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Logics of local actors and global agents: divergent values, divergent world views

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Logics of local actors and global agents: divergent values, divergent world views

Molz, Rick and Ratiu, Catalin (2012) Logics of local actors and global agents: divergent values, divergent world views. critical perspectives on international business, 8 (3). pp. 225-240. ISSN 1742-2043

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17422041211254950

Abstract

Purpose – This paper seeks to develop a theoretical explanation of conflicts and incompatible interpretations of events between agents of multinational corporations (MNCs) and actors present in certain host countries. It aims to situate the argument in comparative economic systems as a part of a broader social system. The socio-economic system can be modeled using institutional theory, particularly using Scott's three pillars and the concept of formal and informal institutions. Within different socio-economic systems a dominant logic is developed, and this becomes internalized among actors and agents as behavioral scripts.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses a multi-level and multi-disciplinary conceptual analysis, developing a model of dominant logic and behavioral scripts with MNC agents and traditional emerging economy actors.

Findings – MNC agents and traditional emerging economy actors have difficulty comprehending the logic of the other, creating a fertile context for conflict.

Research limitations/implications – An ideal type template is developed that can be used for empirical investigations focusing on situations where disagreement and conflict occur when MNCs operate in traditional emerging economies.

Practical implications – By integrating the authors' conceptualization into training for expatriate managers, the potential for conflict can be reduced.

Originality/value – This multi-level and multi-disciplinary model allows grounded development of understanding of conflicts or potential conflicts in the MNC agent-traditional emerging economy actor context.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Management
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Molz, Rick and Ratiu, Catalin
Journal or Publication:critical perspectives on international business
Date:2012
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1108/17422041211254950
ID Code:976785
Deposited By: ANDREA MURRAY
Deposited On:23 Jan 2013 18:18
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:43
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