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Local Players in Global GamesThe Strategic Constitution of a Multinational Corporation$
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Peer Hull Kristensen and Jonathan Zeitlin

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275625

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275625.001.0001

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Lake Mills: Self-limiting Strategies of a Solidaristic Plant Community

Lake Mills: Self-limiting Strategies of a Solidaristic Plant Community

(p.103) 4 Lake Mills: Self-limiting Strategies of a Solidaristic Plant Community
Local Players in Global Games

Peer Hull Kristensen (Contributor Webpage)

Jonathan Zeitlin (Contributor Webpage)

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The strength of Lake Mills' plant-community identity, its historic vertical integration, and its domestic market orientation all combined to inhibit cooperation with other plants within APV to improve the effectiveness of the parent company as a multinational association. There was, in short, no American equivalent to the Danish Mafia, nor could such a network be easily imagined from the perspective of Lake Mills. Without the institutional resources and external allies to support a more expansive vision of the plant's future, local unionists and managers understandably fell back on a slew of defensive carrot-and-stick strategies for maintaining its position within APV. On the positive side, they sought to reinforce Lake Mills' indispensability to the multinational by providing a quick turnaround service to the company's large US customer base, and by developing new products tailored to US technical standards.

Keywords:   Lake Mills plant, restructuring, labour unions, APV, plant-community identity, vertical integration, domestic market orientation

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