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Journal Cover   Critical Perspectives on International Business
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  • Critical perspectives on the globally mobile professional and managerial
    • Authors: Steve McKenna, M.N. Ravishankar, David Weir
      First page: 118
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 2, May 2015.
      Purpose To introduce the papers in the special issue. Design/methodology/approach A general description of each paper in the special issue is provided. The introduction highlights the need for more research into the broad topic of the global elite. Findings Research in the social sciences uses a very broad definition of the global elite. It would be helpful in critical management and organization studies and critical international business research, to begin to identify important and key research areas that enable a more critical investigation of whom the global elite are and how they might be studied. Originality/value Introduces five diverse papers that deal with issues pertaining to a global elite and transnational capitalist class.
      Citation: Critical perspectives on international business
      PubDate: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:23:31 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-10-2014-0043
  • Perceived mobility of impact: global elites and the Bono effect
    • Authors: Lynne Andersson, Lisa Calvano
      First page: 122
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 2, May 2015.
      Purpose This paper examines how the globally mobile elite uses its capital and networks to create a perception that market-driven solutions to social problems are superior to the efforts of government and civil society. Design/methodology/approach Drawing on a number of emerging literatures, we introduce and develop the concept of the “perceived mobility of impact” and use the case of the “Bono effect” to illustrate how this phenomenon is enacted. We then employ a critical lens to challenge the consequences of this perceived mobility of impact. Findings Global elites use their mobility to generate network capital, which in conjunction with celebrity affinity for global humanitarian causes, builds a self-reinforcing consensus and legitimizes market-driven solutions to social problems. While this approach may make the GME feel generous about their contribution, it raises questions about accountability and representation in shaping global social policy. Originality/value This paper contributes to the burgeoning literature on the globally mobile elite, offering a unique critical perspective on their motives and actions, and introduces the concept of 'perceived mobility of impact'.
      Citation: Critical perspectives on international business
      PubDate: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:23:23 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-10-2012-0046
  • Wall Street women: professional saviors of the global economy
    • Authors: melissa suzanne fisher
      First page: 137
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 2, May 2015.
      Purpose The 2008 financial crisis was depicted in strikingly gendered terms – with many commentators articulating a divide between masculine, greedy, risk-taking behavior and feminine, conservative, risk-averse approaches for healing the crisis. For a time, academics, journalists, and women on Wall Street appeared to be in agreement in identifying women’s feminine styles as uniquely suited to lead – even repair – the economic debacle. Drawing on n two decades of field work on Wall Street, this article explores the recent evolution in the gendering of Wall Street as well as the potential effects – including the reproduction of financiers’ power - of that evolution Design/methodology/approach The article is based on historical research, in-depth interviews and fieldwork with the first generation of Wall Street women from the seventies up until 2013. Findings In this article, I argue that the preoccupation in feminine styles of leadership in finance primarily reproduces the power of white global financial elites rather than changes the culture of Wall Street or breaks down existent structures of power and inequality. Research limitations/implications The research focuses primarily on the ways American global financial elites maintain power, and does not examine the ways in which the power of other international elites working in finance is reproduced in a similar or different manner. Practical implications The findings of the article provide practical implications for understanding the gendering of financial policy making and how that gendering maintains or reproduces the economic system. Originality/value The paper is based on original, unique, historical ethnographic research on the first generation of women on Wall Street.
