Micro-political perspectives on multinational corporations: Legitimation, stereotyping and recontextualization

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Title: Micro-political perspectives on multinational corporations: Legitimation, stereotyping and recontextualization
Author: Koveshnikov, Alexei
Contributor: Svenska handelshögskolan, institutionen för företagsledning och organisation, företagsledning och organisation
Hanken School of Economics, Department of Management and Organisation, Management and Organisation
Publisher: Svenska handelshögskolan
Date: 2014-08-05
Language: en
Belongs to series: Economics and Society – 278
ISBN: 978-952-232-247-0 (printed)
978-952-232-248-7 (PDF)
ISSN: 0424-7256 (printed)
2242-699X (PDF)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/135665
Abstract: Multinational corporations (MNC) are often presented as powerful but ‘faceless’ institutional actors that shape the world we live in. However, we have lately seen increasing interest in actual ‘faces,’ that is the key actors, behind the MNC’s functioning in relation to the cases of fraud and bankruptcy that, together with other factors, led to the severe financial crisis at the end of 2000s. The cases of Enron and Lehman Brothers easily come to mind. It raised concerns that power abuses and tricky political games developing and proliferating within MNCs can have tremendous corporate as well as societal impacts and consequences. Yet, as of now, the micro-level power and political relations between actors in MNCs and their implications, i.e. what I call in this thesis ‘micro-politics,’ are seldom examined. Moreover, neither is the role that the institutional, cultural and sociopolitical contexts play in these micro-political relations among actors within MNCs sufficiently understood. Against this background, in this thesis I attempt to give ‘a face’ to the MNC. That is, I apply a number of ideas from comparative institutional theory, social cognition and translation studies to examine micro-political aspects of the interactions between organizational actors in MNCs that determine how these corporations function both on day to day basis and in a longer run. By so doing, I strive to offer a more nuanced, contextualized, and actor-focused sociological understanding of power and political interactions among organizational actors within the MNC. It is important to study and comprehend these processes in order to better explain them and to some extent control them.
Subject: multinational corporation
micro-politics
power
agency
context
legitimation
stereotyping
recontextualization
Russia
Finland
sensemaking
identity
knowledge transfer
trust
discourse


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