Welcome from the Program Chairs

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to Milan for the AIB mini-conference with the theme ”Breaking up the global value chain: Possibilities and consequences”.

The city of Milan is very vibrant global city that is known for an international atmosphere, cultural sights, design, fashion, food and many cozy neighborhoods. On top of this Milan is hosting the world-exhibition EXPO 2015.

The conference will put spots on all the issues that follow from breaking up the value chain and relocating activities. This topic is highly relevant both in terms of research and comprehensive understanding of the changes, but also in terms of practical consequences in terms of jobs, capabilities, knowledge etc. The public debate on these issues appear under headings like offshoring, outsourcing, emerging market MNEs, relocation of jobs, total cost of ownership etc. The conference will provide a continuous stream of plenary debate and sessions that scrutinize these issues.

The aim is to bring together researchers from all relevant fields in order to benefit from broad discussion and multifaceted perspectives.

We look forward to you joining us in Milan.

A warm welcome awaits you.

Arnaldo Camuffo
Stefano Elia
Torben Pedersen
Lucia Piscitello