As Europe moves towards greater integration there is increasing recognition of national differences in European business - because of significant diversity in national cultures and social institutions affecting business systems. This book explores key characteristics of firms and markets in eight European countries - Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands and Germany compared with Britain, Sweden, Italy and France. Some contributors focus on overall business patterns in the countries concerned while others examine particular industries and sectors to consider the relationship between national influences and cross-national sector developments. To provide a European//East Asian comparison one contribution looks at firms and strategies in Ja
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About the Author
Richard Whitley is Professor of Organizational Sociology at the Manchester Business School, Manchester University. He is the author of Business Systems in East Asia: Firms, Markets and Societies (Sage, 1992).
Table of Contents
Introduction - Richard WhitleyPART ONE: THE COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF BUSINESS SYSTEMSSocieties, Firms and Markets - Richard Whitley The Social Structuring of Business SystemsNational Business Recipes - Keijo R[um]as[um]anen and Richard Whipp A Sector PerspectivePART TWO: NATIONAL BUSINESS SYSTEMS IN EUROPEIntroduction - Richard WhitleyEuropean Business Systems - Christel Lane Britain and Germany ComparedEuropean Business Systems - Ad van Iterson and Ren[ac]e Olie The Dutch CaseStrategies Against Structure - Peer Hull Kristensen Institutions and Economic Organization in DenmarkA Dominant Business Recipe - Kari Lilja, Keijo R[um]as[um]anen and Risto Tainio The Forest Sector in FinlandSmall Country Business Systems - Jane Marceau Australia, Denmark and Finland ComparedPART THREE: BUSINESS SYSTEMS, INDUSTRIAL SECTORS AND STRATEGIC CHOICESIntroduction - Richard WhitleyBusiness Systems, Industrial Wisdom and Corporate Strategies - Bo Hellgren and Leif MelinBusiness Systems, Consumption and Change - David Knights, Glenn Morgan and Fergus Murray Personal Financial Services in ItalyThe Societal Construction of Labour Flexibility - Jacqueline O'Reilly Employment Strategies in Retail Banking in Britain and FranceFirm Development and Diversification Strategies as Products of Economic Cultures - J M Nishida and S G Redding The Japanese and Hong Kong Textile IndustriesPART FOUR: CONCLUSIONThe Comparative Study of Business Systems in Europe - Richard Whitley Issues and Choices