GLOBAL STRATEGY JOURNAL
Call for Papers on a Special Issue
STRUCTURING, MANAGING, AND GOVERNING INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS
Submission Due Date: August 10, 2012
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
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.
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 issues 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
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,
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.)?
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:
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
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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