CORPLINK is a four-year research project aimed at creating new ways for policy makers, regulators and academics to investigate how companies use complex global networks to build 'arbitrage power'. This dimension of economic power, not as yet recognised in political science literature, refers to the capacity of organisations to shape the framework of the global economy to advance their interests.
The project, which has been awarded a €1.7million Advanced Grant by the European Research Council,one of the most prestigious academic funding awards in the world, will involve mapping the hundreds and sometimes thousands of cells belonging to at least 22 multi-unit, multi-layered and multi-jurisdictional corporations.
The team of researchers, led by principal investigator Professor Ronen Palan, includes:
- Professor Richard Murphy (City)
- Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova (City)
- Dr Christopher Gandrud (City)
- Dr Hannah Peterson (City)
- Professor Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen Business School)
- Associate Professor Duncan Wigan (Copenhagen Business School)
- Dr Richard Phillips (Manchester)
- Johnny West (OpenOil)