Multinationals’ misbehavior

Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Marleen Dieleman, Paul Hirsch, Suzana B. Rodrigues*, Stelios Zyglidopoulos

*Corresponding author for this work

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Multinational companies have been a force for good but, unfortunately, some misbehave. Our comprehensive literature review on multinationals’ misbehavior reveals three ideas. First, most research focuses on the interaction between the multinational and its institutional context, but insights vary depending on whether the drivers of misbehavior lie inside or outside the multinational. Second, we find a dearth of studies on social and environmental misbehavior, and an overemphasis on the study of governance dimensions, especially corruption. Third, we uncover three implicit assumptions that shaped past analyses: data availability, bad contexts leading good multinationals astray, and a focus on topical novelty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101244
JournalJournal of World Business
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • Corruption
  • Governance
  • Labor exploitation
  • Misbehavior
  • Multinationals
  • Pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing


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