Extension Organizers

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Timothy Devinney
University of Leeds
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Joachim Schwalbach
Humboldt-University Berlin
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Miroslava Hristova
Sofia University
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Teodor Sedlarski
Sofia University

Country and Business Strategies in the Era of De-Globalization for Transition Economies

Hosted at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


This extension is aimed at providing an opportunity for scholars interested in the topic of country and business strategies in the era of de-globalization and political populism for transition economies. Bulgaria is a good case to study how the country and local as well as global businesses addressing these challenges and how strategy research can help to cope with these new challenges.

Bulgaria holds currently the presidency of the council of the European Union. The country has been undergoing a slow and painful transition to a market economy since the end of Communist rule. It is the poorest country within the EU with the highest rate of corruption and a strict antiimmigrant policy. Trade is mainly intra-EU while mayor FDI comes from EU multi-nationals.

Global strategy research can help to identify country strategies and business models for addressing many of the contradictions of the globalization and for making globalization promises come true. In this context, research evidence shows that multinational corporations are often perceived as ‘knowledge transfer’ agents contributing to the improvement of country- and localspecific institutional factors.

The workshop program is purposefully structured around topics of country and business strategies to improve institutional and corporate governance exemplified by countries like Bulgaria, which has lessons that can be applied to other transition economies. We hope the workshop and the reflections in these directions will contribute to ensure that our discipline is academically ambitious and practically relevant.

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, September 25

19:00 Optional Dinner

Wednesday, September 26

9:00: Welcome to Sofia University and Introductions
9:15: Keynote - “Country and Business Strategies. Research Evidence”
10:30: Break
10:45: Keynote - “De-Globalization as a Business Strategy”
12:00: Lunch
13:00: Keynote - “Bulgarian Country and Business Strategies”
14:30: Break
14:45: Panel Discussion - “Country and Business Strategies in the Era of De-Globalization for Transition Economies”
16:15: Break
16:30: Résumé
17:15: Concluding Remarks and Next Steps
19:00: Dinner


We are pleased to be hosting this extension at the University of Sofia "St. Kliment Ohridski."

The University of Sofia "St. Kliment Ohridski"
bul. "Tsar Osvoboditel" 15
1504 Sofia Center, Sofia

Extension Registration



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Gabriel R G Benito
BI Norwegian Business School
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Marjorie Lyles
Indiana University
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Dana Minbaeva
Copenhagen Business School

Registration Fees

  June -
Aug. 31
    Sept. 1 - Onsite
Member US$ 85     US$ 115
Non-Member US$ 105     US$ 135