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The Political Commitments of Small Firms in response to Supportive and Coercive initiatives
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2010 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

By challenging the view that small firms due to their resource scarcity, have a rather passive and adaptive behavior towards political initiatives, this paper studies how small firms respond to such initiatives to manage their political environment. The purpose of this paper is to study how small firms can avoid or reduce coercive political initiatives and gain support for their businesses. The theoretical foundation is based on a business network view consisting of business and non-business actors. The view developed emphasizes the direct and indirect political commitment of business firms to manage political relationships. While direct commitment connotes to business-political relationships, the indirect enlightens firms collective political behavior through intermediaries conceptualized as triadic relationships. Using survey data from 134 small firms, the findings show that contrary to previous research, small firms do make direct political commitments. More specifically it is revealed that small firms combine different types of political commitments depending on the political issue.

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Keyword [en]
small firms, non-business actors, political commitment, supportive and coercive initiatives, triadic relationships
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-151939OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-151939DiVA: diva2:411812
Available from: 2011-04-19 Created: 2011-04-19 Last updated: 2012-08-20Bibliographically approved

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