Although a significant body of knowledge about the strategies that companies use in their interactions with their environments exists, much less is known about the political dynamics of these interactions in situations of co-evolution between companies and environments. In this case study, we analyze the interactions between the representatives of producers (RPs) of ornamental rock and government authorities (GA) in the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo (ESS). These interactions involved the regulation of heavy cargo transportation and resulted in a significant reduction in road accidents. In this analysis, we replicate a recently published case (Child, Tse & Rodrigues, 2013). Replicating cases is important to establishing validity and extending the generalizability of theoretical results (Vissak, 2010). However, replication is seldom conducted (Pacheco, York, & Hargrave, 2011). We address the following questions: Are the conclusions of Child et al. (2013) compatible with our observations in ESS? Do their concepts help explain the political dynamics of this current case? We conclude in the affirmative to these three questions but identify differences that are attributable to the differing contexts of these situations.


Co-Evolution, International Business, Political Dynamics, Case, Replication

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Dr. Ilan Avrichir holds a D.Sc. in Organization Behavior and Theory from the Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, the only triple accredited business school in Brazil. He is full professor in the Post-graduate Program in International Management, Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM), São Paulo, Brazil. He has twenty years of experience as a strategy and change management consultant for international and national consultancy companies. He has published extensively in Brazilian journals, and he has presented and reviewed papers at national and international conferences. Any correspondence can be directed to the following phone number or e-mail: phone: 55-11- 5085-4689, e-mail iavrichir@espm.br.

Maria Laura Ferranty MacLennan is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of São Paulo. She has been a financial manager in the educational sector and has published in Brazilian journals. She has also presented and reviewed research at international conferences. Any correspondence can be directed to the following e-mail address: laura.maclennan@usp.br

Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Ilan Avrichir at avrichir@espm.br or 55-11-5085-4689. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Maria Laura Ferranty MacLennan at laura.maclennan@usp.br.

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