ABB and the Challenge of Global Management
Being Local Worldwide is a timely volume, to be applauded for its critical and empirally-grounded analysis of an intriguing and prominent corporation. In the main, the comparative, qualitative nature of the study succeeds admirably, and does much to lay bare the complex and subtle issues of control and autonomy between the subsidiaries and the centre. In short, industrial relations needs more studies like this one. -- Martyn Wright, University of Warwick * The Journal of Industrial Relations * This rich and fascinating study... 'highlights the actual workings of the geocentric and multidomestic principles' enshrined in the slogan of 'being local worldwide'. -- Anthony Ferner, DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK * Industrial Relations * This is an important work for scholars of industrial organisation, sociology and management.... From my reading of the book and experience working with (but not for) ABB in a number of countries, the authors have presented a more realistic image of the contours and contradictions of this company than much of the media would have us believe. -- Lee Pegler, Cardiff University * Work, Employment, and Society *
Jacques Blanger is Professor of Industrial Relations at Universit Laval in Quebec. Christian Berggren is Professor of Industrial Management at Linkping University in Sweden. Torsten Bjrkman is Professor of Sociology at the National Defence College in Sweden. Christoph Khler is Professor of Sociology at Friedrich-Schiller-Universitt in Jena, Germany.