[gov3009-l] Raškovič on “Managing supplier-buyer relationships in transnational companies”

Matt Blackwell mblackwell at iq.harvard.edu
Mon Nov 15 09:22:08 EST 2010

We hope that you can join us for the Applied Statistics Workshop this
Wednesday, November 17th when we will be happy to have Matevž Raškovič
from the University of Ljubljana, who is currently a Visiting Fellow
in the Sociology Department. You will find an abstract below. As
always, we will serve a light lunch and the talk will begin around

“Managing supplier-buyer relationships in transnational companies: the
case of Danfoss”
Matevž Raškovič
University of Ljubljana
CGIS K354 (1737 Cambridge St.)
Wednesday, November 17th 12 noon

This talk is part of an ongoing PhD research taking place at the
Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Social Sciences at the University
of Ljubljana in Slovenia, and the Technical University Eindhoven in
the Netherlands. The research is motivated by literature on the
different ‘mentalities’ of international companies and the fact that
transnational companies, as a unique type of an international company
mentality, are increasingly being understood as communities and spaces
of social relationships. The research explores the management of
supplier-buyer relationships within Danfoss, Denmark’s biggest
industrial organization. In particular, it looks at how Danfoss
manages supplier-buyer relationships to be both globally efficient and
flexible, while at the same time facilitating learning. Balancing all
these three strategic goals presents a considerable challenge for all
internationally-active companies. The talk will offer a short
theoretical background for the research and focus on presenting the
multi-method mixed research design built around two separate two-mode
egocentric cognitive social networks.


Matthew Blackwell
PhD Candidate
Institute for Quantitative Social Science
Department of Government
Harvard University
url: http://people.fas.harvard.edu/~blackwel/

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