Multinational Corporations and Organization Theory: Post Millennium Perspectives, 1st Edition

  • Christoph Dörrenbächer
  • Mike Geppert
  • Published By: Emerald Publishing Limited
  • ISBN-10: 1786353857
  • ISBN-13: 9781786353856
  • DDC: 338.88
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 528 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released October 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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The study of multinational companies (MNCs) has been split for many decades into two camps which hardly ‘talked’ to each other: a) predominantly economic and functionalist oriented International Business Researchers, and b) largely social constructivist and critical management oriented Organization Theorists. This volume intends to build bridges by bringing together leading international scholars from both camps, who provide new insights in the study of MNCs. In addition to the bridge-building exercise, the book aims to develop a more comprehensive organizational theoretical understanding as well as methodological plurality in the study of how MNCs function in the post-millennium era, both internally and externally, and also how they control their international operations across economic, institutional, cultural, linguistic, political and social divides. Key topics addressed in our volume include: historical perspectives on the study of MNCs, the role of increased financialization and marketization on MNCs, the new role of the HQ within contemporary MNC, the role of language in MNCs, discursive studies of MNCs, labour representation in MNCs as well as social movements and corporate social responsibility and MNCs.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Research in the Sociology of Organizations.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
List of Contributors.
Editorial Advisory Board.
Setting the Scene.
1: Multinational Corporations and Organization Theory: An Introduction to Post-Millennium Perspectives.
2: The East India Company: The First Modern Multinational?.
Further Development of Established Debates.
3: The Role of Headquarters in the Contemporary MNC: A Contingency Model.
4: Between Local Mooring and Global Orientation: A Neo-Institutional Theory Perspective on the Contemporary Multinational Corporation☆.
5: What the Shared Industry and Country of Origin Bring: Analogous Sequences in the Internationalization of Finnish Paper MNCs.
6: Altered States of Consciousness: MNCs and Ethnographic Studies.
New Conceptual and Methodological Approaches in the Study of the MNC.
7: Language as a Meeting Ground for Research on the MNC and Organization Theory.
8: Headquarter-Subsidiary Relations in the Multinational Corporation as a Discursive Struggle.
9: Applying Critical Realism to the MNC: Exploring New Realities in Staffing and Expatriation.
10: Headquarters-Subsidiary Relationships from a Convention Theory Perspective: Plural Orders of Worth, Arrangements and Form-Giving Activities.
11: The Multinational Corporation as a Playing Field of Power: A Bourdieusian Approach.
The Contemporary MNC: An Internally and Externally Politicized Organization.
12: Gendering the MNC.
13: MNCs and Politicization from Outside.
14: The Dark Side of MNCs.
15: Private Governance as Regulatory Substitute or Complement? A Comparative Institutional Approach to CSR Adoption by Multinational Corporations☆.
About the Authors.