Ilitch School graduates published in Journal of Business Research

Mike Ilitch School of Business graduates Jaegul Lee and Mike Greiner have had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Research (JBR). Lee and Greiner graduated from the Ilitch School’s management Ph.D. program.

JBR publishes articles that conduct or find empirical research and apply practical situations and theoretical findings to the reality of the business world. The paper, “A supply-side approach to corporate political activity: Performance consequences of ideologically driven CPA,” discusses corporate political activity and its important in firm management.


Corporate political activity (CPA) is an important area of research due to the high level of CPA in which many firms engage. Prior research has focused on the demand side of the political market. In this paper, we consider how choices made by CEOs regarding their interaction with the supply side of the political market can have performance implications for the firm. In particular, we argue that where CPA focuses less on supporting extreme ideologies, these investments in CPA will be positively associated with higher performance, and thus are more effective. Next, relying on agency theory, we argue that firms in which top managers are less likely to behave opportunistically will engage in such effective CPA. We test our theory on a panel of archival data generated by combining business data with political records, and we find strong support for our arguments.


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