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Ethical preferences for influencing superiors : A 41-society study

Ralston, David A. ; Egri, Carolyn P. ; Carranza, Marı´a Teresa de la Garza ; Furrer, Olivier ; [et al.]

In: Journal of International Business Studies, 2009, vol. 40, no. 6, p. 1022-1045

With a 41-society sample of 9990 managers and professionals, we used hierarchical linear modeling to investigate the impact of both macro-level and micro-level predictors on subordinate influence ethics. While we found that both macro-level and micro-level predictors contributed to the model definition, we also found global agreement for a subordinate influence ethics hierarchy. Thus our findings...

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Attitudes toward Corporate Responsibilities in Western Europe and in Central And East Europe

Furrer, Olivier ; Egri, Carolyn P. ; Ralston, David A. ; Danis, Wade M. ; Reynaud, Emmanuelle ; Naoumova, Irina ; Molteni, Mario ; Starkus, Arunas ; Darder,Lecturer Fidel León ; Dabic, Marina ; Furrer-Perrinjaquet, Amandine

In: Management International Review, 2010, vol. 50, no. 3, p. 379-398

This study investigated the attitudes toward social, economic, and environmental corporate responsibilities of 3064 current managers and business students in 8 European countries. Participants in Western European countries had significantly different perspectives on the importance of these corporate responsibilities (CR) than those in Central and East European countries. Within each country,...

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The antecedents of response strategies in strategic alliances

Tjemkes, Brian ; Furrer, Olivier

In: Management Decision, 2010, vol. 48, no. 7, p. 1103-1133

Purpose : Strategic alliances involve uncertainty, interdependence, and vulnerability, which often create adverse situations. This paper seeks to understand how alliance managers respond to these adverse situations by examining the influence of four exchange variables on response strategies. Design/methodology/approach : A scenario-based experiment provides empirical support for a typology...

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Management Students’ Attitudes Toward Business Ethics : A Comparison Between France and Romania

Bageac, Daniel. ; Furrer, Olivier ; Reynaud, Emmanuelle

In: Journal of Business Ethics, 2011, vol. 98, no. 3, p. 391–406

This study focuses on the differences in the perception of business ethics across two groups of management students from France and Romania (n = 220). Data was collected via the ATBEQ to measure preferences for three business philosophies: Machiavellianism, Social Darwinism, and Moral Objectivism. The results show that Romanian students present more favorable attitudes toward Machiavellianism...

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The perceived trade-off between corporate social and economic responsibility : A cross-national study

Usunier, Jean-Claude ; Furrer, Olivier ; Furrer-Perrinjaquet

In: International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 2011, vol. 11, no. 3, p. 279-302

We study cross-nationally whether managers view corporate social and economic responsibility as compatible, or incompatible. The conceptual framework builds on different theories that support alternative views of corporate responsibility compatibility. A set of hypotheses relates differences in cultural values, corporate governance systems, and managerial education to corporate responsibility...

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Response Strategies in an International Strategic Alliance Experimental Context : cross-country differences

Tjemkes, Brian V. ; Furrer, Olivier ; Adolfs, Koen ; Aydinlik

In: Journal of International Management, 2012, vol. 18, no. 1, p. 66-84

International strategic alliances have grown increasingly popular in recent decades, yet their failure rate is extremely high. Poor management of adverse situations contributes significantly to such high failure rates. Moreover, the international environments in which international strategic alliances operate exacerbate the adverse situations and make their management more critical. However,...

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Responding to Adverse Situations within Exchange Relationships : The Cross-Cultural Validity of a Circumplex Model

Furrer, Olivier ; Tjemkes, Brian V. ; Aydinlik, Arzu Ülgen ; Donmez, Dilek ; Adolfs, Koen

In: Journal of cross-cultural psychology, 2012, vol. 43, no. 6, p. 943-966

When faced with adverse situations in exchange relationships, the people involved are required to respond. Response strategies are reactions to such adverse situations and represent cognitive schemata organized in an integrated structure forming a mental map. Extant response strategy research implicitly assumes that the content and internal structure of response strategies is universal, but with...

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A Model of Response Strategies in Strategic Alliances : A PLS Analysis of a Circumplex Structure

Furrer, Olivier ; Tjemkes, Brian ; Henseler, Jörg

In: Long Range Planning, 2012, vol. 45, no. 5-6, p. 424-450

The few studies investigating partners’ response behavior in strategic alliances often fail to provide empirical support for a large proportion of the relationships they hypothesized. This discrepancy between theory and empirical findings could be attributed to a misconceptualization of response strategies as independent from each other. Indeed, response strategies could be better...

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Robust Imitation Strategies

Sudharshan, Devanathan ; Furrer, Olivier ; Arakoni, Ramesh A.

(Working Papers SES ; 446)

Performance is the lifeblood of a firm's management. Performance itself depends on the adaptation of strategy, based on learning and the environment. An important way that firms adapt their strategy is through imitation or mimetic isomorphism. Imitation implies a referent for such adaptations. This article seeks to determine who or what should serve as that referent. Accordingly, this research...