© 2002

Challenges for European Management in a Global Context — Experiences from Britain and Germany

  • Mike Geppert
  • Dirk Matten
  • Karen Williams

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Challenges for European Management in a Global Context — Introduction, Approaches and Directions of Future Research

  3. Cross-national Organizations in Europe: Between Convergence and Divergence

  4. Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations in Europe: The Pressures of Globalization

  5. Globalization and the Institutional and Cultural Framework of Europe: An Outlook

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 294-303

About this book


This book provides cutting edge research and knowledge and an academic study of the impact of globalisation in different areas affecting management and how management is responding. It gives a comprehensive analysis of what is actually happening and likely future trends. It is not just a focus on 'convergence' arguments, but integrates a broader view of still remaining regional and national differences in management and organisation. The book draws on new theoretical approaches in the field of international business, highlighting areas such as Anglo-German subsidiaries of MNCs, HRM practices and change management processes or employment relations in US-based MNCs in Europe and many other aspects.


business change management European Management global change management globalization HRM human resource management International Business management Manager organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Mike Geppert
    • 1
  • Dirk Matten
    • 1
  • Karen Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.European Business Management SchoolUniversity of Wales, SwanseaSwanseaUK

About the editors

FLORIAN BECKER-RITTERSPACH Research Assistant, Humboldt University, Berlin JEAN BOGGIS Lecturer in Human Resource Management, European Business Management School, University of Wales, Swansea MARTIN BRUSSIG Senior Research Fellow, Martin Luther Universität, Germany HANS DIETER GANTER Professor of International Tourism Management, Fachhochschule Heilbron, Germany LUTZ GERLACH Lecturer in Management Studies, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany ANNE-WIL HARZING Senior Lecturer in International Management, University of Melbourne KNUT LANGE Research Assistant, Humboldt Universität, Germany KARIN LOHR Reader in Industrial Sociology, Huboldt Universität, Germany ANNA LORBIECKI Director MA in Management Learning, Lancaster University Management School MICHAEL MAYER Senior Lecturer in Management, University of Glasgow JAN PAAUWE Professor of Organization Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam TONY ROYLE Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Nottingham Trent University GERT SCHMIDT Professor of Industrial & Organizational Sociology, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen, Germany ARNDT SORGE Professor of Organization Studies, University of Groningen IAN TAPLIN Professor of Sociology, Wake Forest University, USA ANNE TEMPEL Senior Lecturer in Organization Studies, Universität Erfurt, Germany PETER WALGENBACH Professor of Organization Studies, Universität Erfurt, Germany RICHARD WHITTINGTON Reader in Strategy, SaId Business School, Oxford

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking


'Does globalization make the world a uniform place? This very timely volume sheds light on this question from a very interesting perspective. The contributions, authored by leading academics in the fields, show the multifaceted effects of global corporate strategies in distinct national backgrounds. The different chapters analyse in a very competent and comprehensive way, the interplay of national culture and institutions with the forces of globalization in various relevant fields of management. The empirical background of Germany and Britain is particularly well chosen and makes this book the latest example of a longstanding tradition in comparative research in international business. The lessons of this book however, are not only vital for readers with European interests: This remarkably well organized and rounded set of papers sheds particular light on the strengths and the potential of the European legacy in cross-national research in management and organization.' - Professor Alfred Kieser, University of Mannheim, Germany

'This volume deserves to be studied not only by scholars of international business, but also by European labor market policymakers who are increasingly concerned with the durability of their respective national models of conducting business in the wake of globalization.' - Paul Gooderham, Journal of International Business Studies