Strategy and Institutions: a Pluralistic Account of Strategies in the Taiwanese Computing Industry

Hung, Shih-Chang and Whittington, Richard (1997) Strategy and Institutions: a Pluralistic Account of Strategies in the Taiwanese Computing Industry. Organization Studies, 18 (4). pp. 551-575.

Abstract

The 'new institutionalism' had led to increasing emphasis on the 'embed dedness' of organizations in local social systems. In this journal, Sorge (1991) and Whitley (1994) have shown, in particular, how the dominant forms of organization within countries or sectors are shaped by distinct national sys tems. The liability of these institutionalist approaches, however, is a focus on broad comparisons that gives little access to the diversity that is often observ able on the ground. Examining nine Taiwanese computer firms during the 1980s and early 1990s, this paper demonstrates that their strategies followed no singular system logic, displaying instead a wide scope for strategic divers ity. The paper argues that this kind of diversity can be explained not by rejecting institutionalism, but by recognizing the plural systems — business, technology and political — in which the dis-embedded actors of modernity now engage. Such a pluralistic approach has the potential to extend institu tionalist analysis beyond the broadly comparative to the strategies of individual firms.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Descriptors: institutions; strategy; structuration; resource-based theory; Taiwan
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Centre: Faculty of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2012 20:46
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/1759

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