Changing Capitalisms?: Internationalism, Institutional Change, and Systems of Economic Organization

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Overview

An increasing number of studies in the last decade or so have emphasized the viability and persistence of distinctive systems of economic coordination and control in developed market economies. Over more or less the same period, the revival of institutional economics and evolutionary approaches to understanding the firm has focused attention on how firms create distinctive capabilities through establishing routines that coordinate complementary activities and skills for particular strategic purposes. For much of the 1990s these two strands of research remained distinct. Those focusing on the institutional frameworks of market economies were primarily concerned with identifying complementarities between institutional arrangements that explained coherence and continuity. On the other hand, those focusing on the dynamics of firm behaviour studied how firms develop new capacities and are able to learn new ways of doing things.

This book aims to bring together these approaches. It consists of a set of theoretically motivated and empirically informed chapters from a range of internationally known contributors to these debates. In their chapters, the authors show how institutions and firms evolve. Ideas of path dependency and complementarity of institutions are subjected to critical scrutiny both by reference to their own internal logic and to empirical examples.

The book provides a set of theoretical and empirical challenges for researchers concerned with the relationship between national institutional contexts and firm dynamics. For those involved in teaching or studying at doctoral, Masters and higher level undergraduate courses, the book provides a structured entry into the debatesabout how institutions and firms are changing in the contemporary era.

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"[The] authors construct theoretical and empirical accounts of how institutions emerge and change and consider how firms use and reconstitute institutional settings, especially in the context of multinational firms operating across different international concepts."--Book News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199275632
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2005
  • Pages: 466
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Warwick Business School

University of Manchester and Erasmus University, Rotterdam

University of Oslo

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Changing Capitalisms? Internationalization, Institutionalization, and Systems of Economic Organization, Glenn Morgan
Section I: Institutional Complementarity, Contradiction, and Change in Business Systems
2. Path Dependency, Institutional Complementarity, and Change in National Business Systems, Richard Deeg
3. Degrees of Freedom: Rethinking the Institutional Analysis of Economic Change, Bob Hancke and Michael Goyer
4. Institutional Transformation and System Change: Changes the Corporate Governance of German Corporations, Christel Lane
5. Systemic Perspectives on Business Practices and Institutions: A Plea Beyond Comparative Statics, Arndt Sorge
6. Rethinking Path Dependency: The Crooked Path of Institutional Change in Postwar Germany, Marie-Laure Djelic and Sigrid Quack
7. Complementarity and Fit in the Study of Comparative Capitalisms, Colin Crouch
8. How National are Business Systems? The Role of Different State Types and Complemntary Institutions in Constructing Homogeneous Systems of Economic Coordination and Control, Richard Whitley
Section 2: Changing Firm Capabilities Within and Across Institutional Frameworks
9. The Limited Development of Transnational Organizational Capabilities in Multinational Companies: Institutional Constraints on International Authority Sharing and Careers, Richard Whitley
10. Internationalization and Capability Development in Regulated Professional Service Firms, Glenn Morgan and Sigrid Quack
11. Emerging Strategies and Forms of Governance in the Components Industry in High Wage Areas, Gary Herrigel and Volker Wittke
12. Change in Coordinated Market Economies: The Case of Finland and Nokia, Eli Moen and Kari Lilja
Afterword
13. Modelling National Business Systesm and the Civilizing Process, Peer Hull Kristensen
14. Institutional Complementarities, Path Dependency, and the Dynamics of Firms, Glenn Morgan

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