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Hermes, J. and Lehto, I. (2021), "Inequality through MNE–emerging economy coevolution? A political actor view on Myanmar/Burma’s peacebuilding", critical perspectives on international business, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 102-126.

Inequality through MNE–emerging economy coevolution? : a political actor view on Myanmar/Burma’s peacebuilding

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Author: Hermes, Jan1,2; Lehto, Irene3
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu Business School, Oulu, Finland
2Nicolaus Copernicus University, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management, Torun, Poland
3Martti Ahtisaari Institute, University of Oulu, Oulu Business School, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-05-06


Purpose: This study aims to understand how the coevolution of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and emerging economy institutions affects social and economic (in)equality in an ambiguous, emerging economy context from a political actor perspective.

Design/methodology/approach: Qualitative in nature, the study builds on conversations with 20 political actors involved in the peacebuilding process in Myanmar/Burma. It analyzes their perceptions of interaction of MNEs and host economy institutions from a social constructionist viewpoint.

Findings: The study identifies four coevolution patterns which portray the evolving interaction between MNE activities and different elements of their host institutional environment as well as their consequences for social and economic (in)equality.

Originality/value: This study contributes to critical international business research on emerging economies by emphasizing the different and partly conflicting host institutions of various stakeholder groups involved in the coevolution of MNEs and host institutional environments. The more nuanced conceptualization of the complex institutional environment enables the analysis of inequality as a direct and indirect outcome of MNE–institution interaction. Thus, the study connects to the business and human rights discussion and provides insight into the consequences of MNEs’ adoption of social and environment standards.

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Series: Critical perspectives on international business
ISSN: 1742-2043
ISSN-E: 1758-6062
ISSN-L: 1742-2043
Volume: 17
Issue: 1
Pages: 102 - 126
DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-12-2017-0095
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Funding: This study was funded by the Foundation for Economic Education (Liikesivistysrahasto), grant no. 130059.
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