Economic and business historian Senior Professor Simon Ville from UOW’s Faculty of Business and Law is investigating the history of multinational enterprises in Australia to fill a major gap in economic and business history literature for the twentieth-century.

Prof Ville is one of four Chief Investigators on the project, which is funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant scheme. Prof Ville will be working alongside Associate Professor Pierre van der Eng from The Australian National University, Emeritus Professor David Merrett and A/Prof Andre Sammartino, both from The University of Melbourne.

According to Prof Ville, foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) have occupied an important place in Australian business for over a century but their contribution to Australia’s economic, commercial, environmental, social and cultural life has been the subject of strenuous debate over decades.

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