Department of International Economics, Government and Business

Associate professor

Room: POR/24.B-1.85
E-mail: fha.egb@cbs.dk
Faith Hatani

My work focuses on the role of multinational enterprises (MNEs) in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. I am particularly interested in;

  •  the configuration of value chains
  •  business-government interactions, and
  •  the nexus between institutional change and innovation, in an industry-specific and country-specific context.

Before joining CBS, I held the positions of Lecturer in International Business (Manchester Business School, University of Manchester), Lecturer in Strategy (University of Surrey), and the Advanced Institute of Management Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Cardiff University), which was co-sponsored by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge, with full financial support from the Joint Japan-World Bank Graduate Scholarship. I also hold an MSc in Development Studies (SOAS, University of London). Prior to beginning my academic career, I worked in the field of retail logistics and the global shipping industry, based in Japan and Singapore.

Primary research areas
  • The role of MNEs in sustainable development 
  • Global value chains (GVCs) and responsible management
  • Business-government interactions in green transition 
  • Institutional analysis of technological change 
  • Foreign direct investment (FDI)
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  • Green Transition and Multinational Enterprises (MSc)
  • International Business and Sustainable Development (BSc)
  • Research Methods I: Qualitative Methods (BSc)



I am available to supervise theses/dissertations at all levels (BSc, MSc and PhD) on the following subjects:

  • Responsible business and sustainable development
  • Environmental upgrading and governance in GVCs
  • Government policy and business strategy in green transition (in the manufacturing, transportation and renewable energy industries)
  • FDI and the impact in the host country-context


Selected publications

Hatani, F. (2016) Institutional plasticity in public-private interactions: Why Japan’s port reform failed. Journal of World Business, 51(6): 923-936.

Hatani, F., and McGaughey, S.L. (2013) Network cohesion in global expansion: An evolutionary view. Journal of World Business, 48(4): 455-465.

Hatani, F. (2010) Flexible strategy mix for Central Europe: A process data analysis. Thunderbird International Business Review, 52(6): 605-616.

Hatani, F. (2009) The logic of spillover interception: The impact of global supply chains in China. Journal of World Business, 44(2): 158-166.

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Faith Hatani / Framing Biases and Language Choices : How the Japanese Media Broadcast Foreign Aid Policy for Africa.
In: Critical Perspectives on International Business, 10.4.2023
Journal article > peer review
Pervez Ghauri; Faith Hatani; Yingying Zhang-Zhang; Sylvia Rohlfer; Maoliang Bu / International Business and the SDGs : Current Issues and Future Directions.
In: International Business and Sustainable Development Goals. ed. /Rob van Tulder; Elisa Giuliani; Isabel Álvarez. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing 2023, p. 17-30 (Progress in International Business Research, Vol. 17)
Book chapter > peer review
Faith Hatani; Jaeho Lee / Korea’s Rise, Japan’s Fall? : Green Transition in the Automotive Industry.
In: The Competitiveness of Nations 2: Government Policies and Business Strategies for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). . ed. /Dong-sung Cho; Hwy-chang Moon. Singapore : World Scientific 2023, p. 159–181 (The Competitiveness of Nations: Theory and Practice)
Book chapter > peer review
Yimeng Du; Faith Hatani / Assessing the Effectiveness of Feed-in Premiums in Technological Innovation of Renewable Energy
Paper presented at Sustainability and Development Conference 2022, 2022
Paper > peer review
Faith Hatani / Governments’ Greenwashing and the Meaning of the “Fossil of the Day” Awards
Frederiksberg : The Business of Society 13.11.2022
Net publication - Internet publication
Faith Hatani / Japan's 'Artificial-intelligence Hospital' project : Can It Help the Ageing Population?.
In: International Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence. ed. /J. Mark Munoz; Alka Maurya. London : Anthem Press 2022, p. 43-51
Book chapter > peer review
Faith Hatani / Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future : Can Japan Catch Up?.
In: Japanese Business Operations in an Uncertain World. ed. /Anshuman Khare; Nobutaka Odake; Hiroki Ishikura. Abingdon : Routledge 2022, p. 62-75 (Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies)
Book chapter > peer review
Faith Hatani / Environmental Upgrading or Downgrading? : The Solar and Wind Power Value Chains in Japan .
Paper presented at 16th Vaasa Conference on International Business, 2021
Paper > peer review
Faith Hatani / Artificial Intelligence in Japan : Policy, Prospects and Obstacles in the Automotive Industry.
In: Transforming Japanese Business: Rising to the Digital Challenge. . ed. /Anshuman Khare; Hiroki Ishikura; William W. Baber. Singapore : Springer 2020, p. 211-226 ( Future of Business and Finance)
Book chapter > peer review
Faith Hatani; Maoliang Bu / MNEs and Sustainable Business in Emerging Markets
Paper presented at MNEs and Sustainable Business in Emerging Markets: Panel Discussion at the 46th EIBA Annual Conference 2020 (Online), 2020
Paper > peer review
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