Over the last two decades, the organization of companies and their integration into regional, national and global networks have undergone profound changes.

Various factors are responsible for these changes. Some of them are regional competition, development of global supply chain networks, new social movements, automation of the production and services, digitalization of information system, changes in international trade regulations and rapid environmental degradation, pandemics, global health hazards and associated policy changes and regulations.

Consequences of these changes are uncertain. Along with scientific work, even public debate is beginning to discuss the backlash of the globalization movement, and questioning the growth and the endangerment of democratic institutions. The future of global rise of companies is questioned in the light of these changes. There are indications that their strategies and structures are subject to tensions that could destabilized the productive and commercial networks in which they are embedded.

In this emerging business environment, companies of all sizes and structures could find themselves facing a fundamental challenge for their growth and survival. While these enterprises play a fundamental role in employment generation, production and innovation, the regions in which they localized may also be impacted.

Their position in the global economic hierarchy can change, leading to undesired economic and spatial consequences. Social, economic, political and academic actors believe these changes as dangerous, both for economic development and political stability. Many others consider that societies would be able to benefit globally from these upheavals and development.

This challenge has led a multidisciplinary and international group of researchers from the Université de Paris and other academic institutions in France and institutions from others States to carry out a project aimed at exploring the determinants and implications of changes in global business activities, through cases in various regions and countries.

Research Team

Who are we?

The team is composed of more than 20 international scholars, most of them teaching at the University, some being researchers or PhD candidates. It started up about three years ago from the willingness to increase links between research centers into the Université de Paris, which came into being from the merging of Université Paris Descartes, Université Paris Diderot and the Institut de physique du globe de Paris. The aim was to engage in international and multidisciplinary research to understand linkages between the changes in the globalisation process and the reorganisation of companies.

From the initial days, the team received support from of Labex DynamiTe, a Cluster of Excellence, focusing on the effects of globalization on space and societies, as well as issues related to sustainable development and global change.

The research carried out participates in the work conducted by the Global Research Institute of Paris (GRIP), Université de Paris, an IdEx Interdisciplinary Initiative funded with the scientific scope of Global Studies while reflecting on North-South relations.

The scholars involved belong to the following institutions:

Team Members

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  • Master of Arts (Development Studies)
  • Master Master Géographie du Développement (Dynamiques des Pays Émergents et en Développement)
  • Master Droit des affaires - Parcours : Banque et finance,droit et régulation du système bancaire et financier
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Prof. Philippe Cadene
Université de Paris
Faculté Sociétés & Humanités
Bat. Olympe de Gouges
8 place Paul Ricoeur
75013 Paris FRANCE