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mission and meaning in the managerial crusade to eastern Europe

The new journey to Jerusalem: mission and meaning in the managerial crusade to eastern Europe A.D. Jankowicz Introduction One of the less frequently discussed characteristics of the western drive to provide advice, knowledge transfer, and training assistance to the newly decentralizing eastern and central European economies has been the liberal optimism with which these activities […]

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The Americanisation of European Business: The Marshall Plan and the Transfer of US Management Models. – Review

The Americanisation of European Business: The Marshall Plan and the Transfer of US Management Models. – Review – book review Alfred Kieser 1998, London and New York: Routledge. 235 pages. About 50 years ago, the US government set the Marshall Plan in operation. The intention was to restore the European economies — to restore and […]

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Contract enforcement across cultures

Contract enforcement across cultures Chong Ju Choi Introduction The majority of the literature in economics and management on contract enforcement has focused on the use of formal, legally enforceable agreements. Recently, Barney (1990) and Noorderhaven (1992) have analyzed the important role of uncertainty and how this may often lead to different types of agreements from […]

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Barbara Czarniawska and Guje Sevon : the Northern Lights—Organization Theory in Scandinavia – eds

Barbara Czarniawska and Guje Sevon : the Northern Lights—Organization Theory in Scandinavia – eds – Book Review George Cairns 2003, Copenhagen: Liber.Abstract.Copenhagen Business School Press, 471 pages Within this edited collection of diverse papers on the contribution of a ‘distinctly Scandinavian way of understanding, reasoning and talking’ (Erhard Friedberg, on rear sleeve note), Czarniawska and […]

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From Control to Drift — The Dynamics of Corporate Information Infrastructures

From Control to Drift — The Dynamics of Corporate Information Infrastructures – Review C.U. Ciborra (ed.): From Control to Drift — The Dynamics of Corporate Information Infrastructures 2000, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 246 pages. From Control to Drift — The Dynamics of Corporate Information Infrastructures explores six in-depth case studies (AstraZeneca, IBM, Norsk Hydro, Roche, […]

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A resource-based view of corporate responsiveness toward employees

A resource-based view of corporate responsiveness toward employees Maria de la Cruz Deniz-Deniz Abstract This paper demonstrates the strategic importance of developing a capability to manage human resources based on a set of social responsibility principles (normative and structural) with the aim of responding to the interests of the employees. Such corporate social responsiveness will […]

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A positivist alternative to the structure-action approach

A positivist alternative to the structure-action approach Lex Donaldson There is considerable appeal in the theory in that there is wide choice exercised over organizational forms, and in that sense, a wide scope of human action. However, developments in research are forcing us to question this idea. Organizational structure is revealed to be quite highly […]

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an analysis of corporate visions of the 1970s

Good and evil in the chairmen’s ‘boiler plate’: an analysis of corporate visions of the 1970s Julie E. Kendall 1980 Communication theory. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Bormann, E. G. 1982 ‘Fantasy and rhetorical vision: ten years later’. Quarterly Journal of Speech 68: 288-305. Bormann, E. G. 1983 ‘Fantasy theme analysis’ in The rhetoric […]

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Behaviour prescriptions versus professional identities in multi-cultural corporations: a cross-cultural computer simulation

Behaviour prescriptions versus professional identities in multi-cultural corporations: a cross-cultural computer simulation Andreas Schneider Abstract There is a strong focus on cognitive, language-based, information processing in organizations. Acknowledging the gut decision of managers, this article introduces a symbolic interactionist framework that allows the investigation of organizational behaviour based on affective meaning, on emotion-generated implications. Unlike […]

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The long and thorny way to an organizational taxonomy

The long and thorny way to an organizational taxonomy Julio C. Sanchez Introduction An Ancient Chinese Classification of Animals Animals are divided into (a) those that belong to the Emperor, (b) embalmed ones, (c) those that are trained, (d) suckling pigs, (e) mermaids, (f) fabulous ones, (g) stray dogs, (h) those that are included in […]