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Title: Developing lobbying process as a strategic capability : a study of European flag carrier airlines in contrasting policy contexts
Author: Rajwani, Tazeeb
ISNI:       0000 0004 2737 5582
Awarding Body: Imperial College London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 2007
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There has been an increased interest in cross fertilizing studies between strategic management and political science. Studies have examined the effectiveness of corporate political lobbying at both an organisational and industry level. What is lacking in these works is a systematic and comprehensive perspective on corporate lobbying development from within the firm. In this thesis we deploy a dynamic resource-based perspective to unbundle the development of lobbying processes as a strategic capability. We examine two distinct policy contexts; Exogenous policy context (where the firm engages with political decisions and policies in an unexpected way) and Endogenous policy context (where the firm engages with political decisions and policies in an expected way). Using a qualitative methodology, this thesis describes the findings from five case studies of European long haul airlines. It focuses on the nature of lobbying capability development, by focusing on the micro foundations and the interactions between the micro lobbying components. Furthermore, it also considers whether the different policy environments create distinct lobbying capability development paths. The findings from the case studies illustrate using several inductive frameworks, how cognitive blueprints play a vital role in defining the level of management attention to modify human capital resources, network capital resources, organizational capital resources and lobbying competencies to develop divergent corporate lobbying capabilities in contrasting policy contexts. Our frameworks and propositions shed light on the ways in which path dependence and path creation are enacted over time in different European flag carrier airlines. In conclusion the thesis demonstrates that different organizations- state owned vs private owned- follow different patterns in lobbying capability development in different policy contexts. This is down to the senior management's cognitive blueprints, which play a vital role in undedying interpretive schema by heuristics from previous experiences, current learning and forevision. We show that while these sources of lobbying capability development are somewhat interlinked, there are hazards in assuming they are not connected to lobbying capability development. Ultimately, this thesis and its findings have some impact for practice.
Supervisor: Lawton, Thomas C. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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