Dear Colleagues,

Copenhagen Business School and the Department of International Economics and Management invite applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the field of International Business.

Examples of research areas that such a scholarship might cover include:

• The strategies and organizational structures and practices of MNCs to navigate societal grand challenges
• The impact of MNCs’ home and host contexts on their ability to navigate barriers resulting from anti-globalization
• The strategies MNCs use to negotiate, change, and sustain their roles and responsibilities within societal grand challenges, such as the migration crisis
• How the movement of people across borders bridges different international contexts and drives firm internationalization and innovation

This is one of seven positions in a PhD cohort focused on the theme: ‘‘Multinational corporations (MNCs) in the age of anti-globalization”.  Compared to the 1980s, where MNCs flourished due to the neo-liberal turn that embraced globalization, and which did bring dynamism, wealth and leadership practices across the globe, the 2010s are characterized by increased skepticism towards globalization. This skepticism arises from increased inequality, but also technological innovation, whereby blue-collar workers are increasingly becoming redundant. It has, for instance, expressed itself in the populist revolt that underpinned the 2016 US presidential election and Brexit and it seems that the neoliberal order is now being reconfigured, with a greater focus on nationalism and national interests. There is also an increased focus on the behavior and strategies of MNCs. These issues are being addressed by governments, the EU and international organizations (IOs) such as the UN.  Thus, the aim of this PhD cohort is on the one hand, to focus on the current global challenges MNCs face, which types of strategies they adopt in response, and in what way they organize their activities, and on the other hand what the responses of IOs and governments are and what these responses imply for the strategies of MNCs. Academic research on this question can generate new insights into the relationship between firm-level decision-making by MNCs, in relation to international organizations, the EU and governments and the increasingly anti-global environment they all operate in.

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Best regards,
Bersant Hobdari
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