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Do not quote without the authors ’ permission! 1 The Evolution of Corporate Political Action: A Framework for Processual Analysis

By Juha-antti Lamberg, Jari Eloranta and Saku Mäkinen


Variance theories have dominated corporate political action (CPA) research since the pioneering works in 1970s and 1980s. Process theories offer entirely new perspective to CPA research, as they are able to explain processes across number of levels of analysis and link actions to contexts. We add to the existing CPA literature by offering a process model that can be useful especially in historical and evolutionary analysis. Our model depicts CPA as a complex system, in which firms ’ actions are affected by various factors across organizational, industry and institutional levels of analysis. As political actions also influence these factors, the process is in essence systemic and path dependent. Our model supplements existing research by offering possibilities to explain long-run consequences of CPA vis-a-vis wider societal changes and by promoting more longitudinal research strategies

Topics: corporate political action, process theory
Year: 2011
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