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The international dimension of business networks has remained relatively unexplored, mainly because international business writers focus upon multinational enterprises and network writers ignore international issues. In this book Professors Alan Rugman and Joseph D'Cruz bridge the literature on networks and multinationals by introducing the new concept of the flagship firm.
Part I: The Concept of the Flagship Firm
Chapter 1: The Flagship Firm and the Five Partners Business Network
Chapter 2: Corporate Strategy and the Flagship Firm
Chapter 3: Internalization and De-internalization: Will Business Networks Replace Multinationals?
Part II: Multinational Enterprise Theory and the Flagship Firm
Chapter 4: Partners Across Borders: Organizational Learning and the Flagship Firm
Chapter 5: The Theory of the Flagship Firm
Chapter 6: The Canadian Telecommunications Industry Network
Chapter 7: The French Telecommunications Network
Part III: Case Studies of Flagship Business Networks
Chapter 8: The Canadian Speciality Chemicals Network
Chapter 9: The Five Partners/Flagship Model and the Scottish Electronics Cluster
Chapter 10: The North American Automotive Cluster
Chapter 11: Managerial Implications of Flagship Relationships