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Faculty News: Pete Tashman Publishes Article in International Business Review

Congratulations go out to Pete Tashman, who, with Valentina Marano, published an article titled “MNE/NGO Partnerships and the Legitimacy of the Firm” in the December 2012 issue of International Business Review.

This manuscript investigates the legitimating function of Multinational Enterprise (MNE)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) partnerships. First, it reviews the complexities inherent in the MNE’s quest for social legitimacy. Then, it discusses the characteristics of MNE/NGO partnerships, and the growing anecdotal evidence about their applications for managing corporate social legitimacy. Next, propositions are advanced to suggest how the complexities in the legitimating environment of the MNE may drive its decision to partner with an NGO. Partnership governance and outcomes are also discussed and several examples of MNE/NGO partnerships are presented to illustrate how firms use them to manage their social legitimacy.

In other faculty news...

Piman LimpaphayomPiman LimpaphayomPiman Limpaphayom was an invited speaker and moderator at the Asian Roundtable on Corporate Governance organized jointly by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo on October 24-26, 2012. He moderated a session for regulators in Asia to discuss the roles of institutional shareholders in improving corporate governance in the region.

Brian Bolton presented “Bank Executive Compensation and Capital Requirements Reform” at the 2012 Conference on Corporate Governance of Financial Institutions at the Bank of Netherlands in Amsterdam on November 8-9, 2012.

Kathleen RupleyKathleen RupleyKathleen Rupley presented “From Stand-Alone CSR Reporting to Integrated Reporting” (co-authored with Darrell Brown and Scott Marshall) in a conference session at the PSU International Conference on Business & Sustainability on November 9, 2012.

Meiru Liu, International Management and Confucius Institute Faculty, presented "Meeting Challenges and Solving Issues by Developing Creative Programs – A CI's Model" at the annual conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Philadelphia on November 16-18, 2012.


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