Infra-political dimensions of resistance to international business

Author(s):

Andre Spicer

 et al.

International business has been a contested terrain ever since the Europeans set their feet on the American continent, unleashing a long and violent history of colonialism and anti-colonial struggle.

While protests against the WTO, IMF, World Bank and the so called 'Washington Consensus' more generally do not necessarily implicate particular multinational companies directly, they are part of a wider discursive assault on an emerging global order that is seen to be dominated by global business interests.This paper contributes to critical understandings of how international business is resisted.

Updated: 26/11/2014
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Hail the snail: hegemonic struggles in the Slow Food movement

Author(s):

Andre Spicer

 et al.

Since the early 1990s, many commentators have argued that the dominance of malbouffe (bad food) has a variety of negative consequences.

For some time, researchers have puzzled over how new fields of food movement are created. The research in this paper focuses on the argument that new fields are created by social movements engaging in hegemonic struggles and which develop social movement strategies, articulate discourses and construct nodal points.

Updated: 07/12/2014
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Family foundation philanthropy in an international context

The role of major donor philanthropy in the changing environment of global wealth creation and emerging social need has been of significant economic and policy interest to governments, fundraisers and beneficiaries alike.

This paper aims to provide a comparative international assessment of the private

philanthropy of major donors and their families in the new global era by focusing on giving through family foundations.

Updated: 06/02/2013
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Tax or beg? Mandatory payments to charity and their effects on donor behaviour

Charitable organisations derive income from various sources - directly through voluntary donations provided by individual people, and indirectly through funds provided by the state. It is perhaps natural to wonder why the state is required to finance these organisations when it is individual people who vote for government in the first place and pay for its spending via their taxes.

The purpose of this study is to ask whether such mandatory payments to charity would lead to higher contributions than a system of purely voluntary donations.

Updated: 06/02/2013
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Designing structural heterogeneity: fit, robustness and equifinality

Author(s):

Santi Furnari

 et al.

The most important organisation design models explain the variety of effective forms in terms of internal fit among organisational traits and of external fit between those traits and external conditions.

This paper offers a typology of sources of structural heterogeneity, a set of propositions on their relation with different types of performance, and an exploratory empirical test on a multi-industry sample of large firms.

Updated: 09/12/2014
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Structuring frames for change: A comparative case study of IT-enabled organisational change



Over the last few decades, businesses worldwide have embraced information technologies as a source of increased efficiency and productivity. Yet, the literature on IT adoption is full of stories of unfulfilled potential. This is often the case when managers explicitly plan to change a firm's organisational structure and processes via the introduction of information technologies, what is often called "IT-enabled organisational change".

This paper examines how two organisations used information technologies to introduce the same type of IT-enabled organisational change with radically different outcomes.

Updated: 07/12/2014
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To practise what we preach: an exploratory survey of values in charities

With many charities relying increasingly on volunteers to maintain their level and quality of service to their beneficiaries, more work is needed to make volunteers feel involved in shaping the values of the organisations they work for.

These are some of the findings of an exploratory survey into the use of organisational values within UK based charities, carried out by the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School. The report, entitled "To practise what we preach- a survey of values within charities", looks at whether values are used effectively by charities and whether organisations involve staff, beneficiaries and volunteers in drafting them.

Updated: 07/12/2014
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Seasonal patterns in household giving in the UK

Ideally, charities require a regular income throughout the year to enable them to plan ahead. Data from the national Expenditure and Food Survey however reveals that levels of giving fluctuate throughout the year. The research also highlights the differing patterns of giving for different types of households.

Updated: 06/02/2013
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Unlocking the Catch-22 of institutional change

Traditionally partnerships are based on ambiguous and negotiated relationships amongst professional peers, who are the firm's owners as well as its core producers. But in recent years there has been a growing acceptance amongst partners in large international law firms that they require more explicit forms of performance measurement and management and more hierarchical structures of governance in order to maximise Profits per Partner - the professional partnership is becoming a bit more corporate.

It was this change which prompted researchers from the Centre of Professional Service Firms to study the rise of the management professional and their role in the professionalisation of management in large international law firms.

Updated: 06/02/2013
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