Global business networks

Concept – structure – competitiveness

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The monograph is focused on the issue of the global economy of the 21st century and an ongoing transformation of typical enterprises, based on the division of functions and hierarchical structures, into network organisations with hybrid, globally-dispersed connections. The author argues that the most powerful corporations (Top-TNCs), in their strive to maintain the position of sector-specific leaders and the associated long-term competitiveness, pursue the model of business integration and position themselves as orchestrators of global business networks (GBNs).
This monograph aims to prove that global business networks are a new model of building international competitiveness based on the concepts of networking, orchestration, and coopetition. The assessment of GBN competitiveness requires a multi-dimensional approach, enabling the evaluation of the synergic influence of both economic and intellectual capital on the process of creation of added value.


Liczba stron168
WydawcaWydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
ISBN-13978-83-8220-047-8
Numer wydania1
Język publikacjiangielski
Informacja o sprzedawcyePWN sp. z o.o.

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  List of abbreviations    7
  Introduction    9
  
  Chapter I. Concept of a global business network in light of economic theory    15
  1.1. Network approach – the genesis and evolution of network thinking    15
  1.2. Business networks as a type of regulation model    19
  1.3. Attributes of a global business network – a comparison with other network models    27
  
  Chapter II. The structure of a global business network    35
  2.1. Transnational corporations – the evolution of the business model    35
  2.2. The role of globalisation in shaping global business networks    42
  2.3. A business integration model – the target structure of a global business network    47
  2.4. Attributes of the orchestrators of global business networks    53
  
  Chapter III. Stratification of the capital of network organisations    59
  3.1. The systemic nature of an organisation’s layers of capital    59
  3.2. An organisation’s knowledge capital – intellectual capital vs human capital    64
  3.3. The importance of an “organisation’s knowledge capital” in its corporate strategies – based on research for industry sector leaders    72
  3.4. Capital of the orchestrators of global business networks    85
  
  Chapter IV. The competitiveness of network enterprises    95
  4.1. The competitiveness of enterprises in light of the modern enterprise theory    95
  4.2. The system of international competitiveness    103
  4.3. The concept of the international competitiveness of enterprises    111
  
  Chapter V. Assessing the competitiveness of global business networks    121
  5.1. Selected methods of a multi-dimensional assessment of complex structures    122
  5.2. A measure of the ability to create value-added – an aggregated assessment of GBN efficiency from the point of view of an orchestrator    132
  
  Conclusions    143
  References    153
  List of tables and diagrams    167
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