Uncovering Networks of Corporate Control

An interactive web-based platform to investigate the dynamics of global corporate networks

Frank Takes from the University of Amsterdam has won the Young eScientist Award 2017. The prize aims to stimulate a young scientist demonstrating excellence in eScience: the development or application of digital technology to address scientific challenges. The prize was used to undertake a joint research project, in which Takes received support by eScience Research Engineers (experts in the development and application of research software).

Takes and his fellow researchers at the University of Amsterdam’s CORPNET group focus on understanding corporate networks, structures that provide insights in topics such as business elites and tax avoidance via offshore finance. The latter has been a hot topic in recent years, especially with large companies moving offshore from their ‘home’ nation for the purpose of tax avoidance.

Together with the eScience Center, Takes developed innovative methods for analyzing large board-interlock networks, that is networks of companies, connected through common directors. The methodology developed in this project is generic and aimed towards reliability and reproducability.


  • Frank W. Takes
    University of Amsterdam
  • Dafne van Kuppevelt
    Netherlands eScience Center
  • Rena Bakhshi
    Netherlands eScience Center