The following is a list of seminars being held at the University of Sydney that focus on the intersection of markets and society

An MNE-centred Strategy Process Perspective on Pathways to Greehouse Gas Reduction

Tuesday 17 August
Merewether Building Seminar Room 397
Speaker: Dr Hinrich Voss (Centre for International Business, Leeds University - see

Corporate climate change strategies (CCCS) have been explored primarily for uninational firms - firms that do not operate internationally. The very limited research that does exist on multinational enterprises has the weakness that it treats them as if the operated in a single international environment, in effect as a singularity. Further, this research has neither fully embodied the environmental management nor, in particular, the international business literatures. We bridge this gap by employing a strategy process framework to locate extant research on corporate responses on climate change, and to relate it to the two literatures of environmental management and international business. We find that the antecedents of a CCCS are multi-faceted and dynamic. The process of CCCS formulation and implementation is multi-layered and strongly influenced by the type of global corporate strategy that the MNE already pursues. We conclude that the resulting pathways of climate change strategies therefore vary considerably by MNE type. Our findings imply that a holistic antecedent-process-outcome approach is required to investigate corporate climate change strategies effectively, and we propose a framework within which research might be developed.

‘The Governance of Financial Regulatory Reform: The Australian Experience’

Thursday 8 July
Darlington Centre School Building Meeting Room 11
Speaker: Dr Caner Bakir (Department of International Relations, Koç University - see

The dominant perspective in the literature linking governance, globalisation and public policy argues that globalisation undercuts state capacity, weakening a government’s ability to effectively regulate its domestic affairs. This paper shows otherwise with special reference to the Australian experience in financial regulation. It challenges the conventional wisdom that the Australian state is weak and cannot adopt anticipatory industrial policies. This paper argues that the adoption of the ‘twin peaks’ model of financial regulatory arrangements is an example of the existence of government-led steering in Australia which can adopt a proactive approach to financial regulation by steering and coordinating policy networks. ‘Governance through hierarchy’ in the financial services industry may be a function of the government’s political entrepreneurship; its skill in setting and implementing an agenda; and an ability to create new policy communities and networks.