Strategy, Structure, and Social Science
'Almost 40 yeares after the publication of the seminal Strategy and Structure; Chapters in the History of the Industrial Enterprise, by Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., its rightful European heir has finally arrived.' -Industrial Relations Journal, 32,5, 2001
'The book raises several intriguing issues in the area of corporate strategy. I particularly liked the authors' emphasis on the quality of the top management team as a key factor in corporate competitiveness' - Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ)This book examines the evolving strategies and structure of large European firms in comparative and historical context. Although European corporations still differ in terms of ownership and management, they are adopting increasingly similar organisational structures and diversification strategies. The authors explain recent corporate developments by extending Alfred Chandler's original model of strategy and structure to include conglomerate diversification and the more integrated 'networked multidivisional' structure.