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Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce that we are going to start, the new Standing Working Goup (SWG) “Multinational Corporations:  Social Agency and Institutional Change” at EGOS next year. We will hold its first session at the 28th EGOS colloquium in Helsinki, Aalto University & Hanken School of Economics.


The SWG is organized by Florian Becker-Ritterspach, German University in Cairo, Egypt ([log in to unmask]); Mike Geppert, University of Surrey, UK ([log in to unmask]); Susanne Blazejewski, Alanus University, Germany ([log in to unmask]).


Organized into four focal topics the SWG program comprises of the following sessions:


·         2012 – The MNC as a challenge for institutionalist research: Key concepts, new developments and empirical evidence (guest convenors: Ayse Saka-Helmhout, University of Surrey, and Royston Greenwood, University of Alberta)

·         2013 – MNCs, social agency and institutional change: The role of society, sector and transnational institutions (guest convenor: Arndt Sorge, University of Potsdam)

·         2014 – Managerial control in the multinational corporation: A global elite perspective (guest convenor: Christoph Dörrenbächer, Berlin School of Economics and Law)

·         2015 – MNCs in emerging and developing economies: Reconciling local and global dominant logics (guest convenors: Rick Molz, Concordia University, Montreal, and Catalin Ratiu, California State University, San Marcos)

All sessions will usually be framed by key note speeches and concluding panel discussions. Next to these sessions, paper development workshops for PhD students and other junior scholars will be organized as part of the pre-conference programme.  The workshops invite papers that fall within the wider ambit of the SWG as well as the respective topical sessions.

Although the deadline for submission is still on the horizon, we would like divert your attention to our SWG and invite you to submit a paper next year.  The deadline for short paper submissions is January 16, 2012. The deadline for applications for the Pre-Colloquium workshops, including the SWG 11 paper development workshop is January 16, 2012. All submissions will be processed through EGOS’s online submission system.


If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.



We hope to see you in Helsinki and in coming years at EGOS!


Best regards,



Susanne Blazejewski, Mike Geppert  &  Florian Becker-Ritterspach


Prof. Dr. Christoph Dörrenbächer 
Professor for Organizational Design and Behavior in Internat'l Business

Berlin School of Economics and Law | Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht
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Associate Editor: Critical Perspectives on International Business'

Recent publications:

Politics and Power in the Multinational Corporation: The Role of Institutions, Interests and Identities

Subsidiary power in multinational corporations: the subtle role of micro-political bargaining power
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