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Publication date: 4 August 2017

Gerald A. McDermott and Carlo Pietrobelli

Advancing the ability of emerging market small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to learn, absorb new technologies, and grow is one of the greatest challenges in economic…

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Advancing the ability of emerging market small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to learn, absorb new technologies, and grow is one of the greatest challenges in economic development and to theories of knowledge transfer. This chapter analyzes the mechanisms that can facilitate or impede the participation of Latin American SMEs in global value chains (GVCs), and in turn improve their capabilities and productivity. We attempt to shift the focus of attention that scholars and policy-makers have toward the types of knowledge and network linkages that emerging market SMEs need to sustainably benefit from GVCs. By drawing on recent work from the knowledge theory of the firm, development, and network dynamics, we call into question a core assumption about the necessary benefits that can accrue to SMEs by being tied more closely to sources of pioneering technologies. We argue instead that in order to overcome legacies of resource constraints and technology gaps, these SMEs need access to a variety of applied and experiential knowledge that help them transform their existing organizational capabilities into ones that enable them to implement basic international process and product standards, in turn allowing them to learn from potentially fruitful relationships in GVCs. Because of the way such knowledge is created, through intense interactions and exchanges of tacit knowledge, access is constrained. With a focus on the need for broad based upgrading of SME capabilities, we further suggest that particular constellations of interorganizational networks and public-private institutions, often overlooked in IB research, are best suited to facilitate such access.

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Breaking up the Global Value Chain
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ISBN: 978-1-78743-071-6

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Publication date: 9 July 2010

Gerald A. McDermott

This essay argues for a sociopolitical approach to the study of the current financial crisis in the United States and other advanced industrialized countries. Such an

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This essay argues for a sociopolitical approach to the study of the current financial crisis in the United States and other advanced industrialized countries. Such an approach offers a bridge between economic sociology and historical institutionalism that can help analysts identify the ways in which relevant public and private actors experiment with institutional mechanisms that help resolve stock and flow problems as well as consider alternative regulatory forms. In particular, I suggest how comparative analysis and considerations of political struggles can improve our notion of embeddedness and assessment of both proximate solutions and longer term paths of adjustment.

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Markets on Trial: The Economic Sociology of the U.S. Financial Crisis: Part B
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-208-2

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Publication date: 9 July 2010

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Markets on Trial: The Economic Sociology of the U.S. Financial Crisis: Part A
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-205-1

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Publication date: 9 July 2010

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Markets on Trial: The Economic Sociology of the U.S. Financial Crisis: Part B
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-208-2

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Publication date: 4 August 2017

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Breaking up the Global Value Chain
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ISBN: 978-1-78743-071-6

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Publication date: 4 August 2017

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Breaking up the Global Value Chain
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ISBN: 978-1-78743-071-6

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Publication date: 1 March 1980

Jill P. May

Although educators have written at length about children's attitudes and the implications these have upon their book preferences (e.g., Rue and Evard, 1963, “Student…

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Although educators have written at length about children's attitudes and the implications these have upon their book preferences (e.g., Rue and Evard, 1963, “Student Evaluations of Newberry Award Books”; Smith, 1972, “The Popularity of Children's Fiction as a Function of Reading Ease and Related Factors”; Groves, 1949, “Concern with the Present: Are Books Meeting this Need?”), there seems to be little attempt to ascertain how much popular media affects children's reading and/or viewing patterns. National magazines such as Time and Newsweek have periodically reported on television's stronghold on today's youth. But their reports largely have not been based on any systematic gathering of data.

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Collection Building, vol. 2 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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Publication date: 1 September 2004

Gerald T. Burke

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Reference Reviews, vol. 18 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0950-4125

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Publication date: 27 April 2021

Cheryl Patton

Organizational crises can wreak havoc in an institution. When such crises ensue, leaders are tasked with decisions that often need to be made quickly and effectively. When…

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Organizational crises can wreak havoc in an institution. When such crises ensue, leaders are tasked with decisions that often need to be made quickly and effectively. When not responded to adequately, consequences can include leader regrets of improper response, high costs to the organization, loss of leadership position, or even arrests or jail time for a leader. This chapter describes all these repercussions as it summarizes the Jerry Sandusky case and highlights the crisis that took place on the campus at Penn State University. In illustrating the University leaders’ response to the crisis, leadership lessons learned from the case were gleaned. They include increased transparency, greater reflectivity, ethical decision-making, and periodic assessment of organizational culture.

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When Leadership Fails: Individual, Group and Organizational Lessons from the Worst Workplace Experiences
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ISBN: 978-1-80043-766-1

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Publication date: 9 July 2010

Michael Lounsbury and Paul M. Hirsch

Our volume is comprised of six sections: (1) the crisis; (2) its similarities to, and differences from being a “normal accident;” (3) sociological and historical…

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Our volume is comprised of six sections: (1) the crisis; (2) its similarities to, and differences from being a “normal accident;” (3) sociological and historical explanations for the meltdown; (4) analyses of comparable speculative bubbles and business cycles; (5) international parallels and consequences; (6) analysis of how we might approach the future development of society and economy; and also a section of postscripts for looking ahead to future policy and prevention. Each contribution addresses its main topic, and concludes with practical policy recommendations for a better future.

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Markets on Trial: The Economic Sociology of the U.S. Financial Crisis: Part A
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-205-1

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