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Global Oligopoly

A Key Idea for Business and Society, 1st Edition

By Chris Carr


288 pages

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The era of globalization brought waves of consolidation in business ownership alongside leviathon-like state actors. Digital disruption likewise leaves market power in a relatively small number of hands. In organisational and economic terms, oligopoly is now a fundamental idea for business and society which this book explores and analyses.

This book focuses on global oligopolies, starting with a comparative analysis of the diversity of approaches to global strategic decisions worldwide, before moving on to illuminate the geographical spread and global strategic orientation choices and performance outcomes of global oligopoly. Contemporary cooperation modes, such as cross-border M&As and strategic alliances, are analysed in detail to move the reader toward understanding likely future directions for the field.

Presenting empirical data on strategies and performance outcomes, the book covers a range of industries to provide practical, research-based guidance for more effective global business strategies.




Oligopoly is an inadequately recognised fact of life in today’s globalised business world, which is often overlooked. This book shines much needed light on it and its implications for decision making in a multitude of areas. It will be of great help to those searching for guidance in how to select the most suitable strategies." Sally Stewart, formerly Head of the Department of Management Studies, The University of Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Global Oligopolies, Concentration and Consolidation Processes 1. Concentration, Oligopolies, Global Profit Appropriations and Perspectives 2. Global Concentration Sector Trends and Performance Outcomes 3. Global Winners and Concentration Outcomes: the Case of Spirits Part 2: Global Strategy Orientations and Performance 4. Global Geographical Coverage Choices and Outcomes 5. Global Configurations Analysis: the Case of Retail Fashion 6. Global Configurations of Fortune Top 500s and Outcomes Part 3 Global Strategy Choices and Outcomes 7. Global Cooperation: Cross-Border M&As and Strategic Alliances 8. Global Focus and Niche Strategies Part 4: Emerging Market Champions (EMCs) Global Strategies 9. Global Emerging Market Champions 10. Indian and Chinese Global Champions 11. Global Incumbents vs EMCs: the Case of Domestic Appliances Part 5: Sustaining Global Success 12. Corporate Collapse, Retrenchment and Turnarounds in the Context of Global Rivalry: Lessons from Kodak, Nortel, GKN and Compass. Appendices A&B 13. Sustaining Successful Global Strategies: Lessons from GKN 1759-2013 Part 6 Global Concentration, Oligopolies and Global Capitalism 14. Concentration, Oligopolies and Global Capitalism 15. Conclusions, Policy Issues and Future Directions

About the Author

Christopher Carr is Professor of Corporate Strategy at the University of Edinburgh, UK

About the Series

Key Ideas in Business and Management

Understanding how business affects and is affected by the wider world is a challenge made more difficult by the disaggregation between various disciplines, from operations research to corporate governance. This series features concise books that break out from disciplinary silos to facilitate understanding by analysing key ideas that shape and influence business, organizations and management.

Each book focuses on a key idea, locating it in relation to other fields, facilitating deeper understanding of its applications and meanings, and providing critical discussion of the contribution of relevant authors and thinkers. The books provide students and scholars with thought-provoking insights that aid the study and research of business and management.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Strategic Planning