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Corporate Network Governance: Power, Ownership and Control in Contemporary Global Capitalism

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Project "CORPNET" data sheet

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Organization address
address: SPUI 21
postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙497˙764 €
 EC max contribution 1˙497˙764 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 1˙497˙764.00


 Project objective

The character of global business networks has long fascinated but continues to divide scholars of global markets and governance. A well-established perspective looks at the changes in global networks and sees an emerging cohesive transnational capitalist class. However, a rival line of inquiry sees the rise of competing corporate elites. Scholars also disagree on the origins of emergent patterns of corporate networks. Do they reflect institutional preferences of corporate and political elites? Or are they unintended by-products of corporate conduct? Third, there are fundamental differences of opinion on how patterns of global corporate ownership relate to actual power in the governance of such networks.

Past research has been unable to adjudicate these debates in part due to insufficient data clarifying the full breadth of corporate interactions globally, and insufficient analytical tools for analysing that breadth. This project seeks to do what has so far eluded existing scholarship: to fully explore the global network of corporate ownership and control as a complex system. Network structures may appear to be the result of a grand design at macro level, but are the outcome of the sum of the actions of a large set of interdependent actors. Using cutting-edge network science methods, the project explores for the first time the largest database on ownership and control covering over 100 million firms. Exploiting the longitudinal richness of the new data in combination with state-of-the-art methods and techniques makes it possible to model and empirically test generating mechanisms that drive network formation.

