Global Strategy in the Age of Skepticism of Globalization

In this special issue of Global Strategy Journal, we want to gain a better understanding of how the skepticism of globalization is altering the way in which we should think about the behavior of multinational firms and the theory of the multinational. Skepticism towards globalization alters decision-making in multinationals as it establishes new constraints on the operations of firms and introduces uncertainty regarding the future viability of investments and activities. Researchers need to understand the extent to which choices now made by managers in global companies and in their networks of suppliers, customers and partners reflect these new constraints and uncertainties. Skepticism towards globalization also changes the relationship between the multinational firms and the broader society, in which managers have to deal with interest groups, and a more generally diffused dislike and suspicion toward multinationals and their operations, both abroad and at home, forcing them to rethink their market and nonmarket strategies.

Submission deadline: December 15, 2017

Guest Editors:                                                                GSJ Co-Editor:
Yves Doz                    Ajai Gaur                                   Alvaro Curevo-Cazurra
INSEAD                     Rutgers University                      Northeastern University


Global Value Chains, Governance, and Globalization Strategies

Value chains exist on different levels: lead firms create global value chains with multiple suppliers and individual firms form their own global value chains where activities are offshored and outsourced. Over the past decades, there has been a growing fragmentation and globalization of value chains. In a 2010 World Bank report, the Global Value Chain concept is referred to as ‘the world economy’s backbone and central nervous system’ (Cattaneo, Gereffi, and Staritz, 2010: 7). Value chain activities are fine-sliced, separated and relocated across organizational or geographical boundaries. This fragmentation of activities is fueled by significant economic, social and technological changes.

This Special Issue of Global Strategy Journal explores how the shifting structure and dynamics of the global economy affect firm strategies and the economic governance of global industries. We focus, in particular, on evolutions, continuities and changes in the reconfiguration of activities among the variety of firms that shape the governance structures and impact of global value chains.

Submission deadline: February 15, 2018

Guest Editors:                                                          GSJ Co-Editor:

Gary Gereffi              Pavida Pananond                    Torben Pedersen
Duke University        Thammasat University             Bocconi University


Strategies in the Global Digital Economy

The global reach and disruptive potential of digitally enabled business model innovation creates a distinct challenge for global strategy research. Although the more disruptive wave of digitally enabled business models started already in the mid-2000s, global strategy and international business research have been slow to address this phenomenon, in spite of increasing anecdotal evidence that the digitalization phenomenon is directly challenging and even undermining received theories of the internationalization of firms. When ubiquitous digital platforms enable direct and immediate interactions between users and producers located in different sides of the planet, what are the implications of this for the internationalization process theory and to the importance of foreign market knowledge? When firms can deliver services from a distance, without necessarily locating any physical resources in the country where the service is offered, what are the implications of this for network models of internationalization? When a globally transacting business can be coordinated and managed from a single location, what are the implications of this for the very meaning of internationalization and globalization?

This special issue seeks to address both theoretical and empirical implications of digitalization for global strategies and internationalization.

Submission deadline: April 30, 2018

Guest Editors:                                                               GSJ Co-Editor:

Erkko Autio                Youngjin Yoo                                 Ram Mudambi
Imperial College        Western Reserve                          Temple University
London                      University