      Citation: Critical perspectives on international business
      PubDate: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:23:33 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-11-2012-0054
  • Being and becoming a professional accountant in Canada: mimicry and menace
           in the transitions of migrant accountants
    • Authors: Kelly Thomson, Joanne Jones
      First page: 156
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 2, May 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this study was to explore how the migration experiences of international accounting professionals were shaped by colonial structures and how through their interactions with other professionals, migrants hybridize their professional identities and the profession in Canada. Design/methodology/approach A post-colonial analysis of the career narratives of international accounting professionals who migrated to Canada. Findings Our analysis illustrates how explicit and formal requirements for transformation, as well as the more subtle informal demands of employers and clients, require non-Western professionals to transform personal characteristics in ways that make them more “Canadian” or “professional”. Our findings show that mimicry takes many forms with some professionals becoming “consummate mimics” while others discuss their transition in ways that highlight resistance (“reluctant mimics”) and the demands that systematically frustrate and exclude many non-Western professionals from full participation in the “global” profession in Canada (“frustrated mimics”). Research limitations/implications This study contributes to the existing scholarly literature on the persistence of colonial structures in shaping the experiences of colonized people even as they migrate in search of better opportunities decades after the colonial structures have been formally dismantled. It builds on Bhabha’s (1994) work illustrating that colonial structures are susceptible to change through action and interaction. We hope this study contributes to social change by providing some insights into how mimicry, resistance and hybridization may disrupt the unreflexive enactment of colonial structures that sustain inequality. Originality/value This study extends the literature on professional migration using a post-colonial perspective to empirically examine the lived experience of the colonial encounter and professionals transition their professional identities across borders.
      Citation: Critical perspectives on international business
      PubDate: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:23:29 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-10-2012-0045
  • Making critical sense of discriminatory practices in the Canadian
           workplace: a case study of Hong Kong Chinese professional
           immigrants’ experiences, voice and reflection
    • Authors: Rosalie Kitsheung Hilde, Albert Mills
      First page: 173
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 2, May 2015.
      Purpose This paper reports on a preliminary study of how professionally qualified immigrants from Hong Kong to Canada make sense of their experiences, particularly workplace opportunities. Design/methodology/approach The study is framed by a Critical Sensemaking approach, involving in-depth interviews with twelve informants from the Hong Kong Chinese community and discursive analysis (Foucault, 1979) of the local and formative contexts in which they are making sense of workplace opportunities. Findings The findings suggest that a dominant discourse of "integration" strongly influences the way that professionally qualified immigrants come to accept the unchallenged assumptions (1) that the government is providing help for them to ‘get in’; and (2) that ethnic service organizations are offering positive guidance to the immigrants’ workplace goals and opportunities. Immigrants’ identity and self worth are measured by whether they ‘get in’ – integrate – into so-called mainstream society. The effect of this hidden discourse has been to marginalize some immigrants in relation to workplace opportunities. Research limitations/implications The interplay of structural (i.e., formative contexts and organizational rules), socio-psychological (i.e., sensemaking properties), and discursive contexts (e.g., discourses of immigration) are difficult to detail over time. The interplay -- although important - is difficult to document and trace over a relatively short period of time and may, more appropriately lend itself to more longitudinal research. Practical implications The study strongly suggests that we need to move beyond structural accounts to capture the voice and agency of immigrants. In particular, as we have tried to show, the sensemaking and sensemaking context in which immigrants find themselves provide important insights to the immigrant experience. Originality/value The study is original in going beyond both structural and psychological accounts of immigration. Through the developing method of Critical Sensemaking, the study combines a focus on structure and social psychology and their interplay. Thus, providing insights not only to the broad discriminatory practices that so-called non-white immigrants face in Canada (and likely other industrial societies) but how these are made sense of. The study is also unique in attempting to fuse sensemaking and discourse analysis to show the interaction between individual sensemking in the context of dominant discourses.
      Citation: Critical perspectives on international business
      PubDate: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:23:27 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-09-2012-0042
  • Showing them the door (nicely): rejection discourses and practices of a
           global elite
    • Authors: Francois GOXE, Nathalie Belhoste
      First page: 189
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 2, May 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to contribute to a critical approach of the identification and rejection strategies in discourses and practices of a “global elite” of business leaders and managers. Design/methodology/approach A literature review of mainstream and more critical management and sociology literature on global or transnational elites and classes is presented. The identification and rejection discursive strategies of some (French) MNC managers and internationalization agents are then empirically and qualitatively observed and analysed. Findings The findings are interpreted under the following strategies: constructive strategies, reproductive and legitimizing strategies, and exclusion strategies. Some members of the global elite deploy a cosmopolitan and welcoming discourse in order to identify legitimate members of that class but also turn this discourse into one of exclusion, that is, find ways through language, and practice, to exclude those they perceive as illegitimate. Research limitations/implications Management research on global elites needs more critical thinking and reflexivity to avoid acting as a mere vector of global managerial doxa. Studying values, practices and reactions of other, less “prestigious” classes confronted with those elites (SME entrepreneurs, individuals from emerging countries, etc.) may contribute to such perspective. Originality/value The paper shows that the literature (in management) often speaks very highly of global elites. It identifies some dynamics of power between members of that/those classes and individuals who intend to join them and thus provides explanations about the elite’s unwritten codes of conduct, pre-requisites for consideration and inclusion and shows how global classes/elites discursively legitimize and exclude others.
