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For years now, the ubiquitous business watchword has been "keep it simple." But as more and more businesses go global, keeping things simple for customers becomes increasingly complex. Managers must find new ways to deliver solutions—not just stand-alone products—to customers who expect seamless integration no matter where in the world they may be. This book gives readers the skills they need to master this new global complexity and retain their competitive advantage.

Written by an internationally recognized leader in organizational design, Designing the Global Corporation helps companies identify the specific "level of internationalization" they are engaged in, from simply exporting product to managing multiple units that develop and sell product worldwide. It details the methods leading companies at various levels of globalization are using to build their business worldwide. These methods address the myriad issues that confront the modern multinational—issues defined by emerging geopolitical realities, the transformation and convergence of industries, and the strategic selection of new localities. Taken together, these methods form a framework that corporate executives, global strategists, and regional managers can use to create organizational designs that will work best for them given their company's own unique position.

Based on twenty five-years of research with companies around the world, Designing the Global Corporation is the most comprehensive guide to creating organizations that can successfully compete in the global arena. It is the only book that presents solutions for both single businesses and multibusiness corporations, for both transnational and international divisions, and for beginning and experienced global managers alike.

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Editorial Reviews

William F. Joyce
Until now there has been no clear, useful approach to problems of global organization design. In Designing the Global Corporation, Jay Galbraith once again displays the insight and clarity of thought that has earned him his acknowledged position as the world's leading authority on organizational design.
Helmut Maucher
Once again, Jay Galbraith presents nuggets of insight for any senior manager leading global organizations!"(Susan Bowick, vice president, human resources, Hewlett-Packard Company"In a time of growing complexity, Jay Galbraith provides concise and valuable insight into an issue that continues to puzzle managers the world over. A must-read for anyone with operational responsibility.
Nathaniel Foote
The best reference source available on designing and making complex multinational organizations work.
Peter Lorange
A landmark book in many respects. Key issues such as flat networks, project teams, power shifts, and serving the global customer are all covered with great insight.
Human Resources
A comprehensive guide to creating organisations that can successfully compete in the global arena.
Galbraith (International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland and U. of Southern California) explains how business executives can match a company's strengths and strategies with organizational design options to operate successfully in the global market. He considers such aspects as emerging geopolitical realities, the transformation and convergence of industries, and the strategic selection of new localities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787952754
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/21/2000
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Business and Management Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

JAY R. GALBRAITH is professor of management at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is on leave from positions as professor of management and organization at the Marshall School of Business and senior research scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), both at the University of Southern California.

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Table of Contents

The Author
1 The Challenge of Organizational Complexity 1
2 Organizing the Global Corporation 8
3 Levels of International Development 27
4 Partnering 53
5 The Geographical Division 71
6 Multidimensional Structures 85
7 Coordination Across Networks 108
8 Formal Cross-Border Networks 125
9 Shifting Power Across the Network 142
10 The Transnational Form 164
11 The Multidimensional Multinational 187
12 Organizing to Serve the Global Customer 213
13 The Front-Back Hybrid Organization 238
14 A Look Ahead 270
Appendix The New Global Process of New-Product Development 275
References 299
Index 305
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