Multinational corporations and local communities: A critical analysis of conflict [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 82 (4):793 - 805 (2008)
As conflict between multinational corporations and local communities escalates, scholars, executives, activists, and community leaders are calling for companies to become more accountable for the impact of their activities on external stakeholders. In order for business to do so, managers must first understand the causes of conflict with local communities, and communities must understand what courses of action are available to challenge activities they deem harmful to their interests. In this article, I present a framework for examining the factors that contribute to multinational and community conflict including stakeholder power inequality, stakeholder perception gaps and cultural context. Moreover, I describe some of the ways that communities can increase their leverage in conflict situations.
Keywords community relations  corporate social responsibility  globalization  international ethics  stakeholder conflict
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