      Citation: Critical perspectives on international business
      PubDate: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:23:25 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-10-2012-0048
  • Introduction from the Editors
    • Authors: Joanne Roberts et al
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2015.

      PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:16:47 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-09-2014-0042
  • The impact of social and human capital on individual cooperative
           behaviour: implications for international strategic alliances
    • Authors: Gjalt De Jong et al
      First page: 4
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this study is to analyse whether, and if so, how, social and human capital determine cooperation. Design/methodology/approach We use data from (Prisoner's Dilemma) experiments with 182 university students. Hierarchical logistic regressions were performed to predict the likelihood of individual cooperation in each attempt following variations in social and human capital of individuals. Findings Our empirical results show that variations in human and social capital offer a substantial explanation for the likelihood of cooperative behaviour in people involved in social dilemma situations. Research limitations/implications Testing the model in an international setting with non-student subjects (managers, policy-makers) would allow us to explore the consequences of cross-national differences in various forms of capital. Practical implications Successful implementation of strategic change requires leaders that are able to effectively communicate and motivate employees. Our study highlights what factors makes some leaders more cooperative and hence, potentially more successful in supervising corporate change than others. Originality/value The added value of mainstream economics to understand key elements of international business is limited due to their stringent behavioural assumptions. Our research is original in that we show that individuals make decisions not like rational machines but like real human beings.
      PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:16:51 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-12-2012-0063
  • Localize or local lies' The power of language and translation in the
           multinational corporation
    • Authors: Minna K Logemann et al
      First page: 30
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2015.
      Purpose This paper contributes to previous research on intraorganizational power in MNCs. It shows that a subsidiary manager may use language and acts of translation to resist control from headquarters and to (re)define his and his unit’s power position in a headquarters-subsidiary relationship. It also uncovers the interplay between natural languages and ‘company speak’ as a specialized language. Design/methodology/approach The paper is based on a single case study of a European MNC undergoing strategic change. The data were drawn from company documents, personal interviews and focus group discussions. Findings Our findings show that actors at both headquarters and in the focal subsidiary employed language and translation to exercise power over meanings; headquarters exerted control over ‘mindsets’ and practices, while subsidiaries responded by resisting these meaning systems. We argue that the crossing of language boundaries offers a window onto shifting power positions and micro-politics in the MNC. Research limitations/implications The study was limited to a single translation act in a focal headquarters-subsidiary relationship. Practical implications From the managerial perspective, any process of communication in a multilingual context needs to be sensitive to power (re)definitions associated with language and translation. Originality/value This study sheds light on translation as a political act and hidden activity in the MNC.
      PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:16:50 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-02-2014-0011
  • Branding from emerging countries: how to compete internationally'
    • Authors: claude chailan et al
      First page: 54
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2015.
