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The Power of Corporate Networks : A Comparative and Historical Perspective - Gerarda Westerhuis

The Power of Corporate Networks

A Comparative and Historical Perspective

By: Gerarda Westerhuis (Editor), Thomas David (Editor)


Published: 16th September 2014
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Corporate networks, the links between companies and their leaders, reflect a country's economic organization - and more precisely its corporate governance system. Most research on corporate networks focuses on a single country and/or a brief time period, however, making fruitful comparisons difficult. This book provides a unique long-term analysis of the rise, consolidation, and decline of these networks in fourteen European and non-European countries in the 20th and early 21st centuries. It revisits important debates in corporate networks literature such as the interactions between the industrial and financial sectors or the role of state-owned enterprises, and integrates studies from East European, Asian and Latin American countries, moving beyond the Anglo-Saxon view which dominates the literature.

The chapters in this volume bridge the literatures on corporate networks and corporate governance - which, despite their common issues, often fail to address one another. The editors bring together the most internationally well-known specialists of corporate networks who focus, through their network analysis, on corporate governance issues. Each chapter reveals distinct phases in the evolution of national networks and explains how and why changes have taken place over time.

"This is the first truly global and historical analysis of corporate networks. The editors have managed to bring together the leading experts in the field, and the book has rich and detailed information covering fourteen countries over the 20th and 21st Centuries. A must-read for anybody interested in power in companies." - Abe De Jong, Erasmus University, The Netherlands

Preface Frans Stokman 1. Comparing Corporate Networks in a Long Term Perspective Thomas David and Gerarda Westerhuis Part I: Large Developed Economies 2. The Decline of the American Corporate Network, 1960-2010 Todd Schifeling and Mark S. Mizruchi 3. The Structure of Networks: The Transformation of UK Business 1904 - 2010 Gerhard Schnyder and John F. Wilson 4. The Corporate Network in Germany 1896 - 2010 Paul Windolf Part II: Small European Economies 5. The Dutch Corporate Network: Considering its Persistence Gerarda Westerhuis 6. From National Cohesion to Transnationalization: the Changing Role of Banks in the Swiss Company Network (1910-2010) Stephanie Ginalski, Thomas David and Andre Mach 7. Austria Inc. (1937-2008) under Strain: The Fading Power of Creditanstalt Bank and the End of the Nationalised Industry Philipp Korom Part III: State Capitalism? 8. Ebbs and Flows of French Capitalism Pierre Francois and Claire Lemercier 9. Persistent and Stubborn: The State in Italian Capitalism 1913-2001 Alberto Rinaldi and Michelangelo Vasta Part IV: "Peripheral" Europe 10. Business Coalitions and Segmentation: Dynamics of the Portuguese Corporate Network Alvaro Ferreira da Silva and Pedro Neves 11. Bulgarian Business Elite, 1900s-2000s Martin Ivanov and Georgi Ganev 12. "From Dense to Loose?" Corporate Networks and Interlocks in Finnish Business in the Twentieth Century Susanna Fellman, Kari-Matti Piilahti and Valtteri Harmala Part V: Developed Economies in Asia and Latin America 13. Longitudinal Study of Interlocking Directorates in Argentina and Foreign Firms' Integration into Local Capitalism (1923-2000) Andrea Lluch and Erica Salvaj 14. Between State Power and Familism: the Directorate Interlock Network in Taiwan throughout the Twentieth Century Zong-Rong Lee and Thijs A. Velema 15. Evolution of Corporate Networks in Twentieth Century Japan Satoshi Koibuchi and Tetsuji Okazaki

ISBN: 9780415729741
ISBN-10: 0415729742
Series: Routledge International Studies in Business History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 16th September 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1