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

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dc.contributor Svenska handelshögskolan, institutionen för företagsledning och organisation, företagsledning och organisation fi
dc.contributor Hanken School of Economics, Department of Management and Organisation, Management and Organisation fi
dc.contributor.author Koveshnikov, Alexei
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-05T08:20:12Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-05T08:20:12Z
dc.date.issued 2014-08-05
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-232-247-0 (printed)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-232-248-7 (PDF)
dc.identifier.issn 0424-7256 (printed)
dc.identifier.issn 2242-699X (PDF)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/135665
dc.description.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. fi
dc.language.iso en fi
dc.publisher Svenska handelshögskolan fi
dc.publisher Hanken School of Economics fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economics and Society – 278 fi
dc.subject multinational corporation fi
dc.subject micro-politics fi
dc.subject power fi
dc.subject agency fi
dc.subject context fi
dc.subject legitimation fi
dc.subject stereotyping fi
dc.subject recontextualization fi
dc.subject Russia fi
dc.subject Finland fi
dc.subject sensemaking fi
dc.subject identity fi
dc.subject knowledge transfer fi
dc.subject trust fi
dc.subject discourse fi
dc.subject.other Management and Organisation fi
dc.title Micro-political perspectives on multinational corporations: Legitimation, stereotyping and recontextualization fi
dc.date.accepted 2014-08-15

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