Aims: to encourage researchers to produce theoretical and empirical studies in areas such as: media policy, regulation, privacy and how this effects the structure, management and/or performance of media organizations.

Outline: The group will bring together academics interested in how policy, regulation and institutions affect, and are affected, by media organizations. It will pay particular attention to audiovisual policy, competition and merger control, media innovation policies, media support/subsidies, copyright/copyleft regimes, media ownership/concentration.

Leaders: Tom Evens, University of Ghent, Belgium ( and Mart Ots, Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden (