The 7th Copenhagen Conference on: 'Emerging Multinationals': Outward Investment from Emerging Economies

Date: 8-9 October 2020

Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark



This year’s conference welcomes all papers related to the broad conference theme of 'Outward investment from emerging economies'. In addition, this year the conference particularly invites papers related to the special theme of 'Emerging economy multinationals and the political economy of internationalization'. More information on the broad and the special theme can be found below.

The conference offers travel grants to three PhD students/postdocs, awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants can indicate in their submission, if they wish to apply.

Keynote speakers

Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Northeastern University
Klaus Meyer, Ivey Business School
Lourdes Casanova, Cornell University
Rajneesh Narula, Henley Business School
Ravi Ramamurti, Northeastern University
Sarianna Lundan, University Bremen

Important dates

Submission of paper deadline:                      26 August
Paper acceptance/rejection:                           2 September
Registration & submission of final paper:    9 September
Conference:                                                   8-9 October

Submission & publication

Please email your paper to [log in to unmask] as an MS Word or PDF document.

Accepted papers will be uploaded to an electronic proceedings on the conference website.

Preparations are made to consider conference papers for a journal special issue. The previous conferences in the series have produced special issues of Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Journal of International Management, International Journal of Technology Management, European Management Journal, International Journal of Emerging Markets, International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, and International Journal of Technology and Globalization.

Conference fee

The conference fee is EUR250. The fee covers meals, including conference dinner, refreshments and conference materials. The dinner Friday is an optional extra.

Further information

For further information, contact:
Peter Gammeltoft
Department of International Economics, Government and Business
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The list of keynotes is subject to change.

Visit also the conference website:

Broad theme: 'Outward investment from emerging economies'

Multinational companies from emerging economies (EMNCs) have become major players in the globalized world economy and wield growing influence on economic dynamics in developed, emerging, and developing countries alike. Firms and governments in developed countries increasingly need to engage with the array of challenges and opportunities presented by emerging-economy multinationals seeking access to markets and assets. Important impacts of outward direct investment from emerging economies (OFDI) are also felt in developing host countries, where investments from emerging economies are becoming more and more significant. No less important are the effects in the home countries of the outward investing firms themselves. The rise of outward investment from emerging and developing countries requires further scrutiny theoretically, empirically and methodologically.

Illustrative topics:

Special theme: 'Emerging economy multinationals and the political economy 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 economy 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:

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