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Bryndís Ólafsdóttir, PhD student, University of Iceland

Network relations and internationalization of smaller Nordic firms exporting to the Japanese market
I am a second-year Ph.D. student at the School of Business, University of Iceland. My research interests are internationalization and entry-mode research, network relations and the role of trade intermediaries, specifically in relation to Icelandic, Danish and Swedish small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) exporting to the Japanese market. This is a qualitative research with in-depth interviews with managers and trade agents. The theoretical basis of the research is predominately from the Uppsala Internationalization process model.

Saki Kudo, MA student, University of Tampere

The Influence of Firms on Female Lifecycle decisions
The labor force participation of women has increased in many industrial countries. Female lifestyle choices appear to be more flexible than they were earlier. Yet certain cross-national differences remain. My Master’s thesis addressed how the decisions of firms regarding family leave influence the decision-making process of women. A game theoretic model and a laboratory experiment allowed me to explain the effective policy to support female lifecycle decisions.