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Overview

The rhetoric of internationalization and globalization often suggests an inexorable move away from domestic cultural and institutional differences. Yet the development of internationalization within individual nations has been shaped by those very domestic institutions and cultures, as "best practice" or other kinds of international learning have been translated into established practice and knowledge.
In this important study, Arndt Sorge presents a sociological theory of the development of human societies to explain how business systems evolve and change, and how internationalization works to specify and change societal identities within nations. Examining changes in work, organization, corporate governance, and human resources, Sorge shows how this interaction is a pattern that has been followed over centuries. Indeed, amongst the cases Sorge presents, he concentrates on the example of Germany, a supposedly highly homogeneous and closed society, as evidence for the universality of shifting borders, expanding horizons, local adoption and adaptation of global practices, and the hybridization of systems and standards, as the normal course of social evolution.
Arndt Sorge's analysis of globalization combines rigorous theoretical reasoning with empirically-grounded analysis, and deliberately adopts a general social science approach, drawing on research from Business and Management Studies, Sociology, Political Science, and History.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199278909
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Arndt Sorge is Professor of International Business and Management in the Faculty of Management and Organization, University of Groningen. Author of Organization (Thomson Learning, 2002), co-editor of The International Encyclopaedia of Business and Management (Thomson Learning, 2002), and a former editor of the journal Organization Studies, Arndt Sorge has published widely on the subject of business institutions and systems.

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Table of Contents

1. The Paradox of Internationalization
2. Societal: From Vacuum to Tropical Jungle
3. Emergent National Distinctiveness Through International Exposure
4. The South Germanic Bedrock Under Foreign Incursions
5. The Governance of Work Systems
6. Enterprise Management and Corporate Governance
7. Making Sense of Internationalization
Notes
References
Index

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