Thursday, May 3, 2012

CFP: Foreign Multinationals in Emerging Markets

The German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., will sponsor a workshop on "Translating Potential into Profits: Foreign Multinationals in Emerging Markets since the 19th Century," to be held November 2-3, 2012. The call for papers states:
The purpose of this workshop is to provide historical perspectives on the operations of multinationals in emerging markets, which present significant opportunities but also a range of serious challenges for foreign investors. The intention is to provide some general insights about how these multinationals managed to adapt to these conditions and establish a successful and lasting presence in these markets. . . . We look for papers that move beyond the current context—too often (wrongly) presented as unique and unprecedented—and examine (i) the motivations for foreign firms to invest in emerging economies, (ii) the variety of ways in which they overcame the associated challenges, as well as (iii) the results (positive or negative) of their investments for themselves and, possibly, the host economy. Both empirical and conceptual papers are welcome.
   Those interested in participating should send should send an abstract of 1,000-1,500 words and a one-page CV to Susanne Fabricius by June 1, 2012. Please see the full call for papers for additional details.