The politics of translation: How state-level political relations affect the cross-national travel of management ideas

Michal Frenkel*

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Abstract

The paper brings together insights from the neo-institutional approach and that of 'translation' to analyse the politics of management glocalization. Based on the cases of the translation of two management models - Scientific Management (SM) and Human Relations (HR) in Israel - the paper argues that the state-level institutional power structures that participated in the importing of the SM and HR models as an answer to their political needs also took part in the negotiations and struggles that formed their social meanings, the way in which they changed during the move from one context to another, the way in which they are justified in the new social context, and the fundamental social assumptions that become institutionalized as part of the process of the models' institutionalization.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)275-301
Number of pages27
JournalOrganization
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005

Keywords

  • Glocalization
  • Human relations
  • Israel
  • Neo-institutionalism
  • Politics
  • Scientific management
  • Translation

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