26 Oct 2018


Setting the Future Investment Research Agenda

The UNCTAD Academic Network on Investment convenes scholars of international business, economics, law and other relevant fields for a day-long multi-disciplinary academic conference. Co-organized in partnership with the Academy of International Business (AIB) and the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), discussions will explore emerging trends for future research in investment and multinational enterprise. The conference event will produce a “Future Investment Research Agenda” and identify a list of opportunities for collaboration between researchers and UNCTAD’s Investment and Enterprise Division. It will centre on key themes that are expected to shape the international business and development landscape in the coming years.

Issues for the debate:

  • The digital economy and the new industrial revolution are fundamentally changing the way firms operate internationally. Can existing theories of international business, from OLI to GVCs, still fully explain current trends in international production?
  • What is the latest thinking among scholars on the implications of the new era of globalization for global investment patterns and financial flows? What is their prognosis for policy directions?
  • How are scholars of international law approaching the increasing concentration of value in few large digital MNEs, and the fiscal implications of digital GVCs?
  • What are the key emerging challenges and opportunities for research and policy analysis on investment and development?

In partnership with:

Professor Peter J. Buckley

Professor of International Business and Founder Director of the Business Confucius Institute, University of Leeds

Professor Tomas Hult

Professor, Byington Endowed Chair, and Director of the International Business Center in the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University

Professor Jeffrey Owens

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Professor Lorraine Eden

Professor of Management at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA