Internationalisation and its Local Impacts: Foreign Investments, Skills and Knowledge Flows

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Grand Ballroom E, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Dieter Kogler, Riccardo Crescenzi, Frank Neffke
Chairs: Riccardo Crescenzi


Local development, innovation and structural change are shaped by the interaction of localised assets and capabilities with global flows of investments, skills and knowledge/know-how. The composition and directionality of these flows as well as their consequences and responses in recipient regions reflect a complex interplay of heterogeneous corporate and government strategies. Although these flows were for a long time the domain of the advanced economies, in the past decades, emerging economies have risen to become important players as well.

The panel will address a number of interrelated questions that arise from these considerations, such as: What shapes the geography of different types of activities by Multinational Firms? What flows of skills and knowledge are triggered by these decisions? How do these flows connect to the host ecosystem? What can we learn on the corporate strategy of the multinationals and local firms involved? How do different institutional and political arrangements affect the location decisions of multinational firms and their subsequent co-evolutionary trajectories with local economies? What is the role of public policies at the local, national and international level?

Scholars in economics, geography, technology, public policy and management science have all offered relevant perspectives on these questions. However, so far, answers are at best partial and tentative due to a lack of overarching frameworks and empirical approaches that would shed light on how the economies of cities, regions and countries co-evolve with firms that act on an increasingly global scale. This round table aims to foster an inter-disciplinary debate and offer the opportunity to explore new research agendas and questions.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Frank Neffke Harvard University 15
Panelist Riccardo Crescenzi London School of Economics 15
Panelist Dieter Kogler University College Dublin 15
Panelist Sam Park Seoul National Univ 15
Panelist Amy Glasmeier Massachusetts Institute of Technology 15
Discussant Jennifer Clark Georgia Institute of Technology 15

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