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International and Comparative Business: Foundations of Political Economies

by Leo McCann SAGE Publications Ltd
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There is plenty of literature and guidance available on international business and the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed for working across nations. But few texts sufficiently interrogate the different roots of national economic models and their development, which are crucial to understanding contemporary business environments and the realities of working within them. This new text is wholly devoted to exploring the most powerful political economies across the globe, from East to West, to help give you this vital grounding for future practice or research. The author accessibly tracks the historical and socio-political contexts of each country on a chapter by chapter basis to the present day. The book provides a comprehensive yet concise introduction to each of the economies' key features, including macro overviews as well as organizational and workplace-level analysis. Each chapter includes learning objectives, plenty of examples, and annotated further reading to help you rigorously navigate your way through the wealth of material available for each country. This text is essential reading for students and researchers in the areas of international business and cross-cultural management, as well as politics and history.

Introducing the FieldTheorizing Varieties of CapitalismThe USA: The World's Foremost Economic, Political and Military PowerUnited Kingdom: A Problematic Triumph of Finance over IndustryFrance: Powerful Traditions Turning to Radical ChangeGermany: Europe's Production MachineScandinavia: The Employee Dignity AgendaRussia and the Former Soviet Union: The Radical Adoption, Creation and Abandonment of Models India: A Turbulent TransformationChina: Multiple Models Amid Growth and ChangeJapan: The World's Second Most Prominent Economic ModelConclusions

'Erudite and accessible, Leo McCann's exploration of the globalizing world economy stands out in its astute recognition of the continuing power of nationally specific forms of capitalism. Far from being a one-size-fits-all Anglo-American template, neoliberalism comes in many different hues and variations. Offering a comprehensive overview of European and Asian business models, McCann demonstrates how the national gets reconfigured around the global without losing some of its unique features. International and Comparative Business is by far the best textbook in the field and is destined to become a classic for years to come'
Manfred B. Steger

A sweeping examination of systems of capitalism in theory and in the world's major industrial economies leads Leo McCann to challenge the conventional wisdom on globalization. Historical analysis of the evolution of business systems and detailed examination of present practice demonstrate persuasively that, despite facing common challenges, distinctive national differences remain salient. A must read for anyone who needs to understand how business systems operate in an increasingly interdependent world economy.
Dr Eileen Appelbaum
Dr Leo McCann is Senior Lecturer in International and Comparative Management at Manchester Business School. His research and teaching focuses on the impacts of large-scale economic change on work and organization across numerous countries. He has written many articles on the subject of the international transformation of white-collar work in journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, and Organization Studies. He is the co-author of Managing in the Modern Corporation (Cambridge University Press, 2009). His research draws on the paradigms of sociology of work, varieties of capitalism, and political economy, exploring how large-scale aglobala transformations are translated through national institutional structures with often profound effects on the everyday lives of organizations, managers, workers and citizens. The present volume is his first textbook, based on over a decade of experience teaching and researching comparative capitalism, globalization, and the restructuring of organizations and work.