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European integration and complementarities driven network alignment: the case of ABB in Central and Eastern Europe

Radosevic, S; (2002) European integration and complementarities driven network alignment: the case of ABB in Central and Eastern Europe. (Economics Working Papers 12). Centre for the Study of Economic and Social Change in Europe, UCL: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The depth of industry integration between European ‘West’ and ‘East’ depends on the simultaneous existence of several factors, which, through mutual complementarities, align global and local networks. This paper takes the case of Asea Brown Bowery (ABB), one of the first large investors in central and eastern Europe (CEE), to show that the successful penetration of this company into CEE was the result of the simultaneous occurrence of several factors, which had mutually reinforcing complementarities. Changes in the strategy of ABB towards knowledge-based services may be weakening these complementarities and dis-aligning local and global networks in CEE. By integrating the insights of Milgrom and Roberts (1995) on complementarities the paper further develops the ‘network alignment’ perspective (Kim and von Tunzelmann, 1998) on growth.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: European integration and complementarities driven network alignment: the case of ABB in Central and Eastern Europe
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This paper is prepared within the UK ERSC project ‘The Emerging Industrial Architecture of the Wider Europe; the Co-evolution of Industrial and Political Structures’ No. L213 25 2037
Keywords: ALIGNMENT, driven, Eastern Europe, Europe, european, integration, network
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/17567
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