Intercorporate Relations: The Structural Analysis of Business

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This volume constitutes the first compilation of work by leading international scholars who have adopted a structural approach to the study of business. It argues that corporate behavior cannot be understood in terms of the actions of individual firms alone, and that in order to understand how businesses operate, it is necessary to explore the relationships among them. It contains position statements by leading spokespersons for the two major structural perspectives on intercorporate relations—the resource dependence and social class views; essays on markets, money, and relations between corporations and cities; analyses of business structures in Europe, Latin America, Japan and the United States; and a chapter on transnational business relations. The volume as a whole will demonstrate to a wider public the significance and value of a structural approach to business studies.

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"This book adds a new and important dimension to business analysis because it presents a compendium of recent work by scholars who focus not on the characteristics of individual organizations but on the relationships between them." Administrative Science Quarterly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521437943
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Series: Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences Series, #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Introduction Mark S. Mizruchi and Michael Schwartz; Part I. Theoretical Perspectives: 1. A resource dependence perspective on intercorporate relations Jeffrey Pfeffer; 2. Finance capital and the internal structure of the capitalist class in the United States Michael Soref and Maurice Zeitlin; 3. A structural approach to markets Eric M. Leifer and Harrison C. White; 4. What is money? a social structural interpretation Wayne E. Baker; 5. Corporation, class, and city system Donald A. Palmer and Roger Friedland; Part II. National and International Business Structures: A Comparative Perspective: 6. The structure of class cohesion: the corporate network and its dual James Bearden and Beth Mintz; 7. Intercorporate structures in Western Europe: a comparative historical analysis John Scott; 8. The articulation of power and business structures: a study of Colombia Enrique Ogliastri and Carlos Dávila; 9. Business-government relations in modern Japan: a Todai-Yakkai-Zaikai complex? Koji Taira and Teiichi Wada; 10. International bank capital and the new liberalism Meindert Fennema and Kees van der Pijl; Index of authors; Subject index.

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