AGST Module 2 (Business History & Industry Policy Studies) will hold a series of special lectures titled “INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND NATION STATES” from March 6 to 10, 2017.
Multinationals and their role in the process of globalization have attracted a great deal of attention from business historians. The origins of modern multinationals, and consequently foreign direct investment (FDI), lay in the second half of the nineteenth century. The growth of large scale, mainly industrial companies, concurred with the emergence of the first global economy. Most governments treated foreign companies like domestic firms as liberal economic policies took hold in the most import industrial nations. Trade protectionism, which represented a partial departure from liberalism, served to stimulate multinational manufacturing as well, because companies opened factories in protected markets. World War I was a turning point in the development of a global economy. Yet multinationals continued to operate and even expanded during the 1920s and 1930s. After World War II multinationals began to play a key role in the world economy. As multinationals by definition operate in at least two different nations they necessarily have to deal with two different governments. As a result of this interaction there may be conflict or cooperation between multinationals and host and home governments. This course focuses on the constantly changing relations between multinationals and national governments from the late 19th Century until today.
- Students acquire active knowledge to be able to discuss the major topics of this course and will be able to apply their new insights on the relationship between International Business and Nation States.
- Students will be able to put current developments of international business and government relations in a historical context.
- Students will be able to discuss the compulsory literature with their fellow students and professors,
- Students will be able to present their own work and connect it to the course content.
Prof. BEN WUBS, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Prof. TAKAFUMI KUROSAWA, Kyoto University.
(1) March 6 (Monday) 10:30-12:00
(2) March 7 (Tuesday) 10:00-12:00
(3) March 8 (Wednesday) 10:00-12:00
(4) March 8 (Wednesday) 14:00-16:00
(5) March 9 (Thursday) 10:00-12:00
(6) March 10 (Thursday) 10:00-12:00
Room 101, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Economics East Bldg.
1. Introduction: International Business and the Role of the State
2. Rise of State Monopolies: International Business before the Industrial Revolution
3. International Business, the State and Total War
4. Treats to International Business: Anti-trust Policy and Nationalization
5. The Entrepreneurial State: Multinational Companies and Innovation
6. Multinationals as drivers of Globalization
Please send an email the following information to International Affairs Office,
Graduate School of Economics (See the below email address)
・Faculty/Graduate shool or Affiliation
International Affairs Office, Graduate School of Economics
iao.econ [at] mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (please replace [at] with @)