Call for Papers for a Special Issue
Ownership and Global Strategy
Submission deadline: June 15, 2022
Geoffrey T. Wood, Western University, Canada
Anna Grosman, Loughborough University London, UK
Michael J. Mol, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark & University of Birmingham, UK
Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Northeastern University, USA
Background and Purpose
Who owns the firm (local or foreign shareholders, governments or private investors, concentrated or diffused shareholders, traditional or alternative investors) has long
been an essential topic for research on organizations. At the same time, our conceptualization of ownership has widened over time to incorporate owners as strategists (most prominently in the case of entrepreneurial financiers), sources of capital (as in the
case of large joint-stock companies), and mechanisms of control (direct or via institutional intermediaries). The linkages and tensions amongst these conceptual foundations (for instance, the tension between ownership, ownership structures, and control) have
been the focus of a large literature in global strategy (Cuervo-Cazurra et al., 2019; Ferreira & Matos, 2008; Mudambi & Navarra, 2004; Shi et al., 2021). At the same time, this diversity in conceptual foundations provides numerous opportunities for advancing
our understanding of the role of ownership in global strategy. This is the objective of this special issue: analyzing how ownership affects global strategy and, by extension, how strategies are employed to accommodate owners.
The different conceptual foundations of ownership have received unbalanced attention in the global strategy literature. Most of that literature has studied the behavior
of multinational enterprises, including work on business groups and investments by state-owned and governmental actors (Benito et al., 2016; Castaldi et al., 2019; Cuervo-Cazurra et al., 2014; Inoue et al., 2013; Wright et al., 2021). In contrast, the literature
on what happens when institutional investors and alternative investors internationalize through acquiring stakes in firms as yet is both much smaller and more fragmented (Bacon et al., 2008; Bertoni & Lugo, 2014; Bonini et al., 2018; Cumming & Johan, 2013;
Panicker et al., 2019). Large institutional investors pool the money of savers and investors and make investment choices on their behalf, while alternative investors represent an increasingly important sub-category of investors, encompassing private equity,
hedge funds, venture capital, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, impact investors, and crowdfunding (Budhwar et al., 2021). Insights on such investors and their international investments can be found among others in various areas of economics (Jara-Bertin
et al., 2012; Widmer, 2011), economic geography (Haberly, 2014), finance (Aggarwal et al., 2011; Dyck et al., 2019), and Human Resource Management/ Industrial Relations (Guery et al., 2017). Nonetheless, this topic has received rather less attention in strategy
and general management journals (with notable exceptions such as Tihanyi et al., 2003). Yet, these types of institutional investors can exercise profound effects on target firms＊ strategies and organizational practices and, indeed, on the economies in which
they invest. For example, the Government Pension Fund Global, Norway＊s sovereign wealth fund, the world＊s single biggest owner of shares with holdings equating to about 1.5% of shares in publicly listed companies globally, has a stated policy of wanting to
contribute actively to the ＆development of international standards on responsible business conduct＊ (NBIM, 2021). Such policies directly affect strategic decisions in firms across the globe and those that do not comply may receive less investment. This is
but one example of foreign institutional ownership, a phenomenon that runs into trillions of US dollars and has many different faces (Desender et al., 2016; Sethuram et al., 2021; Shi et al., 2020). Most sovereign wealth funds have an explicitly global brief,
whilst private equity and hedge funds have become increasingly willing to cross national boundaries, raising questions as to their impacts on national business systems different from that encountered in their country of origin (Cumming et al., 2021). In turn,
this has led to pressures for increased financial protectionism, as well as sparking counter-reactions by domestic investors and firms (Guery et al., 2017).
From a scholarly perspective, there are two sides to the study of ownership and global strategy. One can study the impact of owners on firm strategies, what we might
call ＆owners as strategists＊. Alternatively, one can study how firm strategies and other characteristics affect investment choices, which we might phrase ＆firms accommodating ownership＊. There is an increasing trend of research in strategic entrepreneurship
on early-stage institutional investors and their decision-making processes (Cumming & Johan, 2017). Another stream deals with the effects of international institutional investors on local firms, such as a push towards international strategy (Ray et al., 2016),
or increased exposure to a foreign government and a propensity to engage in nonmarket strategies as a result (Desender et al., 2016; Shi et al., 2020). However, opinion is divided as to whether the consequences occur at the target firm-level only or challenge
entire systems, and whether the observed effects are due to the country of origin (Guery et al., 2017), or rather the intrinsic nature of an investor (Kacperczyk et al., 2021). Through this special issue, we solicit papers that can bridge extant streams of
literature, as firms＊ internationalization strategies and investors＊ portfolios allocations are increasingly intertwined.
At a theoretical level, there is much eclecticism in the explanations, offering
ample opportunities for advancing theories. Some influential accounts have used comparative institutional analysis to explore the extent to which such investors bring in new models of entrepreneurship that challenge traditional ways of doing things (Dunlap-Hinkler,
et al., 2010; Widmer, 2011). Other work has used agency theory to argue that investors may impart greater efficiencies and a closer focus on the bottom line (Bebchuk et al., 2017). Research in this area could also look at how ownership may not produce full
control and associated property rights questions (Burkart et al., 1997). The undeniably diverse literature on financialization encompasses accounts in journals that range from mainstream finance (Basak & Pavlova, 2016; Henderson et al., 2018) to radical political
economy (Schelkle & Bohle, 2020). However, what this literature has in common is an assumption that both traditional institutional and alternative investors, as defined above, exercise profound effects on what organizations do, and that financialization represents
a global phenomenon, even if its effects are polyvalent, with consequences in the economic, social, and cultural spheres (Clark & Monk, 2017). Related to that, an emerging stream of literature focuses on sustainable finance and how international investors
respond to increased environmental pressures (Bolton & Kacperczyk, 2021), which leads to a theoretical overhaul as to what their general purposes are, beyond achieving purely financial goals (Henderson, 2020). Firms might cater to a particular type of institutional
investor, who may focus on growth and returns, such as generous dividend payouts, and be rather unconcerned with sustainability issues and/or the moral consequences of investments (Driver et al., 2020). Conversely, investors could be lured by firms showcasing
their good practices, a phenomenon theorized through the ＆firm signaling view＊ (Schnyder et al., 2021).
Through positing ownership and global strategy as a phenomenon for this special issue, we are keen on attracting work on the rationale, nature, and effects of investors
venturing abroad, that, whilst rigorous in theory, has a strong practical orientation. In terms of the strategies and practices that international institutional investors (traditional or alternative) follow and disseminate, submissions could, for instance,
address ownership changes and continuity, the limits of ownership and property rights, location-specific financial advantages, and strategic change inside individual firms. Further, issues could include effects that ripple through to the wider system, norm
entrepreneurship and host vs. home country pressures, and the pursuit of sustainable practices in target firms.
We also welcome studies that look at the other side of the coin, i.e., what firms might do to receive outside international investments, as well as methodological or
other contributions that seek to disentangle the endogenous relationship that exists between investors and firms. Studies of the investment behaviors of multinational companies expanding abroad (e.g., when investing in their own subsidiaries) do not constitute
part of the scope of the special issue, as we seek the best work on the effects of institutional investors crossing national boundaries. We are open to a variety of methodologies (large samples, case studies, conceptual, etc.) and theoretical approaches, and
seek work focusing on the impact of the context on strategy in line with the mission of the journal. Authors are encouraged to contact the special issue editors if they have questions about this special issue and the suitability of their work.
Although not an exhaustive list, we would particularly welcome papers that have a scope that
goes beyond national boundaries and look at questions such as those listed below.
Owners as strategists:
International private equity:
Sovereign wealth funds:
International venture capital:
International hedge funds:
What are emerging regulatory responses, perhaps as a form of financial protectionism, to alternative and institutional investors at the national
and supranational levels, and how do these affect investors and investees?
Why do firms acquire strategic assets across borders in a portfolio manner (as opposed to direct ownership)? What are the implications for ownership
and control, and how does this affect strategy in investee firms?
What is the effect of country of origin on corporate control by institutional investors from abroad?
How do United Nations＊ sustainable development goals reshape the investment strategy of international investors?
Firms accommodating ownership:
Deadline and Submission Instructions
Authors should submit their manuscripts between June 1 and 15, 2022, via the Global Strategy Journal submission system at
To ensure that all manuscripts are identified correctly for consideration for this Special Issue, please click the ※Special Issue Article§ when selecting the ※Article Type.§ Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with Global Strategy Journal＊s Guide
for Authors available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)2042-5805/homepage/ForAuthors.html.
All submissions will go through the journal＊s double-blind review process. The guest editors intend to conduct a paper development workshop for manuscripts moving forward
after the first or second round of reviews in early 2023. The aim of the workshop will be to provide additional inputs to authors regarding their manuscripts (after revision based on the reviews and feedback) with the intent of enhancing and sharpening the
potential value of the contribution. Presentation of an author＊s work at the workshop is neither a requirement nor a promise of final acceptance of the paper.
Questions about the Special Issue may be directed to the guest editors:
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