Associate Professor Pierre van der Eng

Pierre van der Eng


Research School of Management

Associate Professor and Reader
Phone number
+61 2 612 55438
Room 1096 , Copland Bld (24)
Research areas
  • Business history
  • International business & strategy
  • Economic history
  • Development economics

Pierre van der Eng is Associate Professor and Reader in International Business and Business History. In 2021 The Australian Research Magazine nominated him Australia's research field leader in economic history. His areas of research specialisation include economic and business development in Indonesia, economic and business history of Australia, European economic integration and EU-Australia business relations. Pierre’s research has been funded by the Australian Research Council’s Discovery and Linkage Project schemes and by organisations including the Shibusawa Foundation (Tokyo). He has written widely in his areas of specialty, with his works published in the top journals in his field. Pierre has conducted consultancies for the Australian Agency for International Development, AusAID.

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Research publications

Selected publications in recent years 

Business history

International business

Economic history

Development economics


Some recent working papers

Some recent conference and seminar presentations

  • (2023) Missing millions: The victims of Java's 1944-45 famine, Indonesia Study Group seminar, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, 22 November 2023.
  • (2023) Banking and finance in colonial Indonesia: Institutions, long-term capital, Seminar Nasional Sejarah Bank Indonesia, Bank Indonesia Institute, Jakarta, 26 July 2023. 
  • (2022) Jakarta’s first stock exchange: Operations and significance, Indonesia Study Group seminar, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, 16 March 2022.
  • (2021) Did public policy shape the patterns of inward foreign direct investment in Australia? World Congress of Business History, Nagoya (Japan), 9-11 September 2021 (with Simon Ville and Claire Wright). 
  • (2020) Output effects of infrastructure investment and use in Indonesia. Arndt-Corden Department of Economics seminar, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, 2 June 2020 (with Denny Irawan).
  • (2019) Antecedents of corporate social responsibility in Indonesia, Indonesia Study Group seminar, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, 6 November 2019.
  • (2019) Real effective exchange rate volatility and long-term economic growth in Indonesia, Chen Daisun Lecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing (China), 11 June 2019.
  • (2018) Active land markets despite ‘fuzzy’ property rights in Indonesia, Asian Historical Economics Conference, University of Hong Kong, 21-22 September 2018 (with Yutaka Arimoto). 
  • (2018) A case of liability of foreignness, or something else? Continental European MNEs in Australia, World Economic History Congress, Boston (USA), 29 July - 3 August 2018.
  • (2018) Exchange rate systems, foreign trade and economic growth in Indonesia, World Economic History Congress, Boston (USA), 29 July - 3 August 2018.
  • (2018) The expansion of Chinese FDI and Chinese firms in IndonesiaForum Kajian Pembangunan, Institute for Economic and Social Research, University of Indonesia, Jakarta (Indonesia), 8 May 2018. 
  • (2018) Complementarity and contention in the China-Indonesia trade and investment relations. Research School for Southeast Asian Studies, Xiamen University (China), 12 April 2018.
  • (2017) Trade imbalances between emerging economies, do they matter? The case of China and Indonesia, China Society of Emerging Economies Conference, Guangzhou (China), 3-5 November 2017.
  • (2017) Business demography of overseas Chinese firms in Indonesia, International Conference on Chinese-Indonesian Studies, University of Indonesia, Jakarta (Indonesia), 22-24 August 2017.
  • (2017) Change in the standard of living in China: Evidence from the age at menarche (with Kitae Sohn). International Symposium on Quantitative History, Kaifeng (China), 16-17 July 2017.
  • (2017) Divergence and convergence in Asia: An endogenous growth approach (with Jean-Pascal Bassino). NYUAD-CEPR Workshop on Economic Divergence: Institutions, Geography and Technology, New York University Abu Dhabi, 12-14 March 2017.
  • (2016) CSR by foreign firms in Indonesia. Academy of International Business Southeast Asia Chapter conference, Guangzhou (China), 2-4 December 2016.
  • (2016) China-Indonesia economic relations, China Society of Emerging Economies conference, Guangzhou (China), 4-6 November 2016.
  • (2016) Foreign investment and corporate social responsibility in Indonesia. Gappon Capitalism and Emerging Markets in Southeast Asia symposium, Chulalongkorn Business School, Bangkok (Thailand), 22-23 September 2016.
  • (2016) When did Indonesia de-industrialise? Long-term trends in industrialisation. Asian Historical Economics Conference, Seoul National University (South Korea), 2-3 September 2016.
  • (2016) How did Indonesia's first national business association and its members perceive corporate social responsibility? World Congress on Business History, University of Bergen (Norway), 25-27 August 2016.
  • (2016) Perpetual Dutch Disease: Indonesia's long-term path of industralisation, Center for Chinese Entrepreneurship, Tsinghua University, Beijing (China), 11 April 2016.

More complete listings of my publications can be found here:

Research grants and awards

Selected Research Grants (information is drawn from ANU ARIES):

Research engagement and outreach

Contributions to public discussion

Recent visiting academic positions

  • 2016-2019 Data Center of Management Science, Institute of Social Science Survey, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • 2016-2019 Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies, Institute of Economics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • 2016 Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
  • 2016 Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2013-2018 Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2013 Lyon Insititute of East Asian Studies, University of Lyon, France  
  • 2012 National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2010 School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
  • 2010 Center for International Research on the Japanese Economy, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo, Japan

Current academic associations

Some past professional responsibilities

Current professional responsibilities

Current ANU administrative responsibilities


Research supervision:

I am an ANU-registered Higher Degree Research supervisor.

I supervised the research projects of 25 students who used quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to examine a variety of topics in international business and business history, including:

  • internationalisation of Australian small- and medium enterprises
  • subcontracting and development of small and medium enterprises in Indonesia
  • internationalisation of the operations of enterprises in Indonesia
  • psychological contract breach due to outsourcing in Australia’s IT industry
  • activity, organisation and impact of national export credit agencies
  • impact of EU trade liberalisation on textile and apparel industries in Turkey
  • use of electronic information technology in Australian companies, 1960s-1980s
  • outward FDI by Australian firms in the 1920s
  • trade relations between colonial Australia and imperial China 1860s-1880s
  • entrepreneurs and business networks in 1820s colonial Sydney
  • use of banknotes and economic change in prewar China

Teaching, semester 1, 2024:

  • on research leave

Previous Teaching: