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The European CorporationStrategy, Structure, and Social Science$
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Richard Whittington and Michael Mayer

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251049

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251049.001.0001

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Corporate Careers and Control

Corporate Careers and Control

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The European Corporation



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This chapter focuses on three particular elements of business systems: firm ownership; managerial control; and the careers of managerial élites. It draws on other wider data concerning these elements, but also treats its own particular companies as broadly representative of the national systems in which they play such an important part. It establishes both how distinct these three central institutional structures of ownership, control, and careers between countries and how stable they are over time. It recognises a continuum regarding the importance of national institutions for strategy and structure. It considers whether distinctiveness and stability in the three national contexts are still reflected in enduring differences in overall patterns of strategy and structure.

Keywords:   corporate careers, business systems, firm ownership, managerial control, institutional structures, corporate strategy, corporate structure

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