Tuborg Research Centre for Globalisation and Firms

The centre focused on research concerning the pivotal role of businesses in the process of globalisation. Professor Philipp Schröder served as the director of the centre.

The Tuborg Research Centre for Globalisation and Firms (TGF) was funded by the Tuborg Foundation from 2013 to 2018 and was established at Aarhus University.

TGF’s predecessor, 2008-2013, was a large-scale research project 'Made in Denmark anno 2025' also funded by the Tuborg Foundation.


The team consisted of over 30 affiliated researchers, including postdocs and PhD students at the Department of Economics and Business Economics and the Department of Management at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University. In addition, the centre maintained a thriving network of international affiliated researchers.

List of members

  • Philipp Schröder
  • Valdemar Smith
  • Frédéric Warzynski
  • Valerie Smeets
  • Allan Sørensen
  • Christian Bjørnskov
  • Erik Strøjer Madsen
  • Jan Børsen Bentzen
  • Mogens Dilling-Hansen
  • Morten Rask
  • Mikael Søndergaard
  • Roger Bandick
  • Leif Danziger
  • Niels Peter Mols
  • Tom Aabo
  • Marcel Smolka
  • Jesper Wulff
  • Ina Jakel
  • Eliane Choquette
  • Anders Laugesen
  • Luca Macedoni
  • Kaleb Girma Abreha
  • Sylvanus Afesorgbor
  • Alessandro Sforza
  • Monica Morlacco
  • Mons Chan
  • Jonas Juul Henriksen
  • Martin Alfaro
  • Boris Georgiev
  • Ruby Elorm
  • Yohannes W. Ayele


Through a combination of theoretical models and empirical studies, the centre's research, based on comprehensive Danish register data, produced a wide range of research output within international economics and international business studies.

TGF’s contributions ranged from fundamental research on the driving forces and conditions of globalisation to the intricate internal mechanisms of businesses’ internationalisation.

The centre’s research has been published in leading journals within international economics and international business studies. Moreover, the centre conducted applied research that had direct relevance to companies' strategic decision-making and informed policy makers about the nuances of globalisation, trade policy and trade facilitation.

Impact and legacy

Given Denmark's status as a small open economy, TGF’s research and dissemination efforts significantly contributed to understanding the country's profound interconnection with the global economy.

The centre was instrumental in fostering a vibrant community of researchers and establishing the annual Danish International Economics Workshop, a key event bringing together trade economists from Denmark and abroad. TGF actively engaged in various outreach activities, collaborating with external stakeholders such as the Danish Export Association, the Foreign Ministry of Denmark, and the Confederation of Danish Industry.

A particularly notable achievement was the project "Eksportens DNA," which distilled complex research insights on export barriers and strategies, offering practical guidance for real-world business decisions.

Notably, in 2018, a segment of the centre's research team, led by Professor Philipp Schröder, was awarded a Semper Ardens research grant from the Carlsberg Foundation, leading to the establishment of the FIND Research Centre for Firms and Industry Dynamics.