Business Systems and Organizational Capabilities: The Institutional Structuring of Competitive…

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byRichard Whitley

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Twenty-first century capitalism has been marked by an increasing international economic independence, and considerable differences between dominant economic systems of coordination and control. In this context, national competition and coordination within industries has increased, but thegovernance of leading firms, and the kinds of competences they develop, remain quite diverse. This book shows how different kinds of firms become established and develop different capabilities in different societies, and as a result are effective in particular kinds of industries and markets.By integrating institutionalist approaches to organizations with the capabilities theory of the firm, Richard Whitley suggests how we can understand this combination of diversity and integration by developing the comparative business systems framework in three major ways. First, by identifying theparticular circumstances in which distinctive business systems and innovation systems become nationally established and reproduced, as well as how changing endogenous and exogenous pressures have affected the major kinds of business systems that developed in many OECD states during the postwarperiod. Second, by showing how variations in authority sharing with employees and business partners and in the provision of organizational careers lead institutional regimes to affect the nature of organizational capabilities that dominant firms develop and enable them to deal with different kindsof risks and opportunities in particular technologies and markets. Third, by identifying the circumstances in which multinational firms are likely to develop distinctive transnational organizational capabilities through such authority sharing and careers, and so become different kinds of companiesfrom their more domestically focused competitors. In many, if not most, cases of cross national managerial coordination, these conditions rarely exist, and so the extent to which multinational firms do indeed constitute distinct organizational forms and strategic actors is much less than issometimes claimed.

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Twenty-first century capitalism has been marked by an increasing international economic independence, and considerable differences between dominant economic systems of coordination and control. In this context, national competition and coordination within industries has increased, but thegovernance of leading firms, and the kinds of co...

Richard Whitley is Professor of Organisational Sociology at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester and has recently held visiting appointments at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. Recent books include: Changing Capitalisms? Internationalisation, Institutional Change and Systems of Economic...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.97 inPublished:November 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction1. The Comparative Analysis of Competing CapitalismsPart II: The Changing Nature of National Capitalisms: Institutional Regimes, Business Systems and Innovation Systems2. The Contingent Nature of National Business Systems: Types of States and Complementary Institutions3. Constructing Innovation Systems: The Roles of Institutional Regimes and National Public Science Systems4. Changing Institutional Regimes and Business Systems: Endogenous and Exogenous Pressures on Postwar Systems of Economic Organization5. The Growth of International Governance and the Restructuring of Business Systems: The Effects of Multileveled Governance in Europe and ElsewherePart III: Constructing Organizational Capabilities in Different Institutional Regimes6. The Institutional Structuring of Organisational Capabilities: Variations in Authority Sharing and Organisational Careers7. Developing Innovative Competences in Different Institutional Frameworks8. Constructing Capabilities in Entrepreneurial Technology Firms: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Germany, Sweden and the UK9. Project-based Firms: New Organizational Form or Variations On a Theme?Part IV: Internationalisation and the Development of Transnational Organisational Capabilities10. Divergent Multinational Firms: Home and Host Economy Effects on Internationalisation Strategies and Organisational Capabilities11. Developing Transnational Organisational Capabilities in Multinational Companies: The Role of Cross- National Authority Sharing and Organisational Careers12. The Changing Japanese Multinational: Application, Adaptation and Learning in Car Manufacturing and Financial Services