Belgian multinational enterprises and the making of the first global economy (1870-1914). The case of the Empain Group

01 October 2015 → 31 March 2021
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • History
  • Social sciences
    • Economic history
economic expansion history Empain multinationals Belgium business history empire
Project description

Facing the challenges of current globalization, an update of the history of Belgian economic expansion is needed. A comparative archive-based research on multinationals, and the Belgian Empain Group in particular, will be done. This will show how multinationals were the driving force behind the economic globalization of 1870-1914 and how they connected markets and people through foreign direct investment.