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Legitimacy, Interest Group Pressures And Change In Emergent Institutions: The Case Of Foreign Investors And Host Country Governments, Witold J. Henisz, Bennet A. Zelner Apr 2005

Legitimacy, Interest Group Pressures And Change In Emergent Institutions: The Case Of Foreign Investors And Host Country Governments, Witold J. Henisz, Bennet A. Zelner

Management Papers

We offer a simple model of policy making, emphasizing socialization and limits on human cognition to explicate mechanisms of change in emergent (as opposed to established) institutions. Emergent institutions are more susceptible to change, and their opponents may use frames or existing reference points to illustrate inconsistency with prevailing notions of legitimacy. Broader institutional structures and specific organizational characteristics moderate pressure for change. This perspective has novel implications for strategy and policy design.


Europe, Spain, And The Future Of Spanish Multinational Firms, Mauro F. Guillén Jan 2005

Europe, Spain, And The Future Of Spanish Multinational Firms, Mauro F. Guillén

Management Papers

The last fifteen years or so have witnessed a major transformation of Spanish businesses. After decades of protectionism and isolation, virtually all of them are now exposed to the winds of international competition; nearly a thousand have invested abroad in order to exploit the opportunities inherent in operating across borders. As a result, Spain has become one of the ten largest foreign direct investors in the world, with key consequences for the country's economy, financial system, diplomacy, image and society, as well as for Europe.