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Title: Using organization structure to buffer political ties in emerging markets: A case study
Authors: Dieleman, M. 
Boddewyn, J.J.
Keywords: buffering
political ties
resource dependence
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Dieleman, M., Boddewyn, J.J. (2012). Using organization structure to buffer political ties in emerging markets: A case study. Organization Studies 33 (1) : 71-95. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We use and extend resource-dependence theory by analyzing how loosely-coupled organizational structures facilitate the management of political ties by business groups in emerging economies. This topic is particularly salient because business groups are a prevalent organizational form in these countries where they face both a high dependence on governments to secure key resources and a unique set of risks associated with political ties. We identify and analyze four buffering mechanisms that enable loosely-coupled business groups to protect themselves against the adverse effects of such ties. We ground and contextualize these mechanisms by relying on a longitudinal case study of the Salim Group - a very large and well-connected Indonesian business group under the Suharto regime. This study is particularly relevant in the context of the renewed interest in the study of firms' organizational structure. © SAGE Publications 2012.
Source Title: Organization Studies
ISSN: 01708406
DOI: 10.1177/0170840611430595
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