from the department
The purpose of this project is to study how firms manage their relationship with various socio-political actors and how this is affected by the networks in which the firms are embedded. The project looks into the array of influential and adaptive actions firms can undertake in their relationships with socio-political bodies on the local, national and supra-national level (e.g. the European Union). In the project, a number of case studies as well as extensive surveys provide the foundation to investigate firms’ behaviour and the impact of socio-political actors on that behaviour. These studies involve firms in Western Europe as well as in emerging markets (Argentina and Brazil). Research questions raised in the project include; “How do small and large firms interact with socio- political actors? and “What is the impact from other actors in the network on this interaction”. Similarities as well as differences between small and large firms are examined. The project engages a group of senior researchers and PhD students in close cooperation.