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Vices and Virtues of Corporate Political Activity: The Challenge of International Business

Mantere, Saku and Pajunen, Kalle and Lamberg, Juha-Antti (2007) Vices and Virtues of Corporate Political Activity: The Challenge of International Business. Business and Society, 48 (1). pp. 105-132.

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We give a critical reading of the research interests of state-of-the-art corporate political activity (CPA) literature. We demonstrate that a non-critical tendency in literature to view CPA as a strategic activity, aimed at making profit, may encourage firms to sociopathic behavior in their political activities. Using psychiatric literature, we explore the nature of sociopathic CPA. We draw on a recent discussion initiated by virtue theorists, exploring firm moral agency in order to suggest the opening of several new research areas within CPA literature, more sensitive to moral questions.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Business & Society, 2007, © SAGE Publications Ltd by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Business & Society page: http://bas.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
Subjects:L Industrial Organization > L2 Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
M Business Administration and Business Economics, Marketing, Accounting > M1 Business Administration
F International Economics > F2 International Factor Movements and International Business > F23 Multinational Firms, International Business
ID Code:37
Deposited By:Olli Turunen
Deposited On:27 Feb 2009 17:25
Last Modified:25 Oct 2009 16:31

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