The MNE as a challenge to institutional theory: Key concepts, recent developments and empirical evidence

Ayse Saka-Helmhout*, Richard Deeg, Royston Greenwood

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Abstract

The co-existence of multiple, often contradictory, institutional demands pose challenges to organizations. Despite the intriguing context that multinational enterprises (MNEs) present for the study of organizational action to such demands, research has focused on organizational fields. To more deeply consider the MNE context, we argue that MNEs offer an opportunity to examine the role of society in the 'management' of multiple institutional logics. Further, we highlight organizational attributes such as economic ties, foreignness, and location strategy that filter institutional complexity in the context of MNEs. The papers in this Special Issue explore how the dynamic interaction between MNEs and the varying institutional demands across their multiple environments creates avenues for active agency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • Comparative institutional analysis
  • Institutional complexity
  • Institutional logics
  • Multinational enterprises
  • Organizational institutionalism

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