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Marie-Laure Djelic and Sigrid Quack (eds.)
Transnational Communities
Shaping Global Economic Governance

Cambridge University Press, 2010
422 pages | ISBN 978-0-521-51878-9 | £ 65.00
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Abstract | Contents | Editors




Transnational communities are social groups that emerge from mutual inter­action across national boundaries, oriented around a common project or "imagined" identity which is constructed and sustained through the active engagement and involvement of at least some of its members. Such communities can overlap in different ways with formal organizations but, in principle, they do not need formal organization to be sustained. This book explores the role of transnational communities in relation to the governance of business and economic activity. It does so by focusing on a wide range of empirical terrains, including discussions of the Laleli market in Istanbul, the institutionalization of private equity in Japan, the transnational movement for open content licenses, and the mobilization around environmental certification. These studies show that transnational communities can align the cognitive and normative orientations of their members over time and thereby influence emergent transnational governance arrangements.



Part I Introduction
1   Transnational communities and governance
Marie-Laure Djelic and Sigrid Quack
2   Global structures: markets, organizations, networks – and communities?
Renate Mayntz

Part II Classical communities with a transnational extension
3   The multiple layers of a transnational "imagined community": the notion and reality of the ethnic Chinese business community
Heidi Dahles
4   From cross-border exchange networks to transnational trading practices? The case of shuttle traders in Laleli, Istanbul
Mine Eder and Özlem Öz

Part III Professional communities with a transnational extension
5   Transnational boards and governance regimes: a Franco-British comparison
Charles Harvey and Mairi Maclean
6   Private equity in Japan: global financial markets and transnational communities
Glenn Morgan and Izumi Kubo
7   Formal organizing and transnational communities: evidence from global finance governance associations, 1879–2006
Asma A. Hussain and Marc J. Ventresca
8   Promoting transnational professionalism: forays of the "Big Firm" accounting community into France
Carlos Ramirez

Part IV Virtual communities
9   Gift-giving, transnational communities, and skill-building in developing countries: the case of free/open source software
Anca Metiu
10   Epistemic communities and social movements: transnational dynamics in the case of Creative Commons
Leonhard Dobusch and Sigrid Quack

Part V Transnational interest- or issue-based communities
11   The transnational temperance community
Mark Lawrence Schrad
12   Industrial democracy in the European Community: trade unions as a defensive transnational community, 1968–1988
Thomas Fetzer
13   The making of a comprehensive transnational discourse community
Dieter Plehwe
14   Global warming, transnational communities, and economic entrepreneurship: the case of carbon capture and storage (CCS)
Åge Mariussen
15   Communities of practice as cause and consequence of transnational governance: the evolution of social and environmental certification
Tim Bartley and Shawna N. Smith

Part VI Conclusion
16   Transnational communities and their impact on the governance of business and economic activity
Marie-Laure Djelic and Sigrid Quack




Marie-Laure Djelic is Professor of Management at ESSEC Business School, France. She is the author of Exporting the American Model (1998), which obtained the 2000 Max Weber Award for the Best Book in Organizational Sociology from the American Sociological Association.
Sigrid Quack is Head of the "Institution Building across Borders" research group at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, and Associate Professor in the Faculty for Management, Economics, and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne.

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