcomes all papers related to the general conference 
theme of 'Outward investment from emerging economies'. In addition, this year 
the conference particularly invites papers related to the special theme of 
'Emerging economy multinationals and the politics of internationalization'. 
More information on the general and the special theme can be found below.

The conference offers travel grants to three PhD students/postdocs, awarded on 
a competitive basis. Applicants can indicate in their submission, if they wish 
to apply.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Northeastern University
Klaus Meyer, Ivey Business School
Lourdes Casanova, Cornell University
Rajneesh Narula, Henley Business School
Ravi Ramamurti, Northeastern University
Sarianna Lundan, University Bremen

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission of paper deadline:                        1 September
Paper acceptance/rejection:                           4 September
Registration & submission of final paper:         9 September
Conference:                                                 8-9 October

SUBMISSION & PUBLICATION

Please email your paper to o...@cbs.dk as an MS Word or PDF document.

Papers related to the conference special theme will be considered for 
publication in a special issue of International Business Review (IBR).

The previous conferences in the series have produced special issues of Asia 
Pacific Journal of Management, Journal of International Management, 
International Journal of Technology Management, European Management Journal, 
International Journal of Emerging Markets, International Journal of 
Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, and International Journal 
of Technology and Globalization.

Accepted papers will be uploaded to an electronic proceedings on the conference 
website.

CONFERENCE FEE

The conference fee is EUR250. The fee covers meals, refreshments and conference 
materials. The dinner Friday is an optional extra.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Conference participants will also serve as discussants on one paper.

The list of keynote speakers is subject to change.

Visit also the conference website: 
http://sf.cbs.dk/ofdi/conferences/2020_conference

For further information, contact:

Peter Gammeltoft
Department of International Economics, Government and Business
Email: pg....@cbs.dk

SPONSORS

Carlsberg Foundation
Otto Mønsted Foundation


GENERAL THEME: 'OUTWARD INVESTMENT FROM EMERGING ECONOMIES'

Multinational companies from emerging economies (EMNCs) have become 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 markets and assets. Important impacts of outward direct 
investment from emerging economies (OFDI) are also felt in developing host 
countries, where investments from emerging economies are becoming more and more 
significant. No less important are 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 theoretically, 
empirically and methodologically.

Illustrative topics:

•    Are internationalization patterns and strategies of EMNCs qualitatively 
different from what we know from extant theories?
•    What are the dynamics of motives with which EMNCs invest abroad, which 
strategies do they pursue and which challenges do they face?
•    Are there systematic variations in EMNCs’ internationalization process by 
industry, technology base or country of origin?
•    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?
•    Does the internationalization process tend to exhibit different 
characteristics and dynamics for EMNCs than for developed-economy MNCs? Is it 
distinct for capability-seeking FDI?
•    From a co-evolutionary perspective, what are the dynamics of the 
interrelationship between institutional change and corporate strategy? How do 
EMNCs’ international activities impact institutional development at home?
•    How do EMNCs leverage economic, political and social ties at home to 
access and compete in foreign markets, especially developed country markets?
•    Which HRM strategies do EMNCs deploy to engage with local labor forces?
•    How do industrial relations systems interact with EMNC strategies and 
strategy implementation?
•    Do EMNCs differ from developed-country MNCs in terms of corporate 
governance and corporate social responsibility?
•    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?


SPECIAL THEME: 'EMERGING ECONOMY MULTINATIONALS AND THE POLITICS OF 
INTERNATIONALIZATION'

With this year's special theme, the conference particularly welcomes 
contributions, which extend the understanding of the multi-level interplay 
between political processes, governance and policies and the 
internationalization of emerging economy multinationals and the implications it 
holds for firms, governments and international regimes. This theme spans a 
range of specific topics and can be approached with different disciplinary, 
theoretical and empirical lenses. Hence, both theoretical and empirical papers 
are welcome, applying qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods, and 
contributions from a range of disciplines are encouraged, such as international 
business, strategy and organization, political science, economic geography, 
economic sociology, economic history, as well as cross-disciplinary 
contributions.

Illustrative but by no means exhaustive questions pertaining to the special 
theme include the following:

•    How and with which outcomes do home governments support the 
internationalization of EMNCs, both domestically and abroad?
•    How and with which effects do host governments seek to capture the 
opportunities and mitigate the risks from the increasing presence and strengths 
of EMNCs?
•    How do dynamics between different levels of government in home countries, 
e.g. central vs regional, affect EMNC internationalization?
•    What are the roles of diplomacy and soft power in EMNC 
internationalization?
•    Which nonmarket strategies do EMNCs deploy to mobilize the support of or 
to mitigate the adverse effects of governments in home and host countries?
•    Do EMNCs' nonmarket strategies vary systematically with firm 
characteristics such as forms of ownership, governance, nationality, industry 
or certain types of capabilities?
•    How do protectionist measures and increasing regulatory scrutiny in host 
economies influence international strategies and supply chain organization of 
EMNCs?
•    How do EMNCs manage increasing political risk and regulatory uncertainty?
•    How have international regimes evolved to shape EMNC internationalization? 
How do firms and governments seek to actively influence their evolution?
•    How do civil society organizations, popular movements and the media shape 
the responses to EMNC internationalization?


-- 
PETER GAMMELTOFT, Ph.D.
Professor (wsr)

DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS, GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS
EGB

COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL
EGB, office 3.59
Porcelænshaven 24A
DK-2000 Frederiksberg
Denmark

Tel.: +45 3815 3369
www.cbs.dk/en/staff/pgegb
pg....@cbs.dk

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