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.
Official URL: http://bas.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/48/1/105
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.
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