The Export of National Varieties of Capitalism: The Cases of Wal-Mart and Ikea

Cambridge Centre for Business Research Working Paper No. 314

43 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2011

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Suzanne J. Konzelmann

University of London - Birkbeck College - Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Management and Organizational Psychology; University of Cambridge - Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

C. Craypo

University of Notre Dame - Department of Economics

Rabih Aridi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Frank Wilkinson

University of London - Birkbeck College

Date Written: September 1, 2005

Abstract

Using the cases of Wal-Mart and IKEA, this paper takes a productive systems approach to examine ‘varieties of capitalism’ from the perspective of the ways by which production and market relations are structured and prioritized. It considers the nature of these relations and their interaction within the domestic economy and the ways that firms and national systems interact with each other in the global economy. It examines the processes by which trading standards are transported via supply chain relationships, which ultimately become embedded in products and recognized by consumers at various stages. In this analysis, the cases of Wal-Mart and IKEA provide insight into the ways by which national systems extend themselves globally, their contrasting effects on the business environments in host localities, and the impact of the resulting supply chain relations on organizational performance.

Keywords: varieties of capitalism, supply chain relations, employment relations, globalisation, retail sector, IKEA, Wal-Mart

JEL Classification: J80, L10, L20, L81, M14, M50

Suggested Citation

Konzelmann, Suzanne J. and Craypo, Charles and Aridi, Rabih and Wilkinson, Frank, The Export of National Varieties of Capitalism: The Cases of Wal-Mart and Ikea (September 1, 2005). Cambridge Centre for Business Research Working Paper No. 314. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1930862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1930862

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Charles Craypo

University of Notre Dame - Department of Economics ( email )

Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

Rabih Aridi

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Frank Wilkinson

University of London - Birkbeck College ( email )

Department of Management
London WC1E 7HX
United Kingdom

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