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Divergent Capitalisms: The Social Structuring and Change of Business Systems

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Overview

This book presents the comparative business systems framework for describing and explaining the major differences in economic organization between market economies in the late-twentieth century. This framework identifies the critical variations in coordination and control systems across forms of industrial capitalism, and shows how these are connected to major differences in their institutional contexts. Six major types of business system are identified and linked to different institutional arrangements. Significant differences in post-war East Asian business systems and the ways in which these are changing in the 1990s are analysed within this framework, which is also extended to compare the path-dependent nature of the new capitalisms emerging in Eastern Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198293965
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 312
  • Lexile: 1610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Whitley is Professor of Organizational Sociology at the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. He has also held visiting academic appointments at the International University of Japan (1993), University of Hong Kong (1988), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris (1987), University of Amsterdam (1982), St Anthony's College, Oxford (1981), and the Inter-University Graduate School of Management, Delft, The Netherlands (1977, 1979).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Abbreviations
1 Varieties of Capitalism 3
2 The Nature of Business Systems and their Institutional Structuring 31
3 The Social Structuring of Firms' Governance Systems and Organizational Capabilities 65
4 The Social Structuring of Work Systems 88
5 Globalization and Business Systems 117
6 Divergent Capitalisms in East Asia: The Post-War Business Systems of South Korea and Taiwan 139
7 Continuity and Change in East Asian Capitalisms 182
8 Path Dependence and Emergent Capitalisms in Eastern Europe: Hungary and Slovenia Compared 209
9 Enterprise Change and Continuity in a Transforming Society: The Case of Hungary 242
References 275
Index 295
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