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Part I Conceptualising International and Comparative Management 17 Preface: Dominance, diversity and the historical process in management practice Chris Smith, Brendan McSweeney and Robert Fitzgerald 19 2 Work organisation within a dynamic globalising context: a critique of national institutional analysis of the international firm and an alternative perspective Chris Smith 25 3 Cultural diversity within nations Brendan McSweeney 61 4 Business systems, institutions and economic development: the value of comparison and history Robert Fitzgerald 90 Part II Systems in Transition 119 Preface: System as same and different Brendan McSweeney 121 5 The post-socialist transformation and global process: knowledge and institution building in organisational settings Ed Clark 127 6 The diffusion of HRM practices from the United Kingdom to China Jos Gamble 156 7 Surviving through transplantation and cloning: the Swiss Migros hybrid, Migros-Ttirk Gui Berna Ozcan 181 Part III Society as Open and Closed 207 Preface: Society and comparative differences Robert Fitzgerald 209 8 Capitalism and Islam: Arab business groups and capital flows in south-east Asia Rajeswary Ampalavanar Brown 217 9 Challenges to the German theatrical employment sNstem: how long-established institutions respond to globalisation forces Axel Haunschild 251 10 Between the global and the national: the industrial district concept in historical and comparative context Andrew Popp 271 11 Transnational learning and knowledge transfer: a comparative analysis of Japanese and US MNCs' overseas R&D laboratories Alice Lam 292 Part IV The Search for Global Standards 331 Preface: Dominance, best practice and globalisation Chris Smith 333 12 The unravelling of manufacturing best-practice strategies Alan Pilkington 341 13 Policy transfer and institutional constraints: the diffusion of active labour market policies across Europe Michael Gold 358 14 Comparative management practices in international advertising agencies in the United Kingdom, Thailand and the United States Chris Hackley and Amy Rungpaka Tiwsakul 380 15 Corporate social responsibility in Europe: what role for organised labour? Axel Haunschild, Dirk Matten and Lutz Preuss 404 16 Can 'German' become 'international'? Reactions to globalisation in two German MNCs Fiona Moore 428