Department of Management, Society and Communication

Michael Wendelboe
Associate professor
PhD, Director of Center for Business and Development Studies

Room: DAL/2Ø.029
Curriculum Vitae
Primary research areas

International business
Firm strategy, organization and managemnt in emerging markets
Private sector development
Spillover and linkage effects
Foreign direct investment in and from developing countries

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My main research interest is related to firm strategy, organization and management in emerging markets and developing countries. A key theme is how conventional business theories and research methodologies need to be modified when we analyze firms in emerging markets and developing countries. Theoretically, I work with various IB theories and perspectives, including transaction cost economics, resource and capability perspectives, and spillover and linkage theories.  I have done extensive empirical research on Danish MNCs in developing countries and emerging markets, on outward FDI from developing countries (in particular from India), and on private sector development.


International Business and Economic Development

Business Strategy in Developing Countries

Managing Foreign Direct Investment Projects

Selected publications

Hansen, M.W. and Schaumburg–Müller, Firms in Developing Countries: A theoretical probe into the borderland of business studies and development studies. European Journal of Development Studies, Spring 2010.

Hansen, M.W., Torben Pedersen and Bent Petersen, MNC Strategies and Linkage Effect in Developing Countries. Journal of World Business, 2009

Hansen, M.W. et al., Change of Subsidiary Mandates in Emerging Markets: The Case of Danish MNCs in India Transnational Corporations Review Volume 3, Number 2 June 2011

Hansen, M.W., et al, Strategies in emerging markets, A Case book on Danish MNCs in China and India, Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press, 2010.

Rugraff, E. and M.W.Hansen (ed), Multinational corporations and local firms in emerging economies, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2011.

Publications & dissemination
Michael W. Hansen; Thilde Langevang; Lettice Rutashobya; Goodluck Urassa / Coping with the African Business Environment : Enterprise Strategy in Response to Institutional Uncertainty in Tanzania.
In: Journal of African Business, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2018, p. 1-26
Journal article
Xu Xiwen; Michael W. Hansen / The Arrival of Chinese Investors in Denmark : A Survey of Recent Trends in Chinese FDI in Denmark.
Frederiskberg : Copenhagen Business School, CBS 2017, 41 p. (CBDS Working Paper Series, No. 2, Vol. 2017)
Working paper
Michael W. Hansen / Toward a Strategic Management Perspective on Local Content in African Extractives
Paper presented at The 43rd EIBA Annual Conference 2017. European International Business Academy, 2017
Michael W. Hansen; Peter D. Ørberg Jensen; Bent Petersen / Drivers and Strategies of International Service Firms in Emerging Markets
In: Handbook of Contemporary Research on Emerging Markets. ed. /Hemant Merchant. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated 2016, p. 223-248 (Research Handbooks in Business and Management)
Book chapter
Michael W. Hansen; Anne K. Hoenen / Global Oligopolistic Competition and Foreign Direct Investment : Revisiting and Extending the Literature.
In: Critical Perspectives on International Business, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2016, p. 369-387
Journal article
Jacobo Ramirez; Frank Hoy; Michael W. Hansen; Paloma Miravitlles / New Directions for Old Theories through the Internationalisation of Family Firms
In: European Journal of International Management, Vol. 10, No. 5, 2016, p. 497-503
Michael W. Hansen; Lars Buur; Anne Mette Kjær; Ole Therkildsen / The Economics and Politics of Local Content in African Extractives : Lessons from Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique.
In: Forum for Development Studies, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2016, p. 201-228
Journal article
Michael W. Hansen; Thilde Langevang; Lettice Rutashobya; Goodluck Urassa / Coping with the African Business Environment : Strategic Response under Market and Institutional Uncertainty in the Tanzanian Food Processing Industry.
Copenhagen : Copenhagen Business School, CBS 2015, 34 p. (CBDS Working Paper Series, No. 24)
Working paper
Michael W. Hansen; Wencke Gwozdz / What Makes MNCs Succeed in Developing Countries? : An Empirical Analysis of Subsidiary Performance.
In: Multinational Business Review, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2015, p. 224-247
Journal article
Kaja Tvedten Jorem; Michael Wendelboe Hansen; Søren Jeppesen / Understanding the Rise of African Business : In Search of Business Perspectives on African Enterprise Development.
In: African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2014, p. 249-268
Journal article
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