De Figueiredo on Political Strategy
| Peter Klein |
We’ve previously mentioned the chapters by Nicolai and Nils Stieglitz and by Lasse and me in the forthcoming Advances in Strategic Management volume titled Economic Institutions of Strategy. John de Figueiredo’s chapter, “Integrated Political Strategy,” is now available as an NBER Working Paper. John is a leader of this emerging field, which studies how firms attempt to influence the legal and political environment to achieve competitive advantage. As he points out:
Legal and acceptable competitive behavior is determined endogenously by legislators, regulators and judges who are influenced, positively and negatively, by the very same firms the regulations are designed to control. By understanding the theories of how firms affect politics, one can better determine how to gain competitive advantage through political institutions. This is a natural extension of the traditional tools of strategic management. Moreover, for young scholars, this is an area in which the lines of investigation are clear and the openings for serious research opportunities available. In this sense, it is robust area for future research and major contributions to understanding firm performance.