Call for Papers: Business and Development Studies - Issues and Pespectives





By Peter Lund-Thomsen, Michael W. Hansen, and Adam Lindgreen

An anthology to be published by Routledge


With the liberalization of world trade, privatization of state enterprises, and deregulation of national economies, the role of business in developing countries has become increasingly important in the last three decades (Utting, 2005). More recently, the rise of the BRICS and firms originating from these countries have challenged the traditional hegemony of Western multinational companies as market leaders and trendsetters in international business (Ramamurti, 2012; Matthews, 2006; Lund-Thomsen and Wad, 2014; Knorringa and Nadvi, 2016). In the international community’s recently adopted development agenda – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the private sector is envisioned to play a key role, partly by delivering capital, innovations, goods and services aimed at solving development problems, partly by engaging in partnerships with other development agents (GRI/UN Global Compact/WBCSD, 2015).

In academic terms, the literature on the role of business in developing countries has spanned a range of interrelated topics such as global value chain/global production network analysis (Gereffi et al., 2005; Yeung and Coe, 2015); multinational companies and spillovers on local industries (Blomström and Kokko, 1998; Narula and Pineli; 2016); base-of-the-pyramid strategies (Hart, 2005; Prahalad, 2005); the role of industrial clusters in promoting local economic development (Schmitz, 1999; Giuliani, 2016); (social) entrepreneurship (Gough et al., 2014) and microfinance (Yunus, 2007); corporate social responsibility (Jamali, 2010; Jeppesen and Lund-Thomsen, 2010); business and climate change (Newell, 2012); and business and poverty reduction (Nunnenkamp, 2004; Kolk and Tulder, 2006; Blowfield and Dolan, 2014), These literatures directly or indirectly examine how ‘business’ affects ‘development’? While business impact on development is addressed more or less directly by numerous literatures as suggested above, there is a lack of consolidation and integration of these literatures and the knowledge they have produced. Thereby, possibilities for cross fertilization and synergies between the various literatures may be lost (Hansen and Schaumburg-Müller, 2010).

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