Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives at EGB

ARC (Asia Research Community)

Asia Research Community (ARC) is a specialized research initiative within EGB engaged in high-quality research and teaching in the field of Asian studies. The role of ARC is to foster Asia-related research, teaching, and outreach activities, to the benefit of EGB and our academic partners, as well as other stakeholders outside academia. The research undertaken at ARC is often multi-disciplinary and often based on a comparative perspective, but focuses mainly on issues of relevance for business and economic development.

ARC aims to identify and study the distinctive features of the economies in the four geographic priority areas China, South Asia, Japan/Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia. The purpose is to understand how these special features influence the development of Asian economies, business sectors, and societies and, directly or indirectly, Europe’s economic and social development. We put particular emphasis on issues related to government-business relations, internationalization, and cross-cultural management.

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Contact person: Ari Kokko


Global Strategic Responsiveness (GSR)

Global Strategic Responsiveness (GSR) is an EGB research initiative that wants to catalyze useful answers to the challenges of our time that require proper responses from multinational corporations as well as international policy makers thereby drawing on the core knowledge areas within the Department.

The global business context confronts looming natural and man-made disasters, political conflicts, and socio-economic changes that increase uncertainty and create abrupt extreme outcomes that may threaten economic and social order as we know it. Viable solutions require insights from international economics, government and business disciplines in collaborative efforts across CBS researchers and other partners.

These research efforts try to understand the complex multi-factor contexts that form extreme events as a basis for building more responsive and resilient organizations with decision structures, updated information processes, and governance approaches that can deal effectively with the challenges.     

Contact person: Torben Juul Andersen

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OFDI Platform

The Department of International Economics, Government & Business (EGB) is maintaining an activity platform on outward investment from emerging economies (OFDI). Launched in 2007, the platform comprises of research, publication projects, dissemination activities and a biennial conference series.

Several emerging economies are becoming large outward investors. The characteristics of these emerging flows along with the corporate strategies, government policies and institutional arrangements underpinning them are still weakly understood. How are outward investments impacting on flows of knowledge and technology between emerging and developed countries? What are the links between forms of ownership and internationalization? How are flows shaped by home country institutional settings? How is inward and outward internationalization linked at the firm level, e.g. through imports or linkages to foreign firms? How are sovereign wealth funds, which predominantly reside in emerging economies, coming to manage their ever-increasing funds with increasing activism? Several research projects are ongoing at EGB in these various domains. The conference series has spawned a large number of publications, including a collection of journal special issues. Contributions have also been made to popular and business press, conference contributions, etc.

Read more about the OFDI Platform here.

Contact person: Peter Gammeltoft

ReNEW (Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World)

ReNEW (Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World) is a network of excellence, financed for six years (2018-2024) by Nordforsk (42 million Danish kroner, of which 7 million for CBS), in order to develop path-breaking research about Nordic responses to global challenges, such as rising inequality and populism. It is these and other challenges that is the starting point for the research focus of ReNEW. The activities of ReNEW are annual conferences, workshops, mobility, summer-schools, PhD training, outreach activities, and high level publications.
The six ReNEW partner universities are Copenhagen Business School, University of Helsinki, University of Oslo, Södertörn University, Iceland University and Aarhus University. The ReNEW lead at CBS and leader of the public policy, gender equality and labour market cluster of ReNEW is Caroline de la Porte ( The ReNEW team also consists of:
Mads Mordhorst (
Janine Leschke (
Carolin Schütze ( (Postdoc)
Zhen Im ( (Postdoc)
Anders Weis Christiansen ( (Administrative support)

Read more about ReNEW here

China Horizons – Dealing with a Resurgent China (DWARC)  
The EU Horizon project 'Dealing with a Resurgent China' recognises that the reemergence of China is changing the world, and that EU needs to develop a long-term approach based on research-based knowledge in order to engage strategically with an increasingly assertive China. The consortium brings together some of the best researchers across seven European countries to establish a world class independent knowledge base on China. The network aims to create connections between European knowledge nodes on China and to create an enduring collaborative network. The key subjects to be covered include society and culture, politics, economy, and foreign policy. The network will also support younger researchers, providing perspectives that can assist the corporate world, and the wider EU public.
The CBS project team consists of Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard ( and Kasper Ingeman Beck ( They coordinate and co-lead a consortium consisting of nine European universities and think tanks across seven countries, including, University of Madrid, Sciences Po, Universita del Piemonte Orientale, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Bochum, Asia Centre (Paris), Bruegel, MERICS, and CBS. The project has received a total grant of 4 million EUR and runs from Nov 2022 – October 2025.  
(Disclaimer: This project has received funding from the European Union’s HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions under grant agreement No. 101061700)

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Project – Dealing with extreme exposures 
Dealing with extreme challenges 
Societies and the organizations that operate within them are exposed to many unexpected and potentially extreme events that challenge the global business environment. We face phenomena like pandemic, military conflict, and geopolitical tension as well as extreme climate effects that need coordinated efforts in sustainable strategies across private and public institutions. 
Hence, the project supports the development of adaptable organizations that can collaborate to create viable long-term solutions under uncertain and unknown conditions. The project will mobilize broad professional knowledge to enlighten the global political, economic, and business conditions to develop models for organizational adaptability under uncertainty.

Read more about the project here

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