The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Starting Grant to AMCIS member Dr Eelke Heemskerk for his project 'Corporate Network Governance: Power, Ownership and Control in Contemporary Global Capitalism'.
The global business community is strongly intertwined. Companies share managers and are one another’s owners. Heemskerk will be the first to map this network for tens of millions of companies worldwide, and will investigate it as a complex system. Together with a team of political economists and computer scientists, he will model and empirically test the generating mechanisms behind this network, thereby throwing light on the way international elites have, and retain, economic power.
A Starting Grant is a personal grant of 1.5 million euros which is meant to support talented researchers for a period of five years while they conduct research.