Transnational Corporations and Development

The following session of the Working Group “Transnational Corporations and Development” is scheduled to be presented at the 14th EADI General Conference:

ID Session name Date&Time Room
WGS221 Transnational Corporations and Development 24/06, 5pm S26


Call for Papers on Transnational Corporations and Development

Transnational Corporations and DevelopmentThe importance of transnational corporations (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 foreign direct investment (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 dependent 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.

The working group conveners welcome two types of papers for the General Conference:

  1. Those which address the conference themes from the TNC perspective;
  2. Papers which address other aspects of the ‘TNC and development’ issue. Papers addressing the following issues would be particularly welcome, although it 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

Conveners: Michael W. Hansen (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark) & Eric Rugraff (Institute of Technology, University of Strasbourg)