Workshop Human Rights and the Multinational Enterprise

The workshop intends to bridge this gap and aims at promoting a human rights research agenda in international management and international business. The call for papers solicits both theoretical and empirical contributions, which draw on different research streams and disciplines, including international management, international business, business ethics, international law, political science and business and human rights. Methodologically, we welcome qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method research approaches.


Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • The role of expatriates and inpatriates in promoting the cause of human rights in foreign subsidiaries
  • Embedding human rights in corporate culture
  • Liability of foreignness and human rights
  • Liability of origin and human rights
  • MNEs’ human rights conduct and transfer of good human rights practices within the multinational network
  • CSR and human rights
  • Differentials in human rights conduct across different types of MNEs<
  • MNE’s human rights conduct across different institutional environments.
  • Market competition and human rights
  • Effects of infringements of human rights<
  • Political and sub-political activity and strategies of MNEs in relation to human rights
  • Implications of current business and human rights policy debates for multinational business.
  • Empirical research on the uptake and impact of the UN Guiding Principles
  • Measuring business and human rights; assessing business and human rights infringements through quantitative analyses.
  • Human rights, social and environmental upgrading in Global Value Chains.

Starting Time

February 4, 2016

Ending Time

February 5, 2016


Università di Pisa, dipartimento di Economia e Management Via Cosimo Ridolfi, 10 56124 Pisa

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