CONFERENCE: Location decisions of multinational enterprises. Markets, cities or clusters?

We look forward to welcoming you in Copenhagen at our conference on “Location decisions of multinational enterprises: markets, cities, or clusters?” in a weeks time. It will take place at the beautiful and historic complex of Fæstningens Materialgård (the Fortifications Depot) in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark from May 11 to May 12, 2015.

This conference brings together academics from leading worldwide universities and specialized practitioners working with multinational enterprises. It provides an opportunity to gain insight into the cutting-edge research on FDI location decisions, and discuss the practical challenges of attracting multinational enterprises to specific locations, in a forum including economists, sociologists, geographers, management scholars, and policy makers.

Keynote speakers

How do multinational enterprises make location decisions?

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is an increasingly important driver of international business activities around the World. Policy makers have been interested in this development since FDI also is seen as an important catalyst of the economic development of the localities which are successful in attracting it.

Research indicates that such investment, in the form of establishment of foreign subsidiaries by multinational enterprises, may have a positive effect on the economic development of the recipient locations in general by means of increased growth, employment, and innovation.

In the light of the benefits conferred by these international investments, it is crucial for decision makers at the regional, national, and local levels to obtain an in-depth understanding of how multinational enterprises arrive at their decisions regarding where to locate these subsidiaries.

Hence, following questions concerning these location decisions will be discussed:

  • What factors drive different types of multinational enterprises to choose a particular location (either country, region within country, or city) for particular types of FDI?
  • How do managers in multinational enterprises make decisions regarding where to locate their foreign direct investments?
  • To what extent are such decisions sequential (i.e., country choice is made prior to local choice)?
  • What can local authorities do to attract foreign direct investment of a particular type to a particular location?

Schedule and registration

The conference is scheduled from May 11 (noon) to May 12 (late afternoon).

The fee to register for the conference is DKK 1000 (approximately EUR 132 Euro or USD 144), which gives full access to the entire event including catering, a conference dinner at the Bib Gourmand awarded restaurant Søren K in the evening on May 11, and lunch at the conference venue on May 12.

The Kraks Fond – Institute for Urban Economic Research is a non-profit foundation, thus the conference fee covers only partial costs.

The registration for attendance will close May 1st 2015.

Important dates

February 20: Deadline for submission of abstract
March 1: Notification of acceptance to present at the workshop
March 11: Deadline to confirm attendance as presenter
March 23: Open for registration as (non-presenting) attendee
May 1: Deadline for registration as attendee
May 11-12: Conference held in Copenhagen


Bo Bernhard Nielsen, Professor, University of Sydney,
Christian Geisler Asmussen, Professor, Copenhagen Business School,
Monica Moeskær, Project Manager, Kraks Fond – Institute for Urban Economic Research,

About the organizers

The conference “Location decisions of multinational enterprises: markets, cities, or clusters?” is organized by the Department of Strategic Management and Globalization at Copenhagen Business School and the Kraks Fond – Institute for Urban Economic Research.

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) was established in 1917. Today, with 20,000 students and 1,500 employees, CBS is one of the largest business schools in Europe. Since 2000 CBS has been accredited by EQUIS, and since 2007 also by AMBA. August 1st 2011 CBS received accreditation by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) as the first school in Scandinavia. CBS has thus acquired ‘The Triple Crown’, an acknowledgement only shared by around 50 business schools worldwide.

Kraks Fond – Institute for Urban Economic Research is an independent research unit under Kraks Fond (Krak Foundation). The Kraks Fond – Institute covers a research field of economic, sociological, and geographical issues. Results are available to both decision makers, the general public, and researchers alike.

About the venue

Fæstningens Materialgård (the Fortifications Depot) is located in the historic center of Copenhagen. The complex, which has heritage status, encloses a small oasis with roses and magnolias and was home to the Ministry of Defense for more than 250 years up till 2007.

As a part of Bryghusområdet (the Brewery Site), the Fortifications Depot stands along Frederiksholms Kanal, with Christiansborg Palace, the King’s Brewery and the Royal Library as its nearest neighbors. Furthermore, a new architectural site is being constructed. The new prestigious building is designed by Rem Koolhaas from OMA and aims to connect the city center to the Copenhagen harbor.

The Krak Fond – Institute for Urban Economic Research moved into the Fortifications Depot in October 2014 together with the Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen Solution Lab and IFHP (The International Federation for Housing and Planning), and more companies and organisations are to come. The aim of this cluster is to create a national platform for the development and international exposure of Danish architecture, construction, urban development, design and urban research.