'Regulation is Acquired by the Industry and is Designed and Operated Primarily for its Benefit?' A Test of Proactive vs. Reactive Corporate Regulatory Management in German Telecommunications
24 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2011
Date Written: August 12, 2011
Telecommunications regulation has been a widely discussed topic since most OECD countries started the process of privatization of the telecommunications market in the 90s. Undoubtedly, regulatory rules exert strong impact on business development and business strategy in those industries that are most affected by regulation, e.g. in network based industries. This paper belongs to the tradition of positive theory of regulation. It tries to better understand how the management of telecommunications companies deals with regulatory challenges that shape their strategic degrees of freedom. There has been little research on how companies structure their regulatory management from an organizational and strategic point of view. In this paper a framework for different styles of regulatory management is presented and empirically tested with regard to telecommunications companies in Germany.
Keywords: Regulation, Management, Telecommunication, Organization
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