The Global And The Local: Understanding The Dialectics Of Business Systems

Hardcover | March 31, 2005

bySorge, Arndt

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'...there is... no lack of ambition in this book. And yet, unlike much of what today comes as sociology, it is fun to read, written in a way that combines the very abstract and the very concrete, the principles of general theories and the anecdotes of specific histories, in ways that areenlightening and entertaining at the same time. Those who take the book to heart will find themselves in possession of a language that can speak about 'globalization' in a non-sensationalist manner without, however, in any way detracting from its significance - in fact, quite to the contrary. Theywill much better and more systematically understand the lasting significance of the local in a world whose horizons of action are expanding.'From the Foreword by Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, CologneThe rhetoric of internationalization and globalization often suggests an inexorable move away from domestic cultural and institutional differences. Yet the development of internationalization within individual nations has been shaped by those very domestic institutions and cultures, as 'bestpractice' or other kinds of international learning have been translated into established practice and knowledge.In this important study, Arndt Sorge presents a sociological theory of the development of human societies to explain how business systems evolve and change, and how internationalization works to specify and change societal identities within nations. Examining changes in work, organization, corporategovernance, and human resources, Sorge shows how this interaction is a pattern that has been followed over centuries. Indeed, amongst the cases Sorge presents, he concentrates on the example of Germany, a supposedly highly homogeneous and closed society, as evidence for the universality of shiftingborders, expanding horizons, local adoption and adaptation of global practices, and the hybridization of systems and standards, as the normal course of social evolution.Arndt Sorge's analysis of globalization combines rigorous theoretical reasoning with empirically-grounded analysis, and deliberately adopts a general social science approach, drawing on research from Business and Management Studies, Sociology, Political Science, and History.

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'...there is... no lack of ambition in this book. And yet, unlike much of what today comes as sociology, it is fun to read, written in a way that combines the very abstract and the very concrete, the principles of general theories and the anecdotes of specific histories, in ways that areenlightening and entertaining at the same time. T...

Arndt Sorge is Professor of International Business and Management in the Faculty of Management and Organization, University of Groningen. Author of Organization (Thomson Learning, 2002), co-editor of The International Encylopaedia of Business and Management (Thomson Learning, 2002), and a former editor of the journal Organization Stud...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:316 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.9 inPublished:March 31, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Wolfgang Streeck: ForewordPreface1. Dilemmas of Internationalization2. Societal Effects Between a Vacuum and a Tropical Climate3. Emergent National Distinctiveness Through International Exposure4. The South Germanic Bedrock Under Foreign Incursions5. The Governance of Work Systems6. Enterprise and Management and Corporate Governance7. Making Sense of Internationalization