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IBS Lunchtime Research Seminar - Globalization or Deglobalization? How Different Metrics Tell Different Stories

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Date 24 June 2024
Time 13:00-14:30 (Timezone: Europe/London)
Price Free
Venue Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus
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You are cordially invited to attend an International Business and Strategy Departmental Research Meeting, during which there will be a presentation by Professor Winfried Ruigrok, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. A reminder that attendance for IBS (full time, research oriented) staff and full-time students is compulsory, and where possible, must be in person. Individuals unable to attend in person, due to legitimate reasons will be provided a Teams link on request. Non-IBS staff are welcome to attend, but must register prior to the event. If you have not received the email invite please email Angie Clark

Please join us in Room 108, Henley Business School, if you would like to attend, please register using the link below:

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Please make sure you let me know in advance if you intend to attend in person so that the correct amount of catering is booked.

Date: Wednesday 24th June 2024, HBS Room 108

Time: 13.00 - 14.15pm


The past few years have witnessed a plethora of scholars and practitioners embracing the concept of deglobalization. Our literature review reveals that authors have used different definitions of deglobalization, different metrics, and different levels of aggregation, looking at different institutional origins and different timeframes. To provide a more comprehensive assessment, we performed a series of analyses with metrics commensurable to the conceptualization of globalization on a multi-country dataset consisting of 3,303 unique firms from the top 16 home markets of the Fortune Global 500 firms over the 2001-2022 period (n=35,042). We introduce the difference between equally-weighted degree of internationalization which tracks the evolution of the average firm, and value-weighted degree of internationalization which better captures the evolution at the macroeconomic level. We find that using such distinct metrics leads to different judgements on the development of deglobalization. On the one hand, we identify an overall upswing of globalization for the average firm, a pattern that is robust across different economies. On the other, our analysis of value-weighted degree of internationalization highlights that different economies underwent distinct and even contradictory paths of (de)globalization. We identify the research implications.

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