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Balancing Social and Political Strategies in Emerging Markets: Evidence from India

Rao-Nicholson, Rekha, Khan, Zaheer, Marinova, Svetla (2019) Balancing Social and Political Strategies in Emerging Markets: Evidence from India. Business Ethics: A European Review, 28 (1). pp. 56-70. ISSN 0962-8770. E-ISSN 1467-8608. (doi:10.1111/beer.12206) (KAR id:68832)

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Abstract

This article explores the substitution and complementary effects between political and social

strategies on firm performance in the context of an emerging market (EM). Using in-depth,

historical case-study approach, the article investigates how companies integrate political and

social resources in this market. Corporate performance includes traditional measures such as

accounting performance and nonfinancial measures like the ease of doing business. The study

finds that social strategies are stronger enablers of firm long-term performance than political

strategies. The latter have a short-term impact on performance, but their success over time is

limited. The main drawback of reliance on political resources in EMs is the lack of political

stability, fragmented polity, and weak political coalitions. We identify rather limited evidence

of firms using these two strategies as complements. Thus, we suggest that firms should

employ both these strategies in the EM.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/beer.12206
Uncontrolled keywords: political strategies, social strategies, non-market strategies, emerging market, India
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Depositing User: Zaheer Khan
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2018 10:57 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 09:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/68832 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Rao-Nicholson, Rekha: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0254-9569
Khan, Zaheer: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5538-3123
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