Global Policies and Local Practice: Loose and Tight Couplings in Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives

Andreas Rasche, Dirk Ulrich Gilbert

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    This paper extends scholarship on multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) in the context of corporate social responsibility in three ways. First, I outline a framework to analyze the strength of couplings between actors participating in MSIs. Characterizing a MSI as consisting of numerous local networks that are embedded in a wider global network, I argue that tighter couplings (within local networks) and looser couplings (between local networks) coexist. Second, I suggest that this coexistence of couplings enables MSIs to generate policy outcomes which address the conditions of a transnational regulatory context. I argue that MSIs’ way of organizing enables them to cope with three challenges: the stability, flexibility, and legitimacy of governance. Reflecting on these challenges, the article identifies a number of problems related to MSIs’ role in transnational governance. Third, I discuss the UN Global Compact as an illustrative case and examine problems and opportunities related to its stability, flexibility, and legitimacy.
    This paper extends scholarship on multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) in the context of corporate social responsibility in three ways. First, I outline a framework to analyze the strength of couplings between actors participating in MSIs. Characterizing a MSI as consisting of numerous local networks that are embedded in a wider global network, I argue that tighter couplings (within local networks) and looser couplings (between local networks) coexist. Second, I suggest that this coexistence of couplings enables MSIs to generate policy outcomes which address the conditions of a transnational regulatory context. I argue that MSIs’ way of organizing enables them to cope with three challenges: the stability, flexibility, and legitimacy of governance. Reflecting on these challenges, the article identifies a number of problems related to MSIs’ role in transnational governance. Third, I discuss the UN Global Compact as an illustrative case and examine problems and opportunities related to its stability, flexibility, and legitimacy.

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    ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012
    Number72
    CountryUnited States
    CityBoston
    Period03/08/201207/08/2012
    OtherThe Informal Economy
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      Rasche, A., & Gilbert, D. U. (2012). Global Policies and Local Practice: Loose and Tight Couplings in Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives . Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012, Boston, United States.
      Rasche, Andreas ; Gilbert, Dirk Ulrich. / Global Policies and Local Practice : Loose and Tight Couplings in Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives . Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012, Boston, United States.50 p.
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      Rasche, A & Gilbert, DU 2012, 'Global Policies and Local Practice: Loose and Tight Couplings in Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives ' Paper presented at, Boston, United States, 03/08/2012 - 07/08/2012, .

      Global Policies and Local Practice : Loose and Tight Couplings in Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives . / Rasche, Andreas; Gilbert, Dirk Ulrich.

      2012. Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012, Boston, United States.

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      Rasche A, Gilbert DU. Global Policies and Local Practice: Loose and Tight Couplings in Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives . 2012. Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012, Boston, United States.