Monthly Archives: March 2013

Milan, May 30-31 2013
Organized by: DIG-Politecnico di Milano  and DSPS-Università di Pavia
Multinational companies from emerging economies (EMNEs) are becoming major players in the
globalised world economy and they are exerting growing influence on the economic dynamics of
developing and advanced countries. Given their growing prominence, EMNEs’ outward
investments have recently raised voices of concern about their potentially detrimental effects they
could have on their host economy and society: for instance, Chinese investments in Africa are often
perceived as a new form of imperialism, while investments in the EU are seen as a threat to
European firms’ technological superiority, carrying the risk of dissipating their competitive
advantages. Also, given the institutional weaknesses of EMNEs’ home countries, doubts are cast
about their capacity to adopt or transfer socially responsible business practices in host economies,
and to respect human rights accordingly. Beside these alarmist voices, however, evidence about
EMNEs’ impacts is scant, as very little scholarly research has so far investigated the economic and
social consequences of EMNEs’ operations both on their home and host countries.
This workshop solicits papers that address this largely neglected issue and examine EMNEs’
economic and social impacts on both home and host countries.

Submission of Abstracts
Participants who wish to present a paper at the workshop are invited to send an Extended Abstract
not exceeding 1,000 words to no later than March 30th, 2013.
All submissions will be peer reviewed. A selection based on quality, novelty and relation to the
workshop theme will take place to guarantee a small-scaled event. By April 15th, 2013 authors will
be notified whether their paper is accepted for presentation at the workshop.

Important Dates
Extended abstract and/or panel proposal submissions: March 30th 2013
Notice of acceptance: April 15th 2013
Conference registration and paper submission: May 10th 2013


Manchester Business School is delighted to invite excellent, energetic, early career researchers to apply for a three year full-time research associate position at the University of Manchester’s Institute of Innovation Research.  The post is associated with a three year Framework 7 project funded by the European Union on the links between creativity, innovation and economic performance.  The project involves a consortium of researchers in eight EU countries: the UK, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Greece and Hungary. Your role will be to undertake research on the economics and management of creativity and design. You will have completed, or be nearing completion of, a PhD thesis on a relevant or related topic.  You will be well organised, well trained in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods, and have a strong interest in creativity, design and the creative industries.  You will have a capacity to work independently, but also to work in a team, interacting with a range of people and organisations, including practitioners in industry and policy making, and other team members in Manchester and elsewhere.

Further particulars are available at this site. 



The CIRCLE Annual Report for 2012 is ready for download: CIRCLE Annual Report 2012 (PDF). The report includes an overview of the research, education and third task activities carried out at CIRCLE during 2012, existing and newly acquired expertise, new appointments, new and on-going projects and the research production and productivity during the last year. A paper version will be available soon upon request. Enjoy reading and browsing through the report!

Barcelona Institute of Economics (IEB): Call for applications
We offer 2 PhD Scholarships for 3 years, starting September 2013. The yearly amount of the stipend is 15.000€. The scholarships are funded by the Barcelona Institute of Economics (IEB) and the University of Barcelona (UB). We are looking for students who have graduated after 2009 and who aim at enrolling on the PhD program in Economics (University of Barcelona). The candidates must have a Master in Economics completed by summer 2013 and fulfil the admission requirements of the PhD program in Economics, University of Barcelona ( A very good academic record and good English are also required for the position. Applications should be submitted to the following address before May 30th (at the latest) to indicating in the title of the message ‘Application to PhD Scholarship’. You will be informed of the committee’s decision by the end of the second week of June.

Authors: Thomas Farole and Deborah Winkler

Using a cross-section of more than 35,000 manufacturing and services firms in 76 low- and middle-income countries, we assess how firm location determines the likelihood of exporting. Results from a probit model show that, in addition to firm-specific characteristics, both regional investment climate and agglomeration factors have a significant impact on export participation. Export spillovers and industry diversity are associated with increased exporting, but the impact varies by location and sector. The analysis finds that firm-level determinants of exporting matter more for firms located in non-core regions, whereas regional determinants and agglomeration economies play a larger role in core regions.

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The Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum (Entreprenörskapsforum) and CIRCLE, Lund University, cordially invites scholars to submit paper proposals for a conference on innovations, entrepreneurial universities and economic development. Applicants from economics, businesses administration, and other related fields are encouraged to apply.

The conference is a two-day workshop and includes paper sessions and a key-note lecture planned to be held by this year’s winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research.

Venue: The conference will be held at Paleastra Lower, just by “Universitetsplatsen” in Lund.

Deadline: Please submit an abstract by e-mail no later than March 25, 2013 to:

More information will be available soon on:


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The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) is an interdisciplinary institute at Leiden University. Our research staff originates from many fields, varying from psychology, political science, literature studies and information science, to computer science, economics, physics and chemistry. We study the dynamics of science and its connections to technology and innovation. In other words, we study scientific and scholarly research from a scientific point of view. The post-doctoral candidate is expected to carry out research in the context of the Evaluation Practices in Context (EPIC) working group at CWTS. This new line of research focuses on the implications of research assessment, and the performance criteria applied, for scientific and scholarly communication and knowledge production. The post-doc project will be drawn up in close consultation with prof.dr. Paul Wouters (Scientometrics chair) and dr. Sarah de Rijcke (EPIC working group leader). The post-doc will be encouraged to carry out comparative research with other EPIC group members. We offer a temporary position as a researcher for a period of two years. Depending upon qualifications and experience, the gross monthly salary will be between €3227 and €4418 (scale 11), based on full time employment.Applicants should have the right to work in the Netherlands for the duration of the contract.Further information about this position can be obtained from dr. Sarah de Rijcke, tel. +31 71 5276853 (office) or e-mail Applications should reach the university by March 28, 2013 and can be sent electronically to our Human Resource Department at

Authours: Miguel Ramos and Nathan Ashby

This paper examines the impact of organized crime on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) considering the role of foreign investor home-country experience. Extant research shows a negative impact of organized crime on FDI. We expect investor home-country experience with organized crime to ameliorate this deterrent effect. We do not find support for this prediction analyzing FDI net flows into Mexican states from 2001 to 2010. Our analysis does, however, reveal a heterogeneous investor response to organized crime. Our results suggest, surprisingly, that crime in host locations is actually positively associated with investment from high-crime countries. This research makes several contributions. Our evidence suggests that firms seek to leverage home experience with high levels of local organized crime, involving seemingly localized routines and practices, as they expand abroad. In addition, our work draws attention to the effect of institutional variation within host countries in foreign entry. It also expands the literature by focusing on organized crime, a largely unexplored source of country risk in international management research. Finally, it brings attention to the role of powerful international criminal organizations, drug cartels, in shaping cross-border business activity.

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