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On the threshold of the network society? A study of the public discourse prior to two merger situations separated in time
Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics.
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister)Student thesisAlternative title
Är nätverkssamhället här? En studie av diskursen inför två fusionssituationer åtskilda i tiden (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The claims that we have entered a new society, with a new typeof business logic and view on business relationships, are becoming more and more commonplace. In this context it seems appropriate to try and detect signals of change in societal behavior, possibly indicating a transition from one society to another. This essay deals with this very issue. By means of an analysis of the public discourses in 1993 and 1999 respectively, the authors try to establish evidence for or against such a societal shift. The analysis is focused on the discourse, as it was conveyed in the business press, surrounding two separate merger propositions, both including Volvo as one of the parties involved. The results indicate a societal change, albeit a moderate one. Also, no fundamental change in business logic could be detected. This would suggest that the hype around the New Economy might be just that, a hype.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ekonomiska institutionen , 2001. , 69 p.
Master Thesis in Business Administration (Magisteruppsats från Internationella ekonomprogrammet), 2001:20
Keyword [en]
Business and economics, Hellgren, network society, societal change, mergers&acquisitions, institutions, legitimacy, Volvo
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-789OAI: diva2:22804
Available from: 2001-02-05 Created: 2001-02-05

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