Inter-state war, institutions and multinationals: insights from the Russian-Ukraine war

OWENS, Martin (2023). Inter-state war, institutions and multinationals: insights from the Russian-Ukraine war. Multinational Business Review.

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Purpose (limit 100 words) Wars, and violent conflicts generally, can generate significant institutional dynamics and new legitimacy pressures for MNEs. The aims of this conceptual paper are to understand the nature or source of institutional pressures facing MNEs in war, and to examine how MNEs respond and navigate these institutional pressures. Design/methodology/approach (limit 100 words) This is a conceptual paper. Findings (limit 100 words) Through the theoretical lens of institutional theory and drawing on insights from the devastating Russian-Ukraine war in Europe, the study provides a framework that explains the nature of institutional pressures impacting MNEs in a major war conflict, and how MNEs respond to these pressures. Central to the framework is the impact of formal and informal institutions on MNEs during war. As a result of regulatory and social pressures, MNEs have to make important strategic decisions either to protect their legitimacy or to defend their economic objectives against institutional demands. Originality/value (limit 100 words) As the paper situates the pressures of war for MNEs in a formal and informal institutional context, this offers a new approach to understanding the costs and pressures of war on MNEs.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: AM ** From Emerald via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for AM version of this article: ** Peer reviewed: TRUE **Journal IDs: issn 1525-383x **History: accepted 20-09-2023; rev-recd 20-09-2023; submitted 06-05-2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: Legitimacy, Political Violence, Institutional Theory, War, Multinationals
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SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2023 13:37
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 13:39

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