"Multinational Corporations” Working Group


Global Value Chains and Multinational Corporations – how do they relate? Budapest, 9-10 December 2021 (hybrid), abstract due by 20 October

Read more: Global Value Chains and Multinational Corporations – how do they relate? Budapest, 9-10 December 2021 (hybrid), abstract due by 20 October
20 Oct 2021

The EADI Working Group on Multinational Corporationst" invites you to a workshop on global value chains with the aim of organising a special issue in a renowned journal in 2022:

Global value chains have been proliferating in the global economy, and embrace the activities of an increasing number of industries and more and more locations in an increasing number of countries. Without including global value chains in the analysis, we cannot really understand numerous developments in the world economy. Multinational companies are the key and leading actors in global value chains.

EADI-ISS Conference 2020 postponed

Read more: EADI-ISS Conference 2020 postponed
30 Mar 2020

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has forced EADI and ISS to postpone their joint conference planned for late June/early July (in The Hague) to next year (5-8 July 2021).

This implies that the Development Dialogue (PhD conference) as well as other events linked to the EADI-ISS conference also will be postponed to next year. The unanimous decision by EADI and ISS also was driven by the conviction to leave no-one behind: especially the Global South is hit hard by the current crisis. The EADI-ISS Conference Team is convinced all preparations and lessons of the past years will contribute to an even more successful and inspiring event in 2021.

About this Working Group


The activities of the Working Group on Transnational Corporations are managed by a team of researchers from Denmark (Michael W. Hansen, Henrik Schaumburg-Muller and Soeren Jeppesen, Copenhagen Business School) and France (Eric Rugraff and Clarie Mainguy, University of Strasbourg/GEMDEV and BETA). The working group is totally open and welcome new contributions of researchers and development practitioners.

Research rationale

The EADI WG on 'TNCs and Development' seeks to bring together a group of likeminded researchers (and development practitioners) in the European development research community. The ambition is to contribute to the debate on TNCs and development by conducting and disseminating interdisciplinary and high quality research on a selected number of topics related to this theme.

The importance of TNCs for developing countries, broadly understood as emerging markets, transition economies and less developed countries, has been increasing over the last 20 years and the spread of globalization has raised a new set of issues in relation to TNCs. After being deemed as exploiters, met with reluctance from host governments, the tides have changed and many developing countries now welcome TNCs and view FDI as an important source of development. TNCs may play a central role in development by increasing economic growth and contributing to social development. But TNCs may also bring developing countries on a dependant path where local firms remain focused on low value added activities and where host countries become increasingly vulnerable to the global strategies of TNCs. More generally, the private sector's contribution to development has gained increased attention within firm strategy and management thinking as well as within thinking on development strategy. However, research on the impact of TNCs and FDI on developing countries is still fragmented and limited in various fields, which makes it pertinent to shed new light on these aspects.

Potential Research focus areas

The research focus of the WG could include, but is by no means limited to the following areas:

1) Development implications of the constitution of global value chains

  • Risks of dependence and hollowing out of local industry
  • Opportunities of upgrading through integration into global value chains

2) Political strategies for mobilising TNCs for development purposes

  • Facilitating linkage effects and the creation of local clusters
  • Programmes to ensure the upgrading of local activities in the value chains of TNCs
  • Home country partnership programmes to increase positive impacts of TNCs

3) Relationship between home country practices and host country impacts

  • National business systems (varieties of capitalism) and their implications for developing countries
  • Development consequences of different corporate governance practices
  • The diffusion of industrial relations from home to host countries

4) Implications of the knowledge and innovation driven economy for developing countries

  • The widening of the gap between developed and developing countries in terms of Innovation capacity and R&D
  • The role of TNCs in building national innovation systems


Eric Rugraff
University of Strasbourg
72 route du Rhin
67400 Illkirch France
Phone: 33-3-68858416
Fax: 33-3-68858230

Michael W. Hansen
Centre for Business and Development Studies
Dalgas Have 15
2000 Frederiksberg
Tel.: (45) 38 15 31 40
Fax: (45) 38 15 38 40

Magdolna Sass 
Institute of Economics
Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
H - 1112 Budaörsi út 45

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