Three Lenses on the Multinational Enterprise: Politics, Corruption and Corporate Social Responsibility
35 Pages Posted: 12 May 2006
Date Written: April 2006
Scholars who study multinational enterprises (MNEs) recognize the complex relationship between international business and society. However, compared to other international business topics, research on politics, corruption and corporate social responsibility (CSR) - three 'lenses' on the MNE - remains somewhat embryonic, with critical unresolved issues regarding frameworks, measurement, methods and theory. This creates rich opportunities for integration and extension of disciplinary perspectives, which we explore in this article. Building on the three lenses framework, we identify common concepts and tools, outline an agenda for additional theoretical and empirical research, and review the papers in this special issue.
Keywords: politics, corruption, corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate political strategies, business-government relations
JEL Classification: F23, F02, M14, D21
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