      Purpose This research aims to clarify the emerging countries firms’ challenge regarding their brand policy. The purpose of the article is to examine the branding options offered to emerging countries companies when expanding internationally. Design/methodology/approach After having clarified the two paradoxes faced by emerging countries’ brands by way of synthesizing various works, the author formulates a model that provides a representation for the possible brand strategy choices of emerging country companies. Findings We formulate a framework with four brand management options which may be put into practice in emerging countries’ companies and we suggest how an emerging country’s company could create and develop the best-adapted international brand policy depending on its specific situation regarding localness emphasis and customers’ risk reduction acceptance. Practical implications Our results lead to the conclusion that the notion that only global brands are associated with higher product quality or prestige (in relation to local brands) is not a universal truth and thus needs to be interpreted with caution. The research provides support for a branding strategy embedded in the local emerging countries context and tally with research showing that more and more firms from emerging economies are using foreign image association strategies as important components of their branding and marketing strategies. Originality/value Our proposal reinforces the contingency perspective of international marketing according to which brand policy may depend on company criteria as well as foreign market specificities. The research confirms the competitive capacity of emerging countries’ companies’ brands, broadens the scope of international branding knowledge by shifting the focus to under-researched regions of the world.
      PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:16:48 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-11-2012-0055
  • Making the business case' Intercultural differences in framing
           economic rationality related to environmental issues
    • Authors: Petra Irmgard Molthan-Hill et al
      First page: 72
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to challenge the assumptions prominent in the Anglo-American context that the objective of a business is to increase its profits and that managers have to make 'the business case' in order to implement environmentally sounder solutions or other sustainability considerations into their business decisions. The paper argues that these assumptions are not presented as a human construction or agreement, instead they are treated as though they are a given, a prerequisite to a business system. By comparing qualitative statements in a cross-cultural study the paper highlights different ways in which economic rationality could be conceptualised. Design/methodology/approach Habermas’ (1984) framework of instrumental and communicative reason has been employed to analyse the accounts of German and British managers in the Food Retail and Energy Sector. Findings Only the British managers ‘make the business case’ when dealing with environmental problems. German managers employ a different instrumental reason from that applied by British managers; they would argue that cost-intensive environmental improvements can be made as long as the survival of the company is not at risk. Practical implications The study challenges the perceived objectiveness of the ‘business case’, which has strong implications for the theoretical and practical application of Business Administration in the British context and beyond. Furthermore the paper suggests that new conceptualisations of 'economic rationality' might help to better solve sustainability challenges. Originality/value Practical application of Habermas framework to question underlying assumptions in the business discourse about environmental issues.
      PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:16:46 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-07-2012-0033
  • Critical perspectives on strategic CSR: what is sustainable value
           co-creation orientation'
    • Authors: Frederick Ahen et al
      First page: 92
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2015.
      Purpose This article seeks to integrate corporate responsibility (CR) doctrine into corporate strategy by problematizing existing notions of traditional CSR. We provide a theoretical and empirical basis for the proposition that the bridge between CR and corporate irresponsibility is the embeddedness of strategic decisions in ethically-oriented corporate practices towards sustainable value co-creation. Design/methodology/approach Analysis was performed by meta-theoretical and economic philosophical approaches. The contemporary trends which have led to the institutionalization of sustainability questions, are explained. Special attention is paid to the historical, cultural and the international institutional context within which organizational culture becomes saturated with deviance. Findings The main thrust is that competitive advantage, legitimacy for survival and success of the international firm in the 21st century hinges on innovative value co-creation that meets sustainability pressures and institutional expectations. Research limitations/implications The research approach opens itself to debate. No generalizability claims are made but the propositions and conceptual framework seek to direct the CR discourse to engage seriously with cooperative investments for sustainable value creation. Originality/value This paper contributes to the debate on CR, global sustainability, and the role of international firms in society. It offers clarity in the confusion and fills a theoretical gap through a novel conceptualization of strategic corporate responsibility (SCR). Here, consumer, environmental and institutional orientation rather than producer orientation form the basis of analysis on value co-creation.
      PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:16:42 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-03-2012-0022
  • Managing Global Organizations: A Cultural Perspective
    • Authors: Ian Towers et al
      First page: 110
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2015.

      PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:16:44 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-02-2014-0007
  • Film Review: Utopia, A film by John Pilger
    • Authors: George M Cairns et al
      First page: 113
      Abstract: Critical perspectives on international business, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2015.

      PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:16:43 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/cpoib-02-2014-0009
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