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  • The Twenty-First-Century Firm: Changing Economic Organization in International Perspective
  • Edited by Paul DiMaggio
  • 2009
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  • Published by: Princeton University Press
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Students of management are nearly unanimous (as are managers themselves) in believing that the contemporary business corporation is in a period of dizzying change. This book represents the first time that leading experts in sociology, law, economics, and management studies have been assembled in one volume to explain the varying ways in which contemporary businesses are transforming themselves to respond to globalization, new technologies, workforce transformation, and legal change. Together their essays, whose focal point is an emerging network form of organization, bring order to the chaotic tumble of diagnoses, labels, and descriptions used to make sense of this changing world.


Following an introduction by the editor, the first three chapters--by Walter Powell, David Stark, and Eleanor Westney--report systematically on change in corporate structure, strategy, and governance in the United States and Western Europe, East Asia, and the former socialist world. They separate fact from fiction and established trend from extravagant extrapolation. This is followed by commentary on them: Reinier Kraakman affirms the durability of the corporate form; David Bryce and Jitendra Singh assess organizational change from an evolutionary perspective; Robert Gibbons considers the logic of relational contracting in firms; and Charles Tilly probes the deeper historical context in which firms operate. The result is a revealing portrait of the challenges that managers face at the dawn of the twenty-first century and of how the diverse responses to those challenges are changing the nature of business enterprise throughout the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Chapter 1 Introduction: Making Sense of the Contemporary Firm and Prefiguring Its Future
  2. Paul DiMaggio
  3. pp. 3-30
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  1. Part One: Portraits From Three Regions
  2. pp. 31-32
  1. Chapter 2 The Capitalist Firm in the Twenty-First Century: Emerging Patterns in Western Enterprise
  2. Walter W. Powell
  3. pp. 33-68
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  1. Chapter 3 Ambiguous Assets for Uncertain Environments: Heterarchy in Postsocialist Firms
  2. David Stark
  3. pp. 69-104
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  1. Chapter 4 Japanese Enterprise Faces the Twenty-First Century
  2. D. Eleanor Westney
  3. pp. 105-144
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  1. Part Two: Commentaries
  2. pp. 145-146
  1. Chapter 5 The Durability of the Corporate Form
  2. Reinier Kraakman
  3. pp. 147-160
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  1. Chapter 6 The Future of the Firm from an Evolutionary Perspective
  2. David J. Bryce, Jitendra V. Singh
  3. pp. 161-185
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  1. Chapter 7 Firms (and Other Relationships)
  2. Robert Gibbons
  3. pp. 186-199
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  1. Chapter 8 Welcome to the Seventeenth Century
  2. Charles Tilly
  3. pp. 200-209
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  1. Chapter 9 Conclusion: The Futures of Business Organization and Paradoxes of Change
  2. Paul DiMaggio
  3. pp. 210-244
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  1. References
  2. pp. 245-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-275
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400828302
Related ISBN(s)
9780691058511, 9780691116310
MARC Record
OCLC
443273391
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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