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Business Systems and Organizational Capabilities: The Institutional Structuring of Competitive Competences

Business Systems and Organizational Capabilities: The Institutional Structuring of Competitive Competences (Hardback)

By Whitley, Richard

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Twenty-first century capitalism has been marked by an increasing international economic independence, and considerable differences between dominant economic systems of coordination and control. In this context, national competition and coordination within industries has increased..., but the governance of leading firms, and the kinds of competences they develop, remain quite diverse. This book shows how different kinds of firms become established and develop different capabilities in different societies, and as a result are effective in particular kinds of industries and markets. By integrating institutionalist approaches to organizations with the capabilities theory of the firm, Richard Whitley suggests how we can understand this combination of diversity and integration by developing the comparative business systems framework in three major ways. First, by identifying the particular circumstances in which distinctive business systems and innovation systems become nationally established and reproduced, as well as how changing endogenous and exogenous pressures have affected the major kinds of business systems that developed in many OECD states during the postwar period. Second, by showing how variations in authority sharing with employees and business partners and in the provision of organizational careers lead institutional regimes to affect the nature of organizational capabilities that dominant firms develop and enable them to deal with different kinds of risks and opportunities in particular technologies and markets. Third, by identifying the circumstances in which multinational firms are likely to develop distinctive transnational organizational capabilities through such authority sharing and careers, and so become different kinds of companies from their more domestically focused competitors. In many, if not most, cases of cross national managerial coordination, these conditions rarely exist, and so the extent to which multinational firms do indeed constitute distinct organizational forms and strategic actors is much less than is sometimes claimed.
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ISBN 9780199205172
Released NZ 1 Sep 2007
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780199205172
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 1 Sep 2007
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Whitley, Richard
Category Political Economy
Ownership & Organization Of Enterprises
Business Mathematics & Systems
Number of Pages 408
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 241mm
Spine: 29mm
Dewey Code 658.1
Weight 777g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Business enterprises, Competition, Comparative economics, Comparative organization
NBS Text Business, Accounting & Vocational: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly