Anna Ljung

Associate Professor

My research interests include multinational companies’ (MNCs) role in society in general, and in climate change mitigation in particular.

Research suggests namely that some MNC revenues are larger not only than several developing, but also some emerging economies. Other data underscore that three of Sweden's largest MNCs are responsible for more GHG emissions globally, than Sweden in total as a country. Hence, these types of actors are no doubt central not only in society at large, but also in the issue of climate mitigation. Simultaneously though, scholars point out that due to MNCs vast resources in as much monetary terms, as in their role of innovators and global reach, they are also important actors in the climate transition. I conduct my research connected to this paradoxical role of MNCs and in line with SDG 17 concerning partnerships;  multisector collaborations.

In terms of academic background, I come from international marketing and sustainable business. My theoretical basis is found within the business network relationship view of multisector partnerships. I teach methods and theory in environmental science as well as sustainable business, and supervise theses at different levels.

Research projects



Christine Holmström Lind, Olivia Kang, Anna Ljung, Paul Rosenbaum (2022) Involvement of multinational corporations in social innovation: Exploring an emerging phenomenon Journal of Business Research, Vol. 151, p. 207-221 Continue to DOI


Christine Holmström Lind, Olivia Kang, Anna Ljung, Mats Forsgren (2018) MNC involvement in social innovations: the issue of knowledge, networks and power Critical Perspectives on International Business, Vol. 16, p. 79-99 Continue to DOI


Anna Bengtson, Anna Ljung (2016) A relationship view of MNCs' innovation management in emerging economies: The Amazon Connection Case International Journal of Business Environment, Vol. 8, p. 65-85, Article 1 Continue to DOI


Anna Ljung, Cecilia Pahlberg (2015) Subsidiary Strategy Processes in Latin America European Business Review, Vol. 27, p. 535-550 Continue to DOI


Anna Ljung (2014) "Overcoming institutional distance through cross-sector collaborations, encountering sector distance"
Anna Ljung (2014) Expansion to the Amazonian Base of the Pyramid through cross-sector relationships: - A case for the Uppsala model?
Anna Ljung (2014) The Multinational Company and Society: A Study of Business Network Relationships in Latin America


Anna Bengtson, Anna Ljung, Amjad Hadjikhani (2013) Managing stability and crises in business relationships: The case of Ericsson in an emerging market European Business Review, Vol. 25, p. 518-535 Continue to DOI


Anna Bengtson, Amjad Hadjikhani, Anna Ljung (2012) Managing relationship development and crises in emerging markets: A Swedish firm´s relationship behaviour in Argentina New Policy Challanges for European Multinationals, p. 421-442 Continue to DOI
Cecilia Pahlberg, Anna Ljung (2012) Interaction between MNCs, Political Units and NGOs: The Case of Ericsson's CSR Strategy in Latin America Proceedings of the 54 th Annual Meetingof the Academy of International Business
Anna Ljung, Anna Bengtson (2012) Innovation Through Business and NGO Co-operation: The Case of Digital Inclusion in the Amazon Business, Society and Politics, p. 281-301
Cecilia Pahlberg, Anna Ljung (2012) Effects of business networks including socio-political actors on subsidiary strategy processes: The case of Western MNC subsidiaries in emerging economies