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State-owned enterprises in the contemporary global business scenario: introduction

En Xie (The School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai, China)
K.S. Redding (School of Management, Xi’an Polytechnic University, Xi’an, China)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 5 March 2018




The purpose of this paper is to introduce the special issue on state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the contemporary global business scenario. Against the theoretical background of and the invited themes for the special issue, the paper presents a summary of key findings and practical implications of the accepted papers and suggests future research directions.


The paper is conceptual, which organized through utilitarianism or legitimism; SOEs scenario 1 – hungry fox, hunting bears; SOEs scenario 2 – dancing elephant, flying bears; what do we know and what we wish to explore; what have been examined; what we need to study further; closing note by bears’ well-wishers; and protocol of the special issue.


By deeply looking into emerging economies (China, India), developed economies (Denmark, Italy, Sweden), transition economies (Tunisia) and diverse sectors (public transport, space), coupled with cross-country sample data, the nine accepted papers have discussed several interesting findings and recommended numerous implications for the policymakers and SOEs’ managers. Drawing upon the interdisciplinary literature, empirical and qualitative papers would deepen the understanding of the growth strategies and performance of SOEs, and the application of management theories such as institutional theory, agency theory, social exchange theory, managerial grid theory, incomplete contracts theory and public governance view, among others. The issue also brings a review-cum-citation analysis paper on the impact of privatization on the performance of SOEs.


The papers have made unique contributions to the public economics, new public management, international business and organizational development literature by critically analyzing the burgeoning phenomenon of the changing dynamics and globalization of SOEs.



The guest editors, first of all, wish to thank Professor Sandra van Thiel, IJPSM’s Editor-in-Chief for encouraging the guest editors to initiate a special issue call and for the continued support and suggestions. The guest editors give special thanks to Robin Bouwman, Editorial Assistant and our Emerald Publishing Team for the constant technical support throughout the special issue production.

With high academic regards, the guest editors give their “tons of thanks” to the notable authors showing patience and sincerity, first-draft contributors, and expert reviewers with a missile speed, in making a success of our special issue during the period 2016-2018. We also acknowledge our affiliating Chinese universities, senior mentors, and dearest and nearest colleagues and friends for the scholarship support, motivation, and desk help in accomplishing our academic research goals.


Xie, E. and Redding, K.S. (2018), "State-owned enterprises in the contemporary global business scenario: introduction", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 98-112.



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