Forgotten globalizing actors: Towards an understanding of the range of individuals involved in global norm formation in multinational companies

Edwards, Tony, Kim, Kyoungmi, Almond, Philip, Kern, Philipp, Tregaskis, Olga ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9954-5152 and Zhang, Linn (2024) Forgotten globalizing actors: Towards an understanding of the range of individuals involved in global norm formation in multinational companies. Journal of International Business Studies. ISSN 0047-2506

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Abstract

While there is substantial literature on global mobility, roles in the global integration of multinationals are not limited to internationally mobile staff. We focus on ‘globalizing actors’, defined as those within multinationals who are involved in global norm-making. Using interview-based qualitative data, we categorize individuals’ involvement in global norm-making according to the function within norm formation in which they are involved, their source of influence, and their geographical and organizational reach. We identify nine distinct types of globalizing actors. We demonstrate that many individuals play important roles in global norm-making without having formal hierarchical authority or being globally mobile. Our approach draws attention to the ways in which many globalizing actors use ‘social skill’ to further their aims. Our categorization of such ‘forgotten globalizing actors’ facilitates future research by allowing a fuller understanding of the ways in which individuals across multinationals contribute to global integration.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Acknowledgements: We are grateful to the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK (ES/N007883/1) for funding the research that led to this article.
Uncontrolled Keywords: global norms,globalizing actors,multinational companies,cross cultural management,case theoetic approaches,cross-cultural management,global norms,multinational companies,case theoretic approaches,globalizing actors,economics and econometrics,business, management and accounting(all),management of technology and innovation,business and international management,strategy and management,sdg 8 - decent work and economic growth ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000/2002
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Employment Systems and Institutions
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Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2023 01:23
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2024 01:38
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/93142
DOI: 10.1057/s41267-023-00663-6

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