GVCs, MNEs and green innovation

Session organisers:
  • Vito Amendolagine (Universit√† di Foggia, Italy)
  • Ulrich Hansen (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
  • Rasmus Lema (Aalborg University, Denmark)
  • Roberta Rabellotti (Universit√† di Pavia, Italy)

Global production is increasingly organised by multinational enterprises (MNEs) and takes place in both trade and investment centred networks and Global Value Chains (GVC). MNEs may have an important, multifaceted role in the green transformation, including both positive and negative effects. On the one hand, being large, MNEs may be slow to change ingrained routines and hence they may be stuck in resource intensive and high-pollution modes of production and operation. On the other hand, their global reach may provide access to relevant green knowledge pools in the global economy, thereby giving MNEs an advantage in sustainability-oriented innovation.
The section welcomes contributions about issues including but not limited to the following:

  • Green Foreign Direct Investments
  • Sustainability and environmental standards in Global Value Chains
  • Sustainability in MNEs strategies
  • The role of GVCs and MNEs in greening of capabilities and innovation systems
  • Sustainability-oriented innovation in MNEs
  • Different GVCs technological patterns in different green sectors
  • Emerging market multinationals in green industries
  • Concentration and dispersion of green capabilities in global innovation networks


  • Bocconi University


  • Intesa Sanpaolo
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