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  • Changing capitalism? Internationalization, institutional change, and systems of economic organization
  • 12 Jun 2016
  • Autor: Glenn Morgan, Richard Whitley & Eli Moen
  • Rating:( 2695 votes )

Changing capitalism? Internationalization, institutional change, and systems of economic organization


An increasing number of studies in the last decade or so have emphasized the viability and persistence of distinctive systems of economic coordination and control in developed market economies. Over more or less the same period, the revival of institutional economics and evolutionary approaches to understanding the firm has focused attention on how firms create distinctive capabilities through establishing routines that coordinate complementary activities and skills for particular strategic purposes. For much of the 1990s these two strands of research remained distinct. Those focusing on the institutional frameworks of market economies were primarily concerned with identifying complementaries between institutional arrangements that explained coherence and continuity. On the other hand, those focusing on the dynamics of firm behavior studied how firms develop new capacities and are able to learn new ways of doing things. This book aims to bring together these approaches. It consists of a set of theoretically motivated and empirically informed chapters from a range of internationally known contributors to these debates. In their chapters, the authors show how institutions and firms evolve. Ideas of path dependency and complementarity of institutions are subjected to critical scrutiny both by reference to their own internal logic and to empirical examples.

Opinion by German Anitua Azkarate

This book provides a set of theoretical and empirical challenges for researchers concerned with the relationship between national institutional context and firms dynamics.

This book focuses on how companies must develop their organizational capacities at transnational level taking into account the institutional constraints of each environment. A book that should be read after studying in depth the other work of R. Whitley "Divergent Capitalism".

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