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  1. Mika Skippari & Iiro Christensen (2010). The Evolution of Corporate Market and Nonmarket Strategic Resources in the Early Phase of the Industry Lifecycle. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 21:202-209.
    In this paper we draw from the literatures on corporate nonmarket strategies, resource-based view of the firm, and industry life-cycle to investigate how the market and nonmarket strategic resources of a firm change in the emergence of an industry lifecycle. We do this by examining the outsourcing business in Finnish primary healthcare from its inception in 2004 to 2009. Theoretically, we aim to contribute to the discussion of the importance of strategic resources (both market and nonmarket) in the early phase (...)
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  2. Mika Skippari & Kalle Pajunen (2008). The Emergence and Evolution of Stakeholder Activism and Firm Responses During Social Issue Life-Cycle. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 19:495-507.
    Due to increasing stakeholder activism, several firms have recently been driven into a conflict with stakeholders resulting in unexpected consequences. Based on an in-depth case study of a conflict between a forest industry company and environmental activist groups, we develop a framework for analysing the emergence and consequences of a stakeholder conflict. We argue that a conflict ina stakeholder relationship effects not only to this particular stakeholder relationship, but it also evokes dynamic changes in the stakeholder network of the firm (...)
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  3. Richard Windischhofer & Mika Skippari (2008). Institutional Entrepreneurs as Political Actors. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 19:410-420.
    In this paper we integrate the concept of institutional entrepreneurship to the literature on corporate political activity by examining how the attempts of private actors to influence a public policy domain is fundamentally constrained by the prevailing institutional logics in the field. By examining the role of financial actor, i.e, investment bankers in the commercialization process of Finnish water sector, we show how the political strategies of these actors evolved during the process. Moreover, we identify several factors explaining why the (...)
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  4. Kathleen Rahbein, Mika Skippari & Arnold Wilts (2007). Links Between Corporate Political Resources, Strategy and Performance in the Netherlands and Finland. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 18:400-405.
    This paper investigates how country-specific political institutions affect patterns of business political behavior. In particular, we focus on how firms developpolitical resources, what kinds of strategies they use and how the resources and strategies affect a firm’s performance in various country environments. Drawing on the institutional perspective, we posit that political institutional arrangements in a country are a central determinant for business political behavior. Survey data from two countries (the Netherlands and Finland) are utilized in order to test our hypotheses.
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  5. Mika Skippari & Päivi Holmlund (2007). The Evolution of Non-Market Strategies in a Changing Regulatory Environment. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 18:412-415.
    In the earlier literature the importance of public policies and regulatory changes to firm performance and competitive position has been well established (e.g., Bonardi, 2004). However, little research has been done on the dynamics of this relationship. In this paper, we examine how and why regulatory changes can affect on the evolution of market and nonmarket strategies of a firm. We use a longitudinal case study on Finnish retail industry to illustrate the interactions between regulatory change, strategic responses and firm (...)
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  6. Mika Skippari (2005). Evolutionary Patterns in the Political Strategy of a Firm. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 16:279-284.
    In this study, I seek to contribute to the existing literature on corporate political activity by providing insights into how the content of corporate political strategy evolves over time within a single firm. A basic premise of the study is that the evolution of corporate political strategy is embedded within a broader social context that influences its pace and direction. Empirical evidence is based on a historical single case study of a large scale Finnish industrial conglomerate, Tampella Ltd., covering the (...)
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  7. Juha-Antti Lamberg, Mika Skippari, Jari Eloranta & Saku MÄKinen (2004). The Evolution of Corporate Political Action: A Framework for Processual Analysisx. Business and Society 43 (4):335-365.
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