Asymmetric regulation, managerial discretion, and corporate political strategies

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We study why managers engage in corporate political strategizing. Our rigorous data driven historical study of top management strategizing, of a state-owned telecommunications provider for a period of 18 years, exposes previously unattended links between top management’s managerial discretion and engagement in political strategizing. We find two managerial discretion dilemmas triggering political strategizing during market convergence: (1) resource discretion due to asymmetric regulation; and (2) market discretion due to unbalanced competitive preconditions. We contribute with a novel understanding of the contextual and managerial antecedents of political strategizing, and a dynamic view on managerial discretion. Furthermore, we advance a rigorous digital history approach, one that is historically cognizant and temporally and contextually grounded, to study top management strategizing.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventAcademy of Management Annual Meeting: Improving Lives - Chicago, United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018
Conference number: 78


ConferenceAcademy of Management Annual Meeting
Abbreviated titleAOM
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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