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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.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2017.06.006
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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: Journal Item
ISSN: 1090-9516
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Strategy and Marketing
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 51021
Depositing User: Thomas Lawton
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 11:45
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2019 20:15
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/51021
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