Join an international, interdisciplinary workshop on theorizing transnational business governance interactions


On May 16 and 17, 2016, York University will host an international workshop on transnational business governance interactions (TBGI)–the somewhat awkward moniker my colleagues and I attach to the complex range of cooperation, competition, conflict, convergence and divergence that is emerging among the many transnational programs that have proliferated to manage and regulate aspects of global business, from accounting standards to internet privacy, and from forestry to coffee.

Day 1 of the workshop will take place at the Schulich School of Business. Day 2 will be at Osgoode Hall Law School.

We have┬ádeveloped a common analytical framework for studying these interactions in various empirical and theoretical contexts, and more recently we have proposed criteria for building mid-level theoretical “modules” for explaining, predicting and shaping these interactions.

The goal of this workshop is advance a shared research agenda with a particular focus on three questions that we think are priorities for theory-building:

  1. What is the connection between social structures, interactive pathways or mechanisms, and regulatory capacities?
  2. How can governance interactions be mobilized to empower marginalized interests and advance sustainability? And
  3. What are the causes and consequences of the emergence, persistence and failure of governance interactions?

The workshop will bring together around thirty researchers and practitioners from ten countries.

The workshop is open to the public. Visit the event page for more details and to register.