Inscribing Soft Rules: A Study of the Transnational Issue Field of Business and Human Rights

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This paper explores how soft rules are inscribed into corporate behavior in transnational issue fields. We study processes of inscription and the outcomes of these processes using an inductive approach to an embedded, single-case study of international guidelines complaints mechanism in the transnational field of business and human rights. Our findings three main sequential mechanisms for soft rule inscription in corporate behavior through the actions of different agents of the issue field: publicizing issue by monitoring agent, legitimating complaint by a field authority, and engagement of the targeted corporation with the monitoring agent and the field authority. Furthermore, our study of outcomes revealed that the soft rule inscription process leads to changes in corporate positioning relative to the issue and to other actors in the transnational issue field. These findings from the level of actors’ interaction contribute to knowledge on institutionalization processes at the level of the field in transnational issue fields.
TitelProceedings of the Eighty-first Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
RedaktørerSonia Taneja
Antal sider1
UdgivelsesstedBriarcliff Manor, NY
ForlagAcademy of Management
StatusUdgivet - 2021
BegivenhedThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021: Bringing the Manager Back in Management - Online
Varighed: 29 jul. 20214 aug. 2021
Konferencens nummer: 81


KonferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021
NavnAcademy of Management Proceedings