Language as a Meeting Ground for Research on the MNC and Organization Theory

Rebecca Piekkari, Eleanor Westney

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The multilingual MNC provides a promising territory for enhancing the
dialogue between organization theory and International Business. We
draw parallels between research on the multinational corporation and
that on the multilingual corporation. Our review shows that the changing
conceptualizations of the MNC toward a network model have carved
space for language-sensitive research in International Business. We scrutinize
this stream of research from the viewpoint of three organization
theory lenses: the role of language in organizational design and architecture,
in identity building and culture, and in organizational political
systems, and comment on future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultinational Corporations and Organization Theory: Post Millenium Perspectives
Number of pages39
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78635-385-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
ISSN (Electronic)0733-558X


  • Language; multilingual MNC; organization design

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