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National Capitalisms, Global Competition and Economic Performance

Опубликовано на портале: 21-02-2008
Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2000, cерия "Advances in Organization Studies", 322 с.
Why are some firms successful on global markets whilst others are not? In this collection of papers, a group of distinguished international researchers examine the inter-relationship between national context, firm performance and global competitiveness. In a series of empirical studies covering major industries (such as banking, telecommunications, construction, automobiles, and airlines) in a number of European countries (Great Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Finland, Slovenia), the studies show how distinctive patterns of firm competences and capabilities arise from national contexts. These influence the way in which firms perform in response to changing technologies and competitive pressures. Thus the impact of the globalisation of economic activity may be to reinforce existing national differences in firm performance rather than producing a homogenisation and standardisation. This book will be of interest to researchers in business and management, sociology, economics and political science for its comparative organizational approach to problems of economic performance.

List of Contributors vii

Acknowledgement ix

Preface xi

I. Introduction

1. National Capitalisms, Global Competition and Economic Performance: An Introduction, Sigrid Quack and Glenn Morgan 3

II. Changing Business Environments and National Patterns of Organisational Innovation and Adaptation

2. Institutions, Sector Specialisation and Economic Performance Outcomes, Sigrid Quack and Glenn Morgan 27

3. Performance Standards in Supplier Relations: Relational Contracts, Organisational Processes and the Institutional Environment in a Cross-National Perspective, Simon Deakin, Christel Lane and Frank Wilkinson 53

4. Comparative Managerial Learning in Germany and Britain: Techno-Organisational Innovation in Network Industries, Mark Lehrer and Owen Darbishire 79

5. Strategy, Structure and Performance in European Industry: Corporate and National Perspectives, Richard Whittington, Michael Mayer and Francesco Curto 105

III. Societal Performance Standards and Their Internationalisation

6. Confidence and Confidentiality: The Social Construction of Performance Standards in Banking, Glenn Morgan and Sigrid Quack 131

7. Changing Performance Standards in the French Banking System, Danielle Salomon 159

8. Reproducing Diversity: ISO 9000 and Work Organisation in the French and German Car Industry, Bob Hancké and Steven Casper 173

IV. National Business Systems and Corporate Performance in Globalising Markets

9. Where Do Multinational Corporations Conduct Their Business Activity and What are the Consequences for National Systems? Grahame F. Thompson 191

10. Flagships, Flotillas and Corvettes: Corporate Actors, National Business Systems and Sectoral Dynamics in Telecommunications, Ray Loveridge and Frank U. Mueller 213

11. Economic Performance and National Business Systems: France and the United Kingdom in the International Construction Sector, Elisabeth Campagnac, Yuh-Jye Lin and Graham Winch 237

V. Institutional Legacies and Performance Outcomes in National Business Systems

12. Sector Specialisation and Performance in the Netherlands, Ad van Iterson 263

13. Economic Performance of Finland After the Second World War: From Success to Failure, Risto Tainio, Matti Pohjola and Kari Lilja 277

14. Success without Shock Therapy in Eastern Europe: The Case of Slovenia, Richard Whitley, Marko Jaklic and Marko Hocevar 291

Index 317