Multinational Enterprises and the Governance of Sustainability Practices in Emerging Market Supply Chains: An Agile Governance Perspective

Vivek Soundararajan*, Sreevas Sahasranamam, Zaheer Khan, Tanusree Jain

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Advanced economy multinational enterprises (AMNEs) face idiosyncratic challenges related to the governance of their sustainability practices in their emerging market supply chains. One way for AMNEs to address these challenges would be by adopting agile sustainability governance mechanisms. Drawing on the theories of experimentalist governance and deliberation, we propose a processual framework suited to develop agile sustainability governance mechanisms. We explore the challenges to supplier participation and the factors that enable an authentic dialogue in the process. We contribute to the scholarship on transnational governance and strategic agility, and offer practical implications which are also relevant for disruptions like COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101149
JournalJournal of World Business
Issue number2
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Global supply chains
  • Emerging markets
  • Strategic agility
  • Governance
  • Sustainability
  • MNEs

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