By doing so the project bridges the hitherto disjoint fields of social network studies in socio-economics and political science on the one hand, and the growing body of literature on network science in physics, computer science and complexity studies on the other.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Arjan Reurink, Javier Garcia-Bernardo
Competing for capitals: the great fragmentation of the firm and varieties of FDI attraction profiles in the European Union
published pages: 1-34, ISSN: 0969-2290, DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2020.1737564
Review of International Political Economy 2020-04-24
2019 Lucas van Straalen
The Resilient European Corporate Community: Evidence from the European network of interlocking directorates between 2005 and 2018
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Milan Babic
Actors, Not Markets: Bringing Corporate Power Back in International Studies
published pages: 175-176, ISSN: 1521-9488, DOI: 10.1093/isr/viy059
International Studies Review 21/1 2020-04-15
2018 Jan Fichtner and Eelke Heemskerk
The New Permanent Universal Owners: Index Funds, (Im)patient Capital, and the Claim of Long-termism
published pages: , ISSN: 1556-5068, DOI:
SSRN 2020-04-15
2020 Milan Babic
Let\'s talk about the interregnum: Gramsci and the crisis of the liberal world order
published pages: , ISSN: 0020-5850, DOI: 10.1093/ia/iiz254
International Affairs 2020-04-15
2020 Diliara Valeeva, Eelke M. Heemskerk, Frank W. Takes
The duality of firms and directors in board interlock networks: A relational event modeling approach
published pages: 68-79, ISSN: 0378-8733, DOI: 10.1016/j.socnet.2020.02.009
Social Networks 62 2020-04-15
2019 Johannes Petry, Jan Fichtner, Eelke Heemskerk
Steering capital: the growing private authority of index providers in the age of passive asset management
published pages: 1-25, ISSN: 0969-2290, DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2019.1699147
Review of International Political Economy 2020-04-15
2018 Oumaima Majiti
Are the Sleeping Giants Awakening? An Investigation into the Investment Stewardship Efforts of the Big Three Passive Investment Managers
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Niccolò Pisani, Javier Garcia‐Bernardo, Eelke Heemskerk
Does it pay to be a multinational? A large‐sample, cross‐national replication assessing the multinationality–performance relationship
published pages: 152-172, ISSN: 0143-2095, DOI: 10.1002/smj.3087
Strategic Management Journal 41/1 2020-04-15
2018 Arjan Reurink and Javier Garcia-Bernardo
Competing with whom? For what? And how? The great fragmentation of the firm, FDI attraction profiles, and the structure of international tax competition in the European Union
published pages: , ISSN: 1556-5068, DOI: 10.31235/
SSRN 2020-04-15
2019 Milan Babic, Javier Garcia-Bernardo, Eelke M. Heemskerk
The rise of transnational state capital: state-led foreign investment in the 21st century
published pages: 1-43, ISSN: 0969-2290, DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2019.1665084
Review of International Political Economy 2020-04-15
2016 E.M. Heemskerk, F.W. Takes, J. Garcia-Bernardo and M.J. Huijzer
Where is the global corporate elite? A large-scale network study of local and nonlocal interlocking directorates
published pages: 1-31, ISSN: 1469-8684, DOI: 10.2383/85292
Sociologica 2016 issue 2 2019-05-29
2017 Jan Fichtner, Eelke M. Heemskerk, Javier Garcia-Bernardo
Hidden power of the Big Three? Passive index funds, re-concentration of corporate ownership, and new financial risk
published pages: 298-326, ISSN: 1469-3569, DOI: 10.1017/bap.2017.6
Business and Politics 19/02 2019-05-29
2017 Eelke M. Heemskerk
\'Ligt het Rijnland nu in de VS? Lange termijn oriëntatie en passieve investeringsfondsen\'
published pages: 14-16, ISSN: , DOI:
Goed Bestuur 13(2) 2019-05-29
2017 Jan Fichtner
Perpetual decline or persistent dominance? Uncovering Anglo-America’s true structural power in global finance
published pages: 3-28, ISSN: 0260-2105, DOI: 10.1017/S0260210516000206
Review of International Studies 43/01 2019-05-29
2015 Eelke M. Heemskerk, Frank W. Takes
The Corporate Elite Community Structure of Global Capitalism
published pages: 90-118, ISSN: 1356-3467, DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2015.1041483
New Political Economy 21/1 2019-05-29
When theory meets methods: the naissance of computer assisted corporate interlock research
published pages: 81-104, ISSN: 1470-2266, DOI: 10.1111/glob.12178
Global Networks 18/1 2019-05-29
2017 Javier Garcia-Bernardo, Frank W. Takes
The effects of data quality on the analysis of corporate board interlock networks
published pages: , ISSN: 0306-4379, DOI: 10.1016/
Information Systems 2019-05-29
The global corporate elite after the financial crisis: evidence from the transnational network of interlocking directorates
published pages: 68-88, ISSN: 1470-2266, DOI: 10.1111/glob.12098
Global Networks 16/1 2019-05-29
2016 Frank W. Takes, Eelke M. Heemskerk
Centrality in the global network of corporate control
published pages: 1-18, ISSN: 1869-5450, DOI: 10.1007/s13278-016-0402-5
Social Network Analysis and Mining 6/1 2019-05-29
2016 Eelke Heemskerk
How Corporate Board Connect, in Charts
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Harvard Business Review 2019-05-29
2017 J. Garcia-Bernardo; J. Fichtner; F.W. Takes; E.M. Heemskerk
Sinks and Conduits: Identifying Offshore Financial Centers by using Big Data
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
IFC Economic Report 2019-05-29
2017 Milan Babic, Jan Fichtner, Eelke M. Heemskerk
States versus Corporations: Rethinking the Power of Business in International Politics
published pages: 20-43, ISSN: 0393-2729, DOI: 10.1080/03932729.2017.1389151
The International Spectator 52/4 2019-05-29
2016 Robert J. Mokken, Eelke M. Heemskerk, Steven Laan
Close communication and 2-clubs in corporate networks: Europe 2010
published pages: 1-19, ISSN: 1869-5450, DOI: 10.1007/s13278-016-0345-x
Social Network Analysis and Mining 6/1 2019-05-29
The promise and perils of using big data in the study of corporate networks: problems, diagnostics and fixes
published pages: 3-32, ISSN: 1470-2266, DOI: 10.1111/glob.12183
Global Networks 18/1 2019-05-29
2017 Eelke M Heemskerk
\'‘Langetermijnoriëntatie en de opkomst van passieve investeerders\'
published pages: 320-321, ISSN: , DOI:
Economisch Statistische Berichten (ESB) 120(4751) 2019-05-29
2017 Javier Garcia-Bernardo, Jan Fichtner, Frank W. Takes, Eelke M. Heemskerk
Uncovering Offshore Financial Centers: Conduits and Sinks in the Global Corporate Ownership Network
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-06322-9
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-05-29

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