Quotation Delmestri, Giuseppe, Brumana, Mara. 2017. The multinational corporation as a playing field of power: a Bourdieusian approach. Research in the Sociology of Organizations 49, 325-353.




Kostova, Roth and Dacin called in 2008 for the advancement of a theoretical conception of the multinational corporation (MNC) that takes into account both power relationships among actors and the structure of its internal institutional field. While micro-political scholars of MNCs have started to answer the former part of the call regarding power, the second part has not been thoroughly addressed yet. Furthermore, the agentic aspects typical of power games and the structural aspects characterizing institutional fields have not been fully combined in a multilevel perspective of MNCs so far. Leaning on Bourdieu, we suggest an answer to the pending call. We theorize the MNC as a playing field of power emerging around the issue of finding a meta-rate of conversion of the actors’ capitals constituted in national fields. We conceive such issue field in a dynamic state due to the constant entry and exit of new players (e.g. through mergers, acquisitions or divestitures) and, hence, there is a need to continuously test the validity of exchange rates. The role of the metainstitutional field level of the MNC as a global category is also discussed.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Research in the Sociology of Organizations
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title The multinational corporation as a playing field of power: a Bourdieusian approach
Volume 49
Year 2017
Page from 325
Page to 353
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1108/S0733-558X20160000049011


Delmestri, Giuseppe (Details)
Brumana, Mara (Universität Bergamo, Italy)
Institute for Change Management and Management Development IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5333 Business management (Details)
5352 Human resource management, personnel management (Details)
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