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Three lenses on the multinational enterprise: politics, corruption, and corporate social responsibility

  • Peter Rodriguez

    (Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA)

  • Donald S Siegel

    (Department of Management and Marketing, A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA, USA)

  • Amy Hillman

    (Department of Management, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA)

  • Lorraine Eden

    (Department of Management, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA)

Scholars who analyze multinational enterprises (MNEs) recognize the complex relationship between international business (IB) and society. However, compared with other IB topics, research on politics, corruption and corporate social responsibility – ‘three lenses’ on the MNE – remains somewhat embryonic, with unresolved issues regarding frameworks, measurement, methods, and theory. This presents unique opportunities for integration and extension of disciplinary perspectives, which we explore in this article. We provide an introduction to potential linkages across these three lenses, an agenda for additional theoretical and empirical research, and a review of the papers in the JIBS Focused Issue. Journal of International Business Studies (2006) 37, 733–746. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400229

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Volume (Year): 37 (2006)
Issue (Month): 6 (November)
Pages: 733-746

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