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AIB-L  February 2012

AIB-L February 2012

Subject:

Global Strategy Journal's Special Issue on International Collaborations

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GLOBAL STRATEGY JOURNAL

Call for Papers on a Special Issue

STRUCTURING, MANAGING, AND GOVERNING INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

Submission Due Date:  August 10, 2012

Guest Editors:
Farok Contractor, Rutgers University
Jeffrey J. Reuer, Purdue University


Background and Purpose:

Research on international collaborations has blossomed in the last two to 
three decades, as the phenomenon itself was spurred on by globalization and 
rapid technological advances.  Research on collaborative trends and motives 
quickly gave way to theoretically-driven and empirically-rigorous investigations 
of the determinants of multinational firms’ investments and boundaries as well 
as the factors that can facilitate or impede effective international 
collaborations. 

The current popularity of research on international collaborations does not 
mean that this research domain is reaching maturity.  While it is true that 
considerable progress has been made on theory of international alliances, and 
there is no shortage of active scholarship in this domain, it is also clear that 
there remain many more questions and research opportunities than areas in 
which debates have been settled or consensus exists on how to structure, 
manage, or govern international collaborations.

The purpose of this special issue is to provide a venue for scholarship to probe 
the under-researched aspects of international alliance strategy and 
management more deeply, catalyze new research on neglected topics of 
global collaborative strategy, and encourage novel research methodologies on 
international collaborations.  Research needs to delve much more deeply into 
issues of structure and process, governance and management, to understand 
the distinctive features and management challenges of this organizational 
form.  This research might also draw much more extensively upon other 
theoretical traditions, including psychology and political science.  We hope 
that this special issue will encourage research in directions such as these, 
provide an opportunity to take stock of this literature, and bring together 
together some of the interesting and insightful research currently being carried 
out on international collaborations.

Research Questions:

We hope to spur research contributions related to the structuring, 
management, and governance of international collaborations.  Contributions 
are welcome which bring new theory development to these topics, as are 
empirical contributions that primarily seek to test and extend theory in these 
domains.  The following are illustrative, rather than exhaustive, of the types of 
research questions that would fit well within the special issue’s domain:

•	How do international alliance processes (e.g., partner search, 
negotiations, and post-formation relationships between allies) relate to 
alliance structures and implementation?
•	How do firms govern international equity collaborations with boards 
of directors, other formal governance mechanisms or agreement provisions at 
their disposal?
•	How do firms design agreements, administrative structures and 
interfaces in non-equity alliances that span borders?
•	How do the ways firms structure, manage, and govern international 
alliances affect the value they create and capture?
•	What determines the share captured by each partner of the 
incremental value created by the global alliance?
•	How do various formal and informal governance mechanisms 
substitute or complement each other for international collaborations?
•	How do firms establish the micro-level foundations of global alliance 
management and governance (e.g., managerial incentives, staffing, teamwork, 
etc.)?
•	How do firms design and orchestrate international alliance portfolios?
•	How do firms structure and manage international networks?
•	How do cross-border alliance networks help develop industry 
standards, or how does the act of developing industry standards spur 
international alliances and cooperation in a sector?
•	In global offshoring, how do firms choose from arrangements ranging 
from fully-owned foreign subsidiaries, to arms-length contracting – with 
cooperative relations constituting an intermediate position?
•	How do agreement provisions or formulae for dividing the revenue 
and profit streams, or those relating to transfer pricing of items sold between 
partners influence subsequent behaviors or motivations of the partners once 
the alliance is operational?
•	What new research questions on international alliances might be 
tackled with underutilized research methods (e.g., simulations, experiments, 
formal analysis, multilevel modeling, etc.)?

Submission Instructions:

The deadline for submissions is August 10, 2012.  To learn more about Global 
Strategy Journal, including additional information on the submission process, 
please visit the Global Strategy Journal website at:  
http://gsj.strategicmanagement.net/

The Guest Editors are seeking reviewers for this special issue and are soliciting 
nominations as well as volunteers to participate in the reviews.  All 
submissions will be subject to the regular double-blind peer review process at 
GSJ.

More Information:

To nominate a reviewer, volunteer to review, or obtain additional information, 
please contact the special issue editors:

•	Farok Contractor, Rutgers University ([log in to unmask]) 
•	Jeffrey Reuer, Purdue University ([log in to unmask])

•	Or, the Managing Editor of the GSJ, Lois Gast ([log in to unmask]) 

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