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Irresponsible business.Corporate misbehavior among emerging market multinationals

Room G03 University House
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Thursday 23rd May 2019 (12:30-14:00)
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This event is hosted by the Department of Strategy & International Business in Birmingham Business School and will be delivered by Suzana B. Rodrigues, Emeritus Professor of International Business and Organization at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and Visiting Professor at Loughborough University, London.

Professor Rodrigues will review the evolution of the literature on misbehavior by multinational enterprises − the different concepts, perspectives and contributions offered by relevant disciplines. Misbehavior refers to socially unacceptable behavior by multinationals, some of which is immoral, unethical, and even illegal. She will then examine recent examples of irresponsible behaviour by EMNEs. Drawing from other disciplines not traditionally considered in the international business literature, such as political sciences, legal studies and ethics, can enlarge its theoretical scope. The seminar will consider how unconventional bridges across disciplines can both advance our understanding of this important topic and enlighten conventional theories of the multinational enterprise.

About the speaker

Suzana B. Rodrigues is Emeritus Professor of International Business and Organization at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Professor of International Business at FUMEC University Brazil and Visiting Professor at Loughborough University, London. She was previously Professor of International Business at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and at the Birmingham Business School.

Suzana researches on firms’ strategic responses to different institutional environments. These include multinational and small firm strategies in and from emerging markets. Her research on multinationals aims to contribute to theories of market and non-market strategies – how multinationals from both developed and emerging countries respond to market and institutional failures in host countries and their country of origin. Her research on SMEs focuses on entrepreneurial firms’ international strategies and their capacity to adapt and innovate in emerging markets. She serves on the editorial boards of Organization Studies and the Journal of International Business Policy. Her research has appeared in leading journals including the Journal of International Business Studies; Journal of World Business, Journal of International Management; International Journal of Management and Governance; Corporate Governance: An International Review; Management International Review; Management & Organization Review, Journal of Management Studies; Organization Studies, and Human Relations.

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