This mini-conference organized by Northeastern University, Loughborough University in London, and Brandeis University, brought together scholars from a variety of academic disciplines to explore how state capitalism works in the present day. It examined new forms of state capitalism that often cross the boundaries that traditionally separated state enterprises and private businesses. 

This separation was reflected in prior research focused on the antecedents and consequences of the nationalization and privatization of companies. However, the distinctions between state and private, between political logic and market logic become blurry when we consider some of the companies that raised to prominence during last 10-20 years. Such hybrid organizations can be found all over the world, but they play a particularly prominent role in emerging economies. 

During this mini-conference, topics addressed included the internationalization of state-owned firms, state-owned business groups, investment strategies of sovereign wealth funds, and the effect of state ownership on innovation patterns. 

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Keynote speakers: 
Ruth Aguilera, Distinguished Professor, International Business and Strategy, D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University 
Yasheng Huang, Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management, Professor, Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan 
Christopher Marquis, Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell 
William L. Megginson, Professor & Price Chair, Price College of Business, The University of Oklahoma