The Contested Space of Multinationals

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dc.contributor.author Hull Kristensen, Peer en_US
dc.contributor.author Morgan, Glenn en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:26:56Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:26:56Z
dc.date.issued 2005-05-30T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 8791690099 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7355
dc.description.abstract The paper argues that the contrast between studies of MNCs which emphasise isomorphism and those which emphasise social embeddedness is unhelpful. Following recent institutionalist discussions which have emphasised the dynamic nature of firms, and institutions, it is argued that the transnational social space of the multinational encompasses a variety of different forms of actors which are engaged in processes that partially produce isomorphism and partially reproduce institutional difference. This perspective is proposed not as a middle way between the two institutionalisms but as a way to capture the ongoing dynamics of MNCs. The paper illustrates this approach through considering four ideal-typical ‘games’ which occur inside MNCs. These games are analysed in terms of the actors, the institutional resources brought into the game, the emerging rules of the game, the outcomes of the game and how these processes relate to institutional theory. These games reveal the complex interaction of processes of isomorphism and social differentiation and suggest an agenda for further research on MNCs that will focus on examining how these games interact and with what effect in different sorts of multinationals. Keywords: Multinationals; institutionalism; varieties of capitalism; isomorphism; embeddedness. en_US
dc.format.extent 44 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working paper;2005-009 en_US
dc.title The Contested Space of Multinationals en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt30maj05 miel en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department International Center for Business and Politics en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort DBP en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk International Center for Business and Politics en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort DBP en_US
dc.description.notes Paper Prepared for Sub-Theme 36: Dynamics of Business Systems and Varieties of Capitalism, 21st EGOS Colloquium, June 30-July 2, Berlin en_US
dc.idnumber 8791690099 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2005 en_US
dc.title.subtitle Varieties of Institutionalism: varieties of capitalism en_US


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