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Corporate political activity and location-based advantage: MNE responses to institutional transformation in Uganda’s electricity industry

Mbalyohere, Charles, Lawton, Thomas, Boojihawon, Roshan and Viney, Howard (2017) Corporate political activity and location-based advantage: MNE responses to institutional transformation in Uganda’s electricity industry Journal of World Business, 52 (6). pp. 743-759.

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Abstract

We examine how multinational enterprises (MNEs) employ political strategies in response to location-based, institutional transformations in new frontier African markets. Specifically, we explore the heterogeneous corporate political activities of advanced and emerging market MNEs in Uganda’s electricity industry, as they respond to and influence locational advantage using diverse political capabilities. We argue that, in institutionally fragile, new frontier markets, Dunning’s OLI paradigm is more theoretically robust and managerially relevant when combined with a political perspective. Effective MNE political strategies in these markets rely on nonmarket capabilities in political stakeholder engagement, community embeddedness, regional understanding, and responsiveness to stages of institutionalization.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Mbalyohere, Charles
Lawton, Thomasthomas.lawton@surrey.ac.uk0000-0001-8560-3836
Boojihawon, Roshan
Viney, Howard
Date : 27 June 2017
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.jwb.2017.06.006
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Corporate political activity; Multinational enterprise; Location-based advantage; Electricity industry; Uganda
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 12 Jan 2018 08:27
Last Modified : 14 Mar 2018 15:49
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845591

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