Organizational Strategy and Technological Adaptation to Global Change

Organizational Strategy and Technological Adaptation to Global Change


Edited by Frank McDonald, Edited by Professor Richard Thorpe

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 141mm x 222mm x 21mm | 461g
  • Publication date: 10 June 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0333713966
  • ISBN 13: 9780333713969
  • Illustrations note: maps

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Confronting the wide range of factors that management face in relation to global changes, this volume focuses on the implication of these changes for all organizations. By presenting its case using a variety of analytical tools ranging from formal game theoretical systems to inductive models based on case studies, this volume concentrates on three main areas: the implications of global change on the competitive environment for employment and working practices; the influence of the international business environment in decision-making; and the importance of cultural and institutional diversity. Through its comprehensive approach, this book aims to stimulate business managers, academics and students to clarify, develop and extend the many complex scenarios that are integral to the debate on how business organizations may benefit from the challenges produced by global change.

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Author information

FRANK MCDONALD is Head of the International Business Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University. He holds a Jean Monnet award to investigate the impact of EU integration on business activities. His research interests include the impact of economic integration on business strategies and operations, and assessing the importance of the development of industrial clusters in the internationalization process RICHARD THORPE is Professor in Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. For the last six years he has been working with colleagues in Central and Eastern Europe on various management development projects. He has published in the areas of motivation and reward, management learning and change and management research

Table of contents

Introduction SECTION 1: AN OVERVIEW OF KEY ISSUES IN GLOBAL CHANGE An Industrialist's View of Global Change; B. Reid The Changing Business Scene in Pacific Asia; G. Redding The Changing Business Scene in Central and Eastern Europe; L. Hethy SECTION 2: STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS OF GLOBAL CHANGE Dinosaurs versus Dragons: Should Strategic Management Theory Redirect its Focus to the East?; D.F. Channon Global Strategy and Repeated Games; R. Matthews Winners and Losers in the West: Ranking by Adjustment Capacity; R. Brown Restructuring Strategies: Global Pressures, Local Responses; I. Taplin & J. Winterton SECTION 3: TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE AND GLOBAL CHANGE Setting Standards: Strategies for Building Global Business Systems; R. Kaye & S. Little The Appropriate Policies for a Successful International Technology Transfer to Less Developed Countries; R. Salami & L.P. Reavill Technological Change: the Impact of Different Cultures, Institutional Frameworks and Organizational Imperatives; R.L. Ritchie, L. Zhuang, R. Hudson-Davies & W. Williams SECTION 4: IMPLICATIONS FOR ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE Privatization, Shareholding and Efficiency Arguments; A. Kuznetsov & O. Kuznetsov Enhancing Global Learning and Change in Multicultural Organizations through Valuing Diversity in Project Teams; P. Iles & P. Hayers Patterns of Change: How People in an East German Organization are Coping with the Transformation Process; T. Steger Aspects of the Transition to the Market Economy in the Czech Republic and Hungary; T. Lupton, G. Kauscek, E. Hrabitova & R. Thorpe