Past Conferences

Globalization, Organization and the Ownership of Firms

IFN Stockholm Conference in Vaxholm, June 14‒15, 2012

Firms are continually striving to improve efficiency in response to the forces of globalization. Recent research has shown that firms' organization, vertical specialization, management practices and ownership play an important role in determining performance. While recent work has made great strides towards understanding these phenomena, many questions still remain. In particular, we have a rather limited understanding of the exact features of cross-border organization and ownership that are conducive to high productivity.

In an effort to advance research in this area, the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) is organizing an international two-day conference on Globalization, Organization and the Ownership of Firms. The conference brings together top researchers working on both theoretical and empirical aspects of these issues. The objectives are to shed light on the connection between firms' organizational structure and performance, as well as to understand the effect of organizational and ownership changes on product and labour markets in an international perspective.

The conference is by invitation only, hosted by IFN and organized by Shon Ferguson (IFN), Lars Persson (IFN) and Joacim Tåg (IFN) with financial support from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

For more information please contact Shon Ferguson (

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The Research Institute of Industrial Economics, IFN, is a private and independent foundation devoted to pursuing highly relevant research for trade and industry.

The researchers at IFN are united in their belief that economic methods offer a powerful tool for understanding society.

The main research programs are:

  1. economics of entrepreneurship
  2. globalization and corporate restructuring
  3. economics of the service sector
  4. economics of the electricity markets
  5. economics of institutions and culture.

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