The European Corporation: Strategy, Structure, and Social Science / Edition 288

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This book examines the evolving strategies and structure of large European firms in comparative and historical context. Although European corporations still differ in terms of ownership and management, they are adopting increasingly similar organizational structures and diversification strategies. The authors explain recent corporate developments by extending Alfred Chandler's original model of strategy and structure to include conglomerate diversification and the more integrated 'networked multidivisional' structure.

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"This is the definitive European work on the Harvard (Chandler) model of the strategy and structure of large corporations. After a balanced survey of alternatives and a measured denunciation of the excesses of Chandler's caricatures, Whittington and Mayer comprehensively confront the theory with empirical evidence and unmodishly but convincingly reaffirm the power of the Chandlerian perspective on diversification and divisionalization."—Leslie Hannah, Dean of City University Business School
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199242085
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 288
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Whittington is University Reader in Strategy at the Saïd Business School and Fellow of New College, University of Oxford. He was formerly Lecturer in Organizational Analysis at Imperial College and Reader in Marketing and Strategic Management at the University of Warwick. He is author of 'Corporate Strategies in Recession and Recovery' (Unwin Hyman) and 'What is Strategy-and Does it Matter?' (Routledge), as well as articles in a variety of journals. He is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Management and on the editorial boards of Long Range Planning and Organization Studies. Michael Mayer is a Lecturer in Strategic and International Management at the University of Glasgow. He has published articles in Organization Studies, the European Management Journal, and Industrial and Corporate Change.

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Table of Contents

1. Change, Context, and the Corporation
2. Chandler and Context
3. Scale, Scope, and Structure
4. Corporate Careers and Control
5. Changing Strategies
6. Changing Structures
7. Strategy, Structure, and Politics
8. Concluding for the Corporation
Appendix I. Strategic and Structural Classification of French, German, and United Kingdom Firms
Appendix II. Methodology

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