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Young scientist wins award for platform to investigate corporate tax avoidance

A member of the CORPNET group, Frank Takes, has won the Young eScientist Award 2017. The prize aims to stimulate a young scientist demonstrating excellence in eScience: the development or application of digital technology to address scientific challenges. The prize will be used to undertake a joint research project, in which Takes will receive support by …

Neymar and State Money: How Sovereign Investment enters Global Capitalism

A new blog by the CORPNET group had been published on Medium.com. The blog, “Neymar and State Money: How Sovereign Investment enters Global Capitalism”, is written by Milan Babic and Katie-Ann Wilson and can be found here. Abstract This blog post discusses the activities, outreach and role of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) that recently …

Offshore Financial Centers and the Five Largest Value Conduits in the World

Public outcry over tax havens has increased in recent years. Journalists have shed light on the users of these offshore financial centres (OFCs), as well as the jurisdictions, banks, accountancy and law firms involved: OffshoreLeaks (2013), LuxLeaks (2014), SwissLeaks (2015), the Panama Papers (2015) and BahamasLeaks (2016). OFCs are popular instruments for multinational corporations to (legally) reduce their tax bill by moving capital across …

The New Mandate Owners: Passive Asset Managers and the Decoupling of Corporate Ownership

A new article by the CORPNET group has been published in the June  2017 issue of the Antitrust Chronicle (pp. 51-57). The piece, “The New Mandate Owners: Passive Asset Managers and the Decoupling of Corporate Ownership”, is written by Carmel Shenkar, Eelke Heemskerk and Jan Fichtner and can be found here. Abstract A major shift toward passively …

CORPNET receives NWO Visitors Grant for dr. Michał Zdziarski

CORPNET receives an NWO Visitors Grant to host dr. Michał Zdziarski, Head of Strategic Management and International Business at University of Warsaw. With the NWO Visitors grant researchers can host highly qualified senior researchers from abroad for a maximum of four months. Michał Zdziarski is currently working with the CORPNET group on the global topology of business …

Global Corporate Elite paper published in Sociologica

A new article by the CORPNET group has been published in issue 2 of 2016 of the sociologica journal. The piece, ‘Where is the global corporate elite? A large-scale network study of local and nonlocal interlocking directorates‘, is written by Eelke Heemskerk, Frank Takes, Javier Garcia-Bernardo and Jouke Huijzer and can be found here. Abstract Business élites reconfigure …

How Apple and Other Multinationals Avoid Taxes and Accountability: A Network Study of Offshore Finance

This blog post discusses existing research on the still rather opaque topic of offshore finance. Subsequently, it is outlined how the CORPNET team is going to shed some new light on this crucial topic by analyzing transnational ownership ties of multinational corporations utilizing complex networks methods and the ‘big data’ provided by the Orbis database. …