The authors are grateful to Jonathan Doh, Jedrzej George Frynas, Rand Gerges Yammine, Amy Hillman and Tao Wang for their comments on earlier versions of the paper. Thanks also to IJMR Editor Oswald Jones and to the anonymous referees for their constructive input.
Corporate Political Activity: A Literature Review and Research Agenda
Article first published online: 24 APR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. International Journal of Management Reviews © 2012 British Academy of Management and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
International Journal of Management Reviews
Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 86–105, January 2013
How to Cite
Lawton, T., McGuire, S. and Rajwani, T. (2013), Corporate Political Activity: A Literature Review and Research Agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews, 15: 86–105. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2370.2012.00337.x
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 24 APR 2012
This paper reviews the diverse literature on corporate political activity (CPA) and develops a framework that details and integrates existing research in this field. A systematic analysis of extant CPA literatures is conducted to order them into domains that have implications for organizational performance. The paper is structured into three such domain emphases, which require further research investigation: resources and capabilities focus; institutional focus; and political environment focus. The contribution of each to an understanding of CPA in pursuit or defence of corporate competitive advantage is discussed. The authors also suggest that the internationalization of business, including the more recent emergence of developing country economies and companies, presents scholars with the challenge of understanding CPA in more varied institutional settings. CPA practices continue to expand as commerce goes increasingly global and, consequently, involves a wider array of political actors and institutions. The paper contributes by increasing the clarity of CPA classification, reflecting on the implications of a multi-polar world for CPA research and advancing future agendas for scholars in this research community.