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Fredrik Utesch-Xiong, M.Sc.

Fredrik Utesch-Xiong (sehr kurzes, braunes Haar, Bart)

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter


Enrique-Schmidt-Straße 1
28359 Bremen
WiWi1 – Gebäude, Raum A3200

Telefon: +49 (0)421 218-66556

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• Economic Policy; FDI Policy
• Institutional perspectives
• Co-evolutionary theory
• China's economic development

Zur Person

Education and Academic Positions

Since 2017:     Research Assistant/PhD Student, University of Bremen

2015 – 2017:   M.Sc. in Business Economics in Emerging Markets (awarded with distinction), University of Reading (U.K.)

2012 – 2015:   B.A. in Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences Münster


Pre-Academic Work Experience

2015 – 2017   Transfer Pricing, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Düsseldorf, Germany


Academic Workshops & Conferences

2019:        Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meeting 2019, Kopenhagen

2019:        AIB Western Europe Doctoral Student Workshop, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Nuremberg

2018:        International Business Masterclasses, Henley Business School, Reading

2015:        China Afrika Network Conference (OUCAN), Oxford University

2015:        LSE Emerging Markets Forum, London School of Economics (LSE) 

2015:        Reading-UNCTAD International Business Conference, Henley Business School - University of Reading


Blog entry

The German Angst? How Germany struggles to protect its crown-jewel industries

Focus: Co-Evolution of FDI related Policies & Chinese MNEs

With my cumulative dissertation project, I aim to explore the co-evolution between home-country policies related to outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) and the activities of multinational enterprises (MNEs) in the context of China. Motivated by the unique relationship between the state’s interventionist approach and the development of its firms to become globally competitive MNEs, this thesis analyses the influence that policymakers have on MNEs and vice versa, within a co-evolution framework. 

Where the current International Business literature studies policy types (for example regulatory or normative) and their effect on MNEs individually, I enhance this approach by covering multiple types of policies in one analysis. Thus, I aim to establish a wider understanding of the role that policies have in the context of China regarding MNEs’ internationalization. Moreover, I aim at deepening the understanding of how Chinese MNEs can influence policymakers in their home country. Next, to the direct measures of CPA, I also include the internationalization activities of MNEs into this analysis. Hereby, I argue that policymakers are observing and adopting policies accordingly to realign unwanted investment developments. This approach is new to International Business research. Finally, I connect both analyses through a co-evolutionary study wherein the interrelated relationship between the evolution of the MNE, and the evolution of home country policies is analyzed.