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Feeling the Squeeze: Nonmarket Institutional Pressures and Firm Nonmarket Strategies

Cosmina Lelia Voinea and Hans Kranenburg ()
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Cosmina Lelia Voinea: Open University
Hans Kranenburg: Radboud University

Management International Review, 2018, vol. 58, issue 5, No 3, 705-741

Abstract: Abstract This study investigates the drivers of pressures from various institutions in the nonmarket environment and the responses of MNEs to these pressures in a host country. By taking a broad institutional perspective, this study pairs and integrates the economic perspective of new institutionalism and the sociological perspective of neo institutionalism with the corporate political strategy perspective. This research provides a systematic review of the drivers underlying pressures from various types of nonmarket institutions that explain the preference of firms to use a transactional or relational strategy to deal with these pressures. The evidence is based on research involving MNEs in the Netherlands. The nonmarket institutions that exert the greatest pressures at the national level pushing MNEs to use transactional more than relational strategies and tactics are regulatory and standards agencies. The pressures of political institutions, interest groups, and the media, in contrast, trigger MNEs to employ relational rather than transactional strategies and tactics.

Keywords: Nonmarket institutions; Pressures; Drivers; Transactional and relational strategies and tactics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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