Exporting the American Model: The Post-War Transformation of European Business

Hardcover | July 2, 1998

byMarie-Laure Djelic

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Marie-Laure Djelic explores the convergent and divergent trends in the evolution of business systems and organization in Western Europe in the post-war period. She examines in particular the influence of a large-scale, cross-national transfer of the American corporate model, including theMarshall Plan and the involvement of American business in European reconstruction. She focuses on France, West Germany, and Italy, looking in turn at the physical, ownership, organizational, and governance structure of each after 1945. Her core argument is that the model had varying degrees ofsuccess in each of those three countries and, in some areas, encountered significant resistance. The book underscores the socially constructed and historically contingent nature of structural arrangements shaping conditions of industrial production in capitalist countries today. National systems of industrial production are not given and necessary; they are made and shaped through time byactors with particular interests, often in direct confrontation with other groups. This shaping is taking place within particular institutional contexts, in peculiar political and geopolitical conditions. Foreign actors, in geopolitical power positions, can, it is argued, play a particularlysignificant role in such processes.

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Marie-Laure Djelic explores the convergent and divergent trends in the evolution of business systems and organization in Western Europe in the post-war period. She examines in particular the influence of a large-scale, cross-national transfer of the American corporate model, including theMarshall Plan and the involvement of American bu...

Marie-Laure Djelic is at Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:324 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:July 2, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198293178

ISBN - 13:9780198293170

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Cross-National TransferStructural Types1. The American Structural Revolution2. Stability of European IndustriesPart II. Cross-National TransferConditions, Channels, and Actors3. Crisis Inside, Dependence Outside4. Actors and Institutional ChannelsPart III. Cross-National TransferMechanisms5. Voluntary Imitation6. From Coercion to Imitation7. From Control to ConversionPart IV National Limits to the Cross-National Transfer Process8. The Resistance of European Business9. Between All-Out War and Active ParticipationConcluding Remarks

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`This is the best book on the evolution of the European corporate landscape during the Marshall Plan era. . . . The author's theoretical sophistication and skilful use of documentary sources assure this book a place next to the recent historical analyses of European industry by Alfred D.Chandler and Frank Dobbin.'Mauro F. Guillen, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania