Leadership and People Management

A Contextual View of Stakeholder Engagement: Insights from Multilatina Enterprises

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Scholars tend to study multinational enterprises' (MNEs) corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities such as stakeholder engagement from a global perspective, and when using a local perspective, research generally is of a comparative nature. Despite a growing interest in MNEs from emerging-market economies (EMNEs), research on Latin American MNEs (also known as "Multilatinas" [MLs]) has paid little attention to stakeholder engagement. This article addresses this gap in the literature. Based on the analysis of 30 corporate reports, it explores how MLs engage with local stakeholders. Findings show that MLs foster economic community development by (a) focusing on very local members of society, (b) intermediating between local development and other organizations or local governments, (c) accumulating local knowledge to target community needs or demands, and (d) emerging as social institutions.
Bibliographic citation: Dávila, Anabella; Rodríguez-Lluesma, Carlos; Elvira, Marta, "A Contextual View of Stakeholder Engagement: Insights from Multilatina Enterprises", Journal of Business Ethics, (Forthcoming)
Date: 08/01/2018
Author(s): Dávila, Anabella; Rodríguez-Lluesma, Carlos; Elvira, Marta
Document type: Article in Journal (refereed)
Languages: English