Theorizing National Cultures (Penser la diversité du monde)

Philippe d’Iribarne, Theorising National Cultures, AFD, 2014. Read it now ! While there has probably never been such great interest in the cultural aspect of social life, there is intense debate over the notion of culture. We clearly need a conception which, without being blind to what differentiates societies, gives the…

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Managing Corporate Values in Diverse National Cultures

Managing Corporate Values - Philippe d'Iribarne

Philippe d’Iribarne, Routledge, 2012. How should a Western company manage cross-culturally corporate values in its foreign subsidiaries? Do these values make sense everywhere or, on the contrary, are they culturally Western specific? This book provides answers to these questions, based on research carried out in the subsidiaries of a leading…

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La logique de l’honneur

In La logique de l’honneur, Philippe d’Iribarne makes a comparison of three firms: French, Dutch and American, which carry out the same production with almost identical equipment in different places. The close observation of the most concrete aspects of the functioning of each factory and its management allowed isolating for…

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Gestion & Société’s approach of cooperation in French firms

Jean-Pierre Segal, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, vol. 22 (4), 2014. (Read it now) This article analyzes the French idiosyncratic dimension of cooperation in the work place. Based on an interpretative approach of culture developed by Gestion & Société research group members, the paper describes the cultural vision of the…

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Corporate Social Responsible and Working Conditions

Segal, J .-P., Sobczak, A. and Triomphe, C.-E. in Dublin: European Foundation for the Improvement (2003) This report forms part of the research initiative taken by the Foundation into the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR). It aimed to investigate and describe corporate policies designed to instigate social responsibility in the field…

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Efficaces ensemble. Un défi français

Jean-Pierre Segal, Paris, Seuil, 2009. This book presents a diachronic description of the building of a totally new organization within the Paris metro. It analyzes the contrast between the attitudes and behaviors of the employees who are involved in this project and those who remain outside. The author discusses the…

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Middle managers in crisis. Who is to blame? The French situation

Jean-Pierre Segal, in Burgoyne, J, Livian Y, Middle managers in Europe, Routledge, London, 1997, pp. 78-92. This chapter is based on extensive studies on Middle Management in large public companies in France. The diagnosis often made by senior executives (‘we have a middle management problem’) is discussed and the views…

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The honour principle in the Bureaucratic Phenomenon

Philippe d’Iribarne, Organization Studies, n° 15/1, 1994, p. 81-97. The aim of the paper is to confront two models of the French pattern of action: the well-known ‘bureaucratic’ model, depicted by Michel Crozier, and a model which emphasizes the persistence within modern French organizations of what Montesquieu called the honour…

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