On the one hand, international business plays a key role for increasing employment and achieving economic prosperity and growth, on the other hand, questions related to increased globalisation, such as migration stream issues and segregation are still largely unresolved. The research track Re-framing globalization mainly focuses on the business world, exploring the challenges that organisations have to face in their contemporary international operations.

Re-framing globalisation

Re-framing globalisation

The research track Re-framing globalization mainly focuses on the cross-border nature of social phenomena, with a particular emphasis on multinational companies with operations in different countries and small-medium sized companies active on international arenas, and the challenges they meet. Globalization and increased connectivity of human activity around the world is also a defining characteristic of modern world. Today, it is becoming more obvious than ever that no country is an island and that changes in one part of the world has (un)paralleled effects in other part(s).

Having strong expertise rooted in the markets as networks theory, research produced in the track closely follows and accurately captures contemporary trends. For instance, a modern view of multinational companies in which subsidiaries are not subjected to the headquarter, but rather can assume a central role in the company, leads to new implications for how success can be achieved. Customers who no longer are passive receivers of what is being offered –be it products, services or ideas –need to be understood by looking at what drives their attitudes, perceptions and behavior in order to succeed.

Other challenges we contribute to better understand and manage are:

  • How organisations work to overcome geographical and cultural distances.
  • How business manage increased diversity and complexity emerging out of cross-border nature.
  • How contemporary business can deal with the glocal character of the emergence of digital technologies.

Re-framing globalization for future business, management and society

In these areas, we collaborate nationally and internationally with researchers at, among other, Stockholm School of Economics, Uppsala university, Trinity College Dublin, University of Lausanne, Dublin City University, Aalto University Business School. We are also leading members of journal editorial boards. Worth mentioning is that in a recently published study in the Journal of International Business Studies, Ulf Andersson ranks among the most published researchers in the world when it comes to subsidiary-research.


Our research is conducted in collaboration with public and private sector, as well as with colleagues in Sweden and around the world. Our results are published in internationally recognized journals and widely cited. Our results are also used in practice by associations and companies, as for instance Business Sweden’s Business Climate Survey 2020.

More information

Fore more information about the research track Re-framing globalization please contact the track leader

Research leader

Harun Emre Yildiz



Research projects

Skilled migrants and their career success, a study of individual, organizational and institutional factors

Project manager: Ali Farashah

Research group: NOMP-group – New Organisation and Management Practices

Main financing: FORTE

This research project identifies the main individual, organizational, and structural factors for career success of migrants and provides us with an overarching picture.

Digital transformation: a silver bullet for Swedish firms' growth and internationalization?

Project manager: Harun Emre Yildiz

Research group: The research group for studies in democracy, power and citizenship, DEM Marketing and strategy

Main financing: Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius stiftelse, Tore Browaldhs stiftelse

This research project aims to answer the following research question: What are the consequences of digital transformation for Swedish firms in terms of their innovativeness, operational efficiency and international growth?

"It's a retail revolution": The international challenges of digitalization

Project manager: Emilia Rovira Nordman

Research group: The research group for studies in democracy, power and citizenship, DEM Marketing and strategy

Main financing: Torsten Söderbergs stiftelse

The aim of the project is to explore the specific features that enable international expansion through e-commerce in SMEs.


Research group: Robotics Safety-Critical Engineering Accounting and Control Algebra och Analysis with applications Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems Automated Software language and Software engineering Biomedical Engineering Care, Recovery & Health Certifiable Evidences & Justification Engineering Childhood during Antropocen – Education and sustainability ChiP- Children’s rights to health, protection, promotion and participation Complex Real-Time Embedded Systems Co-production research in health and welfare Cyber-Physical Systems Analysis Data Communication Dependable Software Engineering Digitalisation Discrete Mathematics and Modelling of Behaviour and Culture Early interventions, early educational paths and special educational needs co-production research (TITUS) Ecocritical Forum and Ecocritical Comparative Literature Economics Education and teaching in preschool, compulsory school and school-age educare Energy efficiency and reduction of emissions Engineering Mathematics Excellent Teaching for Literacy (ETL) Formal Modelling and Analysis of Embedded Systems Heterogeneous systems - hardware software co-design Industrial Software Engineering Information Design Learning, Inclusive education, School transitions – for All (LISA) Learning and Optimisation Mälardalen Interaction and Didactics (MIND) Model-Based Engineering of Embedded Systems M-TERM - Mälardalen University Team of Educational Researchers in Mathematics Natural Science and Technology Didactics research Normcritical perspectives in the research into social vulnerability Person-centred care and communication Political Science PREVIVE Product and Production Development Programming Languages Real-Time Systems Design Renewable Energy Software Testing Laboratory Space and Place in Early Childhood Education and School (SPiECES) Stochastic Processes, Statistics and Financial Engineering Sustainable lifestyle and health from a public health perspective Sustainable working life The research group for studies in democracy, power and citizenship, DEM Ubiquitous Computing Marketing and strategy Value-Driven Innovation and Foresight Behavioral medicine, health and lifestyle (BeMe-Health) NOMP-group – New Organisation and Management Practices Prolonged independent life Welfare research Human organising in entrepreneurship, innovation, and quality management (Human)

The Sörmland Contract is a collaboration between Eskilstuna Municipality, Eskilstuna Fabriksförening (Factory Association) and MDH which contributes towards giving MDH in Eskilstuna a unique range of courses and programmes linked to digitalisation and IT.

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