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Global and local orientation in organisational actorhood: A comparative study of large corporations from Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States

 
: Goldenstein, J.; Poschmann, P.; Händschke, S.G.M.; Walgenbach, P.

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European journal of cultural and political sociology : EJCPS 6 (2019), Nr.2, S.201-236
ISSN: 2325-4823
ISSN: 2325-4815
Englisch
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Fraunhofer IOF ()

Abstract
In this study we employ the glocalisation perspective in institutional theory to investigate the simultaneous existence of similarity and variation across organisations in world society. By focusing on responsibilities that organisations display, we analyse both global and local orientations of large publicly listed corporations. We first investigate whether the adoption of globally diffusing formal templates (such as ISO 14001, the United Nations Global Compact) is accompanied by a lower degree of variation in organisations’ orientation in a supralocal field. Second, we investigate the relationship between the corporations’ local origin and the variations in the adopted orientation regarding the responsibilities that they display. We apply natural language processing methods to analyse the self-representations of large corporations from Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Our findings indicate that a high extent of the adoption of globally diffusing formal templates corresponds with a lower degree of variation across organisations. However, we also find that the respective local origin of organisations explains the remaining variation and the patterns of variation regarding the responsibilities that the corporations display.

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