One of the most important areas of interest within the research field of International Business is concerned with understanding the ways multinational corporations (MNCs) operate in the age of globalization.
Often the focus is on the relationship between the headquarters and the subsidiaries – e.g. the control mechanisms used – and how this relationship differs due to the global structure chosen and strategy applied. Empirically, recent focus in the field has been on understanding MNCs from emerging markets, the increasingly important role played by subsidiaries in the MNCs’ global networks – e.g. due to offshoring of R&D activities – as well as the development of subsidiary capabilities due to the change of subsidiary mandates.
Research at the Centre for International Business Studies, CIBS, is very much in line with the above sketched overall interest, however, distinguishes itself from the prevailing literature by applying longitudinal case studies, which not only allows an in-depth understanding of the phenomenon studied, but not at least also the opportunity to understand the various (change) processes over time involved.
Example of projects
Strategic renewal in the Swedish industry
The Globalization of R&D in Multinational Enterprises: A Need of New Theoretical Explanations