‘Emerging market 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 market 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?