This article describes a case study on the Machiguenga, a remote Indigenous tribe affected by the Camisea Gas Project in the Peru. We introduce the anthropological concept of ‘glocalization’ and integrate this with organizational knowledge of ‘identity work’. Our findings demonstrate that identity work is a multi-faceted and boundary spanning process that significantly affects stakeholder relations and contributes to conflict between local communities and oil and gas companies. Indigenous identity can be both threatened and strengthened in response to natural gas development and is related to how individuals, communities and the Machiguenga (as a collective) engage in identity work. We also discuss broader implications for management ethics, including a discussion of how Indigenous self-identify processes create a challenge for stakeholder theory.

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Keywords Camisea, globilization, identity work, indigenous, stakeholder relations
JEL Multinational Firms; International Business (jel F23), Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), Corporate Culture; Social Responsibility (jel M14)
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Journal Journal of Business Ethics
Bruijn, E, & Whiteman, G.M. (2010). That Which Doesn’t Break Us: Identity Work by Local Indigenous ‘Stakeholders’. Journal of Business Ethics, 96(3), 479–495. doi:10.1007/s10551-010-0479-0