Disentangling the effects of domestic corporate political activity and political connections on firms’ internationalisation: evidence from US retail MNEs

Shirodkar, Vikrant, Batsakis, Georgios, Konara, Palitha and Mohr, Alexander (2022) Disentangling the effects of domestic corporate political activity and political connections on firms’ internationalisation: evidence from US retail MNEs. International Business Review, 31 (1). a101889 1-11. ISSN 0969-5931

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Abstract

Scholars are increasingly investigating the implications of firms’ domestic corporate political activity (CPA) and political connections on their internationalisation prospects. In this paper, using insights from the resource dependence theory, we argue that domestic CPA and political connections developed within the home country have contrasting effects on firms’ international expansion, such that, while domestic CPAs (mainly, lobbying and campaign contributions) facilitate internationalisation, political connections deter internationalisation. We also argue that this relationship is moderated by firms’ international experience and product diversification. We test our hypotheses using a panel dataset comprising 38 retail Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) originating in the United States (US) whose activities we traced over the 16-year period 2003−2018. Our findings support our hypotheses.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Corporate political activity, Lobbying, Political action committees, Political connections;Internationalisation;Retailers
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Strategy and Marketing
Research Centres and Groups: International Business
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Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2021 13:27
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 16:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/99726

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