Socio-political process in international management in post-socialist contexts: knowledge, learning and transnational institution building

Ed Clark, Mike Geppert

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This paper contributes to the recent debates and emerging concepts in the international business literature by applying a social-institutionalist perspective that focuses on the processes of institution building in ventures between Western multinational corporations and post-socialist enterprises. It is argued that the knowledge and learning processes within these transnational sites are constitutive of the actual management and organizational practices that emerge in these social microcosms of transformation. In transition and other emerging economic contexts, international ventures are typically based on asymmetrical relationships, in which the balance of power is structurally weighted in favor of the MNC. Notwithstanding this dominance structure, constructing new practices within the transnational social space is a socio-political process involving power-holders such as senior managers representing the Western MNC and the local enterprise. The paper argues that the strategic orientations of these key power holders are critical variables in explaining the diversity of concrete patterns of institution building on transnational sites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-357
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of International Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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