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Exploiting bullets: international business and the dynamics of war

Exploiting bullets: international business and the dynamics of war The purpose of this paper is to critically review the existing research on the intersection between war and international business (IB) and to map out a future research agenda.Design/methodology/approachDrawing on corporate examples and extant literature within IB, political science and international relations, the paper provides an introduction to the main concepts of war, a review of the IB research on war and provides a critical future research agenda.FindingsThe review of the multiple strands of war-related research in IB generally reveals an understudied area. Among other biases, prior research has focused on inter-state wars and has relatively unexplored foreign direct investment (FDI) and non-FDI within civil wars. Furthermore, previous studies offer little attention to how IB and multinational companies contribute to the emergence and development of wars.Originality/valueThe paper develops an analytical and critical research agenda for future research to examine the relationship between war and IB. This includes a set of questions for each of the three major phases of war: pre-conflict, armed violence and post-conflict. To the best of my knowledge, this has not been done before in the context of IB research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png critical perspectives on international business Emerald Publishing

Exploiting bullets: international business and the dynamics of war

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1742-2043
eISSN
1742-2043
DOI
10.1108/cpoib-05-2020-0063
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to critically review the existing research on the intersection between war and international business (IB) and to map out a future research agenda.Design/methodology/approachDrawing on corporate examples and extant literature within IB, political science and international relations, the paper provides an introduction to the main concepts of war, a review of the IB research on war and provides a critical future research agenda.FindingsThe review of the multiple strands of war-related research in IB generally reveals an understudied area. Among other biases, prior research has focused on inter-state wars and has relatively unexplored foreign direct investment (FDI) and non-FDI within civil wars. Furthermore, previous studies offer little attention to how IB and multinational companies contribute to the emergence and development of wars.Originality/valueThe paper develops an analytical and critical research agenda for future research to examine the relationship between war and IB. This includes a set of questions for each of the three major phases of war: pre-conflict, armed violence and post-conflict. To the best of my knowledge, this has not been done before in the context of IB research.

Journal

critical perspectives on international businessEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 14, 2022

Keywords: Multinational companies; International business; War; Post-conflict; Political violence; Civil War

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