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Overcoming the liability of origin by doing no harm. Emerging country firms’ social irresponsibility as they go global

Published on Jun 1, 2017in Journal of World Business 5.79
· DOI :10.1016/j.jwb.2016.09.001
Davide Fiaschi10
Estimated H-index: 10
(UniPi: University of Pisa),
Elisa Giuliani22
Estimated H-index: 22
(UniPi: University of Pisa),
Federica Nieri2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UniPi: University of Pisa)
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Abstract As emerging (and developing) country firms internationalize, they often need to build legitimacy to overcome home-country liabilities. We argue that international legitimacy is at risk if these firms do harm in the conduct of their business, and we investigate the extent to which host countries’ speech and press freedoms influence corporate social irresponsibility (CSIR) for a sample of Multilatinas, observed during the period 2003–2012. We do find evidence of lower CSIR among Multilatinas which have adopted explicit CSR policies and have higher levels of investment in countries characterized by strong speech and press freedoms.
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Published on May 1, 2018in Journal of Business Ethics 3.80
Shih-Chi Chiu2
Estimated H-index: 2
(NTU: Nanyang Technological University),
Mark P. Sharfman20
Estimated H-index: 20
(OU: University of Oklahoma)
This study contributes to the corporate social responsibility, stakeholder theory, and executive succession literature by examining the effect of corporate social irresponsibility (CSiR) on strategic leadership turnover. We theorize that firms’ CSiR increases the likelihood of executive turnover. We also investigate the nature of succession (non-voluntary or voluntary succession) and successor origin (internal candidate or external candidate) following CSiR. We further examine how the CSiR–CEO s...
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Published on Aug 1, 2017in Journal of Business Ethics 3.80
Yingjun Lu3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Shanghai University of International Business and Economics),
Indra Abeysekera22
Estimated H-index: 22
(Central Queensland University)
This study investigates the social and environmental disclosure practices of socially responsible Chinese listed firms as displayed in their annual reports and corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports from the perspective of stakeholders. A stakeholder-driven, three-dimensional social and environmental disclosure index that integrates the quantity and two aspects of the quality of disclosure perceived by stakeholders is constructed to assess the social and environmental disclosures in firm ...
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Published on Apr 1, 2017in Journal of International Business Studies 7.72
Valentina Marano4
Estimated H-index: 4
(NU: Northeastern University),
Pete Tashman8
Estimated H-index: 8
(PSU: Portland State University),
Tatiana Kostova25
Estimated H-index: 25
(USC: University of South Carolina)
Abstract This article examines the link between the condition of institutional voids in emerging markets and the use of the practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting by emerging market multinational enterprises (EM-MNEs). Based on neo-institutional theory and in light of the specificity of emerging markets, we propose a positive relationship between institutional voids and CSR reporting. Home-country institutional voids push companies to internationalize as a way to escape the ...
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Published on Oct 1, 2016in Journal of Business Research 4.03
Esteban Brenes12
Estimated H-index: 12
(INCAE Business School),
Arnoldo R. Camacho2
Estimated H-index: 2
(INCAE Business School)
+ 1 AuthorsCaleb A. Pichardo2
Estimated H-index: 2
(INCAE Business School)
This paper explores the economic trends of Latin America, highlighting their influences on the strategies and behaviors of different types of businesses. It introduces a Special Issue featuring a selection of the best papers presented at the Sixth International Conference on Strategic Management in Latin America, held at INCAE Business School in 2015. The theme for this Conference was: “Strategies for Growth, Regional Expansion and Global Competition”. The Conference provided a big opportunity t...
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Published on Sep 1, 2016in Management and Organization Review 2.40
Elisa Giuliani22
Estimated H-index: 22
(Hanken School of Economics),
Grazia D. Santangelo18
Estimated H-index: 18
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Florian Wettstein11
Estimated H-index: 11
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Published on Jun 1, 2016in Journal of Business Research 4.03
Luciano Ciravegna13
Estimated H-index: 13
('KCL': King's College London),
Luis López7
Estimated H-index: 7
(INCAE Business School),
Sumit K. Kundu23
Estimated H-index: 23
(College of Business Administration)
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Published on Mar 1, 2016in Journal of Marketing 7.82
Charles Kang2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Tulane University),
Frank Germann7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Mendoza College of Business),
Rajdeep Grewal33
Estimated H-index: 33
(UNC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
AbstractThe authors address the questions of whether and how corporate social responsibility (CSR) relates to firm performance and, in so doing, identify four mechanisms pertaining to this relationship: (1) slack resources lead to CSR (i.e., slack resources mechanism) (2) CSR improves performance (i.e., good management mechanism), (3) CSR makes amends for past corporate social irresponsibility (CSI) (i.e., penance mechanism), and (4) CSR insures against subsequent CSI (i.e., insurance mechanism)...
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Published on Jan 1, 2016in Journal of Management Studies 5.84
Valentina Marano4
Estimated H-index: 4
(NU: Northeastern University),
Tatiana Kostova25
Estimated H-index: 25
(USC: University of South Carolina)
Multinational enterprises (MNEs) operate in complex transnational organizational fields with multiple, diverse, and possibly conflicting institutional forces. This paper examines how such complex environments affect a firm's adoption of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices. To capture the effect of transnational fields, we consider the institutional influences of all country environments to which the firm is linked through its portfolio of operations and propose that these effects wil...
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Published on Dec 14, 2015
Davide Fiaschi10
Estimated H-index: 10
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Elisa Giuliani22
Estimated H-index: 22
,
Federica Nieri2
Estimated H-index: 2
BRIC countries have generally gone through a process of liberalization and rapid economic growth that has allowed their major companies to acquire increasing weight in the global marketplace. However, they are still striving to achieve full legitimacy in the international arena. In a bid to close this legitimacy gap, BRIC firms are making efforts to align with the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) global norms of doing business, and recently have adopted a portfolio of Corporate Social ...
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Eduardo Silva12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Tulane University)
The capacity of Latin American social groups to mobilize has excited the imagination of students of the region since the birth of Latin American studies itself. Alongside the cultural turn, many social movement organizations continue to engage directly with politics. Aspirational goals notwithstanding, in order to improve conditions they devote much of their energy to influencing policy. Although scholars have begun to address the policy impact of Latin American social movements, we have limited...
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Published on Sep 1, 2018in Journal of World Business 5.79
Alfredo Valentino1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli),
Jan Schmitt1
Estimated H-index: 1
(WU: Vienna University of Economics and Business)
+ 1 AuthorsPhillip Christopher Nell13
Estimated H-index: 13
(WU: Vienna University of Economics and Business)
We investigate the effect of changing national institutions on relocations of intermediary HQs. Using a dataset of 154 cross-border relocations between the period from 2000 to 2015, we draw on the intermediary HQ's middle position within the MNC and investigate how a decrease in institutional quality in the HQ's host country and a change in institutional distance between different MNC units affect the relocation decision. Our findings advance the emergent literature on HQ relocations as well as ...
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Published on May 16, 2019in Journal of Business Ethics 3.80
Eduardo Duque-Grisales , Javier Aguilera-Caracuel8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UGR: University of Granada)
This paper examines whether a firm’s financial performance (FP) is associated with superior environmental, social and governance (ESG) scores in emerging markets of multinationals in Latin America. The study addresses the current research gap on this issue; it develops hypotheses and tests them by applying linear regressions with a data panel drawn from the Thomson Reuters Eikon™ database to analyse data on 104 multinationals from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru between 2011 and 2015. T...
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Published on Mar 14, 2019in Journal of Business Ethics 3.80
Germano Glufke Reis (UFPR: Federal University of Paraná), Carla Forte Maiolino Molento8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UFPR: Federal University of Paraná)
The literature presents a broad approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which aggregates a diversity of issues, such as the environment, labor conditions, and human rights. We addressed the impact of increasing CSR demands during the internationalization of emerging market multinationals (EMNs) on one particular subject, animal welfare (AW). This subject raises important ethical concerns, especially as we understand that animals are sentient beings. Through content analysis of annual ...
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Published on Mar 6, 2019in Journal of International Business Studies 7.72
Stephanie Lu Wang9
Estimated H-index: 9
(IU: Indiana University Bloomington),
Dan Li14
Estimated H-index: 14
(IU: Indiana University Bloomington)
We extend the internalization literature by theorizing on how public disclosure of corporate social irresponsibility (CSI) can damage reputation-based firm-specific advantages of multinational companies (MNCs) and how foreign subsidiary governance can subsequently be used as strategic responses. Specifically, we distinguish between two foreign subsidiary governance mechanisms – information control and ownership control – that the prior literature has often assumed operate in parallel, and posit ...
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Published on Mar 1, 2019in Journal of International Management 2.83
Rupanwita Dash (Indian Institute of Management Lucknow), Kumar Rakesh Ranjan5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UQ: University of Queensland)
We use effectuation theory to understand the internationalization of emerging market multinational enterprises (EMNEs), specifically answering the questions of: (a) how managerial decision logic differs across EMNEs that face disadvantages vs. those that do not, and (b) what managerial decision logic helps EMNEs to mitigate disadvantages. We employ a case research approach to analyze decision events across eight firms that internationalized from India between 1990 and 2015. We find that EMNEs ar...
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Published on Mar 1, 2019in Journal of International Business Studies 7.72
Pete Tashman8
Estimated H-index: 8
(University of Massachusetts Lowell),
Valentina Marano4
Estimated H-index: 4
(NU: Northeastern University),
Tatiana Kostova25
Estimated H-index: 25
(USC: University of South Carolina)
Research shows that emerging market multinational enterprises (EM-MNEs) increasingly use corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting as a global legitimation strategy. Less is known about when their CSR reporting is decoupled from their CSR performance. Drawing on neo-institutional theory, we argue that EM-MNEs’ CSR decoupling is shaped by their dual embeddedness in their home countries and the global institutional environment. We then examine how EM-MNEs’ home country institutional voids an...
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Published on Feb 1, 2019in Journal of Business Research 4.03
Albert Danso6
Estimated H-index: 6
(DMU: De Montfort University),
Samuel Adomako5
Estimated H-index: 5
(University of Bradford)
+ 2 AuthorsDiana Owusu-Yirenkyi1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Huddersfield)
Abstract Despite the growing research on the influence of stakeholder integration on organizational outcomes, our understanding of the specific firm-level conditions that may mediate the relationship between stakeholder integration and financial performance is lacking. Using primary data gathered from 233 small and medium-sized enterprises in Ghana, we found empirical support for our contention that the link between stakeholder integration and financial performance is mediated by a firm's enviro...
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Published on Jan 1, 2019
Maximilian Merath (UMA: University of Mannheim), Christoph Bode14
Estimated H-index: 14
(UMA: University of Mannheim)
Often, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is solely associated with “doing good”, although firms also have the responsibility to prevent corporate social irresponsibility (CSI) (i.e., “avoiding bad”). Many firms engage in CSR in the hopes that a reputation for CSR mitigates negative stakeholder reactions in case the firm suddenly gets involved in a CSI incident. However, research on the effects of CSR reputation on stakeholder reactions to CSI is equivocal and has mainly focused on consumers ...
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