Maurice J. Murphy, Instructor of Management in the College of Business recently had his paper entitled “Corporate Political Activities in Saudi Arabia: A Strategy Influence Model” accepted to the Academy of Management Conference, which is being held in Vancouver, BC, Canada August 7-11, 2015. Jason B. Macdonald, Associate Professor of Marketing at Boise State University, is the second author on this paper.
Abstract of Paper
In this article, we investigate the corporate political activities of firms operating in Saudi Arabia. It is generally agreed that firms in both developed and developing nations attempt to influence public policy. However, the corporate political strategy formulation process of firms in Saudi Arabia remains unclear. To this end, we propose a model for comprehending political strategy decision-making in the Kingdom. Unlike other political strategy models, which either assess the approach (transactional or relational), participation level (individual or collective), and strategy choice (information, financial incentive, or constituency-building), or the affect of firm, industry, and country level variables on government influence, our framework incorporates the aforementioned along with power and push/pull communication from the marketing literature into one cohesive framework. This model allows us to more accurately discern the nuances of the political strategy formulation process of firms in Saudi Arabia.
International Association for Business and Society Conference 2015
In addition to the paper mentioned above, Maurice recently presented two papers at the International Association for Business and Society (IABS) Conference held in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, March 12-15, 2015 entitled: “Social Media and Corruption in Shame vs. Guilt Cultures” (with Jason B. MacDonald and Giselle E. Antoine) and “Corporate Political Activities in Saudi Arabia: A Qualitative Exploration” (with Jason B. MacDonald). Maurice was also responsible for organizing and participating in a symposium on religion and corporate social responsibility entitled “Putting Faith in Business: Past Research and Current Questions” at the IABS Conference. The participants/presenters in this symposium included: Bradley R. Agle, PhD (George W. Romney Endowed Professor, and Professor of Ethics and Leadership, Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University), Anke Arnaud, PhD (Associate Professor of Management, Marketing and Operations, College of Business, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Jared L. Peifer, PhD (Assistant Professor of Management, Loomba School of Business, Department of Management, Baruch College, CUNY), and Brandon Vaidyanathan, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, Rice University).