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Being Local Worldwide
ABB and the Challenge of Global Management
Jacques Bélanger (Editor); Christian Berggren (Editor); Torsten Björkman (Editor); Christoph Kähler (Editor)


Paper, 2001 ISBN: 978-0-8014-8717-0
$ 29.95   £22.95

"Fortune called Asea Brown Boveri, the giant multinational corporation created in 1987, "the most successful cross-border merger since Royal Dutch linked up with Britain's Shell in 1907." The coming together of two longtime national champions in the electrotechnical industry, Sweden's ASEA and Switzerland's Brown Boveri, marked the birth of a company with truly global aspirations, one whose apparent genius for combining strong central planning with local autonomy for its plants has made it a trendsetter. An international team of researchers assesses the dynamic interplay of the forces of convergence and diversity present in ABB. Together they examine the actual workings of this multinational-in order to learn to what degree the corporate strategies are achieved in its plants. Based on a multilevel organizational study, their book compares seven plants in six countries on three continents. Contributors P. B. Beaumont, University of Glasgow, Scotland Jacques Bélanger, Université Laval, Canada Lars Bengtsson, University College Gävle, Sweden Christian Berggren, Linköping University, Sweden Torsten Björkman, National Defence College, Sweden Mark Bray, University of Newcastle, Australia Anthony Giles, Université Laval, Canada Jean-Noël Grenier, Université Laval, Canada Christoph Kähler, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitët, Jena, Germany Russell D. Lansbury, University of Sydney, Australia Graeme Martin, University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland Marhild von Behr, Institut für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Germany Rainer Schultz-Wild, Institut für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Germany"

About the Author
Jacques Bélanger is Professor of Industrial Relations at Université Laval in Quebec. Christian Berggren is Professor of Industrial Management at Linköping University in Sweden. Torsten Björkman is Professor of Sociology at the National Defence College in Sweden. Christoph Kähler is Professor of Sociology at Friedrich-Schiller-Universitët in Jena, Germany.

Subject Areas
Industrial and Labor Relations
Political Science / Economic & Monetary Policy