Call for Papers and Proposals 8th Annual ICGS conference
‘Corporate Governance in a Digital Era: Challenges and Opportunities’

The 8th annual conference of the International Corporate Governance Society
will take place from Saturday to Sunday 12-13 November 2022 at the
University of Miami (The U.S.A.). The conference is intended to provide a
forum for international academics and policymakers to showcase and discuss
the latest corporate governance research issues and practices.

The development of digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence,
blockchains, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things, has not only
transformed our lives but also changed the business landscape. With Google,
Facebook, Alibaba, Amazon, Tencent, and Apple becoming household names,
there is no denying the importance of the digital economy propelled by the
development of digital technologies. Companies conduct businesses through
online marketplaces, and stakeholders connect with one another through
social media platforms. The digital era is characterized by the
unprecedented power of platform companies, the importance of data to
business successes, and the prevalent adoption of artificial intelligence
technology. Yet, the digital transformation generates opportunities for
firms to monetize new technologies, but also challenges for stakeholders,
including employees, customers, and society at large, such as unemployment
and the misuse of personal data.

Corporate governance practitioners are faced with both challenges and
opportunities in a digital era. Boards of directors need to ensure that the
data of their stakeholders - especially customers - are safe, and their
companies will not become targets of cybersecurity attacks. Stakeholders
such as employees and consumers find it easier to get mobilized and engage
in collective actions with the help of social media platforms, increasing
their power over companies. Retail investors can coordinate their trading
activities through information sharing platforms such as Reddit, as shown
by the GameStop saga. A growing number of publicly traded companies hold
their annual shareholder meetings virtually using online platforms.
Governments scramble to enact regulations that can address new realities in
a digital era. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rate of
the digitalization of the world economy. However, we have not developed
much insight into how companies can navigate challenges and opportunities
brought by the digitalization of businesses to corporate governance.

Against this background, the theme of the 8th annual ICGS conference is
“Corporate Governance in a Digital Era: Challenges and Opportunities.” We
specifically welcome submissions related to what new opportunities and
challenges the digital economy can pose to corporate governance and what
response strategies companies can adopt to leverage the opportunities and
manage the challenges. As a result, we would encourage submitting research
on one of the following themes:


   What challenges and opportunities does the digitalization of businesses
   pose to corporate governance?

   How can internal and external governance actors affect firms’ responses
   to disruption created by the digital transformation?

   What types of boards and executives are more capable of tackling the
   challenges and opportunities in the digital era?

   How do platform providers (e.g., Facebook and Amazon) govern platform
   users and platform producers?

   How to deal with ethical issues in corporate governance in a digital era?

Since the overarching mission of the ICGS is to bring together
international governance scholars from multiple disciplines, original
research on all areas of corporate governance is very much appreciated.
Submissions must build upon previously unpublished and not-yet presented
original research. You may submit either a full paper or a research
proposal for the conference. In both cases, we are looking for research
that will advance the field of corporate governance.

A full paper should not be longer than 40 double-spaced pages (including
abstract, references, tables, and figures).

A proposal submission should include the following sections: (1) Abstract:
200 to 300 words description that summarizes the overall study; (2)
Proposal: Narrative description of the conceptual or empirical study; (3)
Supporting material: Tables, figures, and references that support the
proposal. Overall, a proposal should not exceed 10 single-spaced pages in
length or 3,000 words.

Papers or proposals can be submitted starting on March 1, 2022, and must be
submitted by 12 midnight (EST) on June 1, 2022 in order to be considered
for conference presentation. All submissions must be done through our
online conference management system, which is accessed through the
‘Conferences’ tab of the ICGS website (

Decisions on submissions regarding their inclusion in the conference
program will be communicated to the authors by July 29, 2022. The very best
papers and proposals will be considered for the best conference paper
award. The author(s) who win(s) this award will be recognized at the

CONFERENCE TRACKS. On the title page, the author(s) should indicate which
of the following tracks best fits the submission. The Track Chairs may
shift proposals if it is evaluated to better fit another track:

Corporate Governance in a Digital Era
The development of digital technologies has given rise to both challenges
and opportunities for corporate governance. This track explores what
challenges and opportunities the digital transformation poses to corporate
governance and what roles internal and external governance actors can play
in addressing the challenges and opportunities. Chair: Jana Oehmichen (JGU
Mainz), Vivian Fang (University of Minnesota).

Internal Governance and Strategic Leadership
In this track, we explore the roles of boards of directors and top
executives as well as other internal governance actors. Studies that
examine the role of board members and executives in shaping firms’
responses to challenges and opportunities brought by the digitalization of
businesses are particularly welcome. Chair: Ryan Krause (Texas Christian
University), Taekjin Shin (San Diego State University), Daniel Zyung
(Southern Methodist University).

This track explores the antecedents and outcomes of different types of
owners. The track also encourages papers on non-traditional means of
raising capital that give rise to ownership changes, such as private equity
and other forms of alternative investment, and their implications for
corporate governance, particularly, in a digital era. Chair: Nikos Kavadis
(Copenhagen Business School), Daniele Macciocchi (University of Miami)

External Corporate Governance Mechanisms
This track seeks to understand how firms’ strategic decisions are
influenced by external governance mechanisms, including (but not limited
to) the role of external auditors, cultural norms, financial analysts, and
media. It also welcomes studies that investigate how these external factors
are related to disclosure decisions. Chair: Colleen Honigsberg (Stanford),
Michael Withers (Texas A&M University).

Corporate Governance and Stakeholders
This track focuses on the relationship between corporate governance and
stakeholders. Topics can be related to how stakeholders play a governance
role as well as how governance actors shape firms’ stakeholder relationship
as well as stakeholder related disclosure. Chair: Mark DesJardine
(Pennsylvania State University), Vidhi Chhaochharia (University of Miami).

Comparative Corporate Governance
This track explores corporate governance in a (de)globalizing economy. We
want to discuss how transnational non-governmental institutions shape
corporate governance across nations. Furthermore, it is interesting and
useful to compare governance practices across national economies.
Multi-level governance interactions between multiple governance
environments are also considered. Chair: Stav Fainshmidt (Florida
International University), Orhun Guldiken (Florida International

Conference program co-chairs:

Fabrizio Ferri, University of Miami ([log in to unmask])

Wei Shi, University of Miami ([log in to unmask])

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