Business as usual? Responding to the surge in nationalism and populism

Business as usual? Responding to the surge in nationalism and populism
Business as usual? Responding to the surge in nationalism and populism

Principal speaker

Professor Sara McGaughey

Other speakers

Associate Professor Jesper Edman and Adjunct Professor Clinton Dines

Multinational enterprises exert enormous power in social, economic and political arenas. Indeed, some MNEs have revenues well exceeding the GDP of mid-sized countries. Yet even these firms are far from immune to world events.

Brexit. Trump. A confident China. How does the recent surge in nationalism and populism impact the strategies of multinational and domestic firms? For example, how should foreign companies operating in the U.S. react to Trump? How will U.K. firms with a strong European presence profile themselves in the wake of Brexit? How will Australian firms and managers respond to China's greater assertiveness in the international arena under its first "populist' President?

Join Professor Sara McGaughey with eminent speakers from industry and academe to explore these and other questions over morning coffee and croissants.


Jesper Edman is Associate Professor at Hitostubashi University. His research focuses on how forces of globalization are reshaping national economies, with a particular emphasis on the role played by foreign MNEs. Under this heading, Jesper has examined how foreign firms impact domestic companies' organizational practices, the diffusion of foreign innovations among Japanese firms, and how MNEs manage their organizational identities in an increasingly turbulent economic environment. Jesper's current research examines the role MNEs play in host country institutional change, with a particular focus on the banking industry, and human capital strategies.

Clinton Dines is Adjunct Professor at Griffith Asia Institute. Throughout his career Clinton specialised in negotiating, establishing and operating Sino‐Foreign ventures, and in the management and development of foreign‐invested and operated businesses in China. Clinton was closely involved in one of the earliest Sino‐Foreign joint ventures in China in 1980, and in 1988 was recruited by BHP as the senior country executive for China. He stayed with the group for more than 21 years, retiring as President of BHP Billiton China in July 2009. Clinton is currently a Non‐Executive Director of Fonterra Cooperative Group, Zanaga Iron Ore Company, Aurecon Group, North Queensland Airports and Freedom Road Travel. He is also a member of the Griffith University Council.

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