• 25.07.2018

    Special Issue in Business History: International Business, Multi-Nationals, and the Nationality of the Company

    With the Special Issue we want to connect to the internationals business and strategy literature that indeed identifies different patterns of internationalisation over time but most often does not consider historical change of the political-economic environment (and of the company) as a particular object of analysis, whereas historians might be more strongly interested in how entrepreneurial activity was carried on, the circumstances under which it was constructed, how it developed and how practices, strategies and narratives changed over time. Also, the question of how a firm’s nationality is perceived and represented in the host country or at its place of origin is relevant in many ways, for instance for political decision makers and for consumers.
  • 13.10.2017

    Conference: The “Nationality” of the Company: Historical Approaches to a Possible Paradox, Frankfurt 17.-18.11.2017

    The question of companies and their nationality opens the discussion about how companies relate to society and the nation state, and vice versa. What nationality (if it has one) does a company have and how can it be conceived? The conference discusses this question and its implications historically from several perspectives, including perceptions and construction of nationality, the strategic dimension of nationality, nationality in international companies and international mergers, companies in (post)colonial settings and economic nationalism.
  • 28.03.2017

    Breitbart News is not the media world’s Uber

    Assistant professor Anders Ravn Sørensen engages in a debate in the newspaper Børsen with Professor Nicolai Juul Foss on the pros and cons of disruptive news outlets and media-platforms:
  • 27.02.2017

    “Academic Swap” – Why a Change of Perspective Triggers Creative Ideas

    Wife Swap was a US reality TV series which aired for the first time in 2004 on ABC. Christina Lubinski, Associate Professor at MPP, and Anna Spadavecchia, Associate Professor at Henley Business School in Reading, UK, decided to transfer the concept and “swap” their academic lives for three months in the spring of 2017.
  • 21.06.2016

    CfP The Nationality of the Company, Conference Frankfurt, Nov. 2017, deadline 30. Sept. 2016

    The relationship between nation states and the companies based in their respective territories is often ambiguous. Companies provide employment and they pay taxes, they contribute to national income and frequently to “national identity” (Disney, Dior, Daimler). Companies and businessmen engage in bilateral and international diplomacy, e.g. as door-openers for new relationships of the West to the Soviet Union in the 1950s or to China in the late 1970s. At other times, companies supported national policies of war and crimes against humanity. The histories of Chrysler, Krupp, or Rolls-Royce – to name just a few examples – pro-vide abundant evidence of embeddedness and dependence on state capacity. Time and again, even companies describing themselves as multi- or trans-national seem to appreciate the security net of a nation state with its government and constituency of taxpayers, who act as lenders of last resort. In times of financial crisis there is no dearth of companies that claim to be citizens of a nation state for the sake of access to the respective state’s resources. At the same time the modern state has developed towards a ‘competition state’ acting like a company in a market of countries vying for investments. Nation states brand themselves; they try to attract customers and to ser-vice international markets.