Exploiting Bullets: International Business and the Dynamics of War

OWENS, Martin (2021). Exploiting Bullets: International Business and the Dynamics of War. Critical Perspectives on International Business.

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to critically review the existing research on the intersection between war and international business (IB) and to map out a future research agenda. Design/methodology/approach Drawing on corporate examples and extant literature within IB, political science and international relations, the paper provides an introduction to the main concepts of war, a review of the IB research on war and provides a critical future research agenda. Findings The review of the multiple strands of war-related research in IB generally reveals an understudied area. Among other biases, prior research has focused on inter-state wars and has relatively unexplored foreign direct investment (FDI) and non-FDI within civil wars. Furthermore, previous studies offer little attention to how IB and multinational companies contribute to the emergence and development of wars. Originality/value The paper develops an analytical and critical research agenda for future research to examine the relationship between war and IB. This includes a set of questions for each of the three major phases of war: pre-conflict, armed violence and post-conflict. To the best of my knowledge, this has not been done before in the context of IB research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business & Management; 1503 Business and Management; 1608 Sociology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/cpoib-05-2020-0063
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2021 10:17
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2021 16:15
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28798

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