Foreign acquisitions and political retaliation as threats to supply security in an era of strategic decoupling (ForAc)
ForAc, funded by the Academy of Finland, started at the end of 2020. The project studies how small open economies can shield enterprises critical for their supply security from strategic foreign acquisitions and political retaliation, while still maintaining their open economies. This question has become pressing, as recent years have seen active efforts by state-linked economic organisations to acquire foreign enterprises that possess critical technological know-how, or perform vital tasks in national supply systems. The project combines three research areas in an innovative, interdisciplinary way: supply security, economic statecraft and strategic enterprise acquisitions.
Björn Jerdén is a research collaborator in the project.
During the fall of 2022, Liisa Kauppila from ForAc has been a visiting fellow at the Swedish National China Centre.