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Institutions and Networks: Business network logic in the Chinese, Russian and West European institutional contexts
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies. Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2006 (English)In: 22nd Industrial Marketing and Purchasing Group Conferenceon, 7-9 September 2006: Opening the network, 2006Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper analyses business networks in three different contexts: West-European, Russian and Chinese. In this paper three different ways of organizing business activities are discussed and compared. The paper proposes that business networks in different economies and contexts are constituted in their own manner because of underlying logics and principles. So far little attention has been given to the fact that national environments may differ quite remarkably. Specifically, the differences between Western and emerging markets are of such magnitude that they entail different strategic situations for the MNC, (Jansson, 2006). For instance, business networks in China and Russia differ sociologically, organizationally and economically from inter-firm networks in the west. The differences of these contextually distinctive business networks may limit the transferability of business strategies and organizational concepts between contexts. In the conceptual and comparative paper theoretical perspectives as well as practical business matters in the three settings are highlighted and analyzed. In the end core elements of the different network types are presented and compared together with implications. The paper suggests that business networks are part of and integrated in a cultural and institutional context. The business network can not be analyze nor understood in isolation from the context, instead the business network interact with the cultural and institutional context.

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2006.
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institutions, networks, Chinese, Russian, West European
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-82051OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-82051DiVA: diva2:109966
Available from: 2006-09-13 Created: 2006-09-13

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