Corporate Political Activity and Firm Performance: The Moderating Effects of International and Product Diversification

Vikrant Shirodkar, Tazeeb Rajwani, Christian Stadler, Julia Hautz, Michael C.J. Mayer

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Abstract

Prior research has found that corporate political activity (CPA) can both positively and negatively impact firm performance. Combining agency theory with the resource-based view, we examine the relationship between domestic lobbying (a key form of CPA) and firm performance by explicating the moderating effects of international and product diversification. We argue that expansion into international and product markets increases a firm's resources and reduces agency costs in domestic lobbying. Our results, based on a sample of 737 firms, show that lobbying is positively associated with performance for firms that are diversified in both international markets and along product-lines; whereas lobbying is counter-productive for purely domestic and undiversified firms. Our results contribute to the literature on the firm performance implications of corporate political activity by highlighting the roles of international and product diversification.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100941
JournalJournal of International Management
Volume28
Issue number4
Early online date15 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Agency theory
  • Corporate political activity
  • International diversification
  • Lobbying
  • Product diversification
  • Resource based view

